Paralives proves itself a worthy Sims 5 competitor with a cozy home setup – and a duck pillow

Paralives duck pillow
(Image credit: Alex Massé)

Life sim Paralives is continuing to prove itself a worthy Sims 5 competitor with more work-in-progress screenshots.

Developer Alex Massé and team have shared screenshots of a cozy house build to showcase Paralives' latest art style improvements, and we're not exaggerating when we say it's one of the nicest digital homes we've ever seen. One of the highlights of the house has to be the random ducks placed around the room - especially the duck-shaped pillow that has fans desperate to play this game for themselves - myself included.

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The room manages to strike the perfect balance of realistic and aesthetically pleasing visuals, with so many exciting small details spotted in this simple living room/kitchen layout. Things like the under-stairs cupboard, cereal boxes on the kitchen table, and decorations hanging on the wall give the house so much personality, so it'll be interesting to see the full range of customization that'll be available at launch.

If this is the first time you're hearing about Paralives, the upcoming simulation game is shaping up to be every life sim fan's dream, with a refreshing art style and several fan-requested features currently missing from EA's simulation game. In fact, when The Sims 5, aka Project Rene, was first announced, fans were very quick to compare it to Paralives due to some of the new interior design aspects currently being developed for the next generation of The Sims games. 

Need something to play while we wait for Paralives? Take a look at our games like The Sims list. 

Correction: This article originally stated that Paralives is due to launch next year, but we've since been told there's no concrete release window just yet. We've updated the article to reflect that and we regret the error.

Hope Bellingham
News Writer

After studying Film Studies and Creative Writing at university, I was lucky enough to land a job as an intern at Player Two PR where I helped to release a number of indie titles. I then got even luckier when I became a Trainee News Writer at GamesRadar+ before being promoted to a fully-fledged News Writer after a year and a half of training.  My expertise lies in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, cozy indies, and The Last of Us, but especially in the Kingdom Hearts series. I'm also known to write about the odd Korean drama for the Entertainment team every now and then.