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Posted: 18 months ago, last updated 16 months ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Paralives is a simulation game where you build houses for people and then control how they live. It's inspired by games like the Sims, however, you have complete control over every aspect of the design of the house and its residents. Its balance of architectural freedom and hyper-detailed simulation make it a great choice for creative and curious minds.

You select the exact size, shape and look of every wall, every piece of furniture and every picture, allowing your mind to roam free. Once a house is complete, you can choose what the residents look like, what they do, and when they do it.

Play involves buying a plot of land and then constructing the walls to define the shape of your house. Using a wide range of items, you then furnish it, being sure not to go over budget. You can define the exact shape, colour and height of each item you add. Once complete,you can decide what the residents look like in the same way, before choosing what their lives have in store.

It's a life simulation, but one that focuses on letting your imagination run wild rather than forcing you to earn items incrementally. The result is surprisingly arresting as you create your ideal home and place people in it. While other games like Animal Crossing or The Sims feel heavily tilted towards the joys of capitalism, here the fun is about unlimited possibilities without the associated grind.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Creative, Simulation (Role-Play and Strategy)

Developer: A Masse (@_AMasse)




Play Time: This game will take between 30 hours and 40 hours to complete. How long you spend with the game depends on your ambition and imagination. Many players will spend even longer with the game to perfect their ideal home.

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 3.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. With a deep and immersive system of design and a detailed simulation of day-to-day life there are infinite possibilities when choosing what to do, and will require careful planning and thought.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Paralives Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@_AMasse) 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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