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: Mostly Positive (53 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 2, 2013
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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!

Key Game Features:


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

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 800 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 800 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Fun, Halloweeny humor. A typical villiage build game. Decent mechanics, smooth playability.
Posted: October 20
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
This was a random purchase, and I was unsure of how this would pan out. I was actually surprised that I was into it as much as I was. The graphics are bright and cartoonish. In some respects, the atmosphere of the game sort of reminds me of Costume quest. It's easy to get the hang of, and a fun way to kill time.
Posted: September 29
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
I bought this game on sale because I love anything and everything that has something to do with Halloween, especially as it draws near, and it looked cute. The characters look like they could be straight out of a Tim Burton movie or something, and there is no depth to them at all, which is kind of cool, but kind of not, because now I could potentially make up my own stories about them, which is cool, but it would've been nice to have more to the characters canon. The game is really adorable and I haven't experienced any bugs yet, but I have seen a couple reviews of people who have. Either way, it's cheap, especially on sale, and it's a cute time-killer or something to entertain kids (one of the kids I was babysitting was asking em questions about it and he was being entertained). Overall, it's a pretty solid investment.
Posted: October 5
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
I actually have really enjoyed this game so far. Simple and fun with lots of stuff to do although waiting can be a bit tedious at time and the UI for menus needs some tweaking so you can't click things in the background while you have a menu open.

A nice game for someone's first city-builder that's simple enough for someone younger but still engaging for someone older who just wants a game they can casually play. I have a finer review in video format if you'd like to check it out here Jalo Reviews.
Posted: October 2
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8.3 hrs on record
Well clearly I enjoyed this game if I spent 8 hours on it, but I have upgraded everything I can. Now I have reached my limit and can't collect anymore. There is one mission that is glitched and I can't seem to complete it, but the point is moot if there really isn't much more after evertything has been upraded. So over all I would recommend this game, but just don't expect too much out of it, ok?
Posted: September 30
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4.5 hrs on record
A good time waster, but sadly that is all it is: a cute waste of time.
Posted: September 30
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4.9 hrs on record
The Happy Hereafter is essentially Virtual Villagers - Lite set in Halloween Town. Don't get me wrong, it's a good game on its own. But there are a few lacking components and bugs that make it not as impressive as other similar titles in the genre.

For starters, it's incredibly short. So short, that I finished it in two nights. If you follow the quest order you can probably get another hour or so out of it, but that isn't a good thing. There are a lot of stretches of time where you're doing nothing but waiting. It certainly isn't as long or as tedious as Facebook games, but it lacks item collection or achievements like Virtual Villagers to help pass the time. If I had known from the start to improve resource gathering facilities the second the tech was available, I probably could have shaved off almost another hour of play.

Second, the bugs. And there are more than a few that can be annoying, if not progress slowing. On occasion there are times where villagers stop gathering from resources at the bottom of the map. While it makes sense for them to stop gathering when a resource has run dry and is in the process of regenerating, they don't always stop for this reason. I found myself at the start of the game constantly having to reassign someone to harvest wood at trees because they just decided to stop working after collecting one load. With a little luck I was able to get them to automatically harvest, as they are supposed to, but it did get annoying and tedious, especially at the start when you are entirely reliant on these nodes for resources.

Another bug that is annoying, but not game breaking in any way, re units sliding around or getting stuck on decorations. Sometimes when you tell a unit to harvest something, it will show the gathering animation but they will slide all the way back to the town square. This doesn't prevent them from completing their job, but it is annoying. Also, idle units have a habit of getting stuck under things. Benches, lights, buildings. It is easily fixed by picking them up and telling them to do something, and doesn't harm your production since they were idle, but it is another minor annoyance that one would think could be easily fixed.

The characters are interesting and it's obvious that a great deal of effort was put into their creation, but they are sadly under-utilized. Each character has one, maybe two quest chains, that are incredibly short, and then they are never used again. The mermaid has I think 3 or 4 quests, spread across two "chains." I say "chains" simply because the first chain has 2-3 quests for her and the second is a single quest given by the witch. Once completed you will never see her again. It's sad to see detailed characters and environments used so sparingly.

Ultimately, I have to say this game is a "Pass." While it can be fun, for its length, bugs, and simple play-style, there are just better games of the same genre. At sale price, it was a nice distraction; at full price it would still be ok, but for a few dollars more you can get similar games with more depth and over-all entertainment.
Posted: September 30
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6.8 hrs on record
Promised Land is a better game with same mechanics. This one looks a bit more fancy but it always bugs out when I play causing workers to just walk in place or drift across the map while working. Would recommend this game if not for the bugs though.
Posted: September 30
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5.3 hrs on record
8/10
Posted: September 30
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13.3 hrs on record
This game is a fun little way to waste some time. It's not the deepest game in the world, nor is it the most challenging. But the graphics, the theme, and the characters definitely make for a fun time.

It is, indeed, a short game, but honestly? I feel like it's worth the $1.99 I paid for it. I'd feel the same even if I'd paid the full price of $3.99...

