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The Christmas spin-off to Life's Too Short is available NOW! https://olliecoe.itch.io/lifes-too-short-a-christmas-spirit-playdate

In Life's Too Short, you take on the role of a celestial problem-solver as you're tasked with repairing a rift between two vampires who have dramatically fallen out and confined themselves to their respective coffins...

You'll need to explore the mansion, meet various spooky characters and solve simple puzzles in order to put the mansion back together and mend the rift in the vampires' relationship!

Please note: The little game does not have a save function and takes roughly 30 mins to play. I'm hoping that as you progress and learn the puzzle solutions that if you need to come back you can quickly speed back through but please keep this in mind in-case you lock and unlock your Playdate mid-play as you'll need to start again.


- V1.1: Update to the ending music

- V1.2: Small gameplay tweaks

- V1.3: Small tweaks to prepare for Catalog launch

- V1.5: List view icon added

Early reviews & kind comments:

- “Well , I like it!” Abbie (Ollie’s partner)

- "Lifes Too Short was really really good. It’s reminds me of Maniac Mansion." Seacreak

- "Short but charming. Worth a look." Callmesteam

- "Absolutely loved it. Great puzzles and comedy." SideScrollFrank

- "Played and completed it this evening, great game! My favourite non-season title to date." vimto_boy

- "This game was a lot of fun! It really reminds me of one of my favorite games, Hugo's House of Horrors." hmhrex


- SquidGodDev for teaching me most of what I know about Pulp (www.youtube.com/c/SquidGodDev)

- Ben Perry (Beanpear) for the awesome ending music (Instagram: @playfellow__)

- Abbie for coming up with the name (And some decent ideas)

- Everyone who helped test the game and give feedback

- The Playdate Discord community for being awesome

- Neven for being the awesomeist 

Updated 7 days ago
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
(31 total ratings)
AuthorPixel Ghost
GenreAdventure, Puzzle
TagsGhosts, Horror, Playdate, Point & Click, Short, Spooky


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I bought the two sequels of this game during the sales, but I now regret not buying your other two games. 

You are a great developer!. I enjoyed your two games a lot.

Are you planning to list your games again on the Catalog?

Thank you so much.

that's a nice little game and a cool first game for our PlayDate experience :)

The game is not saving my game. It allows me to save and shows the continue game button but if I go to the Home Screen then back to the game it’s gone and I have to start over 

Hey! Are you sure it’s on this game and not Unhooked? In the first game you can’t save…

Assume this is for Unhooked and thank you for highlighting the bug! I think I've fixed it now and uploading a version 1.2 with the fix.

sorry I should have specified that it was unhooked. So far the glitch is still an issue which is disheartening as the game is really fun but i don’t like having to start from scratch every time I play

Enjoyed this, short and sweet!

Thanks! Think that sums it up quite well!

Really great pulp game. Memorable characters, good humour and lots of fun. 

Just completed, enjoyed the humor of this fun little game! Party on

delightful game - enjoyed every minute of it. Very funny narrative and nice little creepy world :) 

Just played through this. Very fun! Nice work.

Thanks very much! That’s very kind. Glad you enjoyed it :-)

I can't wait to play it! Buying it now!! 


wonderful little world, and really got into this game… I was thinking about returning my Playdate as I didn’t like the games in the season so far, but I absolutely love this one! Thank you and hope to see more from you (already got Time from Earth)

That means a lot, thanks so much! There are lots of awesome games coming out of a really lovely community so it’s definitely worth sticking around for! I’ll be starting something new soon!

Wonderful little game! charming - fun sense of humor - thank you! 

Thank you for the kind words!

Why can't I give the mouse cheese? 😭

You have to use the side buttons to reach the rest of the list.

A nice short story of a game that made me smile and had me thinking. It's a great showcase for learning to make things in Pulp. I recommend it.

Short and sweet. You'll wander around the haunted mansion looking for items, solving puzzles, and being charmed. It's not long, but it's a nice little treat.

Great puzzle game with a pretty funny story. Worth more than a dollar. Would love to be able to save during the game though. 

A fun little adventure that plays perfectly on the play date.  The humor is great and the overall package was well worth the $1.  Can’t wait to see what the dev makes next.  


Every version released so far has the version number 0.0.0 in the sideloader and no version number in Settings>Games on the console. The result is that new versions in the sideloader aren't detected when checking for updates on the console.

Thank you for this! I’ll try and find out about versioning naming conventions 


Really enjoyed this, a great little well designed adventure game!


If you go to the backyard after cleaning off the table without the bone, it is possible to dodge the dog by quickly stepping to the side, which causes the game to crash when the dog reaches the bottom.

Thank you! I’ll take a look

Yeah, this happened to me too. I thought I had to dodge out the way, but it crashes.

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This game was a lot of fun! It really reminds me of one of my favorite games, Hugo's House of Horrors (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugo's_House_of_Horrors). Can't wait to see what you make next!