Have you been looking for a good zero-to-hero game? A game where you literally start from the bottom and work your way up from there? The Street Life: Merge to Survive, a game by Udo Games, is the game for you!
While it may look like just another merging game at first, we assure you that it’s so much more than that. It has a plot, some simple yet addictive gameplay, and you’re able to see the fruits of your labor as you progress in the game.
To make the process of becoming a millionaire easier, we’re here with a guide on this game. Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about Street Life: Merge to Survive, including how the gameplay is, how you can progress, and what the end goal is.
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Starting Off The Street Life
Before anything, let us go through the basic concept of this game. As soon as you start off, you’ll see a small cutscene where your character is rejected by a fancy restaurant and has to go on the streets with a dejected look on his face.
Upon closer inspection, you’ll notice that your character seems to have been living on the street for a while now. Torn clothes, no shoes, long hair, and a beard that hasn’t been shaved for at least a couple of months.
Well, this is where your story starts. While you may be a random homeless man begging for food now, you’ll eventually work your way up to be so much more than that.
That’s right, the core concept of this game is to make as much money as you can while completing specific objectives. In this regard, the game is a little similar to PAYDAY and Eatventure Vault. Every time you complete an objective, you slowly get closer to your end goal, which is to become a millionaire.
Now that you know that the end goal is to make money, how do you go about doing this? Well, as soon as you start, your character will instantly start begging on the streets while passing civilians give some loose change.
The change players get is displayed at the bottom of the screen, in the twelve sections. This is the money you have at that point in time. One very important thing to keep in mind is that if these twelve sections get filled with money you won’t be able to earn more until you make some space.
One very cool thing is that you can also increase the speed at which you earn money. All you have to do is tap the bottom section as fast as you can. The more you tap, the more the bar at the left of the screen will fill up, and the faster you’ll get money to spend. To learn more about making money, here’s a strategy guide with tips.
Merge to Survive
Just as the name of the game suggests, the main gameplay loop involves merging money in order to survive. However, have you wondered just how you can do that?
Well, remember that loose change we told you about? Well, it’s possible to merge them together to create more currency. For example, say you have two sections full of $3. You can tap and drag one $3 into another $3 to create one section of $8. See, now you’re getting into the groove of what it takes to be a millionaire.
Notice how adding two $3 doesn’t equal $6 but $8? This is called the merging bonus. The higher the amount the more the merging bonus will be. For example, you can merge two $8 sections to create one $20 section, or two $20 sections to create one $50 section.
You want to merge as much as you can in order to increase your overall money. Keep in mind though that you might want to spend your money quickly instead of saving it for too long since some nefarious forces might try and steal it.
Unlock New Shows
Now, you might be thinking that the only way to make money is by begging on the streets when that isn’t the case. As you progress in the story, you’ll unlock new acts that will, naturally, earn you more money.
These acts will continue to get more and more effective. While you’ll start off by begging on the streets, you’ll eventually move on to playing the guitar or doing other acts that will make you more money. That’s right, the hustle never stops.
Watch Your Energy
One very important thing to keep in mind is that you can’t just bolt through the entire game by simply tapping the screen and earning money. This is because there’s also an energy system in this game.
By looking at the left side of the screen, you’ll notice a lightning bolt symbol, This symbol represents your current energy. By performing acts and tapping the screen, the energy will gradually deplete itself until you eventually run out.
Now, you have some options to pick from when your energy runs out. You can either play a mini-game to hopefully earn some money, you can watch an ad to instantly get some energy back, or you can wait for the energy to come back naturally.
If you as us, we say you should just wait it out since nothing’s worse than rushing through a good game in one day. Enjoy the game and take breaks when you need them.
Progress in the Story
Now that you know how the gameplay works, let us talk a little about the story. As we mentioned before, you start off as a homeless man begging on the streets to make money to have a meal at a fancy restaurant.
However, what happens when you’re done having that meal? Well, you move on to other things. Affording food, affording a house, affording a car, affording a date with the girl of your dreams, the climb to becoming a millionaire never stops.
