If you love The Sims and you're looking for an indie Sims-like to devour, then you're in luck. Tiny Life is an isometric indie take on EA's life sim franchise. It's in alpha right now on Itch.io and is coming to Steam at some point in the future as well.
What do we know about indie Sims-like Tiny Life?
The Sims 4 may still be in fine form when it comes to new content, but indie Sims-like alternatives are few and far between. Luckily, that's where indie dev Ellpeck's Tiny Life comes in. It lets you control a household of people, tending to their needs and building relationships and skills. Alternatively, you can just mess with them and screw up their lives for fun, as has been the Sims remit for many years.
In Tiny Life, you can build houses to your spec, as well as constructing the buildings in the surrounding community. You can create community spaces like cafes and parks, and the people living in your area will wander into them and populate them. Characters will interact with one another, build families, and live their own lives, but you can of course intervene and tell them to go jump into the pool if you want. In addition, Tiny Life will have modding support with a C# modding API, so you'll be able to work whatever kind of content you can envision into the game. All in all, alongside indie games like Hokko Life, Tiny Life looks to be another valuable addition to the "cozy game" genre.
When is the Tiny Life release date?
You can check out an alpha build of Tiny Life over on Itch.io right now. As it's still in alpha, there are a number of features that haven't yet been incorporated into the game. Helpfully, Ellpeck has provided a changelog so you can see what's new in each successive iteration. Tiny Life has a Steam page too, and you can download the game's public alpha from there as well if you're so inclined.
We'll be watching this one closely. Perhaps this will be the Cities: Skylines to The Sims' SimCity, which could make EA step up its Sims community efforts even more than it already has. Naturally, we'll bring you more on Tiny Life as soon as we get it. In the meantime, give this one a download and throw the developer a couple of dollars if you like it. Hopefully, this project won't fall into the pool and have the ladders taken away from it.
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