Set out on a cross-country journey to win back the love of your life and endure the hardship of making story-defining choices that affect your life and the lives of those around you.
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Very Positive (48 reviews) - 85% of the 48 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (1,790 reviews) - 76% of the 1,790 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 21, 2014

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May 21

2 Year Anniversary Patch - ASM 126

Today marks 2 years since we released Always Sometimes Monsters. We thought about running a sale to help celebrate the occasion, but thought it would be a more meaningful gesture of appreciation for all your support if we updated the game instead.

Thanks to all of you for playing, and supporting us this far.

ASM 126 - PATCH NOTES
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- Updated swimming pool sprites with new bathing suits
- Replaced vent-crawling sprites with more appropriate animation
- Changed some dialogue in the Faith Beach pre-wedding scene
- Fixed casino toilets so Sam can use them
- Updated conversation with Bellinger at casino
- RasmusMan received improved score calculation for efficiency
- Prevented Markansas sequences from misfiring
- Secret alternate ending added
- Improved player guidance with concierge in Union Club House
- Expanded conversations with Jake/Justin
- Fixed impassable safe bug in Warehouse Office
- Save import preparation for Sometimes Always Monsters

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“Always Sometimes Monsters deals in chaos and quantum theories – in every second of our lives, we make choices that forever impact our timelines going forward, dictating whether we keep or lose friends, maintain a job or succeed in our goals. We are the masters of our destinies, Always Sometimes Monsters says – but we can't control other people's lives. That's where it gets tricky.”
4/5 – Joystiq

“It's an earnest look at life under tough economic pressure, at love when things don't go according to plan and at a creative career during its shittiest lows. It has a lot to say, and importantly, it speaks from the heart.”
8/10 – Polygon

“Always Sometimes Monsters isn't the first game to get clever with morality. It's not the first game that's had a few grey areas. It also isn't about either of those. It's about perspective. It's about empathy. It's about who we are and why we do what we do. That narrative is one of contradiction and hypocrisy, because that's what real people are about.”
9/10 – Eurogamer

About This Game



Out of money and out of luck you find yourself heart broken and on the verge of collapse. Your landlord's taken the key back, you can't finish your manuscript, and your beloved is marrying someone else. With no choice but to handle whatever life throws at you, you set out on the open road on a mission to win back the love of your life. The story from there is up to you. Can your life be salvaged, or are we always sometimes monsters?

Choice
A story-driven experience focusing on relationships and emotional bonds rather than traditional RPG combat and adventuring. Indecision is your enemy and empathy is your weapon in a quest to earn one last chance to win back the love of your life.

Circumstance
Choose from characters of different gender, race, and sexual preference and live through the common experiences and unique hardships of each based on your selection. NPCs may treat you differently based on your gender, race, or sexual preference opening and closing different paths along the way.

Consequence
Each playthrough is filled with a staggering number of diverging paths that can be discovered through both overt actions and subtle choices in conversation. The journey you experience will be tailored to your personal ethical compass as your decisions both conscious and subconscious change your fate.



Download the original Always Sometimes Monsters soundtrack by LASER DESTROYER TEAM featuring 15 remastered tracks from the game. Available on Bandcamp.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8 (32-bit or 64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4, 2.0 Ghz or faster
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024 x 768 desktop resolution or better
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: No Steam Overlay Support
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.7
    • Memory: 2000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 capable graphics card
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Steam Achievements not supported, Steam Overlay enabled
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Bare Kristoffer
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Hits you right in the feels.

Great game.
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blarglemeister
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Full disclosure: I didn't get very far in this game.
I really wanted to like it. Everything I had heard about the game made it sound like a pretty interesting storytelling experiment. Unfortunately, the gameplay really drags this game down.

Gameplay-wise, this thing is a grind. You're always performing odd jobs to gather the requisite money to reach your next goal. As I said, I didn't get very far into this game, but after playing through two days where I had to go do odd jobs to get money to attain my objectives, I had really had enough. Jobs are done via simple mini-games that just aren't any fun. Part of the issue is just the limitations of RPG maker, but honestly, I would have taken an option to just get a random result from the jobs rather than play them. A coat check minigame particularly grated on me.

As far as story goes, I had high expectations. I'd heard lots of praise of the mature storytelling and complex themes of morality and agency. What I've seen so far was fine, I guess, but pretty much nothing is done to establish your character as someone you would want to root for or like. I realize that the point of the game isn't to be a hero, it's to show a life spiralling out of control, how circumstances can make anyone into a monster. But nothing of real substance is established about the main character before the slide, which for me diminished the emotional impact of the story and the choices. This is not to say the story is bad. It is a cut above the writing in a lot of games, but it just wasn't enough for me to get over the gameplay.

I may come back to this game at some point just to see how things turn out, but so far, it's a slog.

Verdict: Go read some Dostoevsky instead.
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BloodJoker
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
one of the most profound and existential expierences ive ever had.....with the kind of choices and decisions shaping a story and making you question both what your seeing in game and your own morals as a person, this game destroys and opens you mentally. Im not even finished yet but i feel like ive lived a seperate life and made horrible decisions to get to where i am, just like real life...

because in the end, when given the illusion of free will...we're Always Sometimes Monsters....



also heard i can go on a killing rampage.... so thats cool too :P.... but after the horrors youve done already would it be worth it?

tl:dr : this game is amazng and a complete and total MindF**k!!!
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fynyte
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
I can't speak highly enough about Always Sometimes Monsters. Choice and consequence weave a path through a story which presents you with ethical and moral questions at every turn. Rarely does any media have a legitimate emotional impact on me the way experiencing this game has.
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LizzieTheRose
( 19.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Always Sometimes Monsters is an interesting game in the very least. The story is a typical love triangle, but the "hero" of the story does not exist unless you take the time to make yourself a hero. You're either the "villain" or you're just the average joe who is still in love with their ex. Being normal or bad is easy, but doing the right thing is hard and usually the best option which is a good thing to learn from this game. I recommend it if you want to see how exactly the game teaches this lesson; it's worth it.
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Lush Life
( 28.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
I put my hope high at first. that I would experienced a rich story game and had me lots of moral lesson, like butterfly-effect-movie-feel, where it doesnt matter what you choose there're times you become a monster. But instead:

-the game is over if you pick wrong choices.
-ridiculous story, spy, a boxing dog, mafia, fast and furious, fishing kid, packing weeds, etc.
-empty towns.
-walk too much.
-pointless fatigue n' food variant. