About Me


Heya! I’m Terry Cavanagh, a 32 year old independent game developer from Monaghan, Ireland, currently living in London.

My best known game at this point is probably Super Hexagon. Other games I’ve made include VVVVVV, At a Distance, and Don’t Look Back.

You can contact me by email here.

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100 Comments so far

  1. Ryan Carson on December 16th, 2011

    Just wanted to say that VVVVVV Is awesome! Bought it last year on steam and still come back to it every now and then. Bought the Soundtrack recently and it definately helps me keep my sanity 🙂

  2. […] Wikipedia, my beloved Backloggery and this very WordPress, Terry Cavanagh joined the massive blackout protest. The guy is one of my favorite indie developers and tip of the […]

  3. Vladimir on February 14th, 2012

    Hi Terri, your vvvvv, is great game, are you going to release it on ipad? It would be great!

  4. otakuman on March 9th, 2012

    Dear Terri:

    I purchased VVVVVV a few months ago, and I haven’t stopped loving it.

    Can I make a feature request?

    The super gravitron is in great need of having achievement stats.

    Like having an average, minimum and max survival time for the session, for the day, month and for all-time.

    This way we can compare stats online with other users.


  5. pablo on April 5th, 2012

    thanks! I’ve just completed Don’t look back…it was awesome.

  6. […] Look Back est un jeu de Terry Cavanagh (VVVVVV pour ne parler que du plus connu) dĂ©veloppĂ© en 2009. C’est une reprise, en jeu de […]

  7. Mo on May 2nd, 2012

    Got VVVVVV through humble bundle, and loved it. I think maybe it’s the only humble bundle game I played to conclusion? One of the review quotes on the wikipedia article says there’s no filler material in it. That’s the perfect thing to say about it! Every screen was compelling, and the story and art so lovely 🙂

    And twice through Veni Vidi Vici… Jesus… But the sense of satisfaction at the end was so worth it 🙂

    Just went looking into more and found Don’t Look Back… More fantastic work! Thanks!

  8. bezeo on June 18th, 2012

    You are Linus Torvalds #2!! LOL

  9. […] of its cohesion to the fact that it was essentially made entirely by the one man wrecking crew of Terry Cavanagh. That’s a fact worth mentioning because as video games become more mainstream as a medium […]

  10. […] wonderful games, can be mistaken for both abstract art and self-inflicted punishment. The creator, Terry Cavanagh, is already lauded for his vexing side-scrolling action game VVVVVV, which more or less made him […]

  11. […] wonderful games, can be mistaken for both abstract art and self-inflicted punishment. The creator, Terry Cavanagh, is already lauded for his vexing side-scrolling action game VVVVVV, which more or less made him […]

  12. Syed on September 20th, 2012

    Just downloaded Super Hexagon and it is amazing. Incredibly addictive gameplay and fantastic music.

    Keep up the great work.

  13. […] is half the fun. I found it through Gizmodo and was delighted after searching to find out that the developer [Terry Cavanagh] is from Monaghan and the music is from Northern Ireland-born Chipzel. I’ve […]

  14. […] creador de Super Hexagon, Terry Cavanagh demostrando cĂłmo es que se […]

  15. Shasharala on November 27th, 2012

    Ahh, havn’t checked back here in a while. Magnificent.
    Great to see this page updated.

  16. […] Windmill is proud to present Super Hexagon for Android, the award winning minimal action game by Terry Cavanagh, with music by […]

  17. Charles Fairchild on February 11th, 2013

    Just stopping by to tell you how much I enjoy Super Hexagon! Yeah I suck at it, but it’s so much fun!

