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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Mostly Positive (22) - 72% of the 22 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (72) - 87% of the 72 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Apr 17, 2018

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April 17

This Grand Life is fully launched!

This Grand Life has now been fully released onto the main branch.

A big thank you to all the players who have been on this journey with me. We've grown our careers, bought our first homes, become landlords, started our own businesses and invested in stocks. We've been homeless, alcoholics, avid collectors and lottery winners.

If you're looking for even more content, remember there's Steam workshop support. Here you can find some mods like Vlade's megamod, which has a large number of additional career paths like sports star and criminal.

Thanks for playing This Grand Life, I hope the game helps you in your real life in some little way!
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April 3

This Grand Life TEST branch updated to release

With This Grand Life's full launch coming up on April 17th, I have updated the TEST branch to Release 1.00. On launch day, this version will be put on the main branch and everywhere else. The main additions are a local scoreboard and the new Berlin map (as voted for by the community).

The local scoreboard will keep track of all the lives you've lived. Every time you win a game, a final score is calculated and added to the board. Below is what it looks like with some scores I made up.

Next is the Berlin map. Berlin's map traits are Engineering Powerhouse, Diverse Architecture and Automotive Pioneer.

You can purchase a Large Garage at Brandenburg Gate to begin collecting the city's unique collectibles, luxury cars. All the collectible car names are based on German brands and range from the Folkswaggin Gulf to the Porch Sports Car. This is by far the most expensive collection in the game.

The special thing about these collectibles is that you can ride them just like you would a normal car! They travel faster but are also more expensive to run, especially the higher-end cars. They also never break down and don't require repairs.

Another small change is all collectible containers getting their own default theme colour now, which you can still paint over if desired.

Finally, a little fun fact that I discovered about This Grand Life's players - the same number of people have played the stock market as have played the lottery. Coincidence?

Here are the full list of changes in Release 1.00:
  • Added Berlin as playable city
  • Added Berlin collectible and drivable cars
  • Fixed Infonet not showing more than 10 items when viewing all jobs at location
  • Fixed employee and materials window not following freelance business window colour scheme
  • Changed 'debt due next week' to show negative amounts
  • Tweaked and enabled scoreboard
  • Added functionality for collectibles to be used as normal possessions
  • Realigned some stuff
  • Added default theme colours for collectibles
  • Updated tutorial images
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“I probably should have had a bar fight first before going home and taking a shower”
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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

Full Launch Release Date Set For April 17th, 2018!

This Grand Life is a financial life simulation game 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​ - 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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