Don’t Look Back

[Play Don’t Look Back on Kongregate]

I’m proud to finally present Don’t Look Back, my very first game in flash! For the next week or so it’s available only on Kongregate, but after that I’ll provide a standalone version of the game here.

Being a flash game it doesn’t have a readme, so this seems like an appropriate place to say thanks to the people who helped me test it and gave me feedback during its development! I’d like to say a special thanks to Denis Cavanagh, Stephen Lavelle, Gregory Weir, Alex May, Josiah Tobin, disasterpiece, benzido, Tim W., zaphos, dock, Noyb, agj, Kian Bashiri, cactus, Annabelle Kennedy, Brandon McCartin, Ian Snyder, Porter, ozdy, lachhh, and finally, to Kongregate.

I hope you enjoy the game 🙂

[Edit 12th March] Don’t Look Back is now also available on this site!

[Play Don’t Look Back on distractionware]

[Download offline ZIP for Windows]
[Download offline DMG for Mac]

[Edit 26th March] To those of you looking for the soundtrack; you can find it here.


289 Comments so far

  1. Maw on March 19th, 2011

    I just cried.

  2. Anonymous Japanese on March 20th, 2011

    I understood that ending. He had looked back on her “from the beginning”. (Sorry…My sentence may be wrong because I’m not good at English…)

  3. TheGamer on March 27th, 2011

    Fantastic. I usually have to pay for games of this quality.

  4. Alan S on March 30th, 2011

    Can’t remember if I ever commented on this so here goes. This is one of my favorite Flash games. After playing it I downloaded it and have played it from start to end several times.
    The emotion this game creates is amazing–it’s like watching a favorite movie over and over. Each time it provides the same “never gets old” emotion. The chills that went up my spine… yikes!
    This game is perfect. Thank you for making it and keep up the good work.

  5. Terry on March 30th, 2011

    Cheers – I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  6. loa30066666666 on April 1st, 2011

    iloved itso much.

  7. Anonymous Japanese on April 16th, 2011

    “Don’t Look Back” means “Don’t look back on your past”.

  8. Francois MAROT on August 5th, 2011

    Thanks to the Humble bundle, I’m discovering your games. I had a really great time with “don t look back”. Brilliant !

  9. Sendy on August 18th, 2011

    That was fun and creepy at the same time… Oddly, before the return journey, this was giving me heavy Pitfall vibes.

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  11. vellocetmilk on September 13th, 2011

    great scoring and totally emotional ! excellent !

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  13. The Caped Fox on January 1st, 2012

    As far as flash games go, this is pretty brilliant. Even on the empty stretches I had my muscle-memory fingers ready to shoot or jump frantically. It was that tense.

    What bothers me however, is the amount of criticism this game is getting for being hard. It has some moments but the game is only hard if one tries to rush. Capped it in about 10 minutes.

    But i’m nitpicking. Brilliant game.

  14. Dizzie on March 1st, 2012

    Took me an hour. So much for my lunch break… : )

  15. Anonymous on March 27th, 2012

    Just saying:Moebious Band
    good game btw

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  18. Gimer on August 13th, 2012

    I’m sure others have commented this to death, but this was a very clever little game. It was really strange and eerie and unnatural-feeling not being able to use one of the arrow keys for the last part of the game… I mean, that feeling and how you wedded it with the little narrative that was forming… that was great… and it couldn’t have been achieved any other way. You needed a video game for that effect, and even more specifically a platformer with tricky timing. This was a great little demonstration of what video games are for.

  19. Gimer on August 13th, 2012

    I like it even more now having learned that it was based on the Orpheus/Euridyce myth, but with a somewhat ambiguous and open-ended conclusion.

  20. Austin on October 10th, 2012

    Wow, everyone else has a way different theory of the ending than I do. I thought that when you get to the end, another guy is there standing at your girlfriend’s grave so your character gets jealous and turns around to say “WHAT THE F***?!” but dies in the process. Then the restart of the game is an endless loop of guys the girl cheated on, trying to save her each time. Anyways, great game, Terry.

  21. Dmitry on October 27th, 2012

    Fantastic style, but I did not understend the ending.

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  23. Nowares on January 9th, 2013

    It looks great considering it’s your first flash game! Well done 🙂

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  25. j on February 3rd, 2013

    Just played through on Android. Fits my bleak mood. Nice work.

  26. Yoel on February 8th, 2013

    OMG, this is the best casual game I ever played I think. Works perfectly on my Nexus 4 (Android) thanks!

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  28. daas buya on September 29th, 2013

    wow, this was good. story of Orpheus i think?

  29. Ivan on November 10th, 2013

    Maybe Arcade Fire dedicated this song to Terry’s game )

  30. Mykomatos on December 24th, 2013

    Ho that game 😀
    At the mean time fun and epic, even with 8 bits graphics. Really good job!

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  33. A on March 3rd, 2014

    That is the most frightening ending to a game ever!

  34. M539 on February 17th, 2015

    As usual Terry a great game, ending was great and very simple easy to pick-up, thank you for this. Now I’m going to be up all night.

  35. Tony Matthews on September 14th, 2017

    I couldn’t believe it when it went beyond the Boss level. A lovely touch and made it a beautiful game . Must confess I had a slight tear…

  36. Xero on March 10th, 2019

    This game reminded me of the greek myth of Orpheus. I am sure that this was not an accident. This is my favorite flash game.

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