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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!
It seems users either really like this piece, or really don't. I myself am in the first category.
Story is sometimes difficult to communicate in games, particularly in games with such low-bit graphics and minimal set pieces. However, unlike many mainstream platforming vehicles (Mario, Mega Man, Sonic, etc.), this entire experience seems to BE the story, rather than simply progressing it, and I find that extremely satisfying.
Every little thing in this game seemed to mean something. From the simple reds and blacks of the background palette, we can deduce that we're dealing with death and the afterlife. From the challenging platforming, we can deduce the hardships our traveler must have faced on his way to reach his goal. From the stirring and minimal music cues and sound effects, we can deduce that the situation is just as unsettling for our traveler as is it for us as a player. And finally, from the ending, we can deduce that the author has a very active imagination.
The controls handle well, never feeling as if they get in the way of the narrative, and the quick "death" wipe lets you know you've screwed up without seriously harming the flow. Also, the fact that your avatar can't actually die makes it a game anyone with enough patience and interest can finish.
And there's a lot of interesting stuff here.
Bravissimo, sir. Easily my favorite recent thing on Newgrounds since "Closure." I'd like to see more dark, unique, story-driven experiences like these.
You've done Orpheus proud
This was a great game and did the story of Orpheus well. should have had him play the lyre and look back at her at the end of the game though. I guess you could have been going for Orpheus-like though.
Nice to see some greek tragedy on Newgrounds other than the tripe that's usually praised around here.
Wham bam thank you ma'am.
I still got the chills, both from the ending, and the magnificent gameplay.
Best platformer I've played in recent memory, and hell, I doubt any different graphics would compliment it as well as what you chose.
10 and 5 stars, of course.
wow when i jump it fucks up :( >:(
great game.. and when i saw the ending, and he was staring at hiself.. it graced me like a complete movie. this game is flawless and it would have been a sick survival horror platform back in the days of resident evil and silent hill.
A retro-inspired 2D Action RPG set in the distant future (DEMO)
Travel the world on an epic shark lifting adventure!
What happens after the final boss is defeated?
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