One Chance: The Indie Game With Heartbreak

By James Hawkins in Features
Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm
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I patrol the indie game websites for quite a while each day, picking and choosing my way through the bounteous selection, trying tower defense games, sidescrollers, and platformers. And through all my searching, I've never come across a game like One Chance. It is absolutely, beautifully brutal. I've just finished it. I want to go lie down.

The premise is one that should've been utilized ages ago: a series of unstoppable events are unfolding and you have one opportunity to exercise your options and negotiate a path to the end. But each option comes at a price. And your hand is forced by time to sacrifice.

The main character is John Pilgrim, a scientist who has just discovered a sweeping cure for cancer. He lives in a peaceful estate with his wife Penny and his daughter Molly. This is six days before every living cell on Earth perishes. The cancer destroyer doesn't stop with cancer -- it incessantly and systematically kills everything organic.

Over the course of the next six days (or, about 30 minutes), John watches the world become shambles in the wake of his discovery, with no way out. His family and the rest of humanity react in their different ways -- and John either seizes opportunity to care for the ones he loves or... well, I don't know what else. I used up my chance. You'll have to tell me what happens.

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