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Cart Life is Back With More Weirdly Compelling Misery

Cart Life

Cart Life is back, letting you struggle to survive on the streets with just a vendor’s cart for company.

If you’ve never played Cart Life you’ve missed out on an interesting and engaging experience. Originally out on PC it casts you as a cart-based vendor, struggling to make a living and well, just plain live. But the more you play it the more it becomes clear what a fight day-to-day survival is.

As noted in developer Richard Hofmeier’s interview with Wired, it’s about “..how it feels to be poor and not have fun.” It’s one of those games where you’re not out to win, just to experience the game. Is it fun? Sometimes. It’s also weirdly educational, putting the player in a position no-one wants to find themselves in.

However, it was removed from sale in 2013 and, going by the trailer shown at last night’s Day of the Devs it’s going to be making a whole new generation of gamers miserable. If anything, the trailer undersells that factor. That said we can well understand why, it’s not something that normally would help sell a game.

But we’re glad to see it on the way back. It’s oddly compelling even though, chances are, you’re going to lose. You can count on a lot of tough decisions, ones that will personally impact your seller’s health even. At the least it promises to be eye-opening and we’re glad it’s back.

As to when it’s back, that’s still up in the air. It’s set for a 2023 release on PC so hopefully we won’t have long to wait. In the meantime you can check out the above trailer or wishlist it on Steam. 

Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.