A downloadable game for Windows

Imagine Lifetimes - Early Edition update 1.1.1 is now available
Imagine Lifetimes - Deadly Edition release date: 25th of September, 2020

You can now wishlist the game on Steam, or follow it here on itch! <3

Imagine Lifetimes is a satirical simulation game about the meaning of life. Shape your path through a series of life-changing decisions as you choose your way to the end.

Features

  • Dreadfully lighthearted entertainment
  • The true meaning of life
  • An existential crisis

As in real life, two randomly generated parents define your character through genes. Born with the ability to choose, your actions and decisions shape the paths ahead of you.

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  • Explore a wide variety of ever-changing paths and endings
  • Choose wisely, every choice has the potential to affect your playthrough
  • Question the absurdity of existence as you figure out what it means to be alive

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I've been working on Imagine Lifetimes for four years now. This project once started as a simple jam game called A Lifetime of Realistic Simulations here on Itch. Now, years later, I'm taking this project to the next level. Follow this page to catch the latest news, updates and announcements.

Thank you for supporting the development of Imagine Lifetimes!

Install instructions

Step 1: Download the .zip

Step 2: Unpack the .zip

Step 3: Play the .exe

Step 4: Enjoy the game! -Frycandle

Download

Download
ImagineLifetimes_EarlyEdition_1.1.1.zip 135 MB

Development log

Comments

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I had a good time playing this game, can't wait for the full version!

Thanks again, much appreciated! :)
-Frycandle

Is there a Mac version?

Hey lunalyre, at the moment I'm focusing on releasing the Windows build. I'm hoping to have the resources to export to Mac OS later in the year.

Stay tuned! :)
-Frycandle

This game was fun to play and i love the fact you can shortcut once youve gone through it the first time,the music is good and the voice narration is great but could be padded out a little more for example if you are making more bad decisions you could put something like "oops!" or "taking the fast lane huh?" , it would also be neat to see your traits based on the options you pick before you meet your end e.g. the "the building blocks mean you are logically minded".

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Thank you very much! I'm working on a full version of the game and I think your suggestion of adding some additional variations on commentary would be great. I'm currently writing the new voice-acting scripts so I will make sure to address this right away. 

I appreciate your feedback, and I'm glad you had fun! :)
-Frycandle

Aweseome , i cant wait to see what changes , some playful sarcasms and questioning the player are always a nice touch too i look forward to the next installment 😊 -NaughtyNelly

I like this .. I have only ONE tiny complaint..... I'd love to be able to disable the music, the music was driving me a bit crazy.. so I didn't end up playing all the way through, I wanted the dialogue .. but not the music :( is there any setting I can put in the .ini file to turn it off? a shortcut key? .. I saw no menu option unless I missed it.

I was really hoping to check it out after I saw 8-BitRyan playing it on his channel

Hey Ondeduality,

Thank you, I appreciate that! Unfortunately there is currently no option in there to turn off the music, but I will make sure to look into this in the future. I'd be nice for people to have the flexibility to customize the experience, you made a good point! :)

-Frycandle

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In the mean time, I did find a way to do it.. though it's not for people who don't know what they are doing.. I did have to modify the win.dat file but I assure it was only for my own purposes of adjusting the volume levels for the three background music tracks :) so I'm playing through as I respond.
Can't wait to see the final version!

Edit: I spoke too soon, obviously I missed something.

The accuracy. The humor. The snarky parents. The cactus! Imagine Lifetimes feels like a nearly perfect simulation of actual life. Definitely an interesting experience and I'm curious to see what other paths I can take.

Good job, devs.

Hey Skydjinn, thank you for checking out Imagine Lifetimes! Stay tuned as the ''Deadly Edition'' is expected to arrive later this year. (second half of 2020-ish)

Cheers,
-Frycandle

I saw mention of that on the page and have been curious what a "deadly" version of the game could include.

The current build has 9 different endings, and gives you a taste of what the game is all about. The Deadly Edition is the full version which will include at least 19 different ending, but most importantly it will add a main story-line to follow.

Details will slowly be revealed as development progresses, but rest assured it is going to clarify what the true meaning of this game is. (it's a game-changer) 

-Frycandle

Second video, second life.

Will probably investigate the other "endings" on my own. I'm curious.

Hey Skydjinn, this retirement ending is actually the same one as in your first video! There are 9 different endings hidden in there that do not involve going into retirement, you dodged one of them by ignoring that shady package, but hey, you made a wise decision in doing so! ;) 

Thanks for giving it another go, I appreciate it.
-Frycandle

There is a lot of psychological and philosophical considerations in this game that you don't even realize when you are playing it. Happy to finally play it!  

Thank you Jar_Red, I'm glad you mentioned those deeper and sometimes hidden themes and thoughts throughout the game! It's really at the core of what I'm trying to convey with this little project. :) 

Appreciate it,
-Frycandle

Honestly this game is amazing, I had fun trying to ruin my own life, like I do IRL. If  you are interested, check out the vid below 

Hey Seeker227, thanks a lot for checking out the game, I’m glad you liked it! Also I really appreciate the video.

Cheers,
-Frycandle

I thought this game wasn't on itch? Did it just get released? Anyway I just wanted to say great game :) I enjoyed it a lot and once you think you're done, you're not actually done because there's so much to do! Thanks for an amazing game!

Hi doubleowo, it used to be exclusively on GameJolt, but over the holidays I decided it was the right time for the game to spread out its wings and fly out to itch.io and IndieDB as well.

Thank you so much for the kind words,
-Frycandle

I will admit that I didn't expect too much of this game. But, you guys proved me wrong as I have been playing it for the last hour or so. I like the little bits of humor and mini games that come along with the choices you make within each category. I like how unexpected things happen, just like in real life. No two rounds are ever exactly the same. This is a very well thought out and smooth running game. I enjoyed playing it, although I do wish there was more.

More categories to go through and maybe more in depth choices on the existing categories. Also, I wish there was more for retirement. Surely most old people don't sit in a chair all day? 

Other than that I have no complaints. Kudos for an interesting and captivating game.

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Hey cringecat13, it's great to hear that you were pleasantly surprised!

Thank you, the very fact that you are wishing there was more is a huge compliment. I completely agree with you in terms of content. In fact this is something I'll be working on over the course of this year. What you just played is the Early Edition, a free demo build of the game. I'm planning to release the extended Deadly Edition later in 2020, with new content to explore and some necessary improvements to what's already there.

I've taken note of your feedback regarding the Retirement path. :)

Thanks again for sharing your thoughts with me, 
-Frycandle

Hey Itch.io, what's on your mind?

Critiques, feedback, ideas and conversation are much appreciated at all times. Thank you for being awesome!