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Posted: 19 months ago, last updated 6 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Cart Life is a simulation game where you play one of three street vendors. You attempt to run their shop whilst looking after their health, interests, and families. It has simple visuals, but depicts the realities of the thin-end of life.

Each character has a different stall. Vinny sells bagels, Andrus runs a newspaper stand, and Melanie sells coffee from a cart. You interact with customers to sell them items and can manage stock and set prices. You also need to look after your daily chores like shopping, cooking and sleep.

What starts as a technical challenge soon becomes more personal. You have unique situations to cope with. Melanie, for example, is a single mother of a daughter. She yearns to bond more with her daughter and because of work and life struggles to find time to walk her daughter to and from school each day.

It's a game that is challenging and difficult. But this is not to make you feel like a hero when you win. Instead, it aims to illustrate how hard life is when you don't have enough money, time or other people to help you. You can access Cart Life here.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 25/04/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Role-Play and Simulation

Developer: Richard Hofmeier (@RichardHofmeier)




Play Time: This game will take between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.


Cart Life

Steam Store PC Free
This game is free to play. Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Cart Life Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@RichardHofmeier) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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