In The VVVVVV Movie: The Game, the player controls Joe Mama, who is lost in an alternate dimension, in search of the missing members of the spaceship's crew. Instead of jumping, the player is able to control the direction of gravity, allowing Captain Viridian to flip between the floors and ceilings of the environment.
Unlike most platforming games, in the game the player is not able to jump, but instead can reverse the direction of gravity when standing on a surface, causing Captain Viridian to fall either upwards or downwards. The player utilizes this mechanic to traverse the game's environment and avoid various hazards, including stationary spikes and moving enemies. Later areas introduce new mechanics such as moving floors or rooms which, upon touching one edge of the screen, cause the player character to appear on the other side. VVVVVV Movie: The Game contains eight levels situated inside a larger open world for the player to explore. Due to its medium level of difficulty, the game world contains fewer checkpoints, to which the player's character is reset upon death.
The VVVVVV Movie: The Game has been generally well received by critics, earning a score of 100.99% and 800.80% (All consoles).