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One Single Life Gets Update, Sequel Announced

The tournament update for One Single Life has gone live. Remember One Single Life? It’s the game that gives you one life to make it over as many increasingly difficult jumps as possible. When you fall, the game locks you out permanently (unless you uninstall/ reinstall the app). This tournament update brings some significant changes to the game, which we’ll get into below. The developer also announced that One Single Life 2 will come out on September 15.

The new tournament mode for the original One Single Life is something of a world-wide event happening between now and Saturday. The first person to get a million points in the game will win a mystery prize, and if you’re one of the first 50 to get a million points, you’ll receive a free copy of One Single Life 2 when it comes out.

To make the tournament model work, they’ve bent the rules of the game slightly. Now, instead of locking you out permanently when you die, you’re only locked out 30 minutes before you can take another shot. Your points accumulate, and you can try jumps of varying point values, from 1,000 all the way up to 250,000. This is good for people with terrible reflexes, because they can just keep grinding away at low-scoring jumps to rack up a million points.

There are two caveats, however. You no longer get the chance to practice jumps before you try them for real, which makes each jump all the more intense. And before you attempt a jump, you’ll occasionally have to wait through a 15 second ad. The game is free, so we’re not complaining.

We have a few details about One Single Life 2 as well. It will have 10 new jump locations, a hidden game mode, and a secret ending, as well as death cam replays, leaderboards, and achievements. But the best way to prepare for the sequel is to download One Single Life now and compete in the tournament. After all, practice makes perfect.

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One Single Life Review

One Single Life touched off a bit of a firestorm in the comments when we posted our hands-on preview, because the idea of paying for a game where you can only die once, and then never play again, is anathema to gamers. From their earliest days, videogames have always been about dying over and over again, and One Single Life has one, single point to make about this tradition.

First of all, it’s no longer a dollar to play, so that alone defuses much of the pre-release criticism of the concept. As a free game, it also contains no advertising or in-app purchases, making this a game that’s purely about one thrilling idea– running and jumping without a net.

A beautiful night to tempt death.

One Single Life is all about building tension by reinforcing the fact that you have one life, and each jump you take could be your last. You start your rooftop figure running with one tap, and make one more tap to perform a long jump between buildings. You can practice each level as many times as you like, but if you die in “reality”, that’s it. Game over forever– unless you find the game’s secret extra life.

The first few jumps are a snap, and with some rudimentary timing skills, you’ll feel secure in your position. But midway through the game, when precise timing is required, you’ll have to ask yourself: Will I become just another statistic presented on the game’s virtual billboards? Eventually, you will.

Don’t become another statistic.

One Single Life offers just a few minutes of expertly-crafted tension. The animation for your runner is quite nice, and we liked the game’s atmospheric silhouette graphics. Although it abandons videogame convention by making your fatal mistake permanent, it’s a clever concept executed perfectly.

Download One Single Life, see how far you get, and reflect briefly on the meaning of the game. It’s a fun, free diversion, and then you can get back to your more traditional platformers with 99 1-ups and unlimited continues. As a soul-searching videogame experiment, One Single Life sticks the landing.