On OneSingleLife and second chances

One Single Life is a unique game where you literally get one, and only one, single life. Although a little tautological in its title, it does exactly what is on the box.

The aim of the game is to jump between buildings. Sound simple?

Well, the controls are simple, one tap to start running, another tap to jump at the correct moment.

Though, should you fall, that is the end of the game!

That’s right, one mistake and you can never play the game again.

A simple premise, however the extra pressure put upon you by the game helps to raise the stakes and the heartbeat.

It is nicely animated with street signs that tell you how many people will fail at this particular point in the game. There are no affirming messages to help calm down that racing heartbeat of yours… None whatsoever.

It does allow you to practice each level, which is the only way to ensure that you have those taps in the right tempo.

Once you have gone as far as you can go, making that fatal mistake, you now are the proud owner of an app icon on your iPhone which no longer allows you to play the game.

Finished it (or maybe just died too early), tap on the credits screen for some more (very simplistic) jumps that you can practice on.

Thankfully it is free to download from the app store (at the writing of this, it is in the top free section).

A work-around

There is a work-around though (as there are with all things…)

If you download PhoneDisk, you will be able to connect to the individual games’s directory (or mount the directory). This is not a free piece of software1, however it does allow you to poke2 around the user generated files.

In the newly mounted directory you will see a single file (as if the coders have a policy of singularity everywhere…) named data.plist. Delete this file and you will have another chance at life. You do start at the beginning, but at least you don’t have a totally useless app sitting on your iPhone.

You cannot edit this file to set the level to something much higher, but at least you have a second chance at OneSingleLife!


  1. From time to time, it does become freely available, which is how the piece of software came to be installed
  2. almost like the commodore-64’s command

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