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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May 17

Life Goes On: Done to Death is Now Available!

Hey puzzle solvers!

We are so excited to finally announce that Life Goes On: Done to Death, the game where you have to die to progress, is available! We spent the last two years working on our original release, Life Goes On, to bring you an updated and expanded version that is bigger, better, and packed with tons of new features!

You can get the game right now at 25% off the regular price for launch week. (If you own the original Life Goes On, the update is FREE!).

So What’s Life Goes On: Done to Death?

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.

New Updates & Features!
  • More Levels! There now over 65 levels (almost doubling the playtime of the original game) within four vibrant worlds--this includes the brand-new “sky” world called The Ruins.

  • More Ways to Die! Ahh Zombies! You can now zombify a knight, or will the zombie kill you? There’s also portals to blast your knights through. And be careful not to get crushed!

  • Unlockable Hats and Weapons! Unlock amusing hats and weapons, and your knights will spawn wearing silly hats, like beanies, berets and horseheads, and wielding even sillier weapons, like dead fish and spatulas.



    Did we mention that 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 new features that make death even funnier than before?

    If you’re new to our game, we hope you love it. And if you’ve played the original, we hope you love the updated version!

    Get Life Goes On: Done to Death for 25% now!

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April 26

Life Goes On: Done to Death is releasing on May 17, 2016!

Life Goes On: Done to Death is almost here! Since the release of Life Goes On in 2014, we have been working hard on improving, upgrading, and expanding the game.

So what’s new in Done to Death?

  • A new world called The Ruins (set in the sky), making up a total of four worlds and over 65 levels.
  • New levels that are longer, almost doubling the game’s total playtime. The levels are also more mind-boggling, and there are extra-difficult bonus levels for puzzle lovers.
  • New puzzle-solving mechanisms and tools such as dim-witted zombies and portals to transport knights.
  • More funny features and elements such as unlockable hats and weapons (think beanies and floppy fish).
  • The level selection map had gotten a complete overhaul, now including more art, sound effects, and a background story.

Current owners of Life Goes On will get this update for free! The game will auto-update in your Steam library on May 17th!

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Reviews

“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

“Combine great puzzles with a good sense of humor, pretty visuals and a surprisingly well produced soundtrack, Life Goes On is a delightful gem of a game.”
4/5 – Darkstation

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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    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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iddqd
3.1 hrs
Posted: September 2
Hilarious puzzle platformer which proves to be pretty challenging eventually.

If you're considering the purchase, let me tell you this: You WILL have a good time playing this. But you will also kinda rage since the later levels are really hard. If you like a challenge, pick it up!
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6.8 hrs
Posted: August 27
Great Game with a familliar feeling to its precursers but just the grapics are amazing for a puzzle game. It also offers something new, the ability to sacrifice as many men as you need to without consaquence. Yep Life goes on is all about sacrificing knights to acceive the end goal, use the dead as stepping stones, ledges tp climb and even freeze them into blocks of ice to set on triggers. All in all I give Life goes on a 10 out of 10!
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Mike
8.6 hrs
Posted: August 24
Strongly, strongly recommended. The puzzles are fiendish and the writing is funny. An interesting twist on puzzle platformers.
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SSpectre
17.1 hrs
Posted: August 22
Product received for free
There's nothing life-changing here, but the healthy mix of personality, accessibility, and challenge makes it pretty much solid from start to finish.

Full review:
http://www.cubed3.com/review/3022/1/life-goes-on-done-to-death-pc.html
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Prowlingmonkey
2.9 hrs
Posted: August 15
Pros: Cute, Fun, Clever, and easy to pick up and just go through a few levels
Cons: Par jumping animation and feel, lacking in range of atmospheric sound effects like footsteps
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HockeyMonkey2911
1.3 hrs
Posted: August 10
The price is a bit high, but if you shop around on other sights you're likely to find a good deal. The music is great, the graphics are better than I expected and the game plays really well.
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Spitfire
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 9
Great and funny game. Hard if you want to beat records.
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Potatosalad
2.0 hrs
Posted: August 6
What's Life Goes On?
Life Goes On is a puzzle game with a special twist. You can't win without sacrifices. What's your Job? Well, you have to kill those little worms-like knights until one grabs the golden goblet. The environment, the shading, the graphics and effects are beautiful and the music is just your medival genocide music, calm but the killer.
Since the Done to Death Expansion has been added, everything has been changed overhaul. The map changed, the knights are now randomly fancy dressed and the easter eggs were put in the game very geniusly (if that is even a word). For example, there is one Portal level (without the portals but the cubes) were you have to escort a heart cube (it's a knight frozen) to the oven, so it can...die.
The Translation is perfect (mine is german) for three canadian nerds. I have never found a translation error.
I love how you progress through the levels, Wenn you finish one world, the second world will be the sequal of the other map, so at the end of game you'll get a adventurous story.
I'm giving this game a 10/10.
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Wolfy!!x2
1.0 hrs
Posted: July 28
(Note: I have not finished the game, I wouldn't exactly call this a first impression because I think the game showed me all of the feature that it has to offer, so I can make an full review)

Pros
+Challenging, unique puzzle game
+Level Desing is good
+The core of the game is very simple but the devs expended on the idea in various ways which made my time playing it a pleasent time
+Controls are responsive

Meh
=Graphics and sound desing are fine, nothing outstanding

Cons
-As much I love the game its a ver simple in it's concept which really makes me hard to put a higher mark then the one below.

