Second Life

Last Updated on by Samuel Franklin

  • Free - Can make money while playing - Endless possibilities
  • Learning curve

Second Life is a free to play online life simulation game that will appeal to fans of the virtual world genre. The game is developed by Linden Lab and has been online since 2003 for both PC and Mac. With endless possibilities and the ability to make real money while playing Second Life continues to grow in a saturated market.


The game is intended for an older audience (late teenagers and above) with a large portion of users falling into older demographic categories. In Second Life players will interact with other users (known as Residents) while they explore a vast game world, participate in a huge number of activities and create virtual items.

These virtual items are one of the more unique features of Second Life and allow players to earn real life money as they create and trade their virtual products with other users. From real estate to items and even services there is a market for everything in Second Life. Residents of Second Life can create these virtual objects with the 3D model tool that is provided and use Linden’s scripting language to add functionality to these objectives. Second Life is unique in that users retain all the rights to their content which means they can use Second Life to distribute and sell their content creations.

For users that simply won’t to play Second Life for the social elements you’ll find no shortage of people, clubs and activities to help break the ice as you meet other Residents.


The economy of Second Life revolves around the Linden dollar (L$) which is used for all transactions in the Second Life universe. This L$ can then be converted into US dollars (or other currencies) at a varying exchange rate. This has enabled many users to make small amounts of money in the Second Life universe or pay for a premium membership without spending money out of their pocket. There are even a small but growing number of online users making sizable amounts of money from their Second Life activities.

Whichever path you choose to take in Second Life you’ll find the amount of content and the size of the community to be unmatched.


  • Free to play.
  • Convert your in game currency into real world dollars.
  • Endless activities and places to explore.
  • Meet new people from around the world.
  • Create virtual places and items with ease.



Review Platform: PC

This review was first published on August 30, 2014. It may have been updated since to reflect new information, platform releases, links and videos as at the updated date at the top of this page. Review scores are not changed as part of this update process, to learn more read our update policy.

Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 publishing content on the likes of YouTube, GameSkinny, Hubpages and other media outlets as a guest author. He has over 3 million views on his YouTube channel, SeelyonGaming.

Samuel actively enjoys video games across all genres and platforms, watching the trends of the gaming industry and following the independent development scene in particular. Games Finder is also a Steam Curator and featured in the aggregate review data of MobyGames and Neoseeker.


  1. The only reason I still have a second life account is cause it makes me enough RL money once in maybe 6 months to buy another game or something :P

    You know how real life has stress and problems? Second Life is a second life full of stress and problems. Play at the risk of your mental health!

  2. I had Second Life, I enjoyed it very much. I role-played often, and had a lot of fun. There are some glitches, but I’m not so sure if I should download it. I want to, but I don’t want any viruses, can someone reassure or assure me?

    • Second Life comes from Linden Labs which is a hugely reputable company, I’ve never had any issues with anything from them and I’ve played nearly every game/virtual world they have produced over the years. Just make sure you’re downloading it from the official website and you won’t have any problems whatsoever.

  3. This is a good game, but the bad it is hard to get:
    -Good Stuffs
    -Many Places or more natures (should need 3 cities wich are New york, London or Berlin.

    Good things:
    -A lot of people and more social!

  4. and that I like this game and that it is fun

  5. This game s just…I DUNNO WHATTA SAY ITA SO GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. One more thing:
    You may find people who agree with the creator of SL, Philip Rosedale, in not seeing SL as a game.

  7. I have an account but I can’t download anything to play so I won’t use Second Life anytime soon. Still, it sounds interesting!

  8. this game is fun and all but they need to fix how they walk its weird and there faces are creepy I liked IMVU a little more then this game sorry to say

    • KattyMeow, there are things you can get (some free, some not) that change how you look and walk. It’s been a couple years since I’ve played so the name of the thing that you use to make your avi walk “normal” eludes me.

  9. Second life has been dead since like 2012. I used to play before the 2010’s ad it was BOOMING! Now it feels very stagnant, with a lot of the users being middle age people, and a lot of places being abandoned. I’ve had my account for 3 years and have never made a friend there, everyone there has been playig the game since like 2012, and aren’t so welcoming to outsiders. However, if you like exploration games or walking simulators, and have a beefy computer this is a great game. Everything is user created, and there is nothing that doesn’t exist in this game. NOTHING. You know, I was wrong, it’s not completely stagnant. There is a very inappropriate NSFW side to tumblr that is very popular, and very hard to get away from if you’re not interested in that kid of thing.


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