Don’t Look Back, You Can Never Look Back

June 1, 2010

Would Orpheus have had an easier time saving Eurydice from hell if only he’d had a handgun?

The answer to that timeless question, as evidenced by Terry Cavanagh’s online game Don’t Look Back, is a resounding no.

In this video game adaptation of the famous Greek myth, you take control of a protagonist who must fight his way past snakes, bats, and demons into the deepest reaches of hell in order to bring his beloved back from the dead. You’ll soon come across a handgun, which is more useful against three-headed dog-demons than a lyre. But I’ll be honest: this game is difficult. If you don’t have dexterous digits and precise finger pad control, you’re going to get frustrated in a hurry. Hey, if saving the vaporous ghost of your dead sweetheart from the devil’s clutches was easy, we’d all do it.

Anyway, this is a lovely, frustrating, and thought-provoking retelling of the story of Orpheus and Eurydice. Someone should write a thesis about it.

Orpheus as a youth, with his favorite deer

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One Response to “Don’t Look Back, You Can Never Look Back”

  1. Shaleena said

    Huh, now why didn’t I think of that? ;P

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