The levels have puzzles that can involve simply learning to comment out a section of code or understanding the functions so that you can figure out a way to manipulate the variables to achieve your goal. It will make more sense after you play through a few levels.
VIM Adventures shines a bit more when it comes to the presentation. It looks like a standard, top-down game where you play a cursor and learn different Vim shortcut keys to move around the environment and solve puzzles. It’s not that fun that you would want to play the game on its own but if you’re wanting to get better at Vim, it’s a fine way to distract yourself from just reading documentation.
VIM Adventures is an online game based on VIM’s keyboard shortcuts (commands, motions and operators). It’s the “Zelda meets text editing” game. It’s a puzzle game for practicing and memorizing VIM commands (good old VI is also covered, of course). It’s an easy way to learn VIM without a steep learning curve.
You play a blinking cursor appearing one day in a semi text based world of Textland inhabited by little people but ruled by bugs. You soon discover that your arrival was foretold by an old prophecy and that you’re expected to restore order to the world (in case you didn’t make it to level 2 yet…).
After reaching the end of a level, unfortunately, you will be prompted to pay for a license. You can buy a 6 month license for $25 to continue through the 13 levels in the game to learn and practice shortcuts from Vim.