The Good Life is an intriguing combination of gameplay styles: part tycoon, part time-management, part simulation and 100% fun! Live the life you always dreamed of on your way to becoming the area top dog in this tropical sandbox game.
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Mixed (96 reviews) - 54% of the 96 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 2, 2012

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Like so many, Derek Hales is fed up and is dreaming about ditching the nine-to-five lifestyle. When he learns that his late uncle made him the sole heir of Carpe Diem Boats, a boating company on the tropical complex of the Jo Jo islands, he does not hesitate for a second. A new life awaits! After a long voyage, he and his striking girlfriend Michelle Joyce finally arrive at their destination, enjoying the beautiful sunrise, with a Boating Company of their own. Compared to the dull office life, this new life looks much better. Finally but suddenly, life is good!


  • With an array of luxury vessels at your disposal, take on various missions across ultra-realistic tropical waters, in order to make your fortune.
  • Experience vast, beautiful tropical locations, with more than 50 harbors and dozens of diverse places to explore.
  • Become an adept skipper and progress across 6 different ship types.
  • Realistic weather conditions and 24hr day/night cycle.
  • Seek treasures in the deep, rescue people from drowning, avoid pirate attacks and become rich and famous!
  • Use your earnings to build your commercial empire, buy and sell properties in this tropical paradise, progress from sun beds, beach houses and bungalows, to restaurants, villas and even hotels.
  • Play against 9 other NPC Skippers who compete for business against you, become the best skipper, earn more money and become the ultimate tycoon of the JoJo Islands!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP SP3/ Vista/7™
    • Processor: 2,4 GHz Intel® Pentium® or Equivalent AMD®
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB DX9 shader 2.0 compatible videocard
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X 9.0.c compatible soundcard
    • OS: Windows 7 SP3 /8.1™
    • Processor: 3,0 GHz Intel® Pentium® quad core or Equivalent AMD®
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB DX9 shader 3.0 compatible videocard
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X 9.0.c compatible soundcard
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
(7 hours played as of time of rating.)

A beautiful idyllic simulation. For the $2 spent, it was well worth it. Those paying full price might feel a bit ripped off.


-- Beautiful and varied ocean/island scenery
-- Restful music
-- Music changes to match tasks/environment.
-- Boat handling characteristics are realistic.
-- Boat damage scales with speed of impact.
-- The challenge of mooring the original boat is fun.


-- Mooring challenges with highly upgraded boats (e.g., 58' yacht) are too challenging.
-- Mission challenges during fares are typically intrusive/disruptive to the experience.
-- Mission challenges in upgraded boats can be frustrating.
-- You never leave your boat.
-- Customers (fares) are a little too simplistic models.
-- The property tycoon mechanics (what is a good buy?) were not well explained.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
For 2$ in a sale totally ok and worth it... I realy dont understand people who have over 30 hours in a game this cheap and give it a bad review... by that calculation every full price title i have less than 1000 hours on is bad? Realy the game isnt polished like WoW but its fun and relaxing... so why not?
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6 of 15 people (40%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Typical cheap game. Don't bother. Poor graphics. Even worse controls. You start out with your boat stuck in a port with no way out. And the camera is spinning so you can't even tell where you are.
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432 of 459 people (94%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
The Good Life description says that this is a game about building a "commercial empire" while becoming "rich and famous". However in reality, the game is so shallow that these descriptions are bordering on false advertising and misrepresentation. I'll briefly explain how the description provided is just barely met by the reality of what the game actually gives you.

Do you build a commercial empire? Well, you do have a box that pops up occasionally to allow you to buy property. But that is the end of it, no further interaction from the player. I wouldn't call it management at all since you cannot even set a charge for renting these properties or influence them at all. What these do is function as bonus cash after you taxi clients from port to port. This brings me nicely onto the boating business aspect.

