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Posted: 16 months ago, last updated 8 months ago.

Author: Andrea Walney, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


VVVVVV is a running and jumping game, without the jumping. Not having the ability to jump may seem like a disadvantage, but instead you can flip gravity to get around the various rooms of the abandoned space station. It looks like a 1980's game for the Spectrum or Commodore 64 but combines the single room puzzles into a large labyrinth you can explore as you want creating a puzzle on multiple levels.

Play involves simply moving either left or right or flipping from floor to ceiling. You cannot flip while in mid-air so need to think ahead before making your move. The 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 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, absorbing and expansive for a game with very simple visual forms.

DetailsGame Details

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

Price: 50% off

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

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Platform (Adventure, Brain Game, Puzzle and Traversal)

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Terry Cavanagh (@TerryCavanagh)




Play Time: 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.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

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.


VVVVVV usually costs £3.99 to £8.99. 


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


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.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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