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5,498,805 lives lived for a total of 983,570 hours
418,495 people lived past age fifty-five
288 generations in longest family line
341 monuments completed, 1890 in progress

a multiplayer survival game of parenting
and civilization building by Jason Rohrer
2075 Player Reviews, 94% Positive


No middle-person


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 grandfather'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 grandparents and parents 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....
70 natural objects
(latest: Wild Pepper Plant)
18 playable characters 1980 human-makeable objects
(latest: @ Shaky Fence Buster)
93,230 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
  • MacOS build (10.5 and later Intel)
  • 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.

94% Positive Reviews:
Recent Reviews:

Test (159.6 hours on record)
Posted 10 hours ago

I don't have many hours in this game lol

Three (125.2 hours on record)
Posted 27 hours ago

checking hours

worth (503.1 hours on record)
Posted 4 days ago

checking hours. addictive game

hellena.C (6.5 hours on record)
Posted 5 days ago

Journal (13.0 hours on record)
Posted 6 days ago

Was born an entitled brat heir to the throne...was back stabbed by my own flesh and blood one with a dagger another with the bow 10 out of 10 would die princess again.

Was born from a responsible family my mother died taking care of us. As children me and my sister were fed and taken care of as wee babes by our father. We both survived childhood i buried my mother nearby in a quiet spot......

zxxdtyh (0 seconds on record)
Posted 8 days ago

butt (10.8 hours on record)
Posted 8 days ago

Help it keeps crashi (99.6 hours on record)
Posted 9 days ago

I love this game and id recommend it but first my account got deleted and second every time i play the game it crashes

rf1660 (23.9 hours on record)
Posted 9 days ago

so many funny things in the game so much fun recommended

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Top Playtime Reviews:

Morti (1,915.1 hours on record)
Posted 11 months ago

I think my time played speaks for itself.

Tarr (1,735.7 hours on record)
Posted 31 days ago

Area ban fixed from goofy 2000 area ban down to 200. Made things much more stable however 1h30 play time ban vs timed ban is still probably a bit much.

mirelli (1,485.0 hours on record)
Posted 11 months ago

It's a good game but honestly I just wanted to see how many hours I have

AAA Pizza (1,254.1 hours on record)
Posted 3 months ago

You happy now Malleria

shampein (1,200.9 hours on record)
Posted 10 months ago

its a fun, simple game, with a complex strategy
lot of drama, lot of bad players, lot of griefers and murderers, so will annoy you a few times but can be so fun, very original concept and jason works on it frequently, each update changes everything but its in a good direction

just checking (1,173.4 hours on record)
Posted 4 months ago

game is good i guess

demonicblack (1,142.7 hours on record)
Posted 6 months ago

piglets!!! cows!!! and dogs!!! omg im in love
420 mushroom cult 4 life!!
tbh i would like some more content updates
but my review still stands great game

Luna (1,058.8 hours on record)
Posted 7 months ago

Great game to play, every life is unique! Sometimes you play with annoying children who wants to stab everyone.. but most of the times you will play with nice people who want to play the game and can learn new people things.

telafiesta (1,008.3 hours on record)
Posted 9 months ago

The game is finally adding more game-play content, I approve of more domestic animals, and the surgery addition is also welcome. I still feel like the game needs more structures and a better way to locate nearby towns (bell towers are a joke) maybe establish trade and migration like the good old days where you had neighboring villages, and carpenters who built roads connecting them.

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6% Negative Reviews:
Recent Reviews:

Not Recommended
i can talk (35.7 hours on record)
Posted 17 days ago

i love the game but i cant talk
can sombody help me

Not Recommended
Sucks (8.1 hours on record)
Posted 38 days ago

This game is impossible. I have spent three hours trying to start the game. Now It is loaded but it is not allowing me to type in my assigned password. Horrible waste of money.

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Top Playtime Reviews:

Not Recommended
LAG LAG LAG (553.0 hours on record)
Posted 9 months ago

Since we get more players in this game, the game become lag as hell. Optimization didnt not work, I found this game great but I cant play laggy as hell or can take to be disconnected because servers can handle so much ppl. I dont think it will improve, if you are thinking about buying this game, get a time machine and buy it three months ago, when it worked great. Its a shame such good game has th...

Not Recommended
F Train (447.0 hours on record)
Posted 5 months ago

Thanks Jason, thanks for the mosquitoes. With no way to combat these they make the game annoying at best and aggravating to no end end, at worst. I can no longer recommend this game. All the new players have been betrayed, is this so he can keep the numbers on the servers low?

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Update: High Society
April 6, 2019


This update is mostly about one thing: New clothing, and lots of it.

But there are also a few key fixes under the hood. Your family's last name is remembered, even if your mother doesn't give you a name. So later, if you name your own child, they will get that "invisible" last name passed on to them. This will make family trees more coherent, with a last name shared by every named person in the tree. No more lost family names over time.
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Fan Art: Eve, by anobesewalrus
September 6, 2018


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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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Primitive Technology: Forge Blower
Last Day Dream
The Game Design Challenge 2011: Bigger Than Jesus Panel at GDC 2011
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