Conway's Game of Life

Conway's Game of Life

The classic, cellular automaton devised by John Horton Conway.

Additional Informations
  • Current Version: 1.3
  • Updated: May 26, 2015
  • Requires Android: 2.3.3 and up
  • Installs: 10,000 - 50,000



Watch digital life evolve into beautiful and interesting sequences. Conway's Game of Life follows simple rules, but can result in unexpectedly complex patterns.

The standard format involves an infinite grid of square 'cells', with some squares initially 'alive' and the rest 'dead'. At each step and for each cell one of four things can happen, based on the number of neighbour cells that are alive at the time:
- A dead cell remains dead (default)
- Life spawns in a dead cell, when dead cell has 3 live neighbours
- A live cell survives, when the live cell has 2 or 3 live neighbours
- A live cell dies (default)
You can also set up custom rules.

Simply touch a cell to toggle its state between dead and alive. You can also drag to apply this same state to a large number of cells. Manually changing the state of a cell pauses time for a while, so that you can make all of the changes you want before the cells are automatically updated.

Once you've found an interesting configuration, you can save it for later to show to your friends.

Additional Information

This app was developed using Corona SDK.
You can pinch to zoom out, stretch to zoom in or drag two fingers to pan the screen.
You can save configurations locally to your device. Some well-known, interesting configurations are provided with the app.


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  • Conway's Game of Life
    Robert Schmidt Published date: July 1, 2016

    Poor interface It looks good, and with a handful of customization options to make Life even more fun to look at, it's only mitigated by the fact that you will have to change the settings to the way you want them whenever you start. Furthermore, whenever I try to zoom in or out, I just end up creating more live tiles or killing off already live ones while I zoom Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    Abigail Skye Stewart Published date: June 14, 2017

    This game is great at theory and super fun to make formations but: - zooming out causes you to create blocks - zooming out causes the screen to try to render ALL of the on-screen empty blocks. This causes the phone to become really slow. Maybe have a look at optimising zoomed out rendering and implement dedicated zooming. The bugs above gives for an overall buggy experience. Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    SundaraRaman R Published date: September 21, 2017

    Seems to be abandonware by this point. It's a decent implementation with a few glaring flaws. One is that the settings get reset automatically any time you exit the game or just load one of the preset shapes. Another is a lack of a step by step mode, where you can manually go generation by generation. Hope it gets picked back up by developer for such fixes. Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    Richard Aversa Published date: January 8, 2017

    Excellent! A few recommendations The customization options are very nice. I really appreciate the access to templates of structures like the Glider. I would like to recommend the option of a turn counter, and a button to advance the game forward one turn at a time, manually. I also support the idea of looping the boundary. So far great work. John would be proud! Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    r bayat Published date: July 7, 2015

    Great. Life from simple repeated trials Great job. Conway,s game has been used for describing mechanisms by which life has been emerged in earth about 4.5 bilion years ago. Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    Joona E Published date: November 6, 2015

    I like the userinterface, although the algorithm seems to be very much unoptimized? Lags ALOT after zooming out. Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    Larry H Published date: December 19, 2016

    Nicely done Please consider the option for life to wrap instead of stopping at the edge. This adds another level of fun. I wrote a version in 6502 assembly on the Atari 8 bit back in the 1980s. Been interested since it was a paper based exercise. Landscape mode for larger screens would also be welcomed. Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    MaggiMagie/Bruchpilot_Sim sem Published date: May 16, 2017

    Gutes Spiel, wenn auch Nachmache! Das "Original" gibt es ja leider nicht für Android, definitiv beste Version auf Android! Aktiver und Motivierter Entwickler welcher versucht sein Spiel zu bessern. Props to you! Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    Sean Ottey Published date: September 28, 2017

    Love this implementation. Wish there were more docs tho. Resetting the grid twice changes the grid to while and produces different results than the black grid. What is the difference? Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    Published date: December 1, 2016

    Smart app Easy to use Game of Life board that can be zoomed in and out. Professional look with many options, including changing the rules (very nice), predefined shapes and saving patterns. Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    Platon Beletsky Published date: January 19, 2017

    Perfect visualisation of a classic game. The only function I miss is scrolling. Life spreads indefinitely beyond the visible bounds. How can I move the window across the universe? Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    Far Shad Published date: April 27, 2016

    Scailing bug When i zoom out, some rows from the bottom disappear. Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    Drew Thornton Published date: September 3, 2017

    exactly what i needed! zoom controls are a little tricky, but otherwise it's as good as life itself Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    Jeroen Steens Published date: March 21, 2017

    10/10 would create vagina-like sculptures again Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    Published date: May 22, 2017

    More speed in a larger field would make this much better. The selection of cells from the screen is good Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    Adam Napier Published date: July 3, 2015

    Sweet game Friend told me about this and it's awesome. Great user interface as well. Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    mitch blais Published date: October 6, 2016

    Amazing! It doesn't require any permissions. F*©∆ yes. Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    Rory Renton Published date: July 1, 2015

    OK Sand:box is better. Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    blackfrank white Published date: October 31, 2016

    Intresting game Great and intresting game Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    a random girl Published date: August 20, 2017

    Great game! Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    Akoole Gamere Published date: August 19, 2015

    Good. Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    UNNI BABU Published date: December 1, 2016

    Awesome Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    Andrew 101gamer Published date: May 16, 2017

    Cool Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    Leonard Golub Published date: April 9, 2017

    Good Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    Bilen Ahmet Published date: April 7, 2015

    Fun Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    JustinMorsesGaming0Go Published date: October 18, 2017

    I really think it's a great concept, and I was thinking about maybe having a feature were can modify the number and pattern behavior, and maybe have different colors of cells with an option to have them react differently depending on there color and/or proximity, I mean that's my opinion, but could you please let me know if you might want to add that option to this amazing opportunity of an app and maybe add the option to donate? 😀😉 Because I really appreciate your time and effort you put into being a great and amazing developer and I really like your ideas and work and thank you for all the great apps and games that you make, and I truly believe that you have a great future as an amazing Developer. 😉 Don't give up and maybe one day you'll be the biggest and best Developer there is and I will always believe in you. 😇 Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    zdz 123 Published date: March 18, 2017

    I don't really know what is the point of this game Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    The Moo Published date: March 29, 2017

    This game was supposed to be 2 player Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    Max Weiner Published date: April 27, 2017

    I didn't get this app. Full Review

  • Conway's Game of Life
    First Name Last Name Published date: September 13, 2017

    Nice Full Review

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