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8,843,637 lives lived for a total of 2,089,428 hours
1,150,235 people lived past age fifty-five
813 generations in longest family line
1001 monuments completed, 3899 in progress
Current player arc has been going 44786 years
Previous arc lasted 88906 years

a multiplayer survival game of parenting
and civilization building by Jason Rohrer
2197 Player Reviews, 93% Positive



No DRM

No middle-person

Cross-platform

Open Source
  • Lifetime server account
  • All future updates
  • Unlock on Steam
  • 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 grandmother'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 grandmother and mother 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....
80 natural objects
(latest: Rubber Tree with Pepper Vine)
22 playable characters 3117 human-makeable objects
(latest: Blue Sports Car with Smashed Mosquitoes $30)
124,605 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
  • 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
Elle (314.4 hours on record)
Posted 32 days ago

I totally recommend this game but there is a flaw with it. I keep being born in the same worlds, I'll play one and then I'll always be born in the same one again. It's always like this, in pairs. I'll be born in the same place twice in a row. Before it was crazy to be born in the same world twice much less back to back. I find I like the old system more, it was like you were just a little piece of...

Recommended
Szymon (5.1 hours on record)
Posted 32 days ago


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fennet (161.0 hours on record)
Posted 2 months ago

give me my hours

Recommended
stamp (531.9 hours on record)
Posted 3 months ago

time check

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lala (0 seconds on record)
Posted 4 months ago


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GAEA (974.2 hours on record)
Posted 4 months ago

IT GUCCI

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Name (74.0 hours on record)
Posted 6 months ago

Preview

Recommended
The Life System (21.6 hours on record)
Posted 6 months ago


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GELLYGEL (934.8 hours on record)
Posted 6 months ago

WANTED TO SEE HOW MANY HOURS IM AT

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Top Playtime Reviews:

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Morti (4,471.0 hours on record)
Posted 3.5 years ago

I think my time played speaks for itself.

Recommended
Luniatji (3,029.1 hours on record)
Posted 12 months ago

Great game, would recommend it. Every game is different but the same at the same time, its great.

Recommended
Tarr (2,570.8 hours on record)
Posted 17 months ago

Probably one of the better games you can ever play. Hardest part is learning, then unlearning, then relearning whenever things change. Hours speak for themselves.

Recommended
Tea (2,511.9 hours on record)
Posted 10 months ago

Been playing since pretty much the beginning and I kinda wanna know how much time I have spend on this game.

Recommended
demonicblack (2,442.8 hours on record)
Posted 2.2 years ago

even tho i dont like the rift the fixes jason is implementing are really nice

Recommended
Mirelli (2,152.0 hours on record)
Posted 2.3 years ago

This used to be one of my favorite games, with my hours as evidence, but I can't say the same now after the new "arc update"; with all the players crammed together and sharing finite resources in a tiny little hell box. Everyone is frustrated by the baby apocalypse and lack of progress. It's a constant scramble for food (if you survive infancy) so things can't really get done anymore. I would only...

Recommended
Rosie (1,951.8 hour on record)
Posted 14 months ago

How many hours??

Recommended
its a good game (1,920.2 hour on record)
Posted 22 months ago


Recommended
Bloom (1,919.2 hour on record)
Posted 7 months ago

No life is ever quite the same. Some things are complicated (playing on Mac, well progression, specialty biomes) but once you get over the learning curve its a lot of fun

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7% Negative Reviews:
Recent Reviews:

Not Recommended
Shell (194.9 hours on record)
Posted 5 months ago

Too many game mechanics. Not enough fun.

Not Recommended
xcb (9.2 hours on record)
Posted 5 months ago

boring and repetitive

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Not Recommended
Siyona (1,224.7 hour on record)
Posted 19 months ago

OH, PLEASE.... You've got to upgrade user interface in this game first. Make NO MORE complicated rules and stuff. I am tired to get new ppl to know some rules such as like hierarchical leadership shit or freakin yum system. I think only few players read your update news or forum, but many players get infomation IN THE GAME. You should know that. Sorry for the English. cause I don't speak English. ...

Not Recommended
player8 (1,045.5 hour on record)
Posted 2.3 years ago

The sword was the most fun thing in the game, even after the shift-click update. People were joining raids and having the best lives they had had in the game while doing so. I loved it and I lead maybe over a hundred wars and raids on towns. Then the rift came, causing the crafting players to riot and grief the life out of it, giving us a moment of freedom when it was lifted. I even made a map in ...

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Headless Hunt Contest
October 29, 2021

https://i.imgur.com/yU34jbt.png

Tighten up your
riding laces.
Fear shall smear
across their faces.
Tarr pit north
one hundred paces.
Gallop off and
to the races.

Leave them t'wonder
where their face is.

Headless specter
nightly flies.
Deaf to all their
whimp'ring cries.
Shining treasure
somewhere lies
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Fan art: by Cantface
February 9, 2020

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

More in this thread: http://onehouronelife.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=9017
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User Story: The Tale of Scott Silverthorn, by MaggieMurdoch
October 30, 2018

this is a tale of one of my last lives, sometimes I live very mundane and uneventful lives but other times I find one that stays with me and makes me think about it...This was one of those lives.

I was born a baby boy to a woman named Samantha Silverthorn in a tiny settlement, as I was born my older brother Lason was visiting, my mother had six children before me and had one after me, surviving to adulthood there was only me, my big brother Lason, my big sister Freyja and and my younger sister Liza. When I was born my mother gave me a single snake skin boot.
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