One Single Life on iPhone Gives You Just One Shot

I’m always fascinated by games that offer you only a single chance to get them right. One Single Life, released today for the iPhone and iPad for free, is just such a game. Die once, and the game locks you out (almost) permanently.

Nine levels await in One Single Life, in which you have only one control: tap the screen to start running and tap again to jump. Your goal is to leap from one rooftop to another, but if you fall or land short, or your momentum carries you too far — that’s it.

The game’s iTunes page mentions that only 4 percent of players will make it all the way through it, and the game definitely messes with your head by putting all that pressure on. You get a chance to practice each jump before you actually take it, but once you sign on to take it, you only get the one shot.

Okay, so One Single Life isn’t exactly foolproof. Being free, it’s fairly easy to delete and re-download the app (if you’re a dirty cheater [like I am]) for another attempt. And developer FreshTone Games suggests that the end isn’t actually “the end” with a strategic question mark. So we’ll see what happens with One Single Life in the future.

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5 Comments on One Single Life on iPhone Gives You Just One Shot


On April 15, 2011 at 10:12 am

Facinating concept, but can you imagine if they did that with movies and books and music? Read/listen/watch once, then never again? There would be outrage! Thank gowd gamers are much more laid-back than other types of media-users.

Phil Hornshaw

On April 15, 2011 at 10:52 am

Yeah, but the developers mitigated that issue by making it free (and I’m sure it’ll be updated in the future). With games the idea of making a choice and living with it gets really interesting, I think, and it’s cool when games try to explore that. And technically you can redownload it and play it again…but you’re right, from a more meta standpoint, it’s certainly interesting to think about what you’re really getting, especially if you pay for it.


On April 23, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Actually, if you die, then go to the credits and go to the end, where there is just 1 cloud, and try to jump, you will land on an invisible cloud and get an extra life. But this works only once


On July 8, 2011 at 1:05 pm

If u have died and got an extra life then died again u can get a 3rd life by playing the credits again every day until u get another life


On July 8, 2011 at 1:06 pm

P.S. I have tried it