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Cart Life

by hofmeier

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File size: 200 MB
Downloaded: 6,167 times
Graphics: 640x400, 16-bit color
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Release Date:
18 May 2011
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Not rated yet
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Rated 84% by the community (7 votes)Rated 84% by the community (7 votes)Rated 84% by the community (7 votes)Rated 84% by the community (7 votes)Rated 84% by the community (7 votes)
Short Game Can be completed within 30 minutes
Medium Length Game Takes at least 30 mins to finish
Full Length Game As long as a Sierra / LucasArts classic
Non-Adventure Game Using Adventure Game Studio for something else?!
Joke Game You know when it fits this category ;)
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Content Advisory:
Bad LanguageMild
SexFrontal nudity
ViolenceOccasional, mild


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About this game

A retail simulation for windows.
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Writing, Art, Scripting, Sound + Music
Smooth Scrolling & Parallax Scripting

AGS Awards Wins

Won, Best Non Adventure Game Created with AGS 2011

Won, Best Programming 2011

4 people commented on this game (newest first):

This is an amazing game, but full of bugs. The developer gave up in frustration and open-sourced the game; I made a project on github with the code and have started cleaning it up, and making it so it compiles with newer versions of AGS: https://github.com/dubaaron/cartlife_src

That said, the code is an incredible mess. It's no wonder bugs happened with code that was so messy. I think the original author (hofmeier, much respect) was/is a brilliant designer but very inexperienced in quality coding and software construction. If the code is cleaned up to be more according to modern standards and "clean code" in general, I think there would be a much better possibility of fixing the bugs and making it playable.

If you are interested, there are notes in the source code and readme with some of the direction I was trying to take with it.
2019-06-09 17:58:26 by dubaaron
link is broken
2014-08-08 18:51:40 by Sledgy
Dear ray: You've done something that, as far as I'm aware, nobody else has done and therefore encountered a situation that Cart Life doesn't accommodate. Let me explain: The newspapers "expire" at midnight (because they're no longer, technically, "today's newspaper"). Since you've taken so long to get through the tutorial, midnight has come and the newspapers can't be sold anymore, and you can't finish the tutorial. I admit, I hadn't foreseen this circumstance ever arising, and you've explored new, unseen territory: congratulations. In the meanwhile, please consider restarting the game and trying to get through Andrus' tutorial in less than six hours. I'll include a suitable fix in the next build of the game. Cheers!
2011-07-17 20:44:28 by hofmeier
i don't know, looks promising, but i cannot play it.
right at the start i am told to pick up newspapers, did that. then i am told to raise price, did that, and raised to 50 cent. get the dialogue again, ok, raised again to 55 cent, get the dialogue again, but when i go to menu, newspapers are gone and i cannot raise them. error ? i cannot pickup new newspapers on tuesday because he wants to sleep, but i cannot sleep anywhere, no option in the menu, cannot enter the newspaper stand to sleep there, and cannot enter any other buldings. game keeps telling me i should raise the price, but there is no object in the menu to raise the price, because i need the newspapers from tuesday, but can't pick them up because he wants to sleep. really getting on my nerves.. no way to play on. tried for 20 minutes now. BUGGY!
2011-07-17 15:24:15 by ray (digitalray)
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