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Let There Be Life is a relaxing, zen puzzle-like game that takes you to an enchanted world where you create magical trees and interact with playful wildlife. The trees want to grow big and beautiful, but they don't want to harm any flowers with shadows caused by their leaves.

*Let There Be Life is now on Greenlight - if it succeeds, we will gladly offer Steam keys to anyone who purchases the game here!


- Adding leaves increases the health of the trees, but...
- Plants on the ground below will die if in too much shadow!
- The farther you extend branches, the more health is added by new leaves (think multiplier).
- Mushrooms like shadows, and a fully grown mushroom resets the light for nearby plants.
- A variety of playful wildlife to unlock and interact with throughout the game.


"...I love the general idea and the vibe of the game." - Adrian Chmielarz, The Astronauts

"...relaxing, almost sedative experience" - Karl Magnus, DICE

We're in LazyGuysBundle "Blurred Shapes"


We're in LazyGuysBundle "Blurred Shapes"

Let There Be Life is now available through the bundle "Blurred Shapes" by LazyGuysStudio.

May 23, 2014 News
Desura Weekly Release Highlights - Episode 22


Desura Weekly Release Highlights - Episode 22

This week we've got sci-fi, flight and something light so regardless of your gaming inclinations I would be willing to bet we've got something for you.

Apr 29, 2014 News
Indie Game Magazine Relaunch


Indie Game Magazine Relaunch

We are one of the sponsors for the relaunch of Indie Game Magazine (IGM). Let There Be Life will be featured during the event April 1st.

Mar 20, 2014 News
Let There Be Life is now on Steam Greenlight


Let There Be Life is now on Steam Greenlight

We have just begun a campaign to bring Let There Be Life to the Steam Community.

Mar 10, 2014 News
Let There Be Life 50% Off Release Sale


Let There Be Life 50% Off Release Sale

We are offering Let There Be Life for 50% off to celebrate its March 12 release on Desura.

Mar 6, 2014 News
masterpctech May 26 2014, 12:19am said:

Looks like it would port to Android well; like Spirits or Night Sky (two great puzzle/non-fast-action titles)

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Backward_Jay Oct 17 2014, 4:17pm replied:

Yikes, somehow I missed this comment! Anyway, Let There Be Life is now available on the Google Play Store, and will be out soon on iOS as well.

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Redlightning7777 May 4 2014, 11:56pm said:

Backward_Jay... now *THIS* is a fine example to set for developers everywhere.

Now I do not know how this game is going to play, or how much fun it is.. but it sure is on my list now; *Just* for t his fine conversation I have witnessed in the comments here.


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mosphet Apr 19 2014, 7:47pm said:

Fiat osx?

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Backward_Jay Apr 28 2014, 1:18pm replied:

We are currently working on mobile ports of the game - we plan to release on Mac once we get the iOS version together. If that didn't quite answer your question, please let me know!

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thisgenius May 24 2014, 12:51am replied:

"fiat osx" seems to have been a play on "fiat lux" (let there be light) Genesis 1:3 the likely inspiration for your title

I, too, would prefer an OSX version than running windows games inside a wine container on OSX.

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Gameboon Mar 15 2014, 5:38am said: Online

It's a nice relaxing game to unwind a bit, with some puzzle element/branch management. Might not worth the full price in my eyes, but this 50% off thing makes it worthwhile. In any case, you can unlock stuff going through the levels and relax while playing it. It's got some background music that isn't annoying, and it's pretty fun sticking branches on the tree.

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Backward_Jay Mar 20 2014, 10:51am replied:

Thank you for the nice comments about Let There Be Life. Deciding on a price for one's creation is a challenge: you don't want to give your work away, but you want players to feel like they got their money's worth. We just changed the price from $9.99 to $7.99 - we're comfortable with that, and we hope players will be, too!

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New in the update for Let There Be Life: - Added cascading glow to leaves when tree finished. - Minor tweaks to UI. - Minor bug fixes. Nov 19 2014, 6:46pm
The latest version of Let There Be Life is live on the App Store! If you have it, update; if not, give it a try! :) T.co Nov 19 2014, 6:45pm
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The latest version of Let There Be Life is now live on the Google Play store - if you own the game, you should definitely update! :) Nov 17 2014, 2:31pm
... - UI tweaks to enhance readability. - Minor bug fixes (not telling what! :p) Nov 17 2014, 1:09pm
Update includes: - Cascading glow visual when tree finished. - Optimized textures (reduced file size, increased compatibility). and... Nov 17 2014, 1:08pm
Just submitted an update to Let There Be Life on Android - will let everyone know when it goes live. :) Nov 17 2014, 1:07pm
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