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Posted: 10 weeks ago.

Author: @LadyLexUK and @GeekDadGamer.


VVVVVV is a running and jumping game, without the jumping. Not having the ability to jump may seem a disadvantage, but instead you can flip your character from walking on the floor to walking on the ceiling. With this ability, puzzle your way through various rooms of an abandoned space station where you have been marooned with the rest of your crew after an accident. This looks like a game made in the 1980's for the Spectrum or Commodore 64 but was released in 2010 for various platforms. Avoid the hazards, collect mysterious objects and find the crew to teleport home.

Play involves simply moving either left or right or flipping from floor to ceiling. You cannot flip while in mid-air, and control of your player requires impeccable timing and positioning as you try to evade enemies and dangerous spikes. As you play, the map of the spaceship you are exploring is revealed and the size of the task at hand.

Those of you of a certain age may feel nostalgic over the design and sounds of this game as it draws inspiration from classic early computer games. Very simple graphics, a simple control system, but it's challenging as the puzzles get more and more difficult as the game continues. The developer made this as an experiment in gameplay, and in homage to his childhood favourites. It is surprisingly challenging and absorbing for a game with very simple visual forms.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/01/2010, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Web and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Terry Cavanagh (@TerryCavanagh)


Duration: This game will take between 2 and a half hours and 6 hours to complete. The longer time to complete involves visiting every room and collecting every object which not required to finish the main game quest.
Players: This is a single player game.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You do need patience and perseverance to play this, but youngsters with this kind of determination will love progressing.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our VVVVVV Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@TerryCavanagh) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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