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In what location on the filesystem does VVVVVV store your progress through the game when you save in game?

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The save game is in a folder covered in spikes with two tiny, fast-moving folders that you must click on in rapid succession. – authenticgeek Jul 28 '11 at 19:12
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In whatever folder Flash stores its saved data. On Windows, that's %APPDATA%\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects\<random characters>\localhost\path\to\vvvvvv\vvvvvv.exe\.The random characters vary from computer to computer, so you'll have to check for yourself.

(I don't know where Flash stores data on Linux or Mac, but I would expect it's somewhere in your user folder.)

To give a concrete example, if you've placed VVVVVV.exe in C:\Program Files\VVVVVV\, then your saved data will be in %APPDATA%\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects\<random characters>\localhost\program files\vvvvvv\vvvvvv.exe\.

If you've bought it on Steam, you should go to %APPDATA%\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects\<random characters>\localhost\path\to\steam\steamapps\common\vvvvvv\vvvvvv.exe.

Note that this mean you will lose your saves if you do a generic clean of your Flash saved data.

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If you have version 2 of the game (released July 2011 in the humble bundle) this doesn't apply to you. – Colonel Panic Mar 1 '13 at 21:09

As for version 2.0 (rewritten in C++), the save lies in:


This is where the Desura version puts the save. And Steam. I believe the HIB version puts it at the same location.

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That depends on your installed version of VVVVV.

Version 1.0 STEAM:
Windows: %APPDATA%\Macromedia\Flash Player#SharedObjects\<random letters>\localhost\<path to steam>\steamapps\common\vvvvvv\vvvvvv.exe
Mac: ~/Library/Preferences/Macromedia/Flash Player/#SharedObjects/<random letters>/localhost/<path to steam data>/steamapps/common/vvvvvv/vvvvvv

Version 2.0:
Windows: %USERPROFILE%\Documents\VVVVVV\Saves
Mac: /Users/<username>/Documents/VVVVVV/Saves

(Source & Unofficial Save Converter)

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The Linux directory for version 2.0 is ~/.vvvvvv/ (if you wish to add it to your answer) – IQAndreas Mar 17 '13 at 4:35

The VVVVVV readme.txt says:

VVVVVV is a flash projector, so it saves your game in your system's flash cache. Warning: if you clear your flash cache with a tool like CCleaner, it may delete your saved games!

So it seems like the game state is saved as a flash cookie.

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