Time for a quick update, I think! I’m preparing to move out of Dublin at the moment, which has slowed development down a bit. Hoping to pick things up next week, though.

For the last fortnight I’ve been mostly working on the final bits of the game’s content, the two intermission levels. Both are a bit of a departure from the gameplay in the rest of the game, so there was a fair bit of work involved in getting them right. “Intermission two” is basically finished, but there’s still work to be done with “Intermission one”.

A few people have written up their thoughts on the beta, all of which is very motivating! Dustin over at PlayThisThing wrote a review, Rob Fearon explains why you should play it, and Mike Rose gave his impressions!

This is probably a good time to clear up something I’ve been asked a few times over the last few days – yes, you can play the beta right now if you donate. Everything in this post still applies until the second/final beta is ready! This isn’t available anymore. (7th Dec)

Thanks to everyone who’s sent emails and feedback 🙂 I really appreciate the support, and I hope you’re enjoying the game.


11 Comments so far

  1. Josiah Tobin on November 29th, 2009

    Wow, can’t wait! Reading nothing but good things… this looks to be the defining Distractionware title so far 🙂 Not living in the UK means the whole “Surrealist British Platformer” thing basically didn’t exist to me– I’m only just now finding out about all that– but I’m super excited for this game regardless, it just looks like so much *fun* 😀


  2. Magnus on November 29th, 2009

    Great reviews man! Defining title is almost an understatement. This game has become huge and greatly anticipated all over the world.

    It dawned on me that to become great you must be ready to lose it all. And that’s what you’ve done, Terry. You’re an inspiration to us all!

  3. ZekeSulastin on November 29th, 2009

    These reviews are making it harder and harder to be responsible and fight the urge to preorder the game before I own stock in keyboard manufacturers can play the demo to see if I’d actually enjoy the game ._. It’s looked at least somewhat interesting since its humble beginnings as a ‘side project’ and watching the trailer and seeing these reviews makes it look great …

    Out of curiosity’s sake, may I ask how the full version will be distributed come release, whether it be Steam or passcode or some other arcane method? (Also, there’s more music than just the main theme in the game?! Please tell me it’s either easy to get to like Iji’s or additionally available somehow ;_;)

  4. Stephen on November 29th, 2009

    There’s more music than the main theme, as far as I can tell there’s about 4 tracks, give or take, that play depending on what zone you’re in. All the music is great! I think they all tend have a refrain that links back into the main theme, too, which is pretty cool.

  5. Magnus on November 30th, 2009

    Stephen: There’s a couple of tracks more than the main theme, but only one that links directly to the main theme. They’re all a bit similar though due to having the same composer.

    ZekeSulastin: Yes, they will be easily available.

  6. D on November 30th, 2009

    ‘Not living in the UK means the whole “Surrealist British Platformer” thing basically didn’t exist to me’

    Surrealist Irish platformer, I think you’ll find!

  7. Sergio on November 30th, 2009

    D, I believe Josiah is referring to games like Jet Set Willy, not VVVVVV itself. I imagine Jet Set Willy was an inspiration for VVVVVV, though I’ve never actually read that anywhere.

  8. Josiah Tobin on December 1st, 2009

    Yup, I saw the term in the Rob Fearon article and borrowed it. 😉


  9. Stephen on December 2nd, 2009

    So there will be further beta releases before the final release?

  10. Terry on December 2nd, 2009

    Just one more, I hope 🙂

  11. Stephen on December 3rd, 2009

    This is one of those occasional moments where I wish I had a twitter.

    I just got through Doing Things the Hard Way! I can’t believe I finally did it.
    This game is beautiful.

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