Final Score 7/10

Life Goes On is a very cool puzzle platformer that will suit a newcomer to the puzzle genre and a puzzle verteran. The graphics and sound desing isn't anything amazing but the core gameplay with intresting puzzle desing makes up for it.
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IRV
3.8 hrs
Posted: July 26
This is an excellent puzzle platformer

That being said, I am having some emotional trouble after playing the level Companionship
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
58 of 66 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 21, 2015
Faulty's scorecard :-

1) Essential purchase
2) Recommended purchase
3) Recommended purchase during a sale
4) Not recommended unless heavily discounted
5) Not even recommended for Steam game collectors

A knight to die for

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=466200505
Life Goes On, a puzzle platform adventure from indie studio Infinite Monkeys, takes what was great about Lemmings and literally spins it on its recently deceased head. Where Lemmings had you actively trying to avoid dangerous situations by guiding your dim-witted charges through a number of obstacles to a designated exit with the aim of minimal loss to life, Life Goes On takes the exact opposite approach when it comes to reaching a levels exit. In Life Goes On sacrifices for the greater good are going to need to be made and thankfully you have an arsenal of brave knights at your disposal who are ready and willing to throw themselves off cliffs, into spikes, don’t mind being sawn to pieces, catapulted out of a cannon or fried to an electrical crisp.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=465748745
The whole concept of Life Goes On is to kill, maim, fry or set fire to those who are brave enough to accept your challenge and then use their dead bodies to solve a myriad of puzzles. Since death is a tool and not a punishment in Life Goes On, the death of one knight soon becomes the salvation of another...but not for long however. It’s an engaging concept made even more morbidly fascinating by the fact that each level has a recommended body-count counter. Come in below the recommended counter and you will receive commendations, go on a knight killing spree and you will receive a slightly caustic comment before being moved onto the next level. While the games puzzles (51 levels in total that range across three different areas – mines, mountains and a castle) are not particularly difficult – even though some of the later late game levels do become head scratching affairs – it does become a rather fun exercise trying to ensure that you complete a level with as minimal a body count as possible.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=465748946
Life Goes On also includes a rather ingenious check point system represented as blue orbs throughout each level which are activated by simply touching them. Should one of your knights die the next knight will be automatically spawned from the last activated orb. These orbs often become puzzles in their own right and things can often get very tricky if you find you need to backtrack or try your best not to activate some of them in order to succeed. If I have a few gripes with Life Goes On is that some puzzle elements are used repeatedly which removes some of the challenge. Also for a puzzle platformer the game is not particularly challenging and is incredibly short and can be completed in 5 hrs or less depending on how you approach each level. For the most part though, Life Goes On sets out to achieve its goal through sly humor with a deliciously dark twist and often ends up succeeding admirably.

For seasoned puzzle enthusiasts Life Goes On will probably offer up very little challenge beyond what some will see as more of a gimmick that is never truly fleshed out enough to warrant a recommended purchase but for those of you who don’t take your gaming too seriously should find that there is more than enough here for you to enjoy and mull over while you plot your next knights demise. Just make sure you stay for the games end credits...you won’t regret it.

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41 of 45 people (91%) 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 61 people (82%) 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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31 of 33 people (94%) 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.

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38 of 45 people (84%) 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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19 of 22 people (86%) 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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22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Best Dark Souls Simulator
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
A really underrated game :(

This game is a puzzle game with a great twist, where you must “use” as many knights as it takes to achieve your goal! Dem golden chalices *_*

The different approach the developers have gone with to make a puzzle game is really refreshing and enjoyable, and
for me to say that is something cause I hate puzzle games normally ><

A really fun game and the graphics are really nice to.

7/10
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2014
As the trailer suggests, this game is a humorous cross between puzzle platformer and lemmings, where you take advantage of the deaths of your predecessors to progress through the different levels.

With an unlimited number of knights at your disposal, you control one until it dies, then another, and so on, and on each try to die in a way that your corpse will be of some benefit to your next knight. But doing well at a level means using fewer knights (wouldn't want them to die in vain, right? ;)

Progressing in the game uses more of your puzzle skills than your platforming skills, and for considering you will only be using 3-4 buttons, the game gets surprisingly complex.

Completing the various levels and achievements feels reasonably satisfying, and it can be amusing to overcome any obstacle by throwing numerous knights at it in various ways.

The game contains several references to other games, most of which I found quite amusing, but more than anything else I found myself laughing out loud at many of the messages describing how varyingly successful I had been at the end of each level.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2015
The demo of this game was awesome and promising. I preordered it and really waited for the release. The time passed extremely slowly. The release date finally came and I have the chance to play it in it's complete state. The only thing I can say now is this: YOU MUST BUY THIS GAME! IT'S DAMN AWESOME!

It's basically a puzzle platformer, with the twist that you need to die (several times) to pass each level. You need to burn, crash, electrocute, stick up, jump to death with your knights to progress and all of these in the funniest ways possible. The puzzles have several unique method I've never seen in other platformers before.

There are several goals besides that you need to reach the cup, like time, number of deaths and you need to feed Jeff on each level, but these are just optional.

And the completely free DLC (for previous owners) with several new puzzles is coming soon!
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