If Don't Look Back
creator Terry Cavanagh's latest game is any indication, 2010 is already a great year for indie platformers. Taking its graphical inspiration from games of the Spectrum/C64 era, VVVVVV
is based upon a gravity-flipping mechanic like the one in Metal Storm
-- instead of jumping, the stranded hero of this game is able to reverse gravity at the touch of a button, immediately falling upward into the ceiling.
Trying the game out cut dangerously into the time we intended to use telling you about it
. And it's not like we need to say much anyway: Cavanagh has released a downloadable demo
for both Mac and PC, as well as a browser-based Flash version on Kongregate
. The full game costs $15.