This Grand Life

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.
- Fridges, TVs and Computers which help with your short-term needs.
- 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.
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.
Freelance/Contractor Business
- Hire employees, advertise your brand, complete jobs and grow your reputation.
- An interactive tutorial where your mother tells you to get a job.
- Create your own careers, courses, locations, possessions and more. All content designed to be highly moddable.


Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows XP
2.0 GHz or faster processor
Intel HD Graphics 3000 / AMD Radeon HD 7400G / NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 or better graphics card with OpenGL 3.0 and later support
200 MB available space

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?
Steam score: 75%
Languages: English
Developer: Poking Water Games
Publisher: Poking Water Games
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