This Grand Life is a personal finance simulator where you create a character, manage their money and help them achieve their life goals. What choices will you make?
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Release Date:
Oct 23, 2017

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“This Grand Life is a fairly unique game in its detailed simulation of personal finance. Different players will have different levels of understanding about taxation, investments, how interest rates work and so on. I want to use Early Access to gather feedback on whether these various systems within the game are easy to understand, and improve the player experience before final release.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The plan is to stay in early access for 3-6 months and go to full release in the first half of 2018 sometime.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“There are plans for more content. The type of content (whether it's additional careers, education courses, collectibles, traits, cities, etc) will depend on what players want more of.

Workshop support is also something I would like to try, although it would depend on whether we get a large enough player base to support it.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current version is playable from start to finish, although might have some balance issues and minor bugs. The Custom Game sandbox mode is the core of the experience, and has many options for you to change the difficulty and the feel of the game. You can have a brutal survival experience by taking certain negative traits like Alcoholic. Or enjoy a more relaxing experience, with positive traits like rich parents that give you free money each month.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price may increase as content is added.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Having spent so much time developing this game, it can be hard to see issues that are obvious to an outside observer. That's why I'd like to involve the community in getting feedback and improving the game before the full release.”
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December 12

Alpha 2.11 Minor Update

A minor update has been released with the following changes:

=Alpha 2.11 Update=
Added delete button on saved games page
Added page arrows for real estate on possessions page
Added withdraw all button to savings account
Added business founding year
Added disable camera following option
Allow viewing potential employees when roster is full for businesses
Fixed repayment amount not showing when applying for mortgage
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December 7

Alpha 2.1 - New York City and Improved Events System

This update features New York as a new playable city, an updated Sydney map and an improved events system with more tempting special events.

New York

In New York, you can start your life in the poorer neighbourhood of East Bronx, work your way into middle-class Queens and eventually live it up on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

The New York map itself has three traits that make it unique from other cities. Rent Control policies mean rental prices for low-cost housing are reduced by 10%. The city's status as a Financial Hub means all finance industry occupations pay 15% more. On the negative side, high density living means Traffic Jams greatly reduce the effectiveness of vehicles.

Each city now gets a unique location, and in New York it's the Statue Of Liberty. Here you can buy the special Liberty Display Shelf to start collecting different types of Statue Of Liberties, which are unique to this map. You might even get a chance to climb the statue head as a special event.

With the upgraded events system, 4th of July celebrations become quite the spectacle. There are fireworks and barbecues all over town for a large boost to fun and happiness. The Black Friday sales in the week after also make for some predictable and fantastic sales on electronic goods.


The Sydney map has also received a facelift, with its own national day celebrations where you can "Throw Shrimp On Barbie".

It also gets two map traits. Beautiful Harbour adds the free Stare At View action to certain locations along the harbour. However, the Ex-Convict Colony trait means your robbery threshold for expensive housing is lowered by 20%. I want to add one more positive or neutral map trait to Sydney, but haven't thought of anything really good yet. Ideas are welcome!

You can go to the new Sydney Opera House location to watch a theatrical performance. Or purchase the Plush Toy Box to safely collect Australia's unique and dangerous wildlife in toy form.

What's Next?

Amsterdam in the Netherlands is the next city on my list, an interesting city which will make for some interesting traits. Also I will be working on adding end-game statistics, which should tie in nicely with the Steam Achievements system. There are quite a few improvements players have requested, I will try to squeeze them in as well.

Change Log

  • Added New York city map with locations
  • Upgraded events system to support city-specific location-based events
  • Implemented alternative naming for city-specific location-based events
  • Added special New York and Sydney events
  • Added other new special events
  • Rebalanced almost all special events to be more tempting
  • Added Statue Of Liberties and Plush Toy Animals collectibles
  • Added Statue Of Liberty and Sydney Opera House plus related jobs and actions
  • Implemented city-wide random events functionality
  • Lowered probability of dead uncles and lonely aunts
  • Added new locations to list of possible freelance job locations
  • Refactored map traits system
  • Added map traits for Sydney and New York
  • Implemented home-specific rental price modifier
  • Implemented job-specific wage price modifier
  • Added trading history window for each stock on Exchange
  • Newest possessions now appear first in Possessions screen
  • Fixed College Housing no theme
  • Fixed special events being prevented from beginning early in the game
  • Added more logging to game startup
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“I've concluded this is the most accurate life simulator ever”

“Look at the money, look at the money! Oooh it looks so good”

About This Game

This Grand Life is a personal finance simulator where you create a character, manage their money and help them achieve their life goals. Cruise your way through life with a silver spoon, or struggle endlessly to find employment as a convicted felon. You cannot control your past, but you can change your future. What choices will you make?

Inspired by Sierra's 1990 game Jones In The Fast Lane, your life is divided into weeks. You try to accomplish as much as you can each week while economic conditions and special events create interesting choices to think about. Do I go to work this week, or take part in the Hot Dog Eating competition at the park? Should I spend time looking for a better job, or stick with my current job until economic conditions improve?

Current Features:

  • Balancing Needs - Core game loop of balancing short-term needs such as hunger, fun, hygiene and health with long-term goals like happiness, wealth and education.
  • Stylised City Maps - The game map is based on a real major city, thanks to satellite imagery from the European Space Agency!
  • Education System - Study for degrees, diplomas and PHDs, required for some higher level occupations. Go to trade school or university.
  • Promising Careers and Dead End Jobs - Prestigious career paths like Banking and Chef, plus lower level occupations like Janitor and Salesperson.
  • Progressive Taxation System - The more you earn, the higher your tax bracket.
  • Possessions - Fridges, TVs and Computers which help with your short-term needs.
  • Collectibles - Collect stamps, coins and other rare items to achieve your long-term goals.
  • Subscription Services - Sign up for services that make life easier, like grocery delivery or cable TV.
  • Special Events - Home Robbery, Hotdog Eating Competition, Steam Sales and more.
  • Detailed Economic Simulation - Inflation, interest rates and economic growth influence your investments and job competition.
  • Investment and Debt - Borrow money to achieve your goals or invest for a future where you won't have to work. Minimum repayments and interest rates calculated realistically.
  • Real Estate - Buy properties through an auction system. Live in it yourself or rent out your properties to tenants.
  • Stock Market - Buy and sell shares on the stock market. Watch out for poor corporate management.
  • Life Expenses - Electricity bills, rent, loan repayments and consequences for not paying them on time.
  • Traits/Privilege System - Begin life with advantages like rich parents, or disadvantages like alcoholism.
  • Freelance/Contractor Business - Hire employees, advertise your brand, complete jobs and grow your reputation.
  • Tutorial - An interactive tutorial where your mother tells you to get a job.
  • Moddability - Create your own careers, courses, locations, possessions and more. All content designed to be highly moddable.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows XP
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 / AMD Radeon HD 7400G / NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 or better graphics card with OpenGL 3.3 and later support
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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