Did I say NES era? VVVVVV’s aesthetics—both visual and aural—are actually reminiscent of the good ol’ Atari days, and the insanely fun gameplay is just as simple. As Captain Viridian, you need to find your lost friends—who were teleported to far-flung locations—and save the universe.
It’s a basic platformer at its heart, with spike traps and various other obstacles. But VVVVVV’s secret sauce lies in how it handles jumping: You can’t! Instead, you toggle switches that flip gravity and send you shooting from the floor to the roof, and vice versa. This single mechanic, mixed with some superb level design, makes VVVVVV an absolute blast to play.