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VVVVVV is a 2D puzzle platform video game, built using Adobe Flash for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS.[1] Featuring a gravity flipping game mechanic, the game was developed by Terry Cavanagh and was released in 2010 alongside an online demo. A Linux version of the game was planned, but is on hold due to problems with Flash support on the operating system.[2] However, the game is playable on Linux through WINE. The demo is also available online for all platforms that support Flash on Kongregate. On September 7th, 2010, the game was released on the Steam Platform for both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.


The game's soundtrack, PPPPPP by Magnus Pålsson, consists of over half an hour of chiptune music, and was released separately in January 2010.[3]


The player character (middle) must avoid environmental dangers such as the red spikes, and the enemies such as the green ghost.

The game has generated a positive critical response, with a score of 83% on review aggregation website Metacritic.[4] Edge appreciated the "ceaseless elegance of the design", and praised the game as a "pedantic classic", awarding the game 8/10 in its review.[1] Kotaku lauded the game's "incredibly smart level design and spectacular retro audio-visual presentation", although noted that the due to the difficulty, the game could "still be incredibly frustrating".[5] GamesRadar gave the game 8/10, calling it 'a beautifully made game with lots of challenge, atmosphere and polish."[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Edge staff (2010-01-08). Review: VVVVVV. Edge. Retrieved on 2010-01-11
  2. Terry Cavanagh (2010-01-22). Please Forgive Me!. Retrieved on 2010-02-01
  3. Magnus Pålsson (2010-01-07). Select Track. Retrieved on 2010-01-16
  4. Metacritc staff. VVVVVV Reviews. Metacritic. Retrieved on 2010-02-06
  5. Michael McWhertor (2010-01-15). VVVVVV Micro-Review: AAAAAAH!!!. Kotaku. Retrieved on 2010-01-16

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