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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.


Afterlife DOS Microview window
Afterlife Windows Between life and death (from the intro)
Afterlife DOS Planet window
Afterlife Windows Title Screen

Promo Images

Afterlife Screenshot
Afterlife Screenshot
Afterlife Screenshot
Afterlife Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Afterlife: The Last Word in Sims" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Afterlife: La Simulazione per Eccellenza" -- Italian tag-lined title
  • "Afterlife: La Simulation Stratégique enfin Ressuscitée!" -- French tag-lined title
  • "Afterlife: Chaos im Jenseits" -- German title

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User Reviews

A Good Simcity clone with poor execution Windows ETJB (480)
Entertaining for a while, then virtually unplayable. Windows Joakim Kihlman (275)
Amusing SimHeaven/SimHell game Windows Afterburner (496)
Even better than Sim City 2000 Windows Hadanite Marasek (29)
Great Sim City 2000 style game! Windows Laey'zur Tiberius Hawke (10)
Didn't care for this one Windows Tony Van (2855)
A great idea, but poorly executed. Windows lechuck13 (357)

Critic Reviews

PC Team Windows Jun, 1996 94 out of 100 94
PC Team DOS Jun, 1996 94 out of 100 94
About This Particular Macintosh Macintosh Aug, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
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
PC Joker Windows Aug, 1996 76 out of 100 76
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Oct, 1996 75 out of 100 75
Power Play DOS Aug, 1996 75 out of 100 75 Windows 1996 75 out of 100 75
Retro Archives Macintosh Feb 03, 2021 13 out of 20 65


Topic # Posts Last Post
intro shot correct? 9 Corn Popper (68963)
Jun 13, 2007



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.


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

Another Secret

By typing [email protected]! five times, you can make the Death Star wreak havoc on your heaven or hell.

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