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Review: Life Goes On, except it usually doesn’t

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“Death is not a setback. It is the only means to success.” Read that one again. Yep, that’s what it says alright (and do they ever mean it).

Life Goes On is not just the name of the game, it’s a philosophy. The only question for you is “For whom does life go on?” The biggest challenge I had playing this game is getting over the usual drive to survive. Most games will present a challenge, the goal of which is to survive the dangers and win the objective. With Life Goes On you are presented a goal—get the Cup of Life—but it is not only likely you will die, it is required.

Life Goes On

The basic scheme goes like this—figure out where and how one of your intrepid knights has to die so his successor can make it past the remains of his dead comrade and win the prize (or die, whichever works). Don’t worry about the dearly departed, everything is done in a way that renders the game hilarious in a morbid sort of way. There is no real gore, very little blood splatter (just enough to let you know something bad happened) and no blood curdling screams (more like disappointed groans). Actually, the developers have gone to great pains (evidently just short of death) to make the game as humorous as possible. There were several points during game play where I actually laughed out loud (yep, honest to goodness LOL :)

Life Goes On

There is no limit to the number of knights you can sacrifice to the cause, but the fewer the better for your score. There are plenty of ways to die in this game, including dropping off a cliff, being incinerated, being cut up by a large saw blade (no dismemberment, just death), and even being frozen in a knight-sized ice cube. There are some other interesting ways to die, but I don’t want to give all the goodies away too soon.

All of these wonderful ways to help your knights depart the land of the living are just means to an end. The real goal of each level (and there are over 50 levels to keep you busy for a while) is to acquire the Cup of Life. As you traverse the deadly obstacle course, you’ll pile up as many dead knights as necessary to ensure a safe path to the cup. As soon as you reach the cup, you win the round. The challenge is figuring out how to navigate the level and how to do it using the fewest possible knights. Hey, they may be sacrifices, but they do have names (some rather funny). After each knight dies, simply tap the space bar to drop a new knight into the game at the last activated check point (glowing ball on a stick).

Life Goes On

The game controls are very simple: left and right arrow for movement and the space bar to jump. That’s all you need. The sound effects are well done and the background music is actually very pleasant. Visually, it looks a bit cartoonish, which is very fitting for the desired level of mirth, and is rendered with a lot of detail.

I could go on for a while longer but I think you get the point. Besides, actually playing Life Goes On is more fun (and more amusing) than just reading about it. A hearty Huzzah! for this one based on playability, creativity and humor—this game is just plain fun and well worth the investment. Now go out there and die like a winner!

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Buy Life Goes On

Genre: Puzzle platformer
Format: Digital Download
Developer: Infinite Monkeys Entertainment
Minimum System Requirements: OS X v10.6.9, 2.4GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 512MB graphics card, 600MB hard drive space
Network Feature: No
Price: $12.99
Availability: Out now

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