In This Grand Life, you manage your character's finances while helping them achieve their 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?


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?

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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 - Enrol in courses and graduate with qualifications, required for some higher level occupations.


  • Careers and Employment - 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Tutorial - An interactive tutorial where your mother tells you to get a job.


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The next big feature - freelancing and contracting! Start your own business, build your brand awareness and reputation, hire employees and organize jobs.



This is a mid-to-late game feature, as the initial capital required to start a business can be quite high. For example to start a plumbing business, you need to pay startup fees, buy a plumber's toolkit and plumbing supplies, and also be qualified with the right education. Marketing is also expensive, and you'll have a hard time getting any jobs without it. However once you've established your brand, the potential profit is great if you can manage your business properly.


When you first start a business, you will probably be doing all the jobs yourself. Employees are expensive and need to be paid every week, regardless of whether there is work available for them. As you complete jobs successfully and on time, your reputation will grow and you will get more job offers. Once you start getting too many job offers, it's time to think about hiring workers. When your business is well established, you can hire a manager to take care of everything and let the business run itself!


Every potential employee has a diligence rating. An employee with a high diligence will complete jobs for you faster, but in general will want higher pay. This is not always true though, and it might be worthwhile to fire a low diligence worker and hire a high diligence one if they are demanding the same pay. Potential workers are taken from the pool of preset names, so if you are supporting us at The Supervisor tier or higher your name might show up in this list.


I still need to do testing and add more business types before releasing this update. There's a large amount of new systems implemented to make it work, so it will definitely not be compatible with previous saved games. Also once the update goes live, I'll be removing The Student supporter tier which will bring the base price for This Grand Life to $10.

Finally, I've set up an online poll. Please vote to give me an idea on what you want to see more - Vote Here!

Alpha 1.3 Released and New Scenario

Alpha 1.3 Released and New Scenario

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Alpha 1.3 of This Grand Life features an improved education system and new scenario.

Education Changes and the Knowledge Life Goal

Education Changes and the Knowledge Life Goal

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I'm making some changes to the way education works to make it a more rewarding experience.

Alpha 1.2 and Subscription Services

Alpha 1.2 and Subscription Services

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Alpha 1.2 of This Grand Life has been released with two major new features, subscription services and collectibles.

Buying Collectibles At Auction

Buying Collectibles At Auction

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A new feature in the next version (1.2) of This Grand Life will be collectibles.

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This Grand Life Alpha Demo 1.3

This Grand Life Alpha Demo 1.3

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Alpha Demo for This Grand Life including the latest tutorial

This Grand Life Alpha Demo 1.2

This Grand Life Alpha Demo 1.2

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Alpha Demo for This Grand Life including the latest tutorial

This Grand Life Alpha Demo 1.1

This Grand Life Alpha Demo 1.1

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Alpha Demo for This Grand Life, includes updated tutorial.

This Grand Life Alpha Demo 1.0

This Grand Life Alpha Demo 1.0

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Alpha Demo for This Grand Life, includes updated tutorial.

This Grand Life Pre Alpha Demo 1.0

This Grand Life Pre Alpha Demo 1.0

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Pre-Alpha Demo for This Grand Life, includes tutorial.

This Grand Life Prototype 2.2

This Grand Life Prototype 2.2

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Prototype for in development game This Grand Life.

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bigdezil28
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Please continue to work on this game! Real gem right here!

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Thanks!

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