(6/12/2015) Tampa, Fl --- The reason of supporting independent video game is because their products are fresh and reflect an aspect of their personality and creative process. As on a constant basis the games that are made on a lower scale are richer towards story line as well replay value.
What is fascinating about Terry Cavanagh is the approach he takes on the minimal aspect at the moment of creating a very compelling result that is quite easy to enjoy .
His game of Don't Look Back, take a very minimalist approach and doesn't contain any dialogue, it's quite charming and compelling but it is also incredible difficult on PC but specially on the iPad due the controllers configuration, almost as if it was a new level of difficulty to master.
The minimalist idea of DLB where the retro factor was the key essentially evolved into VVVVVV where the exploration of basic mechanics of video games were taken to the extreme in a new entertaining way.
The story of the game is a reinterpretation of the myth of the Orpheus (2) and Eurydice (3) myth in which a lover can't deal with the grief of losing his better half and descends into the underworld to search for her, but hence the name you can't look back when you rescue the spirit you can't look or otherwise you have to re-start the screen, much as it was within the myth of Orpheus.
|One of the many puzzles of the game|
The experience on gaming should be most as within the narrative, replay value and difficulty of the game itself. We can take a look on some of the old school games within the Atari spectrum as well within the first generation of Nintendo, there was barely a dialogue within the titles but yet they were compelling.
Mainstream should advocate towards a certain simplicity but yet difficulty towards game and how they sell to the gamer beyond the home consoles. Indie developers such Cavanagh have a great possibility on platforms such as Steam or even on the cellphone market as well on the tablet because not only by selling the game on a price that is accessible to the consumers they can capitalize their name as a brand in order to attract more followers.