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One Hour One Life Review

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Posted: 21 months ago, last updated 7 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


This 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.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 27/02/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @JasonRohrer


Duration: This game will take between 1 hour and 1 hour to complete.
Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 100 players online. 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.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. 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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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.

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.


We haven't recorded accessibility settings for this game yet. Our One Hour One Life Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@JasonRohrer) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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