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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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This update features a new Survival Mode, Hospital location and doctor career path.

Survival Mode

In Survival Mode you have been diagnosed with Zombitus, a terminal disease with no cure. Doctors have given you a few months to a few years to live. The disease will progress faster as time goes on and treatments will become more expensive. Eventually, they will be unable to slow the disease's advance.

When in Survival Mode, your current score is displayed prominently on the weekly summary. What do you want to achieve in your remaining time? You can aim for maximum happiness, wealth or knowledge, or just try to get as high a score as possible. You could also try to stay alive as long as you can.


To go with this new game mode, we also have a new Hospital location where you will go for Zombitus Treatments.

Hospital Location and Doctor Career Path

At the Hospital you can donate blood to trade health for happiness, or attend your yearly checkup for a big health boost. You can also embark on one of the longest career paths in the game - becoming a doctor.


In real life, it takes between 12-16 years to become a specialized doctor (surgeon, physician, etc). In the game I've shortened it slightly, but it's still a long and grueling process of studying and working to reach the top. To compensate, the wage rates are also the highest in the game. As with the other career paths, the wage rates on the doctor career path are based on real life statistics.


Here's the full list of changes in Release 1.2:

  • Added Survival Mode and related items
  • Added Transportation Services business
  • Added Real Estate business and related education
  • Added Gym Trainer and Gym Manager to Stadium
  • Added Volunteer As Coordinator to Town Hall
  • Added Hospital location to all maps
  • Added Doctor career path and education
  • Added Donate Blood and Yearly Checkup special events to Hospital
  • Added education and experience speed advanced options
  • Changed grocery subscription delivery description to be generic
  • Implemented home restrictions for actions from data files
  • Implemented healthcare cost modifier for actions from data files
  • Added mode played to scoreboard
  • Removed Bachelor Of Engineering from trait selection
  • Implemented proper score calculation even without achieving goals
  • Added new 'Read' action for items on Possessions screen
  • Realigned suppress and close buttons on Weekly Summary
This Grand Life is fully launched!

This Grand Life is fully launched!

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This Grand Life has now been fully released on Steam and Itch.io!

This Grand Life Alpha 2.6 - Balancing and Other Improvements

This Grand Life Alpha 2.6 - Balancing and Other Improvements

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

Release Launch Date Announcement

Release Launch Date Announcement

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The release launch date is set for This Grand Life on 17th April, 2018!

This Grand Life Alpha 2.5 - Relationships Part 2: Family And Children

This Grand Life Alpha 2.5 - Relationships Part 2: Family And Children

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Alpha 2.53 has been released, just in time for Valentine's Day (almost). After some tweaking over the past week, here is how the family portion works.

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This Grand Life Release Demo 1.21

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Demo for This Grand Life including the tutorial where your mother tells you to get a job.

This Grand Life Release Demo 1.01

This Grand Life Release Demo 1.01

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Demo for This Grand Life including the tutorial where your mother tells you to get a job.

This Grand Life Alpha Demo 2.31

This Grand Life Alpha Demo 2.31

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Alpha Demo for This Grand Life including the latest tutorial

This Grand Life Alpha Demo 1.66

This Grand Life Alpha Demo 1.66

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Alpha Demo for This Grand Life including the latest tutorial

This Grand Life Alpha Demo 1.61

This Grand Life Alpha Demo 1.61

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Alpha Demo for This Grand Life including the latest tutorial

This Grand Life Alpha Demo 1.60

This Grand Life Alpha Demo 1.60

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Alpha Demo for This Grand Life including the latest tutorial

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PurpleOperater
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Great game!!!

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PokingWaterGames Creator
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=D

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

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PokingWaterGames Creator
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Thanks!

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