5. One Chance
A group of scientists discover the cure for cancer, and the world is overjoyed! Protagonist John Pilgrim’s face is all over the news, and at the lab there are celebrations abound. That is, until the next day, when newspapers report that the so-called “cure” is a pathogen that kills every living cell it sees. And so you are left with less than a week to find the cure for this nightmare. Depending on your actions, the game offers a variety of depressing endings.
The thing about “One Chance” is exactly that — you have one chance. The narrator has almost an accusatory tone, and no matter what choices you make throughout the short game, all around you people start to die. Streets that once bustled with cars and pedestrians alike are empty in days. Signs are tipped over, blood covers the floors, and everything falls apart. If the germ kills 50% of the population in one day, how many will be gone by the end of the week? You only have one shot to find out. There is no replay button. And just try refreshing the page.
“Today, every single living cell on Planet Earth will be dead.
You had one chance.”
- Watch SirTapTap‘s humorous playthrough of one of One Chance’s endings
- Read BaconSamurai’s review and analysis of One Chance
- Play “Every Day the Same Dream,” a game with similar themes by La Molleindustria