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2,424,783 lives lived for a total of 364,080 hours
140,999 people lived past age fifty-five
288 generations in longest family line
91 monuments completed, 659 in progress

a multiplayer survival game of parenting
and civilization building by Jason Rohrer
1756 Player Reviews, 93% Positive



No DRM

No middle-person

Cross-platform

Open Source
  • Lifetime server account
  • All future updates
  • Full source code
  • Tech support included
Available now for $20


This game is about playing one small part in a much larger story. You only live an hour, but time and space in this game is infinite. You can only do so much in one lifetime, but the tech tree in this game will take hundreds of generations to fully explore. This game is also about family trees. Having a mother who takes care of you as a baby, and hopefully taking care of a baby yourself later in life. And your mother is another player. And your baby is another player. Building something to use in your lifetime, but inevitably realizing that, in the end, what you build is not for YOU, but for your children and all the countless others that will come after you. Proudly using your grandfather's ax, and then passing it on to your own grandchild as the end of your life nears. And looking at each life as a unique story. I was this kid born in this situation, but I eventually grew up. I built a bakery near the wheat fields. Over time, I watched my grandparents and parents grow old and die. I had some kids of my own along the way, but they are grown now... and look at my character now! She's an old woman. What a life passed by in this little hour of mine. After I die, this life will be over and gone forever. I can be born again, but I can never live this unique story again. Everything's changing. I'll be born as a different person in a different place and different time, with another unique story to experience in the next hour...


....Progress Report....
51 natural objects
(latest: Bison)
12 playable characters 992 human-makeable objects
(latest: Stone Road)
83,884 lines of code




What you get
Immediately after your payment is processed, you will receive an email with an access link. You will then be able to download all of the following DRM-free distributions:
  • Windows build
  • MacOS build (10.5 and later Intel)
  • GNU/Linux build (compiled on 32-bit Ubuntu 14.04)
  • Full source code bundle (compile it yourself)
The price also includes downloads of all future updates and a lifetime account on the main game server that I am running.

The source bundle includes the editor and server software, allowing you to set up and run your own server or even leverage the engine to make your own game. See OneLife/documentation in the source bundle for instructions.

You can take a look at the system requirements.




93% Positive Reviews:
Recent Reviews:

Recommended
Choco (4.4 hours on record)
Posted 6 hours ago

Cute game and concept. I like how I can play this game on my crappy work computer with no lag(lots of downtime at my work). Love the game and I've watch hundreds of let's plays before purchasing the game.

Only thing I hate is the griefers. So tragic when a bloodline or village dies out. So far every life I had in a nice village gets someone that grows up, picks up a knife or bow and kills ...

Recommended
Miku (43.7 hours on record)
Posted 15 hours ago

Best game ever! You can make family and best memories in just 1h. Also you can find out yourself in family trees :D

Recommended
DDay (51.3 hours on record)
Posted 23 hours ago

I'm not sure about this game. It's unique. It's not for everyone. I've spent at least twenty hours trying to grok the crafting and if it wasn't for the wiki, i'd be screwed. But despite the griefers and the inept kids that squander your base as an eve, I can't help but come back to it because it offers both drama and a sense of progression. A mix of resource management and organizing a WoW cl...

Recommended
Gooseguy16 (7.6 hours on record)
Posted 24 hours ago

I love this game to bits. I just had a game where I had a kid named Spence. My mom was the queen, and before her death I became queen. I loved my kid and gave her my uncle's horse. In my old age I went on an exploration with my time left. I found a young lad by the name of Jack. I died of starvation shortly after. Later I was born to my mom's kid and let her know I was her mom's mom. I died of sta...

Recommended
BrodyAbroad (53 minutes on record)
Posted 26 hours ago

Awesome game, so much fun

Recommended
iamadambennett (47.1 hours on record)
Posted 27 hours ago

can you update where we can have new cloth plz

Recommended
hope (46.7 hours on record)
Posted 32 hours ago

wonderful game
great concepts
10 out of 10
i want ALL my friends to play

Recommended
Donglo (5.5 hours on record)
Posted 34 hours ago

amazing game, 10 out of 10 for developers attention to the community.