When someone says the game is about running a business, there are some key elements required for that to really apply. Budgets, marketing, customer relations and employee relations are the core things which come to mind. Well, The Good Life does require you work to a budget but everything else is absent. You apparently have employees because boats you own, but don't personally use, generate income like your other investments. But again, you don't actually influence any of that. Essentially your 'empire' consists of you personally picking up customers and taking them from A to B. Now this wouldn't really be too bad since games like Crazy Taxi actually made this kind of thing enjoyable but sailing empty waters in largely straight lines gets dull very fast and the highlight of the journey is the challenge of docking the boat without damaging it. One of the biggest mistakes the developers made is to give you the slowest boat in the game at the start and not explain that they can instantly buy a speed-boat instead. The developers should have simply provided the speed boat right away to avoid frustrating players.

The description also says that this has exploration, treasure hunting and other activities. Well, since you cannot ever leave your boat the exploration is limited to looking at islands from the coast and while the diving sections do allow you to very slowly move around freely, there is only 1 small map which is used for every diving mini-game. There is fishing, but it is a mini-game that just generates some more cash and isn't profitable or serve any purpose in the larger scope of the game. There isn't any complexity to fishing other than pushing the up and down arrows keys to reel the line in or loosen it to stop the line from breaking. There are other trivial events which happen at random as well. Such as tossing life-preservers to rescue people in the water, the occasional pirate speed-boat for you to avoid and the laughable 'tornadoes' which appear from time to time. But none of these are very interesting.

I can honestly say that while The Good Life sounds good on paper; what it gives you is a shadow of what it promises. Paying money for this game would be a big mistake even if it was on sale due to the limited entertainment value and what basically boils down to as leveling system where you invest time and energy to just see your bank balance grow. It lacks personality, a sense of progression or achievement and it just barely manages to even qualify as a game at all, due to how shallow the content is.
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101 of 120 people (84%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
31.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
I really wanted to like this game. The idea of the game seems very cool.

- The water is just beautiful!

- Game controls are very weird and hard to get used to.
- The boats are SLOOOOOW! even a speed boat is'nt much faster than the rickity boat you get in the beginning.
- I was thinking there would be so much more to this game but your really just a water taxi for tourists, about 90 percent of the game is transporting people. Sure there are little side distractions, but they are just that, distractions.
- When diving the controls are so bad its almost impossible to do anything underwater.
- The clouds look like packs of UFOS
- The dolfins sound like a bird of prey rather than a sea creature
- The pirates are just weird. It looks like they are shooting yellow nerf balls at you. They are terrible shots and it dosen't even affect the strategy of the game much. Just a weird distraction.

Having said all of that, I hope the designers keep improving this game, because I think it could be turned into something great. It seems like it just needs a bit more tweaking.
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64 of 88 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
So fun game so far, slow casual pace with plenty to do. Appears to be a lot to do in order to reach the end.
Controls are fine once your used to them and basics are explained well in the tutorial.
Visuals are nothing spectacular but are plesant to look at and have found no ingame bugs in my 2hrs of play.
Only bug so far is unlocking achievements before you do them.
The tycoon part of the game is a very simplified property buying process that only involves money management
as to whens the best time to buy. The end game does involve owning all property though so is a nice incentive to pay attention. The reputation part is an important aspect because when you bid on jobs and property you need to pay attention to who else is bidding cause someone with a much higher rep than yours will drive the price up making it tougher to be profitable. Like that part.
So if your looking for a casual way to spend your time yet stay engaged this game is a good buy for the price.
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39 of 49 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
Why don't "they" make more games like this? I really like this game a lot!

Basically, this is a game about moving to the tropics and taking over a small boat transportation enterprise. You spend most your time transporting people from island to island (for a fee), while acquiring the money to help build your tourist industry empire (via bidding on properties that pay rent). There are also missions that have you skin diving to collect treasure and find downed vintage helicopters, etc... You also have the opportunity to fish (which I have yet to get the full hang of). As you gain money and property, you also gain reputation. And yes, you can buy different boats and so on as you increase your funds (and it is all fairly open ended). The game apparently ends when (you go broke or) you drive all of your competitors out of business. Haven't got to that point yet... :)

The game takes a little getting used to as far as the controls, but its smooth sailing (sorry) once you do. There are some minor issues that the developer is on top of and he has already released a patch addressing some of them and adding improvements (literally acknowledging the individual players who suggested them). He is very engaged on the "discussions" board and obviously, is very open to those of us who have made suggestions. THIS is the kind of communication that you hope for from a developer!

