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?


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.

  • 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.

  • 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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This Grand Life is entering alpha development. I've created a Let's Play style video to demonstrate how to get started with a custom game:



Purchasing the game will give you access to all future versions up to release, as well as a Steam key if we get on Steam. You can do so from Itch.io:



If you want to try it out, there is a demo which includes the current tutorials you can download from Itch.io or IndieDB.

And finally, remember to vote on Steam Greenlight to help get the game onto Steam.

Character Creation - Traits and Privileges

Character Creation - Traits and Privileges

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I talk about the traits that your character can start with in This Grand Life.

Kickstarter and Greenlight launch

Kickstarter and Greenlight launch

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We're going all out today and launching This Grand Life's Kickstarter and Greenlight.

New demo and trailer available, Kickstarter date set!

New demo and trailer available, Kickstarter date set!

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Kickstarter and Greenlight launch dates have been set, a new Pre-Alpha Demo has been uploaded!

This Grand Life prototype now available!

This Grand Life prototype now available!

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You can now download the free prototype from Itch.io, IndieDB or MediaFire. Links in the article.

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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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Just had a breakthrough idea for the next version of #thisgrandlife - a subscription service for automating grocery buying!!

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Long overdue for a logo update, here's the new cover art for #thisgrandlife #screenshotsaturday #indiedevT.co

May 28 2017

Updated Collectibles window, here is the new jewellery display case #thisgrandlife #screenshotsaturday #indiedevT.co

May 26 2017

RT @ParadigmGame: Game Idea: Open world sandbox game, except your character can't travel said world because they can't afford their rent and groceries.

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RT @mwallace142: Playing the Alpha of #thisgrandlife by @ParsleyPWG on my channel next week. Lets see how quickly i go bankrupt and… T.co

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This Grand Life - Alpha Access Available Now Pokingwatergames.itch.io #thisgrandlife #indiegame #indiedev T.co

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Currently working on Collectibles, here's a first pass at the stamp collecting book #thisgrandlifeT.co

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Alpha Demo 1.0 uploaded - This Grand Life Pokingwatergames.itch.io #indiegames via @ParsleyPWG

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