Giveaway of the Day - My Life Story

My Life Story
December 30, 2012

Survive the ordeals of modern day life as you strive toward the career of your dreams in My Life Story. As a recent high school graduate living in your parents’ basement, life is just getting started. It’s time to find a job, move into an apartment and work your way through the collegiate ranks. As you explore the town, you’ll uncover special events, intriguing encounters and even home furnishings that improve your weekend.

You’ll also earn Life Cards, equipped with powerful bonuses to aid you when the time is right. Difficult choices lurk around every corner, and only you know the true path to success.

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System Requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7; 1.0GHz; 512 MB RAM; Minimum Screen Resolution: 800x600; DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0; 50 MB HD space
Publisher: GameFools
File Size: 49.MB
Price: $19.95

This software was available as a giveaway on December 30, 2012, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at

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Please note that the software you download and install during the Giveaway period comes with the following important limitations: 1) No free technical support; 2) No free upgrades to future versions; 3) Strictly personal usage.


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Set off on a whimsical adventure in search of your life’s true calling in My Life Story: Adventures. It’s time to dump your dead-end job, find a mentor and start working toward the life path of your dreams. Along the way, you’ll encounter colorful characters with unique problems that only you can solve. New challenges lurk around every corner, and only you can shape your path to greatness.


  1. Please Note:

    Yet again some community members are reporting a virus. Every game giveaway since the project started back in Dec 2006 has been free of malware. The giveaway team stand to lose a lot if they started to allow malware infested games through. As it is, the giveaway team use several anti malware suites to test all game so its ‘very’ likely that what those community members have seen is a false positive.

    I’ve already installed the game so will re test the installed games files using one of the well known online anti malware suites and report back the results soon. (My anti Malware suite didn’t pick up anything).

    What those who are picking up a virus are seeing is possibly the toolbar practice that Gamefool seems to have adopted. When the installation wizard starts you’ll see a toolbar checkbox which is ticked. Make sure that is unchecked to avoid getting the Gamefool toolbar added to your internet browser. There are other check boxes, but thankfully those are already unchecked.

    It’s up to each individual to decide whether they are going to believe that the giveaway team have made sure this game is safe or believe anti malware suites that are notorious for giving false positives.

    Please don’t let what are almost certainly false positives stop you from downloading todays game, which i can say is very different from the usual games we get

    I’ve scanned the main executable (the orange wrapped file) with Virus total. you can see the results below. It had already been scanned two days ago and i rescanned it. both results showed a detection ratio of 0 out of 45 different anti malware programs. Hopefully these results will stop those of you who always err on the anti-malware side when they report a positive hit to think again. :)

    Latest Scan done at around 10.15am 30th Dec 2012:


    My Life Story:

    In Brief:

    Set off on a whimsical adventure to discover your true calling! Dump your dead-end job, find a mentor, and take charge of your destiny. Explore the town to learn talents, complete quests, and unlock powerful skills and upgrades.


    My Life Story downloads to a 49 MB zip file that unpacks to a read me and a wrapped setup file (the orange colored file with the key symbol), plus there’s a security file that protects the wrapped file from being hacked called setup.gcd. This file may case some security software to alert the user to a possible malware attack, but it will be a false positive. The game giveaway team check all game giveaways for malware using several well known anti -malware suites. There has never been a game giveaway infected with malware since the project started back in Dec 2006.

    Today’s game comes with a name and registration code, which you’ll find in the read me.

    I don’t like the fact that during installation if you don’t uncheck the Gamefools toolbar checkbox you’ll end up with an extra toolbar in your browser. also you can’t select where you want to install the game, it automatically installs to the following path:

    C:\Program files (x86)\MyLifeStory\MyLifeStory.exe

    If you have a 32 bit system ignore the (x86) in the path above. Two shortcuts are installed to the desktop. The game shortcut and a shortcut to the game distibutors site ( There’s also a shorcut installed directly into the program list (via the start menu) plus a folder containing a shortcut for the game and an uninstaller shortcut again installed to the Start Menu/programs list.

    I’ve only tested the game on win 7 . My other operating systems are not available at this time due to updating my older computers. According to the developer the game should also work with XP and Vista, but no mention of Win 8 has been made yet. anyone running win 8, please confirm whether this game works Thanks.


    Survive the ordeals of modern day life as you strive toward the career of your dreams in My Life Story. As a recent high school graduate living in your parents’ basement, life is just getting started. It’s time to find a job, move into an apartment and work your way through the collegiate ranks. As you explore the town, you’ll uncover special events, intriguing encounters and even home furnishings that improve your weekend. Difficult choices lurk around every corner, and only you know the true path to success.

