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Don't Look Back

rated 4.29 / 5 stars
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Mar 11, 2009 | 8:23 PM EDT

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Hey Newgrounds! This is my first flash game and first submission here - it's been on Kongregate for the last week.

Don't Look Back is a game about fantasy. Just to warn you, it can be quite tricky in places... I hope you enjoy it!



Rated 5 / 5 stars

Excellent game, possible tie to Greek myth?

While having to rely on the arrows, space, and Z (if you don't like the up arrow) for all actions can make some moves tricky, a lot of the game requires fast reflexes, good timing and certainly a pinch of dumb luck wouldn't hurt. Certainly not impossible, but don't be surprised if it takes a few tries to get through a screen.

I particularly liked the one section where you have the soul of your significant other, and there is the option of going through the jagged death lines or turning (thereby losing the soul of your wife) to jump up, climb a ladder, and go around. While the game would auto-kill you for losing your wife (and the point of playing the game), I thought it was a nice touch.

I also liked the possible reference to Greek myth. "When Orpheus' wife, Eurydice, was killed by the bite of a serpent, he went down to the underworld to bring her back. His songs were so beautiful that Hades finally agreed to allow Eurydice to return to the world of the living. However, Orpheus had to meet one condition: he must not look back as he was conducting her to the surface. Just before the pair reached the upper world, Orpheus looked back, and Eurydice slipped back into the netherworld once again (Encyclopedia Mythica)."

*Warning, spoilers!*

The ending was intriguing. Did they both disappear knowing that mortal life could not be the same as it was? Was there no way to return to the living at all? In going to save his love, did the protagonist completely sever his ties to the living world? There are plenty of theories to explain this unexpected ending. While others might disagree I wouldn't call it a bust.

*End spoilers*

Overall, very unique and clever game. 10/10, 5/5.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Loved it

first what caught my attention was the fact that it was pixelated
very well done job at recreating the classic atari look

when i started playing i though... "hmm this seems pretty easy"
then it got progressively harder until the point when it was downright irritating
but i decided to keep going after the massive ammounts of retries.
the game is outright unforgiving for making a tiny mistake, but i was patient

i finally beat the final boss thinking "Yes I won"
after reaching the soul of my dead wife and having her walk after me without turning back i realized the entire thing is based on Dante's Inferno.

I tried completing the gruesome task of returning back to where i started thinking im going to have a different outcome

When i finaly get there i go "WTF!?"
I was pretty disappointed, but i still liked the game because it brought emotion into me. And that's rare these days.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

is not

dude is not imposible , u just dont know play it , i did the game , is hard , but is posible noob.. well i like the game 10/10 5/5


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Nice man.

Didn't finish the whole game, but I gotta say, what I experienced of it was kind of chilling. I liked it quite a bit actually.

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars


the game is a platformer that challenges the player with not only puzzles but also combat. definitly one of my favorites.