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Don't Look Back

By Terry Cavanagh

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Don't Look Back is a short game I made in 2009.

Some reviews of the original version:

"A perfect example of doing more with less" - The Escapist

"Every game with a lead character necessarily has a moral. Every single one. It's just rare that the moral is so uplifting." - Jayisgames

"It may be a pop song, but it´s like a Smashing Pumpkins single or something, from a concept album." - PlayThisThing

What's New in Version 1.3

Fixes a bug with button size on iPhones.


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Customer Reviews


This game was very well made. I highly recommend it to anyone. At first I didn't get the story, but then I realized at the end, it was based off a Greek myth, where a man travelled into Hades after his new wife died from a snake bite on their wedding day to ask Hades to return her. He said that he should go back out of Hades, his wife will follow, but if he looks back to her before they are completely out of Hades, his wife will disappear and be returned to the underworld. He did as he was told, but when he saw the light of day, he couldn't wait any longer so he looked back to see his wife one last time as she disappeared forever. The story in the game is a bit different, and you should definitely play it! The controls confused me sometimes, but that is not unusual for me because I confuse left and right sometimes. The game is free, so it is worth a try, I think it's a game anyone could like.

You go Terry Cavanaugh!

A hidden gem! I've played a couple of Terry Cavanaugh's other games and loved them. Super Hexagon was a lot of fun and VVVVVV kept me up waaaay past bedtime. This is the first game of his where I've felt like the story shined above the gameplay. The others were exemplars of solid control, gameplay, and design. Don't Look Back offers something a little different. The control isn't as tight, the level design isn't as solid, but the experience as a whole shines. I believe that is due to the integration of story, portraying themes of love, loss, remembrance, and grief in a simple and beautiful way. It is the video game equivalent of a haiku, conveying its message succinctly with a deep understanding of the form. Please keep making games, Terry Cavanaugh. And don't be afraid to tell stories.


This game is perfect. This game inspires me. I don't care what people say about, "Oh, I don't like the graphics, oh I hate this game, it's too short" , no no no no no. SHUT UP AND PLAY THIS GAME! Just kidding people. You don't have to. I am just trying to express my feelings towards this 'old timic' game. This game reminds me of the old times when I was 7 and I had windows xp paint where I made RED pixels on the screen and made a movie on it with my imagination. Notice I said RED, because this game also has red shading color. Very awesome game Terry. You should make more like this. You don't have to, but this is AMAZING!!! 😄😄 The music is a killer. It gives me the chills when I hear this peaceful art of music. I seriously love the atmosphere. 5 STARS!!!!😄

Don't Look Back
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.3
  • Size: 14.0 MB
  • Languages: English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
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Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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