The icon’s a gravestone with a graphic of a man jumping – that tells you pretty much everything you need to know about One Single Life, a new iPhone game available here.
It’s an odd one though – whilst playing much like a side on version of Mirror’s Edge (where the core mechanic involves you running and jumping) the twist is that when you fall, you die – permanently.
“The concept grew from a burning desire to capture the raw emotions we experience in real life but yet rarely see in computer games; anxiety, exhilaration, and genuine tension,” said Anthony O’Dempsey, Director of FreshTone Games.
“I wanted to make a game that forces me to answer that most honest of questions; Do I have what it takes when it matters most?”
It’s a tense game, for sure. You’re offered a practice run, then the game starts for real – and if you fall (and you will, eventually) that’s you – you’ll need to delete the game and re-install it from the App Store.
Thankfully, it’s free. A neat experiment: let us know how you get on in the comments…