Sometimes, I don't have the time or the interest to sit down and play something for hours and hours and want something fun that I can sink a little time into. This is definitely satisfies those urges.
Posted: October 1
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9.0 hrs on record
I finished this game in 4 hours. It was perfect. I wanted something casual to play one afternoon that wasn't too intense. I like city building and RTS games. I wish there was a reason to play it again, other than just liking it so much the first time. I spent $2 on the game so it was worth it for the time spent. I'm going to load it up again now to play while watching TV in the background.
Posted: October 6
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7.8 hrs on record
Simple, humorous, city building game with cartoonish graphics and funny character designs. There are production queues and raw materials you need to gather in order to produce stuff. You unlock new technologies and buildings along with decorations to make your city more beautiful. There is a short storyline, too. Cheap and simple nice little game.

9/10
Posted: October 6
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4.5 hrs on record
It's a fun little game, but it gets that glitchy near the end of the game you cant actually finish it. Which is worse because its not a bad game.
Posted: October 4
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0.9 hrs on record
Characters are adorable. Simple and fun to play. Totally worth the price.
Posted: October 4
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11.5 hrs on record
Maybe I've just gotten too strategic with games similar to this, after playing others like FarmVille (don't judge) and Virtual Villagers, but I definitely think this was too short-lived. From what I've read, others agree, too.

I think the characters are adorable, the missions straightforward and the overall concept really entertaining. It truly is a lot of fun, just don't expect for it to last too long. I know that I really wasn't expecting to get the "The End" screen when I did.

Despite the two or three mini-bugs I encountered, I would definitely recommend this.
Posted: October 4
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1.9 hrs on record
Is a cute game that gives some casual fun. I only paid $2 for it and it was definatly worth that.
Posted: October 5
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4.8 hrs on record
short and casual managing game, where you macro yourself a zombie village from scratch. had to play it through straight away. was hoping for more content, maybe in the future? definetly worth the prize
Posted: October 5
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6.3 hrs on record
while the first few minutes of gameplay are kinda fun, the game is serious lacking in anything new or interesting to make you want to continue.

after slogging through all the gameplay that this game has to offer, i can safely say that this is a boredom fest... seriously watching grass grow or paint dry are slightly more entertaining activities.

- you get to watch your towns'undead'people build in predetermined places, harvest the same stuff over and over and over and over just to upgrade everything to level 3... then the game ends.
- there is no storyline beyond the intro, all the quests are grind this many bits of whatever and ill give you something you can already get by having your 'minions' grinding those items and using the trade depot thing.
- quests dont help tell a story
- nothing really new or exciting to make the game replayable in the least currently.
- you can get 'special bonus items' for the extras/bonus menu things in the main manu, but the items are mostly just strewn around the map for you to find when you gain a level and can enter a 'new' area for you to do the same crap it... the items are only 3D statue things and pictures of stuff from in-game that really doesnt add anything new to the game to work for/towards. there are only 2 items i think in the entire (current) game that you get from doing specific quests.
- glitches with a few quests and some of the upgrades for buildings and stuff dont really make any sense because you have to level the 'workshop' or whatever to level 3 to get level 2 items to build to level up some buildings to levels 2 and 3... when for everything else you need level 2 and level 3 items to get those specific buildings to levels 2 and 3 respectively, this actuzally makes sense.
- the enemy, no ai/variety/etc.... there are only 3 types of enemies currently and the only difference between them is that you have to click one more time to get rid of each type: type 1 - click 3 times, type 2 click 4 times, type 3 click 5 times... thats real variety there and a whole bunch of fun, really?! this is the best they can come up with.

if they took the time to actually put some story/strategy/variety into the game then this could be something that i would endorse, but currently do bother because its a SNOOZEFEST!, and will remain so unless more choices for things are given to the player.
Posted: October 5
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4.4 hrs on record
A cute little village building game. You collect resources, assign your villagers jobs, & build different buildings to unlock different abilities. Has a little bit of a Halloween type theme to it since your villagers are zombie-looking people and you wield magic. Seems to be a tablet game come to the PC, but without all the annoying "wait 12 hours for this building to finish" stuff. I cleared it in one sitting & it took about 4 1/2 hours. Most of that time was sitting around waiting for resources. I don't think it is worth the $4 price tag, but if you see it on sale, do pick it up because it was enjoyable, especially if you like games like this.
Posted: October 23
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36 of 37 people (97%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
For the price, it's not a bad game at all.

It's kind of cutesy and amusing and has some city-building elements along with patches of story. It's a bit shallow and a lot of the options like where you build things are fixed. Your path of growth is more or less laid out for you.

The graphics, however, are quite nice and the characters are adorable. The atmosphere and lack of urgency is relaxing. It's, in every sense of the word, a casual game. It's also a gentle introduction to city-building for someone who has never played one before and isn't sure they want to drop $10-20 on one of the more genre-defining titles. Like I mentioned before, the city-building aspect is rather limited, but it's quaint.

You get what you pay for and it's not a bad game to add to your collection.
Posted: June 5
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