  18. […] Terry Cavanagh is an Irish game developer living in Cambridge, England. His citationless entry on The Independent Games Wiki describes him as “bisexual on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Wikipedia.” He develops his games as distractionware, his moniker as an independent studio and developer. Since he helps run a freeware website, FreeIndieGam.es, it’s not surprising to find that he makes many of his games available for free on his website. Cavanagh has made a splash with a few of his games, mainly VVVVVV, At a Distance, and Super Hexagon. I am going to talk about a few of my personal favorites: VVVVVV, Don’t Look Back, and Pathways. […]

  19. […] Open Hexagon de Vee Software est un jeu assez rĂ©cent, mais mĂȘme au cours de sa jeune existence, il a dĂ©jĂ  rĂ©ussi Ă  susciter toute une sĂ©rie de controverse, la question Ă©tant qu’Open Hexagon n’est rien d’autre qu’un clone libre d’un jeu populaire sur iOS / Android, Super Hexagon, crĂ©Ă© par le tout aussi populaire dĂ©veloppeur indĂ©pendant Terry Cavanagh. […]

  20. Daniel Belet on March 15th, 2013

    Hi Terry,

    I recently created some super hexagon art work, all from scratch and you can have a look here. http://society6.com/WeekdayWolves/Super-Hexagon_Print

  21. Ivan on April 13th, 2013

    Terry, we want more little games from you!

  22. Josh Johnson on May 6th, 2013

    Hi Terry, just wanted to drop by and say I just played through Don’t Look Back on Android and thought it was a really great game (I posted a review on my website if you’re interested: http://www.joshjohnson.edutechhosting.co.uk/blog/review-dont-look-back/)

    Keep up the good work!


  23. Giovanni Solimeno on May 19th, 2013

    Just playing Don’t Look Back on Android, and it is a really immersive.
    One thing: On Galaxy Note buttons are really little.


  24. songster on June 6th, 2013

    I just beat Don’t Look Back. That was a nice game!

  25. Carlo Arnaboldi on June 18th, 2013

    There are games, and there is art: I just wanted to remark that Super Hexagon and a Piano Sonata from Beethoven are made of the same substance. In the era of lame AAA games…this is a miracle.

  26. Denise Desu on June 25th, 2013

    Hi Terry! I wanted to take a moment to say ‘Thank you’ for your awesome work on Super Hexagon. It’s an amazing game and, even though I can’t complete it yet, I play every single day to beat my previous scores. Hope to play more games from you!

  27. […] Cavanagh mit seinem Ein-Mann-Entwickler-Studio “disctractionware” zunĂ€chst Bedenken zum Entwickeln fĂŒr die OUYA hatte ist es jetzt offiziell: Die beiden […]

  28. FromRussiaWithLove on July 30th, 2013

    Hello, Terry.

    I used to play a lot of games like Half-life, NFS, Sims, and so on. Then I played your game “Don’t look back”. It was a real shock! I realized that there was a completely-different-Universe near us, the games from another dimension. Something like the European arthouse cinema against Hollywood production. I want to say thank you so much for your little masterpieces!

  29. Aaron on September 14th, 2013

    I have beaten super hexagon and seen the ending …. The only thing I have to say is wow what amazing work! I played this game addictively for about two and a half weeks and my highscore on hyper hexagonest is 88 secs. As my first game I’ve played from you I’m impressed. Great job!

  30. Suppir on October 12th, 2013

    I like clear, minimalistic design and great ideas in each Terry’s work.

  31. » VVVVVV (2010) on November 22nd, 2013

    […] of its cohesion to the fact that it was essentially made entirely by the one man wrecking crew of Terry Cavanagh. That’s a fact worth mentioning because as video games become more mainstream as a medium […]

  32. dj_ouf on December 22nd, 2013

    Congratulations Terry for your wonderfull poetics games ! I especially liked Don’t look back and going to play Naya’s Quest 😀

    Keep up the good work

  33. Terry Cavanagh | Digital Blare on January 8th, 2014

    […] Cavanagh on making fewer, more ambitious games About Me Twitter […]

  34. […] as a video games developer (products such as Super Hexagon and VVVVV). The company he founded is Distractionware. He was home in Tydavnet for Christmas and the New […]

  35. cathriona on January 9th, 2014

    can I just ask you what course you would recommend for someone who wants to develop games?

