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BitLife is a 2018 text-based mobile Life Simulation Game from Candywriter LLC, in which you live out a life from start to finish. You can live your dream life with a college degree and a happy spouse... or you can find out how many relatives you can murder before things get suspicious. Think of it like The Sims, except you're focusing on only one person and things like violence, sex, and drugs aren't bowdlerized.

Available on iOS and Android.


BitLife contains examples of:

  • Adoptive Peer Parent: If you are twenty-one or older with a job and a residence, you can adopt, and children up for adoption might be of any age under eighteen, so this trope can occur easily. Moreover, there is no remark that it’s strange, inappropriate and/or creepy, for example, for a twenty-one-year-old man to adopt a fourteen-year-old girl – the game will treat such cases as no different than any other adoptions.
  • Allegedly Free Game: The game is free, but runs on a Freemium model. You need to buy Bitizenship to unlock certain features, such as the ability to buy (exotic) pets, go through unlimited generations (compared to two for free), turn on dark mode, join prison gangs, interact with teachers and bosses, go to optometrist, and get a hair color change. This can be cumbersome when aiming for 100% Completion in the Achievement System. Additionally, free players will be frequently interrupted by intrusive ads, making the game quite tedious. Fortunately, Bitizenship is cheap and a one-time purchase, so the free version can be thought of as more of a demo which just happens to include most of the game's features.
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  • All Crimes Are Equal: Go to jail for any crime, no matter how petty it was? You'll still be blocked off from adopting children and pets and getting certain jobs, although you can emigrate to a new country where they will not pick up your criminal record.
  • Anachronistic Orphanage: If both their parents die before a character turns eighteen, the character always goes to the orphanage. Even if the character has living extended family-members.
  • Artistic License – Biology: For a while, post-op transgender women could get pregnant and post-op transgender men could impregnate others, despite this not being possible for post-op trans people in real life (as the internal sex organs can't be changed, just external organs). This was eventually patched out to be more realistic.
  • Artistic License – Engineering: If you drive an electric car, it is still entirely possible to get a blown head gasket or other fault specific to internal combustion engines.
  • Artistic License – Linguistics: And how. Russian Naming Convention, apparently, doesn’t exist, as the names, patronymics and surnames for characters from Russia and other Slavic-language countries are thrown around completely randomly, with patronymics and surnames often ending up as first names. It is possible to have, for example, a male character with a surname such as "Ruslanovna", despite the -ovna part being a Patronymic and a female one to boot.
  • Big Brother Instinct: If you're being bullied and you have an older sibling, telling them about it is an option and there's a chance they'll beat up the bully if your relationship with them is good. If not then they won't do anything or make fun of you.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: As a male character, you can get penis enlargement surgery. Assuming it isn’t botched, you’ll become slightly better-looking.
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: Made a big mistake? Just pay a cheap price of $0.99 to run the Time Machine and go back in years.
  • The Bully: You'll encounter a few of these in school, and unfortunately some in the office as an adult.
  • But Thou Must!: In 2020, following Kobe Bryant's death, it was possible to get a prompt asking who the GOAT of basketball is. All four options say "Kobe."
  • Cant Get Away With Nothing: If you are assaulted, you can strike back in self-defense and get convicted for assault anyway.
  • Character Customization: If God Mode is bought, you can customize your person's appearance, personality, and traits. Otherwise, you can only customize their name, gender, country, and city. You can do the same to others with God Mode.
  • Chocolate Baby: Sometimes your wife might get pregnant with another man's child, though the game will make it clear that it is not yours.
  • Console Cameo: BitLife comes up within the game multiple times. If you spend time with a family member by playing it together, your relationship is almost guaranteed to see a nice boost. Buying Bitizenship or the BitLife hoodie as a gift will also make relationships even in the red skyrocket.
  • Cute Kitten: You can adopt cats! Or five or six of them, if that’s what floats your boat. (However adopting from the shelter, if you're not Bitizen, they stop you from adopting more than four, with the reasons being "Unspecified.")
  • Death of a Child: Anyone Can Die in this game, including your two-year-old nephew who just got struck with a golf ball. You can even commit suicide before your first birthday.
  • Developers' Foresight:
    • Attempting to open up the Social Media activity in China will get a message which says "social media isn't allowed in China", noting the very persuasive Internet censorship over there.note 
    • Regional laws can prevent the player from certain actions based on the real-life laws of the region. For example, you can't go to the casino or marry a same-sex fiancé in the United Arab Emirates as gambling and same-gender marriage are illegal.
    • You don't have to pay for basic healthcare if you live in a country that provides it in real-life.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: You can lose your parents, siblings, spouse, children, grandchildren, pets and friends suddenly out of nowhere just because of an icicle falling on them. You can also get cancer out of nowhere as a child and die young from it.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • Report a classmate for misbehavior or try to intervene in a crime? There’s a possibility that said person will attack you with rocket launchers or medieval weapons.
