Life Goes On: Done to Death

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Morbid, challenging, cartoony puzzle game has mild violence.

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Positive Messages

Players achieve goals through perseverance, self-sacrifice.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players only succeed by using logic, perseverance. Characters are meaningless set of knights used to solve puzzles.

Ease of Play

While controls are simple, puzzles are not.


Though cartoony, game still has you impaling knights on spikes, burning them alive, making them jump off cliffs.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Life Goes On: Done to Death is a downloadable, cartoony, but somewhat sadistic physics-based puzzle game. Players have to sacrifice themselves by jumping onto platforms of spikes, off cliffs, and into fires to solve puzzles so they can grab the Cup of Life. But while violence is at the core of this game, there's no blood or gore of any kind. Also, the knights are kind of adorable and flop around like rag dolls when they die, which gives the game a morbid sense of humor.

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What's it about?

As a knight, your quest in LIFE GOES ON: DONE TO DEATH is to get the Cup of Life by any means necessary. And by "any means necessary," we mean by sacrificing yourself so one of your fellow knights can use your body to get past such hazards as spike strips, fire pits, and other sadistic traps. But since this is a puzzle game, this is as deep as the story gets.

Is it any good?

Fighting against thousands of years of evolution and self-preservation, this clever but sadistic puzzle game will challenge your problem-solving skills nicely. Playing as a bunch of knights, you have to grab the Cup of Life, which involves navigating through a series of sadistic physics-based puzzle rooms. But the kicker is that if you die, another knight appears at a set point, and he can use your previous knight's lifeless body to, say, get across a platform of spikes by jumping onto your body. You also have to use these traps and your fellow knights to deposit lifeless corpses onto door-opening platforms, and you might even have to jump off a cliff so the next knight can be victorious. It's all very morbid, but it's also darkly comic, since the knights are cute and cartoony and flop around like rag dolls when they die. It's all very Monty Python-esque. The game will even tell you how long each puzzle should take, as well as how many knights, though these are not set up as limitations, rather more like suggestions. But while the knights may be adorable, the puzzles are intricate and thoughtful and will really challenge your problem-solving skills later on. Well, assuming you can bring yourself to give your life for the greater good, that is.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about self-sacrifice. What does it say about someone who's willing to sacrifice himself to help other people?

  • Talk about logic. How does playing this game make you think about things logically? Were there times when you tried to solve the puzzle logically, as opposed to using trial and error?

  • Discuss gallows humor. How does it make you feel that the knights you kill are cute? Does that make you less likely to send them to their deaths than if they were ugly? Or if they were jerks?

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For kids who love puzzles

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