I’m an avid fan of the game VVVVVV by Terry Cavanagh, and I’m willing to bet that many of you on MakeUseOf are fans of the game as well. It’s probably one of the most fun, challenging, and frustrating games I have ever played in my life. The game-play is simplistic but revolutionary, and the storyline is surprisingly interesting. In fact, you may find yourself actually caring about these little pixelated sprites… (Well, maybe not, but you see what I mean.)
While on my quest to find my crewmates, I spent quite a time online researching the game and figuring out what was so great about it. I also spent some time looking up details on how to beat certain parts… (I know, I know. I’m ashamed.) However, since the game has been out for a while, I figured that I’d just share you with what I found over time.
If you’re still wanting to add a bit more of a challenge to the VVVVVV experience, then the Distractionware forums will fix you right up. Players post many of their maps here, and everything is freely available for you to download. Granted, I can’t ensure that these maps won’t come without frustration. (Actually, I can ensure that they will come with frustration.)
If you find yourself in need of some VVVVVV-related discussion, then once again, the Distractionware forums will do the trick. The entire time I played, I was intrigued by the amount of immersion that such a simple game could have. The graphics weren’t complex, and the objectives were equally simple. However, for some reason, I felt like I was very involved in the story. These forums cater to people like myself, and if you’re as interested in this inter-dimensional adventure as I am, then you’ll find some interesting stuff here, too.
Ah, there’s always a subreddit, right? On Reddit, you’ll find a collection of old VVVVVV-related material that is quite interesting to view. With content such as piano covers of the soundtrack and videos of speed-runs, you’ll never be bored! Well… that may be an exaggeration. The subreddit has died down a bit, but I believe that there is enough content to keep you busy for a little while. Keep in mind that the game has been around for a little while, but since many people are still creating levels and discovering new things, I’m surprised that the subreddit isn’t as active as it could be.
Wikis are a great go-to source when trying to figure out how to play a game, and VVVVVV’s very own helps just like any other. Here, you’ll find tips and info on the gameplay and characters. Furthermore, you may find a few secrets related to VVVVVV that you won’t find elsewhere. For instance, the mystery of the teary-eyed elephant is (somewhat) revealed here.
That’s that, folks. VVVVVV is a very, very cool game, and although it’s been out for a while, people are still discovering it even today. By the way, it’s cheap (like $5.00), and you can actually buy it here. I, for one, would love to see a sequel.
What has your experience been with VVVVVV? What are your favorite custom levels from VVVVVV?