BitLife is a new game for the iOS and Android where you manage the lives of characters through nothing but text. You can age them one year at a time, work on their happiness, health, smarts, and looks, figure out how to make money and what to do with your life, and far more. You can even manage as many characters as you want at a time. Read on for some tips and tricks for BitLife!
One thing to figure out is how to earn money in the game. Obviously, you won’t be able to earn money except by borrowing it from your parents early on. The parent with more money will give you more but if their generosity is low, they might not give it up. Once you turn 18, you can either get a job or go to college. The longer you do college for, the more money you’ll be able to make from the available jobs, but the higher your student loan payments will be.
For everything else except money, you have various actions to help you manage your health, happiness, intelligence, and looks. The easiest ways to deal with these are to hit the gym and the library, and to meditate (all of which are under the Mind and Body tab), and to spend time with your parents, children, siblings, spouse/loves, and other people that you have a relationship with.
Watch out for huge life events that can affect your character in a major way. If a spouse or a child dies, your happiness is gone. If you get into a major car crash, you can lose your life, your car, or all of your stats. You’re going to need to hit the gym hard to get health back, while there are multiple venues available to get your happiness back. For happiness and smarts, hit the library and meditate at least once per year, as well as spend time with everyone in your life. Gradually the stats will come back.
Everything that you do in the game has some sort of effects and consequences. If you emigrate, for example, and you have grown children, they might not be able to come with you, so you can’t spend time with them unless you move back to your home country. Don’t spend enough time with people, and the relationship will be affected. Become a porn star or try drugs, and you could end up pregnant or addicted. Buy too expensive of a house, and you could end up bankrupt.
Make sure to take advantage of buying and selling assets to make money. You can’t rent out your real estate, which takes away one large income stream, but you could sell them for a profit. When you’re shopping though, be sure not to buy a place where the maintenance and mortgage fees are so high that your money drops too fast every year. Keep yourself profitable.
You can reject college and start a job right away, but if you do that, you won’t be able to go back to college without quitting your job. An easy way to go is to join the military, but even if you enlist and make it to E-9 (Chief Master Sergeant, Master Chief Petty Officer, etc. depending on your branch of service), your salary tops out at a certain point, and won’t get any higher.
Keep the military option in mind if you get a degree and then have a rough time finding a job in your field. If you have a four-year degree, you can apply to join the four branches as an officer, which carries an upside of eventually making General and having an extremely high salary. You can build a big savings this way, get out eventually, and either go to grad school or start a career elsewhere.
Cars and Real Estate are your main assets. Cars don’t provide a big expense, so you can drive something expensive and still not fall too far behind. Watch out for buying too expensive of a house, though. Look at not just the mortgage but the expenses. If you buy too much house, your bank account will fall from year to year even with your salary, so sell the house and get into a new house if this happens.
Of course, the real fun in this game isn’t living a normal, successful, boring life. After awhile, that gets boring, and you’re going to want to try something risky. Before you do, make sure that you can handle the consequences. For example, if you try to propose a threesome with your spouse, make sure that your relationship is strong enough to handle it if he or she rejects you, because your relationship will drop precipitously if you’re rejected.
Going to the movie theater provides surprisingly large bonuses in happiness and other areas. You can only do this if you have an active internet connection though, because going to the theater will load an ad. You don’t need to do this in order to maximize happiness but it helps, and you can also build your relationship with a spouse or kid this way. Joining social media involves sharing the game; you can use this to post your progress in the game.
Surprisingly, going to the gym does not improve your looks very much; however, going to the plastic surgeon can. If you have a character whose looks rating is next to nothing, this is one of the few ways to improve their looks, but it also runs the risk of going wrong and dropping your stats. The other way is simply to let them age; oftentimes, their looks rating will increase rapidly as they get older. Other times, it won’t improve much at all. It’s mostly down to luck in that category.
You have various instances pop up over time, and some answers provide more risk than others. If someone insults you or your spouse or other family, then you can either ignore/forgive them or insult them back, or assault them. If you assault someone, even if you are justified, be ready for the risk of jail or prison. If you get locked up, you lose your job, and your relationships suffer, as well. But your finances won’t quit draining your money.
Even seemingly innocent instances, such as trying a craft beer or trying some weed, could put you at risk of addiction, which would then necessitate going to rehab. Becoming addicted to alcohol, or trying a hard drug such as PCP or cocaine, also puts you at risk of an early death, or of losing your job and/or all of your money, so be careful what kind of risky business you try, unless you just want to experiment with your character and see what kind of shenanigans you can get them into without killing them or ruining their lives.