I'm really excited about the possibilities that might be included and the tweaks that will be made. Because this game is really fun to me .... And I believe it can be even more fun as its further refined.
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35 of 52 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
Game: 8 / 10 - Dev: 11 / 10

This game has so many activities, including: Boating, Fishing, Diving, Photography, Rescue, Real Estate Tycoon and Management!

Pros: DEV Support, Graphics, AI (Bids/Ranking System/In-Game Economy), Management, Many Varied Missions, Detailed Boats, Contols (Realism), Diving Scenarios and Map Size.

Cons: Fishing Scenarios (Weak), Real Estate Purchase System, Camera During Diving Scenarios is sometimes unresponsive, Pirate Zones (No Designated Area on Map to Avoid) and Repetitave Missions.

I really wasn't a fan of this game until about 2 hours of play. I thought that it felt a little shallow. Understand that the main point of this game is to gain REP to increase your income through bids, and ultimately purchase all of the real estate to run the AI out of business due to bankruptcy. After a couple of hours of getting the hang of it, this has become a suprisingly good game.

Synopsis: The cons aren't enough to take away from the strong features of the game. If you're a fan of simulation/management games, then you must pick this up! The price is well worth it, even at full $10USD retail. Also, the DEV is awesome. He really listened to the community through forums and quickly fixed a lot of the main issues quickly. I don't think other DEVs put this kind of work in on a Sunday to please the gamers. Cheers!

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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
I reviewed the game a year and a half ago while it was on Desura and for the most part had a positive experience. However, there are some glaring flaws that I'm sorry to say haven't been fixed.

*There are no audio sliders in the option menu. Granted, this can be worked around by using your desktop's audio mixer, but you really shouldn't have to.

*At present, there are certain situations in which the "save" button will not appear when you hit "esc" to view the in-game menu. This can be a bit inconvenient for when you need to leave in a hurry.

*I like the addition of the new red quest line telling you where to go on your map, though for whatever reason it displays a line from the last port I've been to rather than the current port to which I'm currently docked. It's worth noting that this only happens before you accept the quest (when you check to see where the destination port is on your map) - 11/30/14 Update: This appears to have been fixed.

*Safari and photo missions tend to pop up at the worst times (like when on a timed ferry mission) and skipping it so as to deliver the person on time will actually penalize you.

*On the plus side, new fishing missions have been added though reeling in a fish takes some getting used to. The water effects are superb but the rest of it (character & cloud models, etc.) could use work.

For now, the game is simply "good" for the asking price, though it could have been better.

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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
A casual relaxing game, except when pirates shoot rpgs at you. Good concept. The economics are a bit simple, but if you want to bum around in a boat then this will do.
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16.4 hrs
Posted: October 8
Nice relaxing game for those moments when you are tired of killing zombies. Sometimes you will feel like Ruy Lopez exploring the Philippines.
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1.1 hrs
Posted: September 28
As some others have mentioned from the description of this game i presumed the game would include managing hotels that you had purchased as you build up your money, but i found all i was doing was driving a boat back and forth between ports with the occasional option to be able to buy a new property. Was not able to set the price of the rent for the properties I had managed to buy, wasnt able to view them apart from on a map which showed them up like monopoly pieces. I requested and got a refund for this game. Seems the description and the images need to be edited to not make people think that they are able to manage the properties that they will purchase in the game.
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4.5 hrs
Posted: September 23
got this on sale $2 and i think it is ok game. runs fine on win 10 64bit no worries.
even plays smoothly on triple screen setup 5760 x 1080p, menus could do with sum work.
controlling the game is well not the best , but take your time and it works well.
all in all great for $2 could never buy this for full price,
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V. De Luca
0.5 hrs
Posted: July 7
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0.1 hrs
Posted: June 13
I WANT MY MONEY BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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21.3 hrs
Posted: May 16
Slowly accumulate property and get rent every time you stop at a port. At first you earn money from "taxi boating" and minigames like fishing, rescuing people or diving. Eventually the money from renting pours in and you win.

A little repetitive and boring. Out of courtesy to developer, rating up
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0.2 hrs
Posted: April 28
worst game i ever played
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