Recommended
espaol (9.7 hours on record)
Posted 35 hours ago


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Top Playtime Reviews:

Recommended
Morti (878.0 hours on record)
Posted 3 months ago

I think my time played speaks for itself.

Recommended
mirelli (723.6 hours on record)
Posted 3 months ago

It's a good game but honestly I just wanted to see how many hours I have

Recommended
telafiesta (682.7 hours on record)
Posted 47 days ago

The game is finally adding more game-play content, I approve of more domestic animals, and the surgery addition is also welcome. I still feel like the game needs more structures and a better way to locate nearby towns (bell towers are a joke) maybe establish trade and migration like the good old days where you had neighboring villages, and carpenters who built roads connecting them.

Recommended
GrowCarrots (679.0 hours on record)
Posted 33 days ago


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shampein (670.8 hours on record)
Posted 2 months ago

its a fun, simple game, with a complex strategy
lot of drama, lot of bad players, lot of griefers and murderers, so will annoy you a few times but can be so fun, very original concept and jason works on it frequently, each update changes everything but its in a good direction

Recommended
Xan (641.6 hours on record)
Posted 2 months ago

The big farm update is the best update so far. I love sharing stew with my family. It gives me time to spend more time with my children and makes the game not feel like such a rush. It seems the game culture has improved because of it.

Recommended
AAA (630.4 hours on record)
Posted 3 months ago

Just checking my hours.

Recommended
Sad game (595.8 hours on record)
Posted 3 months ago

This game describes the love of mother and family

Nobody can live forever and their life is limited.

The only thing player can leave is their bone and what they've made.

But what in earth do they've manufactured or harvested good for themselves after death?

It barely effects players next game so It means nothing as well.

Everyth ing is meaningless afterlife then ...

Recommended
Cabra (562.6 hours on record)
Posted 2 months ago

I love this game!

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7% Negative Reviews:
Recent Reviews:

Not Recommended
boggers (16.0 hours on record)
Posted 37 hours ago

I'm a fan of Jason's other games. Wanted to love this, but this game is not for me. The UI, or lack thereof, seems deliberately clunky - players should struggle against the game, not the interface. This is compounded by lag which is quite bad from Australia. The meta game, ie. conflict between griefers and dictatorships is very punishing for new players. It is not uncommon to be killed for not kno...

Not Recommended
MsBee (467.6 hours on record)
Posted 9 days ago

I do recommend this game, however, I need this to be heard:
Apparently now there's is a speed hack? A man in my town had a bow and was able to kill and ran away faster than the normal run speed.
Also if you butter a knife, you can kill everyone within a matter of seconds without making a noise. Please update.

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Not Recommended
LAG LAG LAG (513.2 hours on record)
Posted 31 days ago

Since we get more players in this game, the game become lag as hell. Optimization didnt not work, I found this game great but I cant play laggy as hell or can take to be disconnected because servers can handle so much ppl. I dont think it will improve, if you are thinking about buying this game, get a time machine and buy it three months ago, when it worked great. Its a shame such good game has th...

Not Recommended
MsBee (467.6 hours on record)
Posted 9 days ago

I do recommend this game, however, I need this to be heard:
Apparently now there's is a speed hack? A man in my town had a bow and was able to kill and ran away faster than the normal run speed.
Also if you butter a knife, you can kill everyone within a matter of seconds without making a noise. Please update.

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Update: Roads and Rails
August 18, 2018

https://i.imgur.com/XlcGsNW.gif

New transportation systems. Roads and rails.

I've also reduced the distance in the Eve spreading algorithm by a factor of two, so it should be more realistic to travel between towns and connect them with roads.

One more update, next week, and then I'm taking a much needed family vacation for a few weeks. There have been weekly updates for 22 weeks in a row at this point.
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Fan Art: The Hunter, by Blueandredfinches
August 12, 2018

https://i.imgur.com/UkWDlx9.jpg

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Primitive Technology: Forge Blower
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The Game Design Challenge 2011: Bigger Than Jesus Panel at GDC 2011




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