    Reference accessed HERE Dec 29th 2012

    The Game:

    The game starts with a short tutorial. You have four bars that summarize your needs: Fun, Energy, Hunger, and Health. One larger bar, Happiness, is the average of those four. Every activity in the game affects these bars in some way. You might go to the club for a relaxing night out, but it’ll drain your Energy and Hunger while boosting your Fun. Like your mom always said, everything is important in moderation. If you overdo it, it’s a round trip ticket to the hospital, costing you half your bank account and a big chunk of your week. Just like real life

    Every activity is measured in hours, and everything, even pretending you’re John Travolta, counts towards the weekly total. The white clock at the bottom of the screen counts off the hours to the weekend, when you go home for a well-deserved rest. Over the weekend, your possessions in the house help recharge your various stats according to their quality. My Espresso maker gave a big boost to my Energy, while my crappy VCR gave a small boost to my Fun. Your surroundings matter too: as soon as I upgraded from the Shady Apartments to the hip Camelot Condos, my weekend bonuses were doubled. As you become more successful, this changes your playstyle significantly, as you go from relying on the coffee shop’s stream of caffeine to waiting until the weekend, when you can drown your fatigue in a river of espresso.

    Added to this is an interesting mechanic borrowed from tabletop games like Risk and Monopoly as well as the Xbox Live achievement system. As your character lives his or her life story, they’ll be presented with decisions at the various buildings they frequent in town. Marked by a yellow exclamation point, these decisions usually result in boosts and drains to your stats or cash reserves. However, answer enough of them positively and you’ll get the Optimist award, accompanied by a Life Card.

    Life Cards are like Community Chest cards in Monopoly: they give you bonuses to your stats and other benefits. The ‘Day Spa’ card replenishes all your stats at once, while another, ‘Gut Bomb’, means you never get hungry in the week that it’s active. Life Cards can be lifesavers, covering your hospital bills when you forget to watch your Fun meter, or giving you a steep discount on all the cash services in the town. You only gain them when you win Awards, but fortunately you win Awards for doing pretty much everything in the game, from visiting the spa to sitting in front of the TV. It adds a lot of freshness to what could otherwise be a pretty boring sim.

    Ultimately, that’s the goal of My Life Story. You have two ranks, Experience and Education, which determine what jobs you’re eligible for. Each job gets you a varying amount of Experience while stressing you out and damaging your needs bars. For example, my brief stint as a bouncer paid very well, but it wasn’t fun and was quite unhealthy for me. Similarly, studying at Dreams University drains all your bars quickly, just like real school. More than once, my character collapsed at school from exhaustion, malnutrition, or severe depression. The game is done when you have both bars completely filled and you achieve the best job available based on your education, career and life decisions.

    Reference accessed HERE Dec 29th 2012

    Features :

    ☆ Incredible gameplay
    ☆ Fantastic storyline
    ☆ Meet entertaining characters and shape your destiny!
    ☆ Find your life’s true calling!

    System Requirements:

    • Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7
    • 1GHz
    • DirectX 9.0
    • 512MB RAM
    • 100MB

    Video & Images

    You can see a video of the initial tutorial for My Life Story HERE and you can find videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE


    Like the Sims, balancing work and pleasure for your avatar is a lot of fun at first, but watching bars fill gets old quickly. The retro pixel graphics and often funny comments from the people in your town help for a bit, but eventually the game starts to drag. That’s when the game turns from a Sims-like virtual life simulator to a time management sim, courtesy of the game’s weekly structure.

    Some activities boost or drain activities more quickly than others. The real meat of the game is in determining the best jobs and relaxing activities to get the most experience out of every week. At one point, my character was moving from her job as a video game tester, which drained her health rapidly, to the coffee shop to replenish her energy and then to the gym to try and counteract the effects of sitting and playing games all day. That’s when I realized the game had become a stunningly accurate representation of my life. :) except I don’t drink coffee because of the drugs I have to take, it makes me feel sick. (I used to love coffee)

    That part of the game is pretty fun! Unfortunately, if you play your Life Cards right, eventually you’ll find that you’ve figured out the best way to replenish your stats, and then the game becomes a merciless slog through one job after another. This isn’t helped by one late-game unlock, which replenishes all your stats super-quickly for the right amount of cash. In theory, this cash limit stops you from just using it all the time, but at that point I had enough money saved to buy Atlanta.

    All in all, if you’ve run out of things to do in the Sims, then you’ll like My Life Story. There’s a lot of replayability if you’re into the game play, since every career and educational choice affects the outcome of the game. There’s a lot of humour in the game too; every character has something funny to say, and more often than not I found myself chuckling at the game’s jokes at its own expense. If you want a simple, pleasant-looking and sounding career-building sim, then My Life Story is for you.

    According to one user who played this game, there’s possibly a bug in the game. When you are in event-action like being taken to hospital, don’t try to quit otherwise your save file may be corrupted.