To make things easier, the game has implemented a section feature. Every section has one main objective you have to earn money for to complete. Using the same getting access to a fancy restaurant example, the first section has you get new shoes, clean yourself up, and groom yourself in order to get access to a fancy restaurant.
In order to do so, you’ll have to drag and drop the designated amount of money at the bottom of the screen where the amount required to complete a goal is. It is only when you complete all the required objectives that you’ll be able to progress in the story and move on to the next section.
An Unknown Visitor
As you play the game, every now and then you might see an envelope pop up where money should be. By tapping the envelope, you’ll get a cryptic message written on a note talking about someone pursuing you.
You might be confused at first since you’re just a regular homeless person, but everything will eventually make sense as you progress in the story. Let’s just say the friend sending you notes is, well, out of this world.
Moving Up in the World
Progressing in the story isn’t the only thing players have to do. On the contrary, the game also has a house-building simulator of sorts. By tapping the house icon on the top right side of your screen, you’ll be sent to your character’s house.
The gameplay here is a little different, as you can actively control where your character walks by tapping the spot you want him to go to. By looking closely, you’ll notice that there will be icons as well with all the icons indicating both furniture as well as a price in gems. That’s right, you spend gems here and not money.
By having your character stand on an icon, a green bar will slowly surround it. As soon as the green bar completely surrounds the icon you’re standing on, the purchase of that specific furniture will be made.
One thing to keep in mind is that gems are a unique type of currency. Instead of being easily obtainable like cash, you can only earn them by meeting specific requirements like completing a chapter.
Mastering Your Art
Street Life: Merge to Survive also has a character progression system, and no we don’t mean the progression of zeros in his bank account. By performing acts, you’ll eventually gain enough experience to level up.
Now, leveling up actually does quite a lot for your character. For starters, there’s the chance that new acts will be unlocked. Additionally, you also earn some gems, and you get two skill points to use. To use skill points, you have to tap on the icon at the top left side of the screen with your character’s face.
You can use skill points on one of two things, Either you can use them on your luck to increase the chances of high amounts of money being given to you, or you can increase your crowd stat to make more people give you money. If you ask us, we say you should level both of them equally to ensure you’re getting the best of both worlds.
Finally, some actions in chapters also require you to reach a certain level before you can do them. For example, in chapter 3, you’ll need to be level 7 if you want to complete the chapter and purchase the flying kick. Well, unless you take the easy way out.
The Easy Way
Now, you might be wondering what the ‘easy way’ out is. Well, if you’ve played free-to-play mobile games then you’ll know how big of a factor ads are. Street Life: Merge to Survive is no different in that respect.
While you can indeed spend some money to get rid of mandatory ads, you can also willing watch ads to speed up your overall progress drastically. At the end of the day, it depends on you whether or not you want to use ads.
With that being said, there will be no shortage to use ads in this game. Do you have to reach a specific level to purchase an action? Well, you can simply watch an ad to unlock it. Is a super-rich civilian with an ad sign walking by? Well, you can simply tap them to watch an ad and earn some big money. Are you out of energy? Just watch an ad to instantly replenish it.
While ads are looked down upon by many players, especially in this day and age, the fact of the matter is that they can be used to really make the game much easier.
The Fun Never Ends
Do you know what the best thing about Street Life: Merge to Survive is? The fact that the developers are always adding new content to the game. That’s right, if you end up running out of things to do, all you have to do is wait for the developers to come out with new content.
This content has been coming out for a while now, ever since the game came out. We just hope that the developers continue giving us new updates, at least until we’re able to see our little protagonist finally reach his dream of becoming a millionaire.
This was everything you needed to know about how to play Street Life: Merge to Survive. It’s great that this game is so easy to play, which makes it so pretty much anyone can pick it up and start grinding.
Additionally, we also really like the message this game gives to the players. No matter what your beginning is or where you’re at right now, with enough effort and determination, anyone can make it big.