Featured VVVVVV Level: “Palace of Peril” by Blublu

Palace of Peril” is a level I like a lot, but I feel like I can’t talk about it without first pointing out that I have some serious reservations with it. This is without question the most difficult level I’ve featured – in fact, it’s so difficult that I wasn’t able to see the end myself without cheating and removing a wall in the editor. It’s a 10×9 level and it’s biggest problem, I think, is just that it’s a lot of good ideas diluted in a level that’s way too big to contain them.

There are five “areas” in the level – an outside area at the start, then yellow, green and cyan areas, and finally a laboratory area.

Of these, the yellow area and the green area are absolutely fantastic. The yellow area introduces a new mechanic, using VVVVVV’s primitive scripting in an unexpected way to do something I haven’t seen before. The green area expands on this, then, but takes in a different direction to make challenges that weren’t possible in VVVVVV.

This is a flawed level, but its flaws are more than made up for by the very inventive areas which do work, which I absolutely loved. I’m really looking forward to whatever its creator works on next!

Download: palaceofperil.zip
(forum thread)

To play a VVVVVV player level, extract the .vvvvvv file into your VVVVVV levels folder. On windows, that should be in My Documents/VVVVVV, on Mac it’s Documents/VVVVVV, on Linux it’s ~/.vvvvvv


16 Comments so far

  1. potexto on August 12th, 2011

    This level is so good !!! I really like some ideas

  2. xghjhgbvn on August 12th, 2011

    I see what you mean, Terry. Some of this is just idiotically hard.

  3. Whirligig on August 12th, 2011

    Is it really that hard? I got through without cheating — were you going for all of the trinkets?

  4. ~S on August 12th, 2011

    This is bloody marvellous.

  5. Andrew Dublin on August 12th, 2011

    Too hard for me 🙁

  6. Charles on August 13th, 2011

    Terry, a little typo: in linux, the level folder is in lowercase, .vvvvvv (being the system case sensitive…)

  7. Terry on August 13th, 2011

    Haha, crap, I’m gonna have to correct that in all the posts 😛 Thanks for the heads up, though!

  8. Psychopath on August 13th, 2011

    What wall did you need to remove to beat the stage? I managed to beat the entire thing (all 7 trinkets in hand) without cheating.

    Does this mean I’m more pro at the game than the creator himself? :V

  9. JR on August 13th, 2011

    Yeah golden spiral was certainly harder than this.

  10. Martze on August 19th, 2011

    The new mechanic IS clever, but I found this more difficult than fun. =[

  11. kk on December 3rd, 2011

    idk how to download it does it need the fullgame to play it?

  12. Shannon VanWagner on November 15th, 2012


    I’m a full time GNU/Linux user and I loves me some Linux games. I’ve bought most every humblebundle.com. Thank you very much for the Linux port!

    Also, I’ve recently installed Steam for Linux (native) and activated my VVVVVV game on there but it doesn’t have a Linux version yet.

    Is it terribly too painful to ask that you also put the Linux port into Steam for Linux? I’m requesting this as well as actually wondering how much of a pain it is to do something like that.

    Again, Thanks a lot for the Linux ports, and good luck in your ventures!


  13. Terry on November 15th, 2012

    I’m working on it! 🙂

  14. Mario&Luigi VS. Koopa on March 13th, 2016

    Oh my goodness. I need to make a crossover of VVVVVV. The levels are NOTHING compared to the, y’know, ACTUAL game.

  15. X7 on January 4th, 2017

    How do you download levels? When I try to download them, all I get is a screen with a bunch
    of coding. I REALLY want to download this, so please help!

  16. Terry on January 4th, 2017

    Just right click and save as!

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