Don’t Look Back now available for iOS and Android

About a week ago, I took a day out from working on Super Hexagon stuff to do a fun side thing – I ported one of my old games, Don’t Look Back, to mobile. It’s available now on both iOS and Android. (It was a pretty simple port, thanks to Adobe AIR’s mobile exporter.)

The game initially failed review on the apple app store, for a somewhat bizarre reason (some people are taking this weirdly seriously; I’m not, I think it’s hilarious). Thankfully, it got sorted out pretty quickly.( But yeah, it’s probably worth pointing out that the game is totally free, which is all I was really trying to express with that description.)

Revisiting Don’t Look Back was a pretty strange experience. It’s quite old now – I made it in January 2009 – and I hadn’t actually played it in some time. Despite numerous flaws which are glaringly apparent to me now, it remains a game I’m extremely proud of making.

2009, incidentally, is also the year that I made almost all of VVVVVV. One of the reasons I thought this port might be fun to do is that I’m considering an iOS and Android port for VVVVVV, so I’m seeing it as kind of a “trial run”. I don’t know if it’ll ever happen, and I’m not promising anything – but I’m definitely thinking about it.

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26 Comments so far

  1. bdr9 on October 17th, 2012

    YES! Please make a mobile version of VVVVVV! I will buy it over and over on all my mobile devices!!!

  2. Brownd on October 17th, 2012

    Played it. Pretty good, I must say. Specially when I realised what it actually was about.
    Hadn’t played it on PC beforehand, but it seemed flawless on Android at least.

  3. Allan on October 17th, 2012

    Hey Terry, there’s an issue with the Android version on some devices where it’s drawing in portrait and cutting off the right half of the screen. Hope that’s handled for Super Hexagon, can’t wait to play it.

  4. Goodis on October 17th, 2012

    No work on Nexus city please !
    Well do whatever you want :-D

  5. Sved on October 17th, 2012

    Hi Terry,

    i tried the game and the buttons are too small and too close to each other for me, same for screen titles buttons.

    I also got the feeling that I can’t have 3 of them pressed in the same time (e.g. right jump shoot), or that more than one button make the other less responsive, but cannot confirm that.

    I really want to like the game but it is a pain to control! (and I would be sad if VVVVVV got the same issue)

    (i’m on galaxy nexus btw)

  6. Gnoupi on October 17th, 2012

    Tried the game also, the port is not really ideal. Buttons are too small for comfort, and I’m often left without moving, when pressing the right button.

    Also, some areas (for example the ones with fireballs) are quite laggy on my iPhone 4.

  7. vintersphrost on October 17th, 2012

    i thought it was a testrun for super hexagon???

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  9. the KRIS on October 17th, 2012

    Thanks so much for the port of DLB. I played it all the way through shortly after VVVVVV came out and absolutely loved it.

    As far as the VVVVVV port, PLEASE do it! I bought it on PC but that PC crapped out on me, and I bought it on 3DS but ended up giving that to a friend after a retina tear in my right eye made the 3D kind of pointless. I now use my iPad as my only PC, and have been sadly V-less for about six months. A nice low price point on iOS would guarantee you free advertising from being on the top 50 for weeks, and more buys leads to more buys. To paraphrase Fry, “cease thine utterances and take possession of mine currency!”

  10. TowerofHera on October 17th, 2012

    Hahaha!
    Seriously, it got rejected because of THAT?

  11. Luca on October 17th, 2012

    Very nice game.

    By the way controls are barely usable, they need some work and some areas are very laggy (iPhone 4).

    It would be great with “mikey shorts” like controls.

  12. Stolen Goods on October 18th, 2012

    Beautiful game, albeit dark. Nice and minimalistic.
    My only quarrel is with the buttons being so close together, but this is otherwise great. Thanks for porting it!

  13. Semont on October 18th, 2012

    Damn, I didn’t see the ending coming. It was quite emotional.

  14. Lulu on October 18th, 2012

    I’m really excited to download this on my iPod! I’ve already played it online a couple of times, but that was a while ago and it’s a great game that’s worth revisiting.

    Also PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make a VVVVVV port to iOS! I have already played the heck out of it, but I woul still gladly pay to have it on my iPod so I could pull it out an play a few minutes on the buss or in a waiting room. It’s one of those games that never stops being fun.

  15. Ben on October 19th, 2012

    Please make an iOS port of VVVVVV!! I will pay anything for it it is one of the best games in history and it’s perfect for mobile and will translate easily for touchscreens!

  16. Gabo on October 20th, 2012

    Just played the IOS version, it was a nice port, and an awesome trip to the past, cheers!

  17. todd on October 23rd, 2012

    hi,
    I really enjoyed this game. it reminds me of that old game on snes… “out of this world”
    everyone seems to understand something that I don’t, however, like there is a meaning, or a premise?
    absolutely a lot of fun, though, and like the music a lot.
    i have more fun with this than most other games

  18. Theo McGinley on October 27th, 2012

    Perfectly recreated for iOS, but the only problem was the circular projectiles could make the game lag quite considerably. I loved this game when I played it on PC, and it’s just as good on a mobile. For extra re-playability, achievements via gamecentre or openfeint could be added, such as no deaths, or 5 minute speed run and stuff like that, but that might ruin the spirit of the game.
    Really can’t wait for super gravitron on mobile, I’d happily pay money for that!

  19. Saulo on October 27th, 2012

    Hey, I just tried your game here
    http://distractionware.com/games/flash/hexagon/
    And I wanted to leave a constructive critizice (?) -sorry english isn’t my native language-
    Gameplay and music are addictive.
    I just couldn’t play it more than 5 times because of the voice saying “game over”.
    I know I lost the game.
    I don’t need the woman telling me every single time, specially in a game that you’re trying again and again in less than 10 seconds.
    If you leave the voice, PLEASE add an option to turn it off, since I don’t want to play it mute because the music has a lot to do with the game experience.

  20. Anonymous on October 27th, 2012

    I would love an android port of VVVVVV.

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  23. Filippo on January 22nd, 2013

    Dear Terry,
    Any update about te project to port vvvvvv on ios?

    Would be awesome and an instant success.

    Cheers,

    Filippo

  24. Don't Look Back Fan on April 26th, 2013

    this is *still* my fave game of yours. I remember the first time I played it got to the half way point, started heading back, wondered what the heck was going on… And then the penny dropped and I worked out exactly what the story was that you had adapted… one of the purest joy moments I’ve had playing a computer game.

  25. DeLuSioNaL29 on December 2nd, 2013

    Have you considered allowing the user to remap the controls on the PC version. I would love to run this on my arcade machine, but I can’t remap the action button to work with my control panel. :-(

  26. DeLuSioNaL29 on December 2nd, 2013

    I’m referring to the PC version of VVVVVV by the way.

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