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Afterlife

MobyRank MobyScore
DOS
78
3.1
Macintosh
...
3.2
Windows
76
3.5
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Description

Afterlife is is a humorous strategy game similar to SimCity where the afterlife is subject to market-based economy. The player has to make it work by managing heaven and hell simultaneously.

In both hell and heaven the player constructs zones which deal with one of the seven capital sins respectively the corresponding virtues. Through the gates new souls arrive regularly which were sinful or virtues in one specific aspect. These go to the appropriate zones to receive their gifts or punishment - but only if the player constructed a street system. If there is no place left they wander through hell/heaven which is of course bad for business. After some time they get sent back to the home planet. These souls are the source of the player's income.

Of course these facilities also need personnel. These can be either hired or trained by building special training facilities. There are also additional things the player has to keep in mind, e.g. the satisfaction of each soul and the energy supply. Every buildings has to be micro-managed by adjusting their settings but there is also the possibility to use a tool which does it automatically - for a price.

Random disasters like "Birds of Paradise" (excrement rain down on the facilities) break the economic circle and challenge the player to repair the damage. Besides the free playing mode there are also five scenarios where the player has to solve certain tasks.

Screenshots

Afterlife DOS Zoom max
Afterlife DOS Macromanager window
Afterlife Windows From Dante's Divine Sitoom scenario: Heaven!
Afterlife DOS Map window

Alternate Titles

  • "Afterlife: The Last Word in Sims" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Afterlife: La Simulazione per Eccellenza" -- Italian tag-lined title
  • "Afterlife: Chaos im Jenseits" -- German title

User Reviews

A Good Simcity clone with poor execution Windows ETJB (447)
Entertaining for a while, then virtually unplayable. Windows Joakim Kihlman (270)
Even better than Sim City 2000 Windows Hadanite Marasek (26)
Great Sim City 2000 style game! Windows Laey'zur Tiberius Hawke (8)
Amusing SimHeaven/SimHell game Windows Afterburner (477)
Didn't care for this one Windows Tony Van (2691)
A great idea, but poorly executed. Windows lechuck13 (309)

The Press Says

PC Team Windows Jun, 1996 94 out of 100 94
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Aug 15, 1996 91 out of 100 91
PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 8.8 out of 10 88
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Sep, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot Windows Jul 12, 1996 7.6 out of 10 76
GameSpot DOS Jul 12, 1996 7.6 out of 10 76
Power Play Windows Aug, 1996 75 out of 100 75
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Oct, 1996 75 out of 100 75
Gamesmania Windows 1996 75 out of 100 75
PC Games (Germany) DOS Aug, 1996 68 out of 100 68

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
intro shot correct? 9 Corn Popper (69569)
Jun 13, 2007

Trivia

Earth

The manual VEHEMENTLY denies that the world displayed in the game is earth. It specifically states "THIS IS NOT EARTH", even though they have the same seven sins and seven virtues as Christians do.

Secrets

By typing SAMNMAX three times, you can make Max trounce your poor little afterlife...it's quite amusing. SAVE FIRST!

Information also contributed by Kasey Chang
Contributed to by Ryan Lucas (12) and Wizo (29335)