A comical puzzle platformer where you must die to progress. The bodies you leave behind are your only tools to solve puzzles on your quest to find the Cup of Life.
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Release Date: Apr 17, 2014

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“This melon-twister's wicked personality alone might be enough to pull you into its death grip.”
8/10 – Gamespot

“An inventive and outlandish puzzler that executes with bloodthirstily aplomb.”
8.5/10 – Gameplanet

“It would have pleased Goldilocks, if Goldilocks liked puzzle platformers. And rampant disregard for human life.”
Destructiod

About This Game

Life Goes On: Done to Death is a comically-morbid platformer where you guide heroic knights to their demise and use the dead bodies to solve puzzles. Wanting to live forever, a mighty king sends his army of knights to find the Cup of Life. On this quest, you will summon knight after knight to be brutally sacrificed. Impale knights on spikes to create a safe path. Catch a knight on a sawblade to land the body on a button. Freeze knights into blocks of ice to reach higher ground.



You’ll also electrocute knights to open doors, blast knights out of cannons, and even zombify a knight to be your violent, dim-witted friend. As you journey through treacherous and trap-ridden worlds, you’ll show no mercy to solve each challenging puzzle.

In this game, death is not a setback. It is your only means to progress.

Key Features


You must die to solve puzzles.
We hope you’re okay with killing knights, since this is a pretty twisted way to solve puzzles! Dying is your only way to progress. As you sacrifice knights, you'll figure out how to use the dead bodies with the mechanisms in the game to solve each challenging puzzle.

Morbid, yet comical gameplay.
You’ll kill so many knights, you might even feel remorse! But flinging a bumbling knight into a saw blade or turning one into your violent, puzzle-solving friend is comical. Trust us.

Vibrant, trap-ridden worlds.
Journey through 65+ levels within four vibrant, colourful worlds full of lava, ice, spike pits, portals, zombies, cannons, and much more. And there are extra-difficult challenge levels for hardcore puzzle-addicts.

Unlockable hats and weapons. (Silly ones, of course!)
Can you find the Cup of Life wearing a horse head? On top of solving puzzles, you'll be able to unlock amusing hats and weapons. Your knights will spawn wearing silly hats, like beanies and berets, and wielding even sillier weapons, like dead fish and spatulas.

Find Jeff!
Who is Jeff? Well, he's furry, cute, and lurking in every level. Will you be his friend?

Challenges!
There are awards for solving levels with the least number of knights and completing them in record time!

Life Goes On: Done to Death also includes a kick-ass boss fight, a map-integrated storyline, an armoury to check out all your hat and weapons, and other features that will make you laugh at death.

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista or later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 support with 512MB Integrated Memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1100 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: Intel i3 3.3GHz or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 Support and 1GB Dedicated Memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1100 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6.9 Snow Leopard or better
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 support with 512MB Integrated Memory
    • Storage: 1100 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion or better
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 Support and 1GB Dedicated Memory
    • Storage: 1100 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 32/64
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 support with 512MB Integrated Memory
    • Storage: 1100 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 64
    • Processor: Intel i3 3.3 GHz or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 support and 1GB Dedicated Memory
    • Storage: 1100 MB available space

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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
I have never before had to consider "is 'Baronetess Jen Bravenius' really the knight I want frozen to death in an ice cube?"

I nominated this game for the "Highest Body Count in Pursuit of Needless Sidegoals" award and must say that sometimes I ignore the body count on purpose. The fact that the mortality rate is not for pleasure, and actually a key part of reaching your objectives, makes it oh so much more satisfying.

10/10 casualties, would play again forever.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
This game is just the kind of fun puzzle game that needed to be made. With so many games concentrating on the aspect of keeping your player alive this one does the 180 and you NEED death in order to succeed.

Each knight is named just so that you can get the brief moment of attachment before you send him on his way to die in the name of winning.

This company for being a small company knows what it means to value your and interact with players even before the game was made. They were at a local expo before the game came out and you could write a knight name you would hope to exist and even do death screams that could potentially be added to the game.

