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You Cannot Go Back is a quick-to-play adventure game which will test your memory, skill, and reflexes. 

Can you make it through all three levels of the dungeon alive, and escape with the treasure? Or will a nasty fate befall you?

Just remember dungeoneer - the only way is onwards; you cannot go back!

Game features:

  • Quick to play: each game lasts less than 5 minutes
  • Random three-level dungeons of up to 36 chambers total
  • Three-button control scheme: Up, Down, or Straight On (there is no Back button!)
  • Music & effects
  • Playable in both Landscape or Portrait modes 
  • 15 different chamber types with increased difficulty at higher levels, including
    • Puzzle Chambers
    • Action Chambers
    • Memory Recall Chambers
  • Challenges short-term recall
    • With up to 5 clues to remember at any one time
    • Any one of which may be needed to proceed

Need some help to finish the game? Check out the walkthrough on the wiki!

Asset credits:


Version 1 of You Cannot Go Back is compiled for Playdate devices and the Playdate Linux Simulator.

Updated 15 days ago
Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars
GenreAdventure, Puzzle
Made withPlaydate
Tags8-Bit, Arcade, Black and White, Pixel Art, Playdate
LicenseMIT License
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsGamepad (any)
LinksBlog, Walkthrough, Source code, Original Pebble Smatwatch Release


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YouCannotGoBack_v1.pdx.zip 18 MB


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This is, in my eyes, the best itch io playdate game. I love the features in the game, the setting, the gameplay,... oh man... superb.

Good Job :)

Fantastically addictive little game, who knew Warioware and Knightmare made such good bedfellows? I'd happily pay a premium for a version with more rooms/features.

This game is EPIC! You should add a price to it! Even if just $0.99!!  Can’t wait for some additional floors. 

So, so, SO good. Took me about 30 minutes to complete my first run but I loved the complexity of this game. I have never played anything like it. Would love to see this expanded upon with more rooms in the future -- or a more full fleshed out (paid for obviously) release in the future!

Weirdly kinda reminds me of The Cube haha

Thanks jordan for posting your playthrough - it was fascinating to watch how you tackled the various chambers. I may make some small adjustments in the future based on your experiences here. Hope you managed to figure out the solution to the final room, you got lucky that time ;)

This has become my most-played game for the past few days. Such an excellent concept and very well done! It feels like something that Edmund McMillen would’ve worked on.

Very cool game. Reminds me sorta of warioware. I agree with seacreek about the portrait mode too. Would love to see an update adding more puzzles/floors. A floor counter highscore based mode would be interesting.

Thanks for the suggestions - adding new rooms is quite easy on the technical side, I just need some good new ideas of what to populate them with. And I am thinking about adding a 4th level to the dungeon, with even harder versions of all the rooms!

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Great little game! really enjoy having a portrait example. I think maybe the first portrait mode PD game.