You can choose to go to the witch doctor at random times whenever you want to, and they will offer you some weird ingredient to eat, such as a raw Komodo dragon egg. This does nothing unless you have some sort of condition that a doctor can’t heal, such as schizophrenia or infertility. Even then, going to the witch doctor most often won’t do anything, but you can always give it a try. If they don’t work, your stats could drop hard.
Whenever an update comes out for the game, make sure that you finish out your character’s life, unless you don’t care about losing them. If you lose them, you won’t be able to get them back and will have to start from a new character. Also, if you start a new character in the middle of your current character’s life, you’ll lose your current character.
You can also consciously end the life of your current character at any time you want, and you’ll get the full gravestone and cause of death treatment with them. Bizarrely, you can even do this with infants. If you want the full death treatment, choose the “End life” option, but if you want to skip all of that, then simply pick the “Start a New Life” option instead.
Being smart and having good looks take a really long time to achieve if you are not born with them. If you’re not smart, tap “school” and study harder, and go to the library and gym often to increase your smarts. If you’re not good looking, then gym (minor differences) and plastic surgery (major differences) are your best bet. Smarts affect school and jobs, and looks affect jobs, job interviews, and quality of spouse.
Start preparing for college and career before you even get to middle school. Make decisions that will pay off down the line, even if your smarts and other stats are sky-high. Study once every year (doing it multiple times a year does nothing). The effects won’t show up immediately, but these will help you get scholarships after high school is done and get accepted to your college of choice, and studying hard in college will help you get more jobs that you interview for.
Similarly, keep doing all of the forms of self-improvement that are available to you – namely, all of the mind and body stuff. Going to the gym and the library increases your chances of landing that scholarship or that job. Meditation increases your chances of staying in good mental health, or avoiding ailments such as schizophrenia.
If you are going to emigrate, then make sure your finances can handle it. You’re going to have to quit your job, and it’ll be a crapshoot whether or not a job in a similar field will be available. If your job is not transferable to another job (I.E. high ranking enlisted military), emigration will be far more difficult than it would be if you have an easily transferable job, such as a nurse or computer programmer.
Sometimes, you’ll get a character to adulthood, get them a high-paying career, then realize that you still aren’t getting ahead. Their financial outflow is sky high for seemingly no reason. Sometimes it’s due to student loans, while other times it’s simply due to randomness. If this happens, your best bet is to simply start over with a new character. Student loans essentially last forever.
Play the lottery often. The lottery is a surprisingly easy way to get rich quickly because the chances of winning are far higher than they are in real life, and if you play often (ten tickets a year or so), you’ll get a win once every four or five characters, which is a significant winning percentage. Play when there is a big jackpot, especially, as there is a giant chance of winning.
If you want to be a certain sexuality, then you can. Most character will have “strong heterosexual tendencies” in my experiences, but no matter what their tendencies are, you can make them either straight, gay, or bisexual. From then on you can have the relationship with the guy, or girl, of your choice.
Keep up with the game’s new updates, but finish up a character before you download the next update. The latest update to the game introduces the casino, where you can go to gamble. Blackjack is the first game to show up, with more games doubtlessly showing up eventually. To be victorious in blackjack, your best bet is to hit if you’re under 16 on the first two cards, and stay if you’re over 16. Your dealer will often bust, and you’ll often win if you play right.
You can get a gambling addiction which can severely goof up your relationships, your job, and more, but you can also earn a ton of money with a combination of luck and skill, and you won’t even have to advance years in order to do it, so theoretically you can earn unlimited amounts of money. Put your gambling winnings into real estate to watch the value increase over time, just like with your job earnings.
Not only can you have kids, but after the latest update, you can now have grandkids. All that you have to do is get with someone (married or long-term partner) and have kids, and the more kids that you have, and the longer that you live, the more likely it is that you will have grandkids. If you live long enough, you might even see your grandkids have kids, giving you great grandkids.
Make sure to keep spending time with your kids the whole way through. If you neglect time with your kids and you forget to check the status of your relationship, you could forget about the relationship with a kid and the relationship rating could fall to zero. If you do end up stuck in a dead relationship with a kid, check back with their relationship rating every year, and (if applicable) spend time with their kid (your grandkid) once per year.
Now, you have ribbons that you can earn at the end of every life that you live in the game. Once your character dies, they will be assigned one ribbon – for example, a lot of money earns the “rich” ribbon. Also, your character can now date as a teen, not just as an adult, so if you find someone that you’ll make a great match with, take the advantage and date them asap.
Right now, jobs and gambling are the only way to make money in the game. If this doesn’t sound like the ideal to you, then keep waiting for future updates. Look for one that relates to the various jobs, and download so that you can unlock the next segment of your jobs.