Well, it’s very old and actually not a game in the common sense of the term. And it’s slow and there is no killing or bombs going off. No flashy graphics or sounds. Still interested? Here’s a LINK.
The rules to the game are quite simple, but the computer enforces them once you click GO. The object is to keep your colony ‘alive’ as long as possible.
Here’s a suggestion. Begin with the upper case letters of the alphabet. When you click on the blue PLAY LIFE tab, a graph pops up. First, set the ZOOM level to 2. Next, you may want to enlarge the graph by clicking and dragging the edges to fill your monitor screen.
Try an easy letter first like X. Go to the top right and click and hold the mouse and draw it down to the lower left. Complete the other half of the X. Then click “go” at the top of the graph. How long of a life does your X have? Note the counter at the top right of the graph. Your colony is “dead” when there are no new life forms created or they just spin.
Which upper case letter do you imagine has the longest life? Take a guess and try it. One of mine lasted 2000 cycles.
How about the 3 initials of your name? How much “life” do yo have?
What about presidential initials? Does LBJ have a longer ‘life’ than JFK? Which U.S. President’s initials has the greatest longevity?
Can you write in cursive? How does that alter you created ‘life?’
Here is Glider, or the pioneer adventurer who ‘visits’ other colonies and brings them ‘wisdom’ and seeds of new life.