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One Single Life Review

By , on April 18, 2011

One Single Life
Download on the AppStore
3 out of 5


  • Simple premise with a pick up and play style.
  • Challenge comes entirely from the psychological impact of its premise.
  • Provides unlimited practice before committing to jumps.


  • App is worthless after dying once; play and delete.
  • Not so much thought provoking art as it is gimmicky; pushes emotional/mental buttons without actually saying anything.


Take One Single Life for what it is - a temporary experience that's quite unique and something you may seriously enjoy; if you dislike it, at least you'll have the perfect excuse to delete it immediately.

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So why did it take so long to write a review for a game that can essentially only be played once? One Single Life is the 'Schrödinger's cat' of video games - it is at the same time a combination of some of the best and worst elements of gaming and for that reason alone (and because it's free) people should give it a go. You'll love it or you'll hate it, but working yourself up in to a froth before playing the game makes for a temporarily amusing experience. It's hard to boil down an experience that's limited so harshly, but all is not lost when you die in this game.

If you've not heard about this seemingly controversial title, the premise is simply this: You must time a jump to bridge a gap between two buildings; should you fail your character will die and the game is over - permanently. That's right, when you die you can not play the game again. Does that frustrate you? Does that add a level of nervous excitement before you attempt each jump? To be fair, the game does allow players to practice each jump as much as they want before the real deal, though it's hard to go off visual cues and success is better sought through audio cues.

How do I know this? Well, despite there being a supposed 4% success rate at completing the game and despite the 'one life' gimmick, players can delete the App and download it again to try again. Is jumping a gap really worth all of that effort? Arguably no it's not, because the fun of One Single Life comes from only having one attempt at succeeding. Practicing each level umpteen times before going for the real thing, then having the game almost taunt you with statistics and discouraging signs adds a level of pressure not usually experienced in games these days (or in gaming in general). Gimmicky as it may be, it's a literal one-off deal that provokes a response (be it negative or positive).

Considering the game is free there's no reason not to grab One Single Life in order to burn off the single life you're given in the game. It's not so much thought provoking as it is unique in its experience, so love it or hate it there's something to take home from trying it out.


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FalloutNewVegas 7 years, 2 months ago

You have more than one life...If you go to the credits and the jump all the clouds without dying you get an extra life.