Yes. Yes, you read the headline correctly. VVVVVV, a 2010 game by Terry Cavanaugh, has been updated in 2021. Why now, when the game hasn’t had a patch in over seven years?
Cavanaugh released the source code for VVVVVV Update 2.3 includes numerous changes as a result of the game’s opening up, all of which are listed in Cavanaugh’s release blog. While the game’s creator didn’t do the majority of the work on the most recent version, he was the gatekeeper for what made it in.
“I’ve personally added very, very little to this update – which is something that I feel maybe a little anxious about! But I’ve been very careful to make sure that every change is something I was happy with, and that none of the changes to the game we’re doing anything other than making this the best version of the 2010 game,” said Cavanaugh about the project.
While there are a bunch of changes to the game, here’s what stands out to Cavanaugh as key changes:
- 60-plus FPS support
- Improved graphical options (Including VSync and an option to give the text a black outline for better visibility)
- New features in the level editor
- Hundreds of bug fixes
Captain Veridian navigates a maze-like planet to find his missing crew in VVVVVV Veridian uses gravity to clear obstacles such as pits and lethal spikes, the latter of which causes instant death with just a touch. The world is cruel, but it’s fun to find the best routes through dangerous rooms. Cavanaugh is best known for Super Hexagon and, more recently, Dicey Dungeons, but VVVVVV is one of my favorite indie platformers, and its soundtrack is one of my all-time favorites.
If you enjoy a tough challenge and haven’t tried VVVVVV, you should, especially now that the “best version of the 2010 game” is available. Get it on PS4, Switch, 3DS, iOS, Android, or PC, but note that the new update is only available through Steam or itch.io.