    • You're also allowed to attack (and sometimes kill) NPCs for doing things as harmless as misbehaving in class or pulling pranks on you.
  • Disappeared Dad: Sometimes your father is listed as unknown. You can also abandon your own kids, though also dying while your kids are young can cause this trope as well, especially when you move to your child's generation.
  • Divorce Is Temporary: You can ask your ex-spouse to get back together with you, and sometimes they would accept.
  • Driven to Suicide: You can kill yourself whenever you like, though it's referred to as "surrendering" in-game.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: In countries such as Afghanistan, it is possible to die from a landmine without much fanfare.
  • Drugs Are Bad: You get the option to do drugs. This can get you addicted, or kill you on the spot with an overdose. You can also have the option of transporting or selling duffel bags of drugs and risk getting caught and handed over to the police. And if you die from an overdose, you will usually get the "Stupid" ribbon.
  • Electrified Bathtub: One of the ways to murder someone.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Primates are sometimes offered as an exotic pet. You can adopt one, sure, but it’s very expensive, probably illegalnote , and your new pet might call you a nerd in sign language.
  • The "Fun" in "Funeral": After a life ends you can read about yours, including who attended and who blew it off.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: If you are famous, you can publish an autobiography via Vanity Publishing. You need to pay for its publication even if you are a famous writer earning millions.
  • God Save Us Fromthe Queen: As a monarch it's possible to cause chaos for your country, to order the execution of citizens, to support the passage of unjust laws, to get away with crimes by invoking your royal status, and to profit from your fame by writing books.
  • The Good King: Alternatively, as a monarch you can become beloved by your people by preforming regular public services and by otherwise staying out of trouble.
  • Good Parents: Can be you if you treat your children well by spending time, support them coming out, and keeping good relationships with them. Also the Family Guy Ribbon is achieved with this trope.
  • Good Stepmother: In contrast with the opposite trope below, your stepparent can be a kind person you are close with and you can be one too if your spouse's children are open enough for it.
  • Happily Adopted: If you have good relationships with your adopted children. And now with the update of adoptive parents, can be you as well.
  • Happily Married: This could be you! ...of course, even if you and your spouse have a full relationship bar, they still might cheat on you out of the blue or ask for a divorce despite not having issues.
  • Has Two Mommies: You can be adopted by an LGBT couple or adopt children with your spouse as an LGBT.
  • Hate Sink: If you were a truly horrible person during your lifetime, your gravestone will describe you as a 'worthless and loathsome individual'.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Optional; you can type a name in, or accept whatever the game has given you. You can also name your pets and children.
  • Heteronormative Crusader: It's possible for you to react negatively when a family member comes out of the closet.
  • High-School Sweethearts: If your relationship in high school stays strong without a breakup, you and your partner can be this trope.
  • Honor Among Thieves: If you're in prison and you insult a fellow inmate who happens to belong to a gang, prepare to get beaten up by the said gang, possibly to death.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: If you're in a band, you may be faced with a scenario where your bandmates want you to party with them, but you're too tired and need an excuse to get out of it. These options include "I need to wash my cat," "I've developed acute flatulence," "My grandmother died," and "I have a headache."
  • Impoverished Patrician: Downplayed. If your character is royalty or nobility then you'll get a generous stipend from your nation's government, so you'll have to really mismanage your money to fall into debt. The tradeoff, however, is that you're not legally allowed to hold a normal job or do part-time work and the public will be outraged if you try to profit from your fame by writing books. Real estate investment is still just fine though.
  • Improbable Weapon: It's entirely possible for someone to assault you with things like coffee mugs or even water bottles, and the items can kill you.
  • Jailbait Taboo: It's possible to find someone to date under the age of consent (in your country) when you're over the age. Dating them will definitely lead you to jail.
  • Karma Houdini: Goes both ways.
    • If an NPC attacks you, they can flee before the police arrive.
    • Conversely, you can get away with things like murder and assault if you hire a good lawyer.
  • Luck-Based Mission: Like real life, the unexpected is always to be expected. Events that happen whenever you do something are random, and you may have to do the same activity many times to get the result you want.
  • Nepotism: Not a family one, but sometimes if you were part of a fraternity or sorority, the interviewer may recognize you for having gone there and hire you on the spot.
  • The Mafia: Every country has one, and you can join it if you want. However you'll be expected to turn over the profits from your crimes to the crime family and only receive a portion of it back. You can also try to hold out on them, or become a police informant.
  • Manchild: Even as an adult, you can try to solve disputes with your siblings by going to your mother. She’ll most likely just tell you to grow up.
  • The Many Deaths of You: Cocaine overdose, trying to pet a lion, attempting to murder someone only to find they can put up quite the fight... There are even achievements for dying certain ways including being decapitated by a gorilla or eaten by a hippo.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: You can start making love at age 16 and have babies every year following that. And if you're a man, you can also knock up multiple women in one year, or get into a May–December Romance to continue having children in your old age. This can lead to a life of 20 children or more. It is also the key to getting the Fertile Ribbon.
