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One Hour One Life (2018) is a civilisation survival game where each player lives a whole life in an hour of play and then passes away. Born as a baby into the care of anonymous other online players, you initially depend on them for food. Quickly growing, you can soon fend for yourself and start contributing to the development of farming, tools and clothing, and to nurturing other players born to you as your own children. At the end of an hour, you die of old age, so any progress benefits those who come after you.

It’s challenging because you have to trust and rely on other players, particularly when you start your go, as a baby. It’s a game that forces you to choose carefully how you spend your limited life and what to do with the resources and friendships in the game.

There are two versions:
  • One Hour One Life original game on the PC and Mac that is supported by the game's creator. This is the game that is best supported.
  • You Are Hope version created by other developers available on iOS and Android.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked One Hour One Life 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 9 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Communication, Simulation and Strategy game with Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting and Sequencing elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 100-player online game. Each game of One Hour, One Life lasts exactly one hour. You can play the game multiple times but you are starting from scratch with each go. A single player can access the game on one device and plays with up to 200 others in a game world.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take around 1 hour to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Implied Violence.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

One Hour, One Life is not available in stores or on console so has no PEGI or ESRB rating. The You Are Hope version of the game is rated PEGI 7+ with implied violence. In the US the ESRB rating You Are Hope EVERYONE 10+ with fantasy violence and mild blood. Because this is a game you play with other people, swear words and other language may be encountered.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to be able to cope with starting the game helpless and find ways to communicate with other players using single letters. As you grow you need collaborative skills to work with others and make plans on how to develop your community. You also need to be able to cope with losing everything after an hour and starting again.


One Hour One Life usually costs £11.39.

One Hour One Life

Steam Store PC £11.39
App Store Mac Unavailable On Digital Store
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
The main One Hour One Life game is a fixed single cost to play. However, the third party You Are Hope version on iOS is free-to-start and soon has in-app purchases to access servers and additional features. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 27/02/2018

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1 (100 online)

Genres: Communication, Simulation, Strategy (Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting and Sequencing)

Accessibility: 25 features

Components: 2D Overhead, Hand-Made, Open World and Persistant World

Developer: Jason Rohrer (@JasonRohrer)

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