    Gameplay – 7
    Graphics – 7
    Audio – 7
    Re-playability – 7
    Originality – 8

    Total = 7.2



    Games, Games, and yet more Games plus Download, Installation & Game play Problems:

    If you have any problems installing or getting to work today’s game please go HERE for help.

    If you’re looking for something other than today’s game check the didimatic site via THIS link for some brilliant deals.

    There are several other deals available from Steam as well as many more from Gamersgate, Gamestop, Greenman Gaming and GOG; all of which you can find via the Didimatic site, which I’ve linked to above (apart from Greenman gaming.

    Steam’s Christmas sale is on at the moment with prices slashed on hundreds of games.

    The usual monthly free game from Alawars game box is still Finding Doggy. (You need to install the free Gamebox from Alawar to access the free games, which for newcomers change approximately every month). If that’s not enough, check out the Game Discussion forums HERE for details of other games either free or on deals.

    Check out the Game discussion forums HERE for details of any Indie Game Bundles that are still live.

    If you want something to play, but todays game isn’t for you and you want something for free, then check out Gametop, MyPlayCity and FreeGamePick for loads of free games (MPC have at least 600 quality free arcade games)

    Do be aware that these sites may add toolbars and home page hijacks to your web browser, but these can be avoided by un-checking the appropriate boxes during installation. Also when you close any of their games down, your browser is opened and directed to the sites home page. This is innocuous so don’t worry. Closing the page ends any connection and nothing is downloaded.


    A Request for help:

    Developers rely on good feedback to improve their games. If you download this game please take some time once you’ve played it a while to leave some constructive feedback either positive or negative. The more constructive feedback we get, the more likely developers are going to give more games away. The giveaway site already has a very good standing with the search engines. Developers want their products out there on the WWW, this site has the potential to do that. The game giveaway project gives away on average between 9 to 17 thousand downloads for each game depending upon what genre and how obscure the game is. That’s a lot of homes these games are being downloaded into and a lot of ‘potential’ cash that’s being lost by the developers. If we get better games because of better feedback, the community are likely to continue to benefit from the generosity of the developers. Satisfied community members are then more likely to visit the home sites of those developers and purchase games that they may not have bothered with before they discovered the developer via the game giveaway site, thus giving the developers more incentives to give away even more decent games.

    Please leave some feedback once you’ve checked the game out. It can be positive or negative, but please explain what your reasons were for the feedback you post. You could also leave suggestions for improving the game, for example, this game could do with more block types for the levels editor, add more power-ups, describing the ones you think would be suitable, add some mini games (which seem all the rage in some arcade games now) or enable the user to be able to change the in game music easily.

    Thank you in advance to all those who take the time to post a constructive comment.


    Whiterabbit aka Stephen

    Comment by Whiterabbit-uk — December 30th, 2012 at 3:01 am
  2. While posting my first comment your review was posted so I didn’t see it until after I posted.

    In your review you state that the security wrapped file ‘setup.gcd’ might cause a false positive. It was not this file that triggered my antivirus alert but the MyLifeStory.exe file that was created during the install. After the install completed, it continues to be identified as a malware.

    I’ve submitted it to Comodo as a false positive. If they confirm it I’ll let you know.

    ………………………………..Moderator comment……………………….

    Hi Bawdyn,

    As I’ve said countless times, all game giveaways are throughly checked for malware, and the giveaway teams (both the games and applications) have never given away a game in the six plus years that they have been operating, yet there have been many false positives, many of which have stopped a significant percentage of users from downloading the safe games because of the fear factor. Every time someone reports a virus warning, the number of downloads reduces significantly. It’s a shame because it’s ‘very’ unlikely that the game is infected. It’s distributed via many of the well known sites such as Big Fish.

    Still, each community member has to make the decision whether or not to install themselves. I’m just trying to put things into perspective. The giveaway team stand to lose a lot if they started allowing malware infested games and applications through, most notable their clean standing with the search engines and no doubt a significant portion of the community.

    What you may be seeing is the extras that the game distributor tries to install. These are an annoyance at the very least, but can easily be avoided by ensuring all tick boxes are unchecked before you proceed with the installation. Thankfully two of the tick boxes are already unchecked; only the Gamefool toolbar is checked when you open up the installation wizard. It’s likely that your AV software is picking this up as malware. The actual game once installed should be totally free from such inconveniences.

    See the results I’ve posted in my review at comment #1 that show 45 out of 45 of the top anti malware packages clear this game of any malware attacks including the software you are using (Comodo).

    Comment by bawdyn — December 30th, 2012 at 4:06 am
  3. Installed, activated with the key provided, and launched successfully on Windows 8 Pro x64. I havn’t actually had time to play the game at all, just to test that it launched, so I don’t know how it plays on Windows 8, but I do know that it will start.

    Comment by Andrew — December 30th, 2012 at 4:12 am

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