10/10 company and game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Life goes on ... unless you are one of these lemming like crusaders. Climb over and use the bodies of other crusaders to reach the grail, or just create a mountain of corpses because why not.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
♥♥♥♥ glados
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Kill yourself simulator
The legit way !!
The puzzles are great!
Best for people with suicidal tendensies.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
41 of 47 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 18, 2014
Interesting mix of platforming and puzzle gameplay. You know you got something special when I couldn't exit the game until I finished every challenge on the first 20 levels. Still itching for more.

Edit: I just finished the game and I can say for sure it's a must-buy if you love puzzle games and platformers. Most of the puzzles are on the easy side though, but there is still some challenge to be had here with some of the optional objectives. Absolutely love the music!
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50 of 62 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: April 16, 2014
I was asked to check out Life Goes On for my first impressions video series. I'm very glad I was as it's a very imaginative puzzler that I've continued playing in my off time as a result of enjoying it so much. The game has a much needed sense of humour about things (since otherwise you're just commiting mass puzzle solving murder) and is a lot of fun. The puzzles themselves vary a bit in terms of difficulty but once you get a grip on the mechanics I don't think you'll ever get frustrated to the point of giving up. New mechanics get introduced with each new location you visit also, such as being able to freeze your knights or make them levitate.

If you're curious to see it in action my first impressions video can be seen below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwCP5i124_U

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40 of 47 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2014
As someone who frequently dies in video games, this game is wonderful. Dying is expected, necessary, and actually fun in this game. It's simple to understand, but solving the puzzles efficiently is challenging enough to make it fun without being ridiculously difficult. Life Goes On is definitely a game that everyone should try.
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32 of 35 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 18, 2015
Note: video review embedded below.

I took me a long time to pin down exactly what it was that felt so strange about Life Goes On. I knew it wasn’t just the morbid nature of repurposing your corpses as puzzle solving tools, bizarre and unsettling as that is. And it wasn’t that there was something wrong with the puzzle themselves, because even with this odd feeling swirling around inside of me I was having a grand time solving them.

When I finally figured out what had been bugging me, it was both surprising and a little amusing. With how deeply the concept of death has been incorporated and mechanicalized in games, and then instilled in me through years of playing them, I realized Life Goes On felt off because it was doing precisely the opposite of what I’d been trained to do above all else: stay alive. With how many countless grotesquely violent and gore fill games I’ve played I’ve become rather horrifyingly numb to using violence as a mechanic against others, but through all of those keeping myself alive was always the objective above all else.

To do otherwise in most games is to effectively stop playing. Death is simply failure by another name, often meaningless but nearly always present and in some cases even romanticized as one of a game’s most notorious traits (Dark Souls being an obvious example). Life Goes On asked that I rethink the concept of death and in doing so it made it mean something again. Each time one of my knights died I felt an odd mixture of joy at being able to move forward, and distress at the very thought I was taking pleasure from leading my character to the slaughter.

What’s special about Life Goes On is that it doesn’t treat death the way so many modern games do. It’s not cynical, graphic, or intended to shock and appal you. It’s more like a cartoon where someone gets an anvil dropped on their head. Its situations are so absurd and everything drawn in such a delightfully cheerful tone, that I couldn’t take anything seriously because I wasn’t supposed to. Life Goes On recognizes how ridiculous its concept is and mostly manages to come off as silly, maybe even hilarious to some, rather than disturbing.

The way this unorthodox view of death is then applied to puzzle designs helps make a tired genre feel fresh again. There are a lot of the usual devices at work here, be they buttons, blocks, or various hazards, but the way you interact with them with the help of your past failures makes them feel original and inspired. Spikes become walkways, freezing beams create pushable blocks, and sticking yourself in an outlet completes the circuit opening the door. With death being directly integrated into the game design, it also helps take a lot of the edge off of missing a jump or screwing up a sequence, which removes most of the frustration so typical of the genre and had me playing through the entire game in just a few extended sittings.

