Who thinks of something like this? Who sits around a table and says, "Let's make a game where you use corpses to progress?" I mean, if you pitched it to me, I'd tell you it's a silly idea. But someone did it. And it works - quite well.
I am really enjoying Life Goes On. So far, I've spent around 3 hours with it, and I've finished a third of the game. You will finish it quicker, but I am a completionist so I'm trying to get the fewest deaths and the fastest times, and man, let me tell you it's not easy!
The concept of the game is actually quite sound, and the execution is pretty good. In Life Goes On, you need the corpses of humorously, randomly named characters to succeed. It's not necessarily the corpses of your failures (although it certainly can AND WILL be...) - sometimes you need to strategically die to buzzsaws, spikes, and other such things to trigger traps and switches so you can open a door, turn off a flamethrower, get to a higher area, or just finish the level.
The game only has one button - jump. (and of course, directional pad) There's no attack, or anything else. This doesn't get too boring though, because the graphics & music are quite nice. Also, the levels and challenges are varied enough that you aren't focused on the fact that you are just hitting jump the whole time.
Speaking of levels and challenges, they are relatively easy to complete, but difficult to master. The levels are relatively short, most under a minute and a half, so you move through them pretty quickly, and they feel differing on the types of puzzles involved. There are three 'worlds' total. The game itself is pretty forgiving, because you have unlimited knights, but you can replay each level to try and get the best rating on both time, minimizing your deaths, and finding Jeff.
Jeff. What do I say about Jeff? You'll meet this adorable looking fuzzball, wander over to pet him, and he'll eat you. Yup. You heard me. In every level. And just when you think you're safe... HE'S IN THE CREDITS TOO. Sorry. You'll have to learn to love Jeff.
Don't forget about Jim. Who's Jim? Well, each time you die, the knight that spawns is randomly named (the name shows up at the bottom of the screen). Jim is quite prolific and has at least 40 family members (some variant of Jim or James), that have a random chance to spawn when you get a new knight. There's even an achievement for wiping them all out. Trust me, I'm working on it. Eventually, you'll take care of the problem at the source. There's an achievement for that too.
All in all, I highly recommend Life Goes On and think that if you like puzzle or platforming games, this is a must-buy, even at regular price (which I feel is quite reasonable). My only complaint with the game is that it is quite short, and I would have liked to see more out of it. Regardless, it will not disappoint.