Jun 25, 2014
Alongside VVVVVV, Terry Cavanagh released Super Gravitron, a free version of a mode in VVVVVV. This game has some interest to it, particularly as it’s from the creator of Super Hexagon, but this game should be regarded more as an interesting free curiosity than as the next great high score game, which it is not meant to be.
When I beat VVVVVV on the 3DS a couple years ago, I thought “the only way this game is coming to mobile is if Terry Cavanagh just makes the Super Gravitron mode as an app,” and I was both wrong and right: wrong in that the dude was crazy enough to make the full game for mobile (and making it actually work pretty well!), but right in that the game is a good fit for mobile. It just involves moving left and right, bouncing between two wires that bounce Captain Viridian back to the other side. It’s possible to warp between the two sides, though this can make the ol’ Captain prone to spawning hazards.
This game is very hard. But so was Super Hexagon. But there’s a big difference in the difficulty of the two games. Super Hexagon is designed to be hard, but in a fair way. It presents an immense challenge, but there’s some predictability. This is a lot more chaotic: patterns of hazards come quite randomly, and my high score even after hundreds of sessions is still just 9 seconds. Of course, this does make the game highly replayable: it’s possible to play a lot in a few minutes. As well, the auto-respawning helps out a lot with getting back into games. There’s a second break, then it’s back to the action. Other games could take a lesson from this. Sadly, there’s no Google Play high scores, but there’s no ads or anything of the sort. This is just a free game, and it’s hard to complain about it too much. Plus, it has one of Souleye’s tracks from VVVVVV‘s wonderful soundtrack.
Essentially, this was meant as just a free toy of sorts, something that would fit on mobile, and it’s certainly entertaining enough, but it does show: even simple games usually have a lot of work put into them, and there can be a colossal difference between a fun toy, and a great game like Super Hexagon.