John Conway’s Game of Life is a well-known cellular automaton. In Life, “cells” live on a two-dimensional grid and survive, reproduce, and die based on four simple rules:

Any live cell with fewer than two live neighbours dies.
Any live cell with more than three live neighbours dies.
Any live cell with two or three live neighbours lives on.
Any dead cell with exactly three live neighbours becomes a live cell.

What's New

Version 2.0

Cell grid is now larger than the viewport. Use two fingers to pan the viewport.
Fixes crashes on iPad version.
Performance improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

Can’t zoom out


I can’t zoom out to see the larger pattern

Good basics


I got this app for the iPhone, and I works great. There are only three problems:
1. Screen. It is small, I wish you could zoom and/or turn wrapping on/off
2. Patterns. I wish you could save more than one of your own patterns
3. Pasting. It would be great if you could make the app have the ability to convert rle formats, so you can cut/paste patterns.
Over all, it is a good starting app that I would recommend. If you have a computer or an iPad, get golly. It is bigger, but much more powerful, with all the problems in this app fixed. However, there is no iPhone/touch app

As Advertised

Leroy 1944

Thanks so much for making a simple, free "Life". I was trying to explain the concept to my wife, and booting this up and showing her made it real simple.

Would be nice to add a splash screen to explain the concept, but that info is readily available on Wikipedia, which also explains the "gun" you see when you boot it up.

Thanks for sharing!!


Parallel 42 Systems, Inc.
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Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2010 Douglas Sartori


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