  36. […] Terry Cavanagh, desenvolvedor de VVVVVV e Super Hexagon, ambos jogos desafiadores, respondeu a iniciativa com Maverick Bird. […]

  37. SteveTheGuy on April 2nd, 2014

    Please try my game about AVGN coded with puzzlescript HTML5:http://www.puzzlescript.net/play.html?p=9938787

  38. […] liebster Spieleentwickler Terry Cavanagh (Super Hexagon! Dude!) hat am Wochenende ein massives Round-Up zu seinem Indie-Klassiker VVVVVV auf […]

  39. Kevin Plante-Germain on June 17th, 2014

    Hello Terry,

    I’ve just finished VVVVVV. Its a real piece of art, keep on the good work!


    – Kev from Canada

  40. Aesthetics Training on November 11th, 2014

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  41. maclio on February 24th, 2015

    As recently as last year (or was it on 2013?) I learned who was the man behind Don’t look back, a game that I used to play in my childhood and was one of my main influences in videogame development. But I have just realized you are the creator of super freaking hexagon!, and couldn’t wait no more to thank you for writing such masterpieces and showing me the power of simplicity.
    I barely know anything about the rest of your work, but anyway, keep up the flow of awesome productions.

    Some Uruguayan guy (in case you where wondering about the probable quirks in my English)

  42. BeachDadAtHome on May 4th, 2015

    Hullo! My son (6) and I just stumbled across Vvvvvv (Android) and as lovers of spikey mazes, have been having a lot of fun. The pc level creator has blown my boy away though, he thinks it is the coolest! (It is pretty durned cool.) Thanks for the effort, creativity, and allowing us create as well!

  43. Bartosz on November 8th, 2015

    I’ve just finally beaten Super Hexagon. It’s been a blast, I love the game. I’ve also enjoyed vvvvvv a lot! You make awesome games, thanks!

  44. Durrbill on February 25th, 2016

    Hey, Terry! Wanted to thank you for making VVVVVV and Super Hexagon. They’re by far some of my favorite games ever, and I keep coming back to them. Also, is it a coincidence that on the Hexagonest stage of Super Hexagon changes to the 6 colors of each of the crewmates in VVVVVV? If it isn’t, pretty clever of you!

  45. Kim Motika on March 2nd, 2016

    Hello – my name is Kim Motika and I manage content acquisition for GameFly Streaming. I came across your game on Steam and am very interested in talking with you about including your game in our portfolio of products being offered through our Streaming App that is currently live on Samsung, Phillips, LG and Hisense Smart TV’s throughout many territories, Amazon Fire TV, and several Cable providers throughout the world.

    Your product has been received very nicely by the Steam Community (congratulations). We think it could do nicely on our Streaming service.

    I am interested in Super Hexagon. Of course, further evaluation of the game is needed to ensure compatibility. I can discuss this process further but we typically ask for a few Steam Keys to download the game to conduct the evaluation.

    I would love the opportunity to discuss our service further and talk about the evaluation process to determine compatibility of product.

    Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.


  46. Mysterious Lady on March 20th, 2016

    Sorry to ask, in case someone has asked before, but what game development software do you use?

  47. Daniel on May 3rd, 2016

    Terry you rock! I discovered your work through vvvvvv on steam in 2010, and vvvvvv quickly became one of my all-time favorite games. I play through it once a year. Super Hexagon never leaves my android phone, and I’ve also played through Don’t Look Back a couple times. Overall, I just love these games and can’t wait to see what you come up with next. Thanks for sharing your imagination and creativity with the world. Stay awesome!

  48. Lulukittycat on July 21st, 2016

    Are you going to make a chat chat 2? i really enjoyed that game 🙂

  49. HotDogbunbun on July 22nd, 2016

    I heard there was going to be a chat chat remake!!
    I cant wait to play it~~ ^o^

  50. wes on October 11th, 2016

    Clicked on vvvvvv after finishing it years ago, the game is still as fun as ever. Thanks!!

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