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VVVVVV review

VVVVVV finally arrives on 3DS and it's been worth waiting for

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.

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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.

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  1. Xenobladeperson Monday 14th May 2012 at 15:33

    I'd say 92%

    PS, FIRST!

  2. callum2003 Monday 14th May 2012 at 15:48

    He said Tthought in the review!

    Look closely

  3. reeesy Monday 14th May 2012 at 15:51

    How much is this going to cost?

  4. NintyHippo Monday 14th May 2012 at 15:53

    How much is this going to cost?

    It costs Ł7.20.

  5. Nintendo Mad Monday 14th May 2012 at 16:02

    One of the best games on eShop

    88%

    What?

  6. noodle link Monday 14th May 2012 at 16:20

    Thought collecting all the Star Coins in Super Mario 3D Land was tough?

    No, no I didn't.

  7. GuitarHero Monday 14th May 2012 at 17:10

    Yeah, get the PC version if you have the chance.

  8. Parane Monday 14th May 2012 at 17:49

    I definitely fancy to have Vx6 on my 3DS. But the price point is scary.

    Seriously, Ł7.20?!

    I'd pay a fiver while perhaps doing a soft grumbling sound but 7 quid is just taking the p**s.

  9. Dertdood Monday 14th May 2012 at 18:37

    might want to mention that it actually has less features than the pc version

  10. tobes325 Monday 14th May 2012 at 18:59

    I'll definitely be buying this at some point, sounds like a great little game!

  11. ploiper Monday 14th May 2012 at 19:18

    beat this game today and i loved it, still need to get 4 of the trinkets. a fun game thats worthy of a purchase.

  12. Sir Joe Monday 14th May 2012 at 22:07

    I highly recommend the soundtrack as well.

  13. j123 Tuesday 15th May 2012 at 07:04

    Hmmm, sehr interessant. Ich könnte dieses Spiel zu bekommen! Translation: Hmmm, very interesting. I might get this game!
    :) Practising German for when my family goes away on holiday, btw.

  14. lminett Tuesday 15th May 2012 at 11:53

    This game isn't that great, played the demo on the PC and was pretty board, id give it about 45-50% just because the music was good

  15. Redfish20 Tuesday 15th May 2012 at 15:35

    Much as the demo version of V^6 had me sold on it, I'm not sure I can justify forking out that much more than it would cost on PC just for portability. I would much rather have it on my 3DS than PC though :?

  16. hunter metroid Tuesday 15th May 2012 at 17:40

    i will get this when i get my hands on an eshop card (which is nearly impossible since my nearest GAME closed :evil: ) im not put of by the asking price and from what ive seen in videos there is a lot of bonus content and the demo online was hard but really enjoyable. also how many blocks does this game take up

  17. Diddy ZX Tuesday 15th May 2012 at 19:13

    also how many blocks does this game take up


    A tiny bit under 500.

  18. Bowser16 Wednesday 16th May 2012 at 13:23

    i will get this when i get my hands on an eshop card (which is nearly impossible since my nearest GAME closed :evil: ) im not put of by the asking price and from what ive seen in videos there is a lot of bonus content and the demo online was hard but really enjoyable. also how many blocks does this game take up

    You can also buy them from Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsburys, etc, even my local petrol station sells them. :D

    Onto the game now, it's not great, but it is enjoyable in parts. Certainly not worth the Ł7.20 though, and i would give it a score of 55% at best.

  19. benandarchie Wednesday 16th May 2012 at 17:01

    The best game on the eShop by far. Just buy it.

  20. ganonkilla Wednesday 16th May 2012 at 17:52

    I would buy this but my SD card is full!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GAAAAAAAAAAGH!!!!!!!

  21. GuitarHero Wednesday 16th May 2012 at 19:35

    I would buy this but my SD card is full!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GAAAAAAAAAAGH!!!!!!!


    Then I would recommend buying a new SD card? Or maybe a SDHC card?

  22. Aces High Friday 18th May 2012 at 22:28

    I would buy this but my SD card is full!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GAAAAAAAAAAGH!!!!!!!


    Then I would recommend buying a new SD card? Or maybe a SDHC card?


    My SD card is almost full too! I guess I'll need to grab a new 4GB or 8GB card pretty soon. Do you know if it's possible to transfer existing data onto the new card? If so, is it simple to do?

    Cheers.

  23. GuitarHero Friday 18th May 2012 at 22:36

    Yes, it is simple to do. You just transfer all your files onto the new SD card by just moving it like a regular file, it should all be there.

  24. Mollusc Man Sunday 20th May 2012 at 11:58

    I've really enjoyed this game. there is actually a lot more content than I originally thought. you've got the main story, time trial modes, about 12 player made levels, and then a couple of other modes for good measure. I still don't think it's really worth Ł7.20 but if any of you have some money lying around it's not a bad investment.

  25. NintyHippo Thursday 24th May 2012 at 16:20

    I would buy this but my SD card is full!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GAAAAAAAAAAGH!!!!!!!

    Same. I'm getting a new one soon.

  26. spacemen13 Wednesday 30th May 2012 at 15:27

    I played gravity flipping games before. I is not original anymore

  27. Mr.Gray Tuesday 26th Jun 2012 at 09:16

    This is really great game. For me one of the best on 3DS (including box games). Price is higher comparing to other titles, but there is a lot of additional content, so I think, this will have playtime about 20+ hours, so it is really worth of it.

  28. Shmilly Wednesday 5th Sep 2012 at 01:39

    I finally got around to buying this, and for someone who never played the PC original I have to say it's fantastic. Easily worth the price for me, one of the best games on eShop. Took me 45 minutes alone to complete the Veni Vidi Vici challenge, insane but so satisfying. It's just too addictive to give in!

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