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Paralives is a upcoming single-player interactive life simulation game, developed by Alex Massé and being released on Steam. The game was first revealed on June 29, 2019.  The game will feature a highly detailed build mode with a great deal of customization. For example, the length of a curtain rod can be adjusted, which in turn, will affect the width of the curtains.

In addition to building, the world will be inhabited by "Parafolk", characters that can be customized and controlled. Paras will be able to procreate and genetics will be passed down to their children.

The game is highly anticipated and often considered a 'rival' for THE SIMS, a game that has dominated the life simulation market for years. Paralives will include pets like dogs and cats, as well as weather at release; two features THE SIMS has never had at the start without an expansion.

Official description

Paralives is an upcoming doll house life simulation indie game for PC and Mac. In Paralives, you are free to build homes, create characters and manage their lives inside their homes and all around an open world town. The game features innovative build tools that are easy to use but powerful for advanced builders. The simulation mode allows players to explore a city full of events, people to meet and ways to make their characters evolve and live an happy life (or not, if they choose to)!

Building a dream house requires a lot of flexible tools. In Paralives, builders are not limited to a grid. Players can build walls of any length and at any angles. Your perfect house contains curved or slanted walls? Paralives has the tools for that. You want to recreate your real life home? Use the in-game measuring tape to recreate the exact dimensions! You can also fully customize object colors and texture as well as the size of windows and furniture. Just select an object, pull the corner anchors and make that window larger or upgrade that single bed to a king bed!

Creating the best life for your characters couldn’t be possible without enjoying what the town has to offer beyond the walls of their houses. That’s why Paralives let’s you explore a cozy open world neighborhood filled with shops, parks, work places and other interesting spots to discover and meet people.

The name Paralives is a reference to parrallel lives, allowing players to live different virtual lives and build homes to stage them. - Alex Massé

Neighborhood

Main Article: Neighborhood

All we know right now is that it will have open world, farms, pre-made lots/houses with an option to add your own, and seasons. The town or city will announce in the future.

Open World

Main Article: Open World

Alex Massé described the open world as "We’ve got your back. Paralives offers a rich open world filled with possibilities! Focus on your career, love life, friends, family, children or the town’s community and well-being!" also saying "Put on your best outfit, call some friends and use your bike or car to meet them at the park, restaurant, beach, shop, mountain or anywhere, really!".

Buy Mode

Main Article: Buy Mode

  • Allows you to resize objects and change the parts of objects.
  • Place Objects to see objects.

Design a Para

Main Article: Design a Para

You will be able to change facial features and genetic system.

More information will be revealed later.

Create-a-World

It will be released in a update after the game is released.

Build Mode 

Paralives
Main Article: Build Mode
  • Just like the objects you can color and resize stairs, windows.
  • Instead of placing the lots down you can draw them out like you would with walls or floors. You can resize them by pull from the sides. The shape of the lots don't have to be a square or rectangle shape as long as you can draw it can be made.
  • There is a terrain tool which will let you change the land of the lot.
  • You will be able to build to the edge of the lot.
  • Columns
  • Color Ceilings
  • Curved Pools
  • Curved Walls
  • Doors
  • Exact angles of a wall
  • Floors
  • Optional grid
  • Plants
  • Split Level
  • Stairs
    • L and U Stairs will be there too
  • Windows

Lot Placement

Instead of placing the lots down you can draw them out like you would with walls or floors. You can resize them by pull from the sides. The shape of the lots don't have to be a square or rectangle shape as long as you can draw it can be made. You will be able to create attached houses. You can change the lot size at anytime so you don't have to worry able one lot size. With the curve tool you will be able to make curve lots and angled lots.

Alex has said at the moment what the prices of lots are "At the moment, [lot prices are] $142 per m^2 for every street. Having more expensive areas is a cool idea. 🙂"

Create A Style

Main Article: Create A Style

You will be able to recolor objects with the Color wheel in both Buy Mode, Build Mode, and Create A Para more information will be release later. You also will be able to save swatches as presets/favorites.

Parafolk

Main Article: Parafolk

More information will be revealed later.

Ages

Main Article: Life Stages

There will be Life Stages in the Base More information will be revealed later.

Needs/Motive

Main Article: Motive

They will be mix of how the Sims needs are but, at the same time have new features added.

Pregnancy

Main Article: Pregnancy

More information will be revealed later.

Traits

Main Article: Traits

More information will be revealed later.

Wishes

Main Article: Wishes

More information will be revealed later.

Lifetime Rewards

Main Article: Lifetime Rewards

More information will be revealed later.

Skills

Main Article: Skills

More information will be revealed later.

Adoption

Main Article: Adoption

There will be adoption in the base game.

More information will be revealed later.

Personalities

Main Article: Personalities

Personalities will be in the game in some shape or form.

More information will be revealed later.

Emotions

Main Article:Emotions

Emotions will be in the game in some shape or form.

More information will be revealed later.

Genetic System

Main Article: Genetic System

Parafolk will be able to pass down genetics and traits to their children.

There will be genetic system in the base game.

More information will be revealed later.

Seasons/Weather

Main Articles: Weather & Precipitation

Season & Weather will be in the game at base it will have a impact on the gameplay and characters.

More information will be revealed later.

Animals

Main Articles: Cats, Dogs, Horses, Pets

Cats, Dogs, and Horses will be available at launch of the base game more information will be available later.

  • Horses will be able to be used as transportation.
  • Pets will be able to wear hats. (So far dogs are the only ones seen wearing them)

Transportation

Main Articles: Cars, Boats, Bikes, Horses

Cars, Boats, Bikes, and Horses will be available at launch of the base game more information will be available later.

Alex Massé also described about cars and small boats by saying "Small car-sized boats (and cars) are premade and not buildable :)"

Careers/School

Main Articles: Career, School

There will be a school for children and teens.

The Careers in the base pack will most likely be rabbit holes and active careers will appear after the launch of the base.

More information will be revealed later.

Game tools

Main Article: Custom Content

Custom Content will be allowed and be used with the steam workshop More information will be revealed later.

Cultures

Alex spoke about cultures in the game "Yes, there will be ethnicities and elements of different cultures :)"

Steam achievements

Main Article: Achievements

It has been confirmed that there will be Steam achievements at base or after the release.

Time Scale/Aging Setting

Main Article: Settings

Alex had this to say about it "Details regarding aging and the time scale are still being tweaked and will be announced later :) But players will be able to change the aging and time speed!"

Story Progression

There will be a feature similar to story progression More information will be revealed later.

Alex had this to say about story progression "To make the neighborhood feel alive, it’s important for other characters to live their own lives. That’s why I aim for them to be able to get promoted at work, fall in love, have kids, etc."

Radio stations

Main Article: Radio stations, List of songs in Paralives

There will be radio stations and songs for Paralives.

Parafolks will be able to listen and dance to every music.

Alex said "I plan on commissioning 1 or multiple people to make a soundtrack :)".

Measurement

Main Article: Measurement

The measurements for the game that has been seen so far is meters, feet, bananas, and Texas.

Steam Workshop

You will be able to upload and share houses and characters on the Steam Workshop.

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