Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Sep 12, 2011
    It's Terry Cavanagh's best game to date, and one of the best platformers I've ever played. If you have any interest in challenging platformers whatsoever, you'd be doing yourself a disservice not to pick up VVVVVV.
  2. Sep 12, 2011
    It's just too bad VVVVVV didn't come out 25 years ago.
  3. Sep 12, 2011
    A game that expertly treads the thin line between frustration and satisfaction. [Issue#31, p.52]
  4. Sep 12, 2011
    VVVVVV is the result of a strong introspection of the platform genre, where Terry Cavanaugh studies the past while creating something new for the future.
  5. Sep 12, 2011
    An indie platform game with endearing retro looks, style, sophistication, and a sadistic streak. [Mar 2010, p.96]
  6. Sep 12, 2011
    Fun, short and crazy hard but not frustrating. VVVVVV is just a nice, very well design piece of indie game.
  7. Sep 12, 2011
    Brutal and rather short, VVVVVV's also devious and darkly funny. It's a pedantic classic, and a game for watch-makers as much as speed-runners.
  8. Sep 12, 2011
    Look past its lo-fi style and you'll realise its production values are hardly stingy, with unlockable time trials and other Easter-egg modes, and generally slick presentation. More to the point, it's excellent for its entire length. How many big-budget developments can say that?
  9. Sep 12, 2011
    VVVVVV's fusion of styles is exactly what lends it its endless playability; there's not a dull moment to be had in this tight, rewarding and above all blisteringly fun package.
  10. 80
    It's as if a time machine puts you in the year 1984. Stylish retro platformer offers fast and variable playability, especially for all speed runners who like to push the limits. [Feb 2010]
  11. Sep 12, 2011
    Punishingly and infuriatingly hard, but also the best retro-inspired platform puzzler for years.
  12. Sep 12, 2011
    VVVVVV offers clever platforming, a superb soundtrack, and challenging gameplay. But it's extremely short, and the $15 price tag is asking a bit too much.
  13. Sep 12, 2011
    It's easy to recommend VVVVVV to fans of the "retro revival" games that seem to be gaining in popularity; but it has more in common with artsy, competent and contemporary titles like N+ and Braid than it does with, say, Konami's Rebirth series on WiiWare, Mega Man 9 or Retro Game Challenge.
  14. Sep 12, 2011
    Sporadic difficulty notwithstanding, it's certainly a credit to Mr. Cavanagh that a project with VVVVVV's basic graphics and simple controls can feel so completely energetic and entertaining. Much more than it initially appears, I was quite glad to have spent time with the title, and eagerly look forward to what Terry will be cooking up next.
  15. Sep 12, 2011
    Nothing VVVVVV does is actually new or different. [May 2010, p.91]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 177 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 58
  2. Negative: 7 out of 58
  1. Apr 27, 2011
    Very Fun Game! The retro-esque gravity defying platformer VVVVVV takes one back to the days of better gaming -- where skill actually matters because the reward is worth it. You'll find the game-play difficult but not overly so and the payoff of finding new areas or making an "impossible" maneuver worthwhile. The music gives me goosebumps and fits in quite well with the game -- that of exploring space in an strange and unknown dimension to find your crew-mates. Precision platforming -- retro style -- at its best! 10/10 Full Review »
  2. Oct 18, 2010
    It's almost impossible to believe that something like this was not done in a full 2D game. This game challenges the player into reacting. Looking at the graphics, it may not look like a lot, but when you go into the gameplay, you will feel the urge to trial and error (and feel pain) again and again. The plot is not amazing, but it suits the atmosphere, and the trial and error idea does not make the game too bad either. It can leave you on your computer for about a few hours, if that's alright with you. It's a good game, even for the impatient people. Full Review »
  3. Dec 13, 2012
    Another rage-inducing "indie retro platformer." I'm not sure if anyone genuinely enjoys games like this or if they're designed as masochism simulators. No old platformers were nearly as hard as this and other recent similar titles (like super meat boy) so it must be some combination of purposefully making overly hard games coupled with cheapo graphics design. If you feel video games are just too easy for you lately and you enjoy platformers you should try this out but get ready to break your keyboard/gamepad over it. Full Review »