About The Game
Life Goes On is a comically-morbid platformer where you guide heroic knights to their demise and use their dead bodies to solve puzzles. On your quest to find the Cup of Life, you will summon knight after knight to be brutally sacrificed. Impale knights on spikes to create a safe path. Catch a knight on a saw blade (ouch!) to strategically land the body on a button. Freeze your knights into blocks of ice to reach higher ground. As you journey through treacherous and trap-ridden worlds, you’ll show no mercy to solve each challenging puzzle.
In Life Goes On, death is not a setback. It is the only means to success.
I’d love to dedicate this review to the very first knight I sent on the quest to get the cup of life.
But alas I can’t the poor sole was dead before its name even graced the screen.
But now isn’t time for sorrow after all as the name suggests life goes on!
With the press of a button the next in a long line of knights was spawned and dropped down out of the portal and onto the resting dead body of the nameless knight that preceded it.
The knight hit the check point mark and made a jump for the gold shining cup just on the other side of those nasty looking spikes.
The second knight didn’t make it of course he met the same end as the first and crashed into the spikes and left that gaming world with a groan emitting from the ps4 pad his life was now over and the third jolly knight entered the fray via the now active check point.
Over he jumped onto the second fallen knight which proceeded to sink a little further into the spikes for my amusement.
With one final little jump the cup was in the hand of this third brave knight not the cup of life of course but the converted cup of headache relief!
How was this knight rewarded for such bravery in the face of death and the psychological torment of seeing his fallen brethren?
He was the first to step out into the next challenge all smug and brave, confident he is the true hero and retriever of cups and ready to take hold of the cup of naps!
Of course that’s not how his life was destined to go he met a grizzly end at the hands of a buzz saw but at least his fallen body parts landed on a switch that opened the door for the next brave (maybe foolish) knight to take the glory and hold the precious cup of naps up high!
Warning the first knight into a new level will suffer an unfortunate death.
Behind all the fun & deaths (I know killing knight after knight probably isn’t supposed to be fun) is a well thought out puzzle adventure.
It starts off simple enough & you mostly get little hints at the start of a level when you’ll be taking on new puzzles but there are more than enough variations to keep you from blitzing every level at the first time of asking.
In addition to the puzzle element of working out a level each comes with a target time limit and target death number.
So even after you’ve solved the levels puzzle and grabbed the cup dedicated gamers will have plenty of replay value in returning to the levels they killed too many knights on or took just that little bit too long. (or maybe a lot too long)
And without giving too much away in the review for the truly dedicated there is a trophy in the game that can only be earned by taking on the developers themselves I suspect for many of the trophy hunters out there it will provide a good honest fun challenge & one I’m looking forward to eventually showing off in the Legacy trophy Cabinet.
Warning the retriever of the cup will suffer an unfortunate death! (Right at the beginning of the next level!)
To add to the fun nature of the game a number of unlocks can be achieved by competing various tasks.
Some include getting your knightly hands on a certain cups, others are awarded for such things as getting a set number of par deaths, getting a set number of under par deaths and even a few for some special interactions with Jeff.
On achieving unlocks earn various hats and weapons for your knights.
They won’t make the slightest bit of difference to how your knight performs in a level but I’m sure I’m not alone in smiling a little bit more when the latest knight to be impaled on a spike is wearing a party hat!
Or the irony of a knight with a fireman hat being burned alive by a fire.
And of course I like a pirate sword as much as the next man but it doesn’t do the poor knights a whole lot of good when someone is going to get sawed in half to leave a nice pile of armour on that switch below.
All of your currently unlocked additions can be found in the armoury section of the main menu along with little descriptions for each one.
Please be aware however just like the knights are randomly generated after a death so is the hat / weapon they are given.
You can’t equip the knights with how you want them to look.
Firing yourself out of a cannon will result in an unfortunate death (There seems to be a theme to this)
A great range of puzzles.
Par times and death counts for every level.
Full of humour.
Plenty of armoury items to unlock.
Plenty of challenge for those that want 100% completion.
In victory you'll get to wheel back all those that died an unfortunate death!
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
No online leader boards for fastest time / least deaths on levels
Jumping up to have a chat with Jeff could that really lead to an unfortunate death?
The games concept won’t appeal to everyone.
And making light of the knights sacrifices won’t be to the comedic tastes of some gamers either.
But Life goes on and for those that don’t mind a little dark humour and a fan of puzzle games this is an absolute must buy.
The puzzles get better as each level passes by and what starts off as a simple exercise in killing off a few knights in amusing ways quickly becomes a how do I solve this killing as few of the poor souls as possible.
It’s not the greatest puzzle game of all time and it’s not the hardest either but there is a good challenge to be had, claiming 100% will give you a good number of gaming hours and plenty of laughs along the way.
The attention to little details are excellent from cup names, armoury descriptions and even Jeff often just chilling out on a level having almost nothing to do it its path (until you decide you just have to go up and say hello)
For puzzle fans who do mind the games theme or humour this should almost be a must buy or at the very least a very serious consideration.
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A review copy of the game was provided by Infinite Monkeys Entertainment and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.