Welcome to The Happy Hereafter, a casual sim in which you guide the newly dead as they build an afterlife for themselves and their fellow lost souls. There will be no rest for the wickedly funny as you put them to work building a village to rival Paradise!
User reviews: Very Positive (151 reviews) - 80% of the 151 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 2, 2013

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“The Happy Hereafter has great presentation and potential gameplay”

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About This Game

Welcome to The Happy Hereafter, a casual sim in which you guide the newly dead as they build an afterlife for themselves and their fellow lost souls. Possessing uncanny management skills, you'll control a legion of zany characters as they arrive at their eternal destination and settle in. There will be no rest for the wickedly funny as you put them to work building houses, harvesting resources and earning money to build a village to rival Paradise. Explore weird but wonderful landscapes, discover cleverly hidden secrets, and complete dozens of challenging missions in your quest to create a little slice of Heaven in the underworld!

  • Six locations
  • Over 100 missions
  • Dozens of wacky characters
  • Comic book style story scenes
  • Learn-as-you-play tutorial

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
This game was a disappointment for me. Not because the game is bad, it's not great, it is a fun casual strategy game, but it was a disappointment because it was a downgrade from a previous Alawar/Buka Entertainment game.

The Promised Land is a previous game from Alawar/Buka that was released in 2012, it was a game that I really enjoyed for what it was. With this game I was hoping for more of the same but maybe a bit bigger of a scale or maybe with some more depth. The Happy Hereafter however seems to be a downgrade on The Promised Land rather than improving on the formula that made me a fan . For this review I'll touch on a few of the points that I felt really soured me on this game compared to the one that made me buy this game.

So the game is about starting off a colony, managing the workers that you have to finish tasks given to you so you can upgrade your buildings and continue progressing. Right off the start the worker system showed a big downgrade from the previous game. The workers are all generic and it doesn't matter what each one is doing, in The Promised Land, each character had a description, stats and preferred job(as well as disliked job). Each worker in The Happy Hereafter is interchangeable, it doesn't matter what job each is doing and you can just throw them wherever and it doesn't make much difference. In The Promised Land you had to plan out where each new worker went and what the best fit was to maximize their ability to collect resources and perform the best for your colony. Each worker in The Promised Land could also gain experience making them better at certain tasks which again added depth in worker placement. Workers could also be stationed in one area and they would continually work that area and if they ran out of resources they would patiently wait till resources spawned again. In The Happy Hereafter if a worker tries to collect resources from a depleted area they will just wander back to town and if you didn't notice it (there is a pumpkin head character they hide behind) then you have an idle working doing nothing. And lastly on the workers, You can not assign more than one worker to collect resources from an area other than the very last resource you can collect, it really prevents you from progressing and puts you in a situation you don't need as many workers as you could have space for as most of them will stand around doing nothing.

There isn't really as much story as The Promised Land either, there wasn't much in The Promised Land either to be fair but again something lacking in this title.

Art is great in both games, again not much of difference or upgrade, but it's not terrible and is nice to look at. It was pretty good in their previous game so why mess with it.

There is also random enemies that will try to pillage your storage area. These are more annoying then fun to deal with. They are also incredibly easy to deal with and pose no real threat, a couple of clicks and your back to the game.

The resources in the game for building and upgrading as well seem to be poorly balanced. I had max workers on all areas to collect as much wood as possible and I was still constantly running out of wood, while having large stock piles of food, stone and gold (as well as other resources). This could have been an easy fix by allowing more than one worker to collect resources from the mill, instead I had to constantly micromanage the workers to have one collecting while another was delivering. As much as that might seem like it ads some difficulty or complexity, for me it just seemed tedious and takes away from the fun of these types of games.

To sum it all up, The Promised Land is 3$ more on steam, but you'll get a lot more out of that game compared to this one. If you are looking for a short, casual, indie resource collection, strategy game, I would suggest The Promised Land over this game. If you already have The Promised Land and you are looking for something very similar or better, skip this game entirely as I just didn't find it be near the quality or fun that The Promised Land was.

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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Nice little casual builder/sim for when you're in the mood for an easier game. It is polished, and I encountered no bugs. Even if you consider yourself a hardcore gamer, sometimes you just want something easy you can do while also doing something else, like catching up on your TV backlog.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
Cute little casual strategy game that's a nice distraction from bouts of playing more hardcore strategy games. I hesitate from giving the game a full recommend, due to various problems and oversights the game displays, but they aren't enough to downgrade to Not Recommended.

Very easy to get into and play for the first couple of hours.
Cute graphics
Tutorials and missions really ease you into the game

Limited options menu and UI - I desperately wished I could zoom out a bit. The game also is lacking a separate worker page - until you get the circus and can just spam performances, there's not a very good way of tracking hunger/happiness levels.
Wood is the bottleneck for most of the game - be prepared to wait all game long for wood to build your structures
Late game after exploring all of the locations becomes a grind.

Regardless of the problems, I'd say it's worth $1 to try it out the next time the game is on sale.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
[Please note that this game, "The Happy Hereafter," is an slow pace game; it's not for everyone.]

Game Visual/Audio

There isn't much can be said about the game's visuals asides from that they're amazingly well done. Pretty much the same thing can be said about the game's audio. The visual and audio can be adjusted in the game's option menu.


The Happy Hereafter is an strategy simulation game. Where the individual can control the actions of their workers by assigning them certain task[s] to carry out like gathering resources from the environment around them. All the while maintaining their happiness that max level.

There are plenty of colorful and zangy characters to meet in the game. Some of them do have quests that needs to be fulfill.

There are plenty of artifacts to find and collect around the environment. Some of them can be easily found right away.

The building plans are locked because they're connected to the quests that given out by characters. They can be used to build new buildings in the environment. When building a structure it'll take some time. However, it can go much faster, only if add another worker to speed up the building process. [This same strategy can be applied to clearing away the garbage from roads and such.] The newly built buildings can be upgraded as long as the required item[s] are found.

There are two ways of scroll ("Click & Drag" and "Edge") in the game. There's little and/or no mouse control for "Edge" scrolling. There's plenty of mouse control for "Click & Drag" scrolling. I prefer "Click & Drag" scrolling it makes everything a bit easier.


There are total of five different trading cards. You only get the three of those cards from the game. There are several ways to get the rest of the trading card: Purchased from Steam’s Market; Trade with friends; Booster Packs and it’s Booster Pack Creator. Badge can be crafted and upgraded with these trading cards. This feature is only available for Steam’s version of this game.

Final thoughts, I definitely enjoying playing this game all the way through to the end. As for the replay value I would say is low. I would recommend this game but not at the full price.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Wow! What a gem of a discovery and a fun resource management game.

Welcome to The Happy Hereafter, a casual sim in which you guide the newly dead as they build an afterlife for themselves and their fellow lost souls. There will be no rest for the wickedly funny as you put them to work building a village to rival Paradise! - Highly Recommended!
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