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Something’s changed with gaming in the last several years; it’s gotten too easy. It seems like developers don’t want to punish you for dying, instead letting you reload from a point just moments before you died. Back in the good ol’ days, if you ran out of lives, you were done. Of course there are exceptions, but they are few and far between.  Well, developer Fresh Tone Games is looking to change that today with their new game, One Single Life.

The game is simplicity itself. You tap the screen once to start running, and then once again to jump across a gap. There’s just one caveat: you only get one shot. Ever. As in, if you die, you’re done. You might as well delete the game, because you can’t play anymore. Sound harsh? It is.

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The developer wanted to create a real sense of danger for the player, and they’ve succeeded. The start of every level tells you the percent of players who’ve met their demise on that level. I found myself sweating more playing this game than even something like Dead Space. The fear of death is real, and it’s amazing how well it works.

As far as graphics, the game has a very simplistic art style that’s reminiscent of a game like Limbo. It’s crisp, clean, and looks great on the retina screen. The backdrops are beautiful and give a nice contrast to the silhouetted player.

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As you may have guessed, this game does not have much replay value for obvious reasons. That being said, it’s really worth playing the game simply for the experience. It’s been a long time since I’ve been genuinely nervous playing a game, and it’s quite refreshing. The developer has already said that they expect some hate mail from angry gamers who die early but the game is available for free in the app store, check it out!

Here’s The Rundown

- Insanely Awesome Concept

+ It’s Free!!!!