I recently picked up the Humble Indie Bundle 3 while it was available last August. It’s a great deal and a good way to support independent developers and charities. As part of the bundle, I received the popular, retro, gravity-twisting VVVVVV by Terry Cavanagh. The game is set some time in the distant future when space flight and teleportation are possible, and challenges players to rescue the members of their team that have been scattered across the game world.
VVVVVV can be loosely described a 2D platformer. I say that because, though it technically falls into that category, it is largely unlike the typical platformer design. The player is unable to jump, but may rather reverse gravity at any time, as long as he is on the, er… “ground.” The entire gameplay design revolves around this feature and the maker has done a great job of designing a variety of levels that challenge the player’s use of it in different ways. It uses a “learn by dying” mechanic that I’m not a big fan of, but it places you back in a safe spot immediately so your game experience is hardly interrupted. I should also mention that another of its high points is music – along with its visual and other design, the music is well done and wonderfully retro. It’s a little short for a full game and I finished it in about two hours, but especially as part of a bundle or other deal, it’s worth it. It’s definitely a rewarding and interesting experience, and I think you’ll find yourself happy you played it.
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