I'm here again!
Found on IndieStatik a few days back, this evening I'm going to be presenting a game that once again treats a topic that I'm surprisingly fond of, which would be the concept of how easy can be to screw up a life that otherwise, would have been pretty linear. You come to life, grow up, work, find your love, get married; that's pretty much what anyone of us hope to have lived, when the unavoidable end of the days will come, right? And yet, it anyway seem so common to hear of premature deaths, sometimes, you just forget the fact that anything can happen at any time.
Press Any Key To Live sums the idea pretty well, and comes in the form of a browser game characterized by hand drawn static graphics, a story to tell and a nice twist regarding how the gameplay is going to be managed. Forgetting the title for a while, - that couldn't explain the game better - you'll get to see the story of a man's life from the day he was born till his very last day, every little stage of it will be presented in the form of a few highly sketchy drawings, and in order to see the pictures, you'll simply have to press any key when the sliding empty heart will reach the coloured one - both situated in the bottom of the screen. Missing 3 heart beats in a row, or simply hitting the desired key too early will provoke exactly what I was telling a few lines above, and regardless of the age the character has reached, he will die. A pretty brutal drawback that unfortunately reflects exactly how do things work, and depending on how far were you, a different obituary will be shown as the ending scene.
Now, let's assume that you won't kill the poor guy before the time does its course, - even because it's damn hard to do so, unless you do it on purpose - yeah, this is even more sad. An illness will show up, which will put your partner in the worst position that I can think of, she will have to decide whether to keep you alive, - keep on pressing the button - or simply let you go. Oh, here I am, tear has been shed.
The emotions that a game like Press Any Key To Live can transmit are strong, and given the extremely minimalistic aspect, the work to put this together is definitely remarkable.
Press Any Key To Live can be played for free online by clicking right here, have "fun" with it!