Video Game / One Chance

The world will end within six days. How will you spend your last moments on Earth?

In 6 days, every living cell on Earth will be dead.
You have one chance.

One Chance is another in a long line of Apocalyptic Countdown Flash games that are all the rage these days. Your team finds a cure for cancer that happens to be a pathogen that travels through air. It uses a Second Generation style graphics scheme and the gameplay consists of walking forward and making a few simple choices.

To crib the author's notes:

"One Chance is a game about choices and dealing with them."

"Scientist John Pilgrim and his team have accidentally created a pathogen that is killing all living cells on Earth."

"In the last 6 remaining in-game days on Earth, the player must make choices about how to spend his last moments. Will he spend time with his family, work on a cure or go nuts?"

"You only have ONE CHANCE to save the world. One. Uno. 1. And you bastards will have to pry this game out of my cold dead hands before I put a replay feature in."

This game provides examples of:

  • Apocalypse How: Planetary total extinction.
  • Artistic License - Biology: A cure for cancer that is also apparently a virus that kills approximately everything ever? Okay, maybe. It's deployed by the government before they figure out if it's safe? Uh huh. It somehow replaces the entirety of Earth's atmosphere inside six days? Yeah, seems legit.
    • As one comment on a YouTube video put it, "VIRUSES AND VACCINES DO NOT WORK THAT WAY."
  • Beard of Sorrow: While John had a beard before the effects of the pathogen occured, it's evolved into one of these by the end.
  • Betty and Veronica: There's your wife, and a co-worker that keeps trying to skip work with you.
  • Children Are Innocent: Molly the whole game. Her asking of "Where's mummy, daddy?" after Penny's suicide is heartbreaking.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The bathroom seems purely decorative and uninteresting all up until YOUR WIFE COMMITS SUICIDE IN IT.
  • Deconstruction: Of continuing after failure in video games.
  • Downer Ending: As with all multiple-ending games, there is always one bad ending. No matter which choices you make, every ending is a downer in one way or another.
    • Even if you work every day and cure it, unless they find some animals and other plants around to cure, John and his daughter are going to die of starvation, because every living thing is dying.
      • Other life recovering is irrelevant; you don't actually need to eat living things to derive nutrition from them. Whether the pathogen actually leaves the things it kills in an edible state is anyone's guess, though — the graphics are too simple for it to be obvious one way or another.
      • Not to mention that if you refresh the game after achieving that ending and press 'play' again, you can see that the park is green and fresh again, indicating that things that didn't finish dying, plants mostly probably, are healing and can come back to provide continual sustenance.
  • Driven to Suicide: Several people, mostly your coworkers. And your wife, if someone else doesn't kill her first.
  • Epic Fail: The scientists somehow managed to turn a cure for cancer into a virus that basically kills every living thing on the planet.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Barring some convoluted hacking, the game keeps track of your progress and only lets you play through one time: as in, no replays or restarts permitted.
  • Failure Is the Only Option
  • Final Death
  • Golden Ending: Or, as close as you can get in a game like this anyway. If John works every day, he and his daughter survive.
    • At least for the immediate future. If you try to start the game again after this, you see the park where the game ended restored to life... but no sign of them, leaving it ambiguous whether or not they starved before life could recover. On the other hand, they can't spend all of their time in the park... also, see above note on the Downer Ending entry.
  • Heroic Mime
  • Lost Forever: The last sentence of the author's description is not kidding around. While it's obviously possible to get around this, the save file does everything in its power to make it hard. The easiest way to circumvent it is to disallow the save file from existing in the first place; open the Flash settings with right-click, and set Local Storage in the Permissions window to 0kb.
  • Multiple Endings:
    • If you manage to go to to work for all six days, you will eventually find the cure and save yourself, your daughter, and (hopefully) the entire world. Regardless, millions of people will still perish from the virus, and your wife and coworkers, no matter what you do, will have committed suicide at this point.
    • If you miss at least one day of work and attempt to find the cure on the sixth day, you will fail to find it in time, and will subsequently die from the virus within the laboratory.
    • If you miss more than one day of work to spend time with your family or with Annie, a vengeful Jim will confront you on Day Five and attack you with a knife. If you don't react in time, he'll kill you, abruptly ending the game.
      • Likewise, if you manage to defend yourself, he'll go to your house to kill your family, and then himself.
    • If you choose to go to the park on Day Six rather than go to work, you will die peacefully on a park bench.
    • If you do go to work on day 6 after Jim has killed your wife and daughter you can jump off the top of the building.
  • Next Sunday A.D.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Barack Obama makes a handful of appearances.
  • The Pollyanna: Molly. Despite the terrible circumstances, she never appears terribly distraught by what's going on. Though it's implied that she doesn't really understand what's happening either, due to her youth.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Spend time with your family rather than trying to find a cure, and one of your co-workers, furious that you aren't trying to fix what you caused, murders your family and commits suicide.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: The whole game. Even if you make a cure everyone except you and your daughter are dead, making it unlikely you two will last much longer.
  • Sleep Cute: The context definitely isn't cute, however.
  • Sole Surviving Scientist: The game is all about this - you play a scientist trying to fix an accidentally lethal cure for cancer as it slowly infects everyone in the world.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Your fellow scientists. They basically made a virus to get rid of cancer and apparently didn't bother testing it to make sure it safe to use.
  • Your Cheating Heart: You're given the option to have an affair with a coworker. Your wife will also die that same day if you chose to work on day 3, although she'll remain ignorant to the affair.
    • However, if you stayed home on day 3, you will come home that night and your wife will imply she knows there was an affair and she will take Molly to the in-laws' place. Not that they'll live much longer anyway.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: The premise, though you can choose to try to fix it.
  • Wham Episode: The first episode starts out on a pretty grim note, but it gets worse when one of your coworkers commits suicide by jumping off the building.
  • Wham Line: Today, every living cell on Earth will be dead. You had one chance.