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?
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Positive (49) - 93% of the 49 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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March 9

Alpha 2.6 - Balancing and Other Improvements

Alpha 2.6 has been released. This is mostly a re-balancing and minor improvements update.

Now your business supervisors can auto-buy materials to the amount you set at the start of each week, as long as you have the money to afford it.

I also noticed that not many people bother to change their default business theme with Cans Of Paint, so each business will get its own colour theme now. You can still repaint it yourself if you don't like the new defaults.

A useful addition for education is a new Teaching Tutors home service, available from the Small House and above. When this service is active, a part of your degree or diploma will be completed automatically at the end of each week. This costs quite a bit of money, but it helps automate the studying process for those who can afford it. I would suggest unsubscribing when the academic term is not running, otherwise you are just wasting money!

Alpha 2.6 Change log:
  • Added freelance business supervisor auto-buying materials option
  • Added Teaching Tutors home service to Small House and above
  • Reduced auction fee from 5% to 3%
  • Reduced effectiveness of electric scooter and small car
  • Changed spouse income from Misc Income to Family Income
  • Tweaked travel time modifier calculation
  • Added travel time modifier display
  • Workers no longer quit when you can't afford wages, debt added instead
  • Need to pay two week's wages when firing employees
  • Finished moving 99% of English into data files
  • Added default freelance business themes
  • Fixed education tooltip not displaying whether semester-only studying
  • Slightly reduced average date time
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March 1

Oops, I dropped these... Steam Trading Cards!!

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“I've concluded this is the most accurate life simulator ever”

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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.
  • 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.
  • Relationships and Family​l - Find a spouse to increase your income, raise your children well to increase your happiness.
  • 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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