Game Review #8: Noisy Neon Action

Tired of all the profound art games? Then here’s the 100% pure action indie game for you:



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Also available in Nintendo 3DS e-store


You heard right. The game’s title is nothing else than VVVVVV. To get you a basic idea of what this game is , I’ll quote the quote from the game’s official website:

“… I completed the level and was reduced to disturbingly orgasmic cries. I haven’t felt as good with a videogame, in that direct physical way, for quite a while.” – Kieron Gillen, Rock, Paper, Shotgun

There is no better way to summarize this game.


VVVVVV is a gravity-flipping platformer (as used in games such as Gravity Guy), and one that requires incredible agility at the least. Does this look easy?

veni vidi vici


As an 8-bit character and a crew of a space ship, you and your crew land on a weird dimension. Your job is to rescue all the others while attempting to avoid all those viscious spikes, shaped exactly like a “V”.

I tell you, it’s difficult. That’s why they give you infinite lives, and it’s still not enough to make this an easier game.

The gameplay itself is not the most innovative of its type, but it’s the other things that make this game so memorable.

First of all, the flashy neon graphics definitely stand out. While not really polished, it gives you a sense of frantic excitement; sometimes there are background animations, such as random spinning neon geometric shapes. After a few hundred deaths, I tell you, it gets you crazy.

The music is really good. To explain it in terms of colors, it’s neon: it’s bright, crazy, and psychedelic. I never knew good 8-bit game music were being made after the NES era, but I now know better. It’s called PPPPPP named after the tracks all starting with the letter P.



Check out Souleye, the composer.


And as if that wasn’t enough, there are also more crazy additions, such as:

Crazy enemies




(Notice the stage name on the bottom? They can be quite humorous sometimes, too)


and some random flashing animals that can potentially cause sphasms

(Sorry if the gif is not working. It flashes)




There are also stuff called Shiny Trinkets that you can collect. It’s not a requirement, but as always, people take crazy measures to obtain all of them. Some of them are just so infamous that you can actually upload a video of the process and not look like a wimp.



This one is very easy, by the way.


There are many theories about the possible origins of the game’s name. Some say it represents the numerous spikes on the wall; some say, if taken as a Greek number, represents the number of all those spikes. Who knows? Maybe it’s just part of the random craziness that’s so significant in this game.





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