Don't Look Back: Seriously, Don't Look Back

If you find yourself needing an online diversion plus have the keyboard platforming skills and a heap of patience, we'd advise you to spend some of your weekend with Don't Look Back.

We don't want to spoil too much for you, but as one may be able to glean from the title, Don't Look Back's title is an order required to finish the game. If you're familiar with the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, you'll soon learn why this is so critical to reaching the end.

A good blend of lo-fi stylish graphics, interesting play mechanics and somber tone, Don't Look Back can be played locally if you've got a commute with laptop in your future. Good stuff.

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    Why is it that Kotaku AU has an auto refresh? I just lost what I was typing, and it sucks when you try to watch the video posts too, or read comments, or read long stories...

    I am being more and more impressed by the quality of indie games that are coming out these days. I'm a huge sucker for timing/rhythm (as in a timed sequence of moves to get through a screen) games so this really appealed to me. Anyone about to play it should read the story of Eurydice and Orpheus because I got a lot more from the game for doing so.

    I know I'll sound like a troll for saying this: Braid should have been more like this game. The only fun part of Braid for me was the absolute final level and this was a little reminiscent of it because of the integration of story and gameplay. Something the rest of Braid (for me) lacked.

    A lot of patience? It wasn't particularly hard. At any rate, I thought the "stylish" graphical style was more a way to cover up for the programmer's lack of artistic skill than something done tastefully. The sad fact is that this kind of art has become something of a cliche, and in this case, it combined with the the poor collision detection, badly demarcated walkable areas and sloppy controls to make the game hard to enjoy for me.

    Having said this, it short, so I didn't have to waste too much time in completing it. Oh, I also thought that the ending was lame.

    In regards to the auto refresh, that too was has been annoying me. Midway through a sentence it refreshes and you're back to the top of the page. I imagine its so the advertisers get a second slice of the cake.

    I loved the old style of the game, and found it enjoyable. That being said though, I was playing in 'instruction time' of the raid I was doing in WoW. All in all, it probably took me about 8-10min to complete. I agree with Ton in the fact that the ending was a bit lacking.

    10min of joy, but I'll never play it again.

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