Back when shops didn't open on a Sunday and there was only one live football match on telly a week, this writer wasted many winter afternoons playing games on a Commodore 64. VVVVVV looks like one of those games. Only it's better.
Imagine, if you can, Jet Set Willy crossed with Metroid and you've (almost) got VVVVVV. Playing as Captain Viridian, you have to rescue six members of your crew who have become scattered across an alternate dimension after your ship is affected by dimensional interference.
The Metroid comparison is valid because you are lost in space in a maze-like dimension while the fact that each room has its own name is a nod to Jet Set Willy and gives VVVVVV a great sense of humour with some of the titles sure to make you chuckle.
Yet what makes this stand out is Captain Viridian's gravity flipping technique which enables him to get around the platform levels. He can't jump so even a tiny obstacle means he has to flip gravity to float above it. Some of the rooms are like puzzles and you really have to think about how to get through some of the rooms and land each of the 20 hidden trinkets. Thought collecting all the Star Coins in Super Mario 3D Land was tough? You should try this.
Yes, VVVVVV is challenging and some rooms can have you squirming in frustration as you die over and over again but with nicely positioned checkpoints ensuring you go back in for more, it's hugely addictive.
It is one of the best games on the 3DS eShop, then, but those who have already played the PC original may baulk at the price, especially considering the 3D adds nothing.