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 (90 reviews) - 53% of the 90 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 2, 2012

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About This Game

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!

Features:

  • 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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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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Mixed (90 reviews)
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V. De Luca
0.5 hrs
Posted: July 7
**
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MEGA RAGE MONSTER
0.1 hrs
Posted: June 13
I WANT MY MONEY BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Wungle
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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C03N
0.2 hrs
Posted: April 28
worst game i ever played
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[C]face
2.7 hrs
Posted: March 28
Very fun and relaxing game to play. People really need to learn and watch the video on this. You dont actually build anything just the money and to see who can get the most.
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[SBGM]Kulkaelderen
0.7 hrs
Posted: March 5
Sluggish controls, boring gameplay, pointless game.
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Jojobeans90
0.5 hrs
Posted: February 6
Game is really repetitive
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vanquishedlight
7.1 hrs
Posted: January 11
not what i was expecting.

by the title and discription i was expecting being able to roam around and do stuff like go to the casino, lay out on the beach ect. but with in my time of playing this simulation. i realized it's just a boating sim. your basicly a taxi boat making money to buy property. you can free roam on the waters only. there is no getting on and off the boat as far as i can see. so don't go into this expecting it to be a vacation sim for you, when it's really a vacation sim for the pc and you have to work for them. so in my opinion the discription is far from the actual sim it's self. it is still kinda entertaining none the less. i suggest only buy this game if your into games like taxi simulators ect. take this person here, take that person there kinda chit.
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Karyon13
24.3 hrs
Posted: January 9
I purchased this game during the holiday sale and I've never regretted it. It's a beautiful game and very enjoyable. The diving quests are so relaxing! I totally recommend this game to anyone wanting a game to relax and unwind to.
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каваи
4.3 hrs
Posted: January 9
If you don't play the mini-games, its actually quite good
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
357 of 386 people (92%) found this review helpful
14 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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85 of 101 people (84%) found this review helpful
11 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.

Pros:
- The water is just beautiful!

Cons:
- 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 86 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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32 of 41 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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30 of 45 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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!

BUY IT!
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
28.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 25, 2015
I really enjoyed my time with The Good Life. I canvased the forum, read reviews and watched a few videos before I bought it on sale at 2.49. The controls take some getting used to and the boats are tad to floppy sometimes but after playing it for awhile I figured out how to catch fish, collect rent, find treasure before using up all the air and in the end I won, literally the game told me that :)

I thought this game was made by the company that did Aquadelic GT because the boats and water are very similair but its just a resemblance, Aquadelic GT had more boat sounds like water smacking the hull. At first I was not sure which property to buy and what to focus on but after playing and reading the screens that come up I started buying everything I could afford and completing all the tasks on the trips. I sold off my starter boat thinking I could buy it back or didn't need it but if you want the achievement for owning all boats keep it. I had to start over after like 12 hours because I sold all my old boats to buy property, do not do this as the boats you are not in generate income. I only had a few bugs, the first was the big sport fisherman (purple) has the steering wheel floating over the drivers head, its visible in the picture before buying it and second was the occasional treasure spot on dry land or a photograph target under a building. Otherswise the game was rock solid and I ended up somewhere around 41 on the Hall of Fame.

For 2.49 or even 9.99 you would be hard pressed to find anything this entertaining.
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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
95.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 1, 2015
Casual game. Ferry passengers, get popups to do more do them or dont repeat. Repeast. Repeat. Buy property when you can to get the win, but it is a bit grindy to get there. Pirates are a bit silly

I got this on sale, in this case for USD$1.99, and it is worth the money at that price. It is probably a 3.5/10 at $9.99 but at $1.99 it is a 6.5
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39 of 64 people (61%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 18, 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhCmI4DTr8Q

Ah, The Good Life. As you may see from this video, it looks wonderful.

First, I need Steam trading cards for this game. They're like sunken treasure. But anyway...

Imagine a world where you take enormous amounts of money from people to transport them between tropical islands in an archepelago, flogging them food and drugs along the way. Well, here it is. You are completely in charge, to the point where if you want to abandon ship halfway through transporting them to go diving for treasure, you can. You probably shouldn't, but you can.

It's the sort of nonsense I love. And it is, nonsense. If you are looking for an in-depth business or management sim, this is not it. This is for relaxing with in a moment of downtime.

And it would be relaxing, if it weren't for the tornados, pirates, and screaming drowning people. But let's not talk about them. It's too harrowing.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
47.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2015
It's a fun game! I use the mouse, keyboard and an Xbox 360 controller to play.

If you like to:

fish
scuba dive
take pictures
buy alot of real estate and see returns
get chased by pirates in boats with rocket launchers trying to sink you
taxi friendly patrons to and from islands and resorts in various boats with waves and weather effects

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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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.

2/15/13 Review: http://www.dadsgamingaddiction.com/the-good-life/

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Updated Gameplay Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kr1iyTga2w4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2JJfqwJPN8
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