  • Missing Mom: This can happen if you play as a female and abandon your children or die while they're still young.
  • Modern Stasis: The game spans decades, or even centuries or millennia for a long legacy game, but the world the characters inhabit remains resolutely 2020 right down to the popular culture.
  • No Fair Cheating: Altering the time while your character attempts to rob a train will result in death.
  • Office Romance: Asking out coworkers is possible.
  • Orphanage of Fear: Some events that orphans can encounter include being underfed or abused by the caretakers.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: As death is largely random in BitLife, it's possible for your children to die before you do.
  • Parental Favoritism: It's possible to write your will all of your wealth goes to only one of your children. This will upset the others, but if you choose the child you want to continue as then you'll be able to build up a fortune through inheritances.
  • Practically Different Generations: This is most often a thing if you're playing as a man going into May–December Romance in your old age and still having children. Your grandchildren could be old enough to be your youngest child's parent.
  • Prison Riot: You can stir up a prison riot by collecting 10 accomplices and avoiding the guards in a Snake-style minigame. It's definitely gonna be violent, and someone may die.
  • Really Gets Around: You're free to do as many one-night stands as you like, even if you're already in a relationship. However, doing so also runs the risk of unwanted pregnancies and/or STDs. If you sleep with enough people, you get the "Lustful" ribbon after dying.
  • Recursive Canon: The characters themselves often play BitLife and even make YouTube videos about it.
  • Remarried to the Mistress: You can remarry your mistress (though any gender can apply) if they're willing to enter a serious relationship with you. You can also be the homewrecker who convinces your married fling to divorce their spouse for you.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: If you don't do much outside the ordinary during your lifetime, commit zero crimes, and only earn a modest sum of money, you'll get the "Mediocre" ribbon when you die.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: The "Current" category of prompts provides options based on current Real Life events. For example, whenever a certain celebrity dies (such as Chadwick Boseman or Kobe Bryant), it's possible to get a prompt asking your character what their favorite work of said celebrity was.
  • Shaped Like Itself: It's possible by the magic of property descriptions to find yourself living in a "modern modern home" or a "palatial palace".
  • Shout-Out: There are many pop culture references in the events that pop up:
  • Sleeping with the Boss: Seducing your boss is an option and you can do this regularly if they're up for it. You can also seduce them to get out of trouble.
  • Suicide Is Shameful: Taking your own life will only ever earn you the Wasteful ribbon.
  • Symbol Swearing: This will sometimes occur in a caption box if someone attacks you with a weapon.
  • The Trickster: If you make a lot of friends then you're likely to have one who pranks you, invite you to join them in mischief, or will offer you drugs.
  • Tear Jerker: In-universe: Several of the books you can read will lower your happiness score, and they tend to be the infamously sad ones.
  • Tilesweeper: If you choose the military career path, you will eventually get a deployment order which triggers a minesweeper mini game if you accept it. You basically have to clear squares you think are safe and flag the boxes you think the mines are in. Each non-mine square has a number hint on it that tells you how many mines are near the square and/or its corners. If you win, you get a medal of honor. However, if you hit a mine, you might end up getting serious injuries (if you don't die from the explosion that is). You can always refuse to play the game by deserting your post but you will get sent to jail as a result.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: In university, you can seduce your professors or even the dean, which can lead to a one-night stand if they're unprofessional enough. And because this makes them a fling, you can then ask them out and date while you are still studying under them.
  • Toilet Humor: One of the things your enemies can do is text you a picture of poop and ask if it's your mother.
  • Train Job: One (illegal) way to earn money is to hold up a train. The train may not always show up, however.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Even as a child, there's nothing stopping you from committing crimes, ranging anywhere from simple mischief to pickpocketing to assaulting your classmates and potentially killing them.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Sometimes after you pay thousands for their university/medical/law school education, your children show no appreciation for you. And they can end up working as a janitor when they graduate.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Your parents can remarry and their spouses can be quite awful and bully you. Also can be you if you don't care about your stepchildren.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: It's entirely possible to name yourself or your children after memes, swears, or just complete buttonmash gibberish.
  • World of No Grandparents: The character can’t interact with their grandparents (or aunts and uncles, or cousins) even if they are supposedly still alive.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: There are many kind actions you can do, including supporting a sibling or child or yours who came out of the closet, compliment your family and friends, spend time with friends and family, adopt a pet, and give homeless people money.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: On the other hand, you can do plenty of mean things to others, from being a plain Jerkass to murdering others (even your friends and family). It's possible to have your murders go unnoticed and become a Serial Killer. Even if you get caught, you can just escape from prison, change your identity, and do it all over again. You can also commit robberies, start prison riots, and more.


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