I realize I’ve sort of come full circle with this review, beginning with how Life Goes On made me remember that death isn’t just a meaningless game of numbers, but then arriving back at how I enjoy its mechanical use here. Ultimately Life Goes On has its cake and eats it too, so any attempt to make it out to entirely subvert the usual violent video game trappings would be dubious at best. But that it made me consider all of this, with seemingly no intention and while delivering an excellent puzzle platformer, feels like at least a modest accomplishment. It got me thinking about things I never even recognize in most games, and though it didn’t quite go all the way, it started a discussion and even managed to have a lot of fun in the process. Odd praise to be sure, but it’s a rather odd game itself isn’t it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzvrAZ7k61g&ab_channel=MrNinjaSquirrel
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 24, 2014
Life Goes On reminded me a bit of The Swapper but instead of creating clones you're creating dead clones. See the resemblance ? Well, they're clones, but not in a traditional way. Each knight is given a random name to make you think you're dealing with other persons here. But they don't fool me. It would've been nice if every now and then a knight would get different equipment. Then, and only then, will I get the illusion that I'm dealing with different persons here. But it's not important, so let's just drop it.

Anyway, you have to use your dead clones to make it past the levels. See spikes but can't cross ? Just jump in the middle of it and you'll be able to jump on that guy's head with another knight. The game starts with basic puzzle platforming but halfway through becomes more difficult when it throws other puzzle elements your way. It never becomes frustratingly difficult, as long as you pay attention. I got stuck in a level or two and in hindsight they were actually very obvious. So it also depends on the person eventually. The game isn't very long and you should be able to finish it in 2-3 hours max, depending on if you want to earn all of the available medals.

The graphics aren't great, they are actually pretty simple but they get the job done. I personally thought it lacked a bit of personality. The voice acting is also very basic, with only a scream whenever a knight dies. The music on the other hand is better than expected and I enjoyed it very much.

The last 2 levels of the game (the true last level and the credits level) are the most impressive levels and it's unfortunate that the other levels are so static in comparison (even if some of the puzzles are harder). If there ever will be a sequel I sincerely hope they'll make use of more platforming, just like those last 2 levels. Or maybe a combination of both, who knows ?

Life Goes On is an enjoyable puzzle game and if you liked The Swapper I'm pretty certain you'll have fun playing this one, too.

[Rating: 75/100]
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dani
0.4 hrs
Posted: December 2
Really dumb puzzle platformer with forgettable funny moments and bad timings on the pieces of the puzzles. Just avoid it or whislist it for 2-3 usd when on sale..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkCXYHPhdA4
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Psych
3.8 hrs
Posted: November 28
Do you believe in casual cruelty?
Do you believe in murder and death for the sake of honestly rather pointless goals?
Do you enjoy the screams of your knights as they sacrifice themselves to your will?

Of course you do!

This amusing game centers around using the dead to help the living move forward. Often with their corpses.
There's the joy of carefully thinking through your path in order to sacrifice as few as possible, making use of timing and skills to avoid needless casualties.
There's also the joy of having a carpet of freshly dead bodies to safely and leisurely walk on as you make your way to the end.

Don't forget that murder is fun!
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SwiftWings42
7.5 hrs
Posted: November 28
This is an amazingly addictive puzzle/platformer. Using the corpses of your previous characters to solve the puzzles is both hilarious and an interesting mechanic. The levels are challenging without being frustrating, and the difficulty curve is resonable. Optional goals such as using the fewest possible number of knights really adds to the replayability.

I nominated this game for the "I thought this game was cool before it won an award" award because it's one of one of the most fun and interesting indie games I've played in a while. Overall it's a ridiculous game with an interesting mechanic, a great sense of humor, nice art, an enjoyable soundtrack, and Jeff.
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Sindragosa0
4.8 hrs
Posted: November 26
Really cool game.
Love the music.
Not for people who dislikes puzzles and/or platformers.
Optional challenges for people who likes puzzles and platformers.
Pretty diverse but can get a bit stale at times.
8.7/10
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mGuy
0.9 hrs
Posted: November 25
Fun twist on side scroller. I would recommend to a friend.
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Intosh
4.3 hrs
Posted: November 25
A very creative and new idea/perspective of how to look at deaths in a game.
Life Goes On is a fun game, that hides some tricky puzzles up its sleave.
Definitely recommend this, especially with a controller.
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Baptiste
13.9 hrs
Posted: November 23
Perfect funny puzzle game!
Sounds effects make your neighbours question your activity though!
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