If you’ve become a huge fan of the movie series Final Destination — which is about death utilizing a fetish for Rube Goldberg death-traps to kill people — but you’re sad because there are no games out there quite like it… cheer up, good fop! Your prayers have been answered.
Indie developer Umba Games recently released Death’s Life for $5.99 on Steam, and it’s marked down by 15% off for the first week of being on Valve’s digital storefront.
The game is kind of a creative little gem insofar that it focuses on players becoming an assistant to the Grim Reaper… Death himself. The objective of the game is to kill people… obviously. However, the trick to Death’s Life is that you can’t just out-right kill anyone… you have to get them to die in accidental ways.
Here is where the game takes on a Final Destination-style appeal: Within these boxed dioramas, players will use Rube Goldberg-style contraptions to link a series of unfortunate incidents that end in the person’s death. Death is an equal opportunity salesman, so you’ll be killing a wide assortment of different people from different walks of life across a varied palette of increasingly challenging levels.
You can check out how the indie strategy title plays out with the gameplay trailer below.
That Pulp Fiction reference is gold.
The interesting thing about it is that despite being in 3D, Death’s Life is hewn like a claymation title. The characters are animated to move like stop-motion and the environments and lighting carry that dried out clay look to give the game just a tinge of gloom.
The reaction from the gaming community has been a bit mixed. Some people feel as if it’s a great looking and playing game, but there isn’t enough there to justify $6. Now I know what you’re thinking “$6 is petty change. Even someone living in the economically torpid parts of Russia could afford that!” but you see, the problem is that the game is just under two hours long.
Some people feel as if a couple of more puzzles and it would be worth its price of entry. Others feel as if $6 is fine enough for what it is.
Being under two hours means that it could technically be beaten and refunded, something I doubt the developers would appreciate.
Nevertheless, you can learn more about Death’s Life by checking out the Steam store page.