Paralives: the new indie life simulation game that could overtake Sims series

Madison Brown


Say it isn’t so!

The Sims has always been at the top of the charts when it comes to the life simulation genre of video games. Since 2000, whenever you wanted a break from your real life, you’d just fire up the old PC and create a world all your own where you’re completely in charge.

As video game technology becomes more advanced, some players are wondering if they’ll ever see new tweaks to The Sims – it’s a beloved series, but many have asked if there was going to be anything introduced that would shake things up a bit. Judging by the newest patch that didn’t go over so well, it seemed like we might be waiting for something that wouldn’t come. Paralives could just be that breath of fresh air.

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Paralives is an upcoming “doll house” indie life simulation game that will be available on PC and Mac. News spread quietly at first with a few tweets popping up here and there, but in the last week, The Sims YouTube community caught wind of it and the excitement spread over social media like wildfire. There aren’t many games in the life sim genre, so when something promising a fresh spin on everything we know is introduced, the community welcomes it with open arms.

The game is in early development, but there’s already a website up, as well as a Patreon account and a few official Twitter accounts steadily feeding us bits and pieces of what we can expect. So far, here are a few of the awesome features that we’ll see in the game, directly from the developer:

  • Available on Steam for PC and Mac
  • Supports custom content through the Steam Workshop
  • A one time fee for the entire game (whereas The Sims series charges for new expansion packs, stuff packs, and game packs)
  • Gridless building (yes – you read that correctly. GRIDLESS!)
  • Will be optimized to run on high and low end computers
  • Will be open world, and your character can visit parks, shops, and other locations
  • Includes animals like cats, dogs, and horses
  • Includes transportation like cars, bikes, and boats
  • Completely customizable buildings and furniture

On the Paralives YouTube channel, you can see small clips of gameplay including how the building and resizing functions will work.

As mentioned earlier, this game has a Patreon page where you can donate and help out the developer, Alex Massé. Massé is a software engineer based in France, who has worked on projects such as PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator game, Unity’s Project Tiny, and others.

At the moment, this is the only information we have about anyone working on Paralives, and the Patreon account will allow the developer to continue working on it full time. If you’d like to donate to the creation of this awesome game, check out the Patreon here.

What do you think about Paralives so far? What would you like to see as part of the game when it is released? Let us know!

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