Life Is Hard

Today in Cruel, Existentialist Browser Game News is this tragicomic little ditty. It’s free, it’s pretty, it takes about a minute to play, and I really don’t want to spoil it by writing much about it. Life is hard.


  1. mpk says:

    I lol’d

  2. Rudolfo says:

    charming, like it even though the j&r is lacking finesse.

  3. Choca says:

    Heh, nicely done

  4. Brumisator says:

    Now THIS is entertainment!
    Short, powerful, to the point, I love it!

  5. Okami says:

    I laughed.

  6. Kieron Gillen says:

    This is RPS the game.


  7. phil says:

    Not really existential but I like it, it’s Mario meets the Perry Bible Fellowship.

    Actually, I’ve just checked, and this is PBF meets Mario;

    link to

  8. markside says:

    Hey, it’s not all that bad. Life, I mean. Is it? :(

  9. Okami says:

    I predict that a lot of bad gaming blog posts with too many big words in them will be written about this game. At least one of them will feature the phrase “gaming’s Citizen Kane”. This will also shortlisted for at least three awards and win will at least one of them.

    • Brumisator says:

      And you just made the 1st one of these posts. ;)

    • Okami says:

      No, I didn’t. I wrote a comment on a gaming blog, that’s not quite the same. I also didn’t use any big words.

    • Nick says:

      Shortlisted has 11 letters!

  10. Tei says:

    Chuck Norris completed this game unlocking this acchievement and collecting 101/100 of the gems.

  11. sigma83 says:

    The statement’s made, arguments about gameplay, etc.

  12. Rohit says:


  13. Freakoftheuniverse says:

    Wow, that’s the first time I’ve gone “OH GOD! NOOOOOO!” and then burst into apologetic laughter, complete with the odd “Oh nooooo”.

  14. Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

    The story of my exam periods…sorta

  15. Psychopomp says:


  16. El Stevo says:

    Needs double jump and a rewind feature.

  17. Rinox says:

    No crossbows?!

    Great little game.

  18. Mr.Bigglesworth says:

    I laughed……hard………..

  19. Glove says:

    I think they really screwed up the punchline. Slow-fading text displayed word by word isn’t as instant or rude as that kind of joke needs to be. Same thing with the cliff collapse; just leave your corpse there.

    • MWoody says:

      Aye, true on both counts. Just a courier-font, all-lowercase little epitaph in the corner while he lies there bleeding.

    • Eric! says:

      Hmm I disagree! But I guess I would, wouldn’t I? Thanks for checking it out!

  20. HexagonalBolts says:

    If you press the S in ‘life is hard’ at the end then it comes up with another level

  21. Cynic says:

    Jumping off the cliff and ignoring the box is far more satisfying.

  22. Ian says:

    Everyone else got all the coins, right?

  23. Mike says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed that. Almost like a three-panel cartoon. Nothing too pretentious or knowing, it was just a comedy sketch.`

  24. Benkyo says:

    I laughed, loudly.

  25. Down Rodeo says:

    My flatmate and I lol’d. Quite a funny wee one.

  26. Lunaran says:

    I got so used to not being able to reach anything that I thought the point was to run off the cliff at the end. What does that say about me?

  27. Wilson says:

    That was quite funny. I liked it.

  28. Berzee says:


  29. Berzee says:

    That was of course a reply to Okami.

  30. Eric! says:

    Haha, awesome. I was not expecting this to show up here! I made this for a friend at work and he liked it so I’m glad other people like it.

    • rei says:

      Your comic was pretty enjoyable too. I was rooting for that skeleton.

    • Eric! says:

      Thanks for reading! It’s not over yet, though!

    • Zerrick says:

      Congratulations for being featured here. I was laughing out loud at the end.
      Your comics are quite good as well. Tomb has a nice twist similar to Life Is Hard. I have added it to my Google Reader and awaiting further updates. :)

    • bill says:

      Heh. Yeah. I liked the comic.

  31. gulag says:

    I hear there is DLC planned for this that lowers all the bricks by 25 pixels. Should be about €9.99.

  32. Bhazor says:

    Pretty much perfect for what it was.

  33. Chris says:

    Anyone else having trouble getting this working on a mac?

  34. MadMatty says:


  35. blaargh says:

    A brilliant little bagatelle, just to the point.

  36. White Noise says:

    Needs multiplayer.

  37. wm says:

    You are all on drugs.

  38. Mad Doc MacRae says:

    I was playing the new Super Mario at a friend’s house yesterday so I’m getting a kick out of these replies…

    /I was terrible
    //this was fun though

  39. Kavika says:

    Love that character style :) Good ol’ Technos!

  40. gryffinp says:


  41. Carra says:

    This articles titles is a major spoiler!

  42. mbp says:

    Not bad but it would be better if the difficulty ramped up more gradually. Level 2 is big let down after you make that b*stard split second timing jump to break out of level 1. Nice ironic touch at the end of level 3 though. 7/10

    • White Noise says:

      Not bad but would have been been better if the comedy ramped up more gradually. Sentence 2 is a big let down after you make that b*stard split second realisation to get meaning out of sentence 1. Nice ironic touch at the end of sentence 3 though. 7/10

    • golden_worm says:

      Not bad but would have been been better if the meta ramped up more gradually. Comment 2 is a big let down after you make that b*stard split second realisation to get meaning out of comment 1. Nice ironic touch at the end of comment 3 though. 7/10

    • jsutcliffe says:

      Good grief. 7/10

  43. Hulk Hogan says:

    oh wow

  44. x25killa says:

    I agree with that. Life is hard.

  45. fresch says:

    +1 internets for you

  46. Johnny Go-Time says:

    Absolutely wonderful. This is what commercials should be like in the future.

  47. mcnubbins says:

    My life is way harderer than that, it’s not even funny.

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