Death, something we fear something we try not to run towards, if anything at all costs we try to stay far away from. When playing video games this is just as true, in the days past lives on games were precious. Even when you fast forward to today’s gaming worlds lives are something that we cherish, not because we can’t restart because we care for our main hero. Now certain games go even as far as to make your one life the most precious thing. Playing a game with Perma-death scares you into making sure you are always making the right decisions and planning out your next moves. Victory means wiping away your sweat with a sigh of relief! Now what if that concept was turned on it’s head? Not only did you need to kill characters but kill them in masses? This, is Life Goes On Done To Death.
Life Goes On Done to Death brought to you by Infinite Monkeys delves into that very concept of gaming where each character, your knight, is expendable. Death is your only way to pass on to the next levels, so you must kill off knights to finish a level. Life is precious, or so was thought, quickly you forget the concept and throw away the lives without a second thought. Stop running from death run to it embrace it and use it to reach new heights and get to the next levels.
What exactly is Life Goes On Done to Death? Well as explained before each knight is expendable and you will use their bodies for a multitude of reasons. Starting off the puzzles will have you hurling a body on some spikes so the next knight can safely cross. As you learn the mechanics the game does star challenging you in different ways each puzzle has a unique way to solve it. Hurl your knight onto vertical spikes so the next one can climb up. Traps become more varied which means you need to evaluate how to best move on to the next level. Your knights will be faced with switches, fire, electrocution, ice, spikes and moving platforms……oh and did I mention SPIKES!!!! Each trap requires a different technique to activate a switch or make said trap less of an impeding obstacle to finish the level.
Visually the game is goofy, don’t expect much awe time staring at vast caverns or some far off mountains. Now don’t get me wrong here the quirky graphics do lend well to the game and the overall style. Death animations are fun watching a limb fall off a knight or a lifeless body helplessly hurled into spikes. No worries though the cheery music will make you feel a bit better. Well that is until you hear your poor little knight scream in agony for the 100th time in one level. Little whimpers of death throws that escape the DualShock 4 at times crush your heart. Though death is a stepping stone and so are those life less bodies carry on brave knight. Goofy weapons as well as goofy hats give knights a personality, though their sometimes long winded crazy names do as well.
Life Goes On: Done to Death is not a hard game to grasp concept of controls on. Pretty much take poor knight run him to doom and proceed. Where the game gets tricky is some of the puzzles do require finesse and timing to complete actions at the right moment. Jump too soon poor knight gets skewered jump too late and the hero falls to doom. Time the actions just right and move to glory to collect that golden chalice of life. Added into the fun is a bit of a sub challenge at the end of each level. You are shown the amount of time it should take to complete as well as a minimum number of knights needed. In my experience sometimes my number was triple what was needed.
Overall, Life Goes On: Done to Death is one of those quirky games that doesn’t take much to learn but does provide for hours of fun. With multiple levels and puzzles to complete it does offer some play time. Just don’t expect a huge difficulty once you hammer down the concept of how to get your knights in the right place. It was nice to see a slow graduation into how the game mechanics worked before you finally were ripped from your comfort zone. Unfortunately the game doesn’t offer more depth at this moment as far as replay goes. Only saving grace is trying to better your times or the amount of knights you don’t hurl to doom. Though don’t dock the game for that reason. Fun will still be had and this type of game is great to play when you have some free time. I caught myself wanting many times to play until the next level then using it as a fill in while Doom was loading.
Life Goes On: Done to Death will release on May 17 for PS4 as well as Windows, Mac, & Linux. The price will be $12.99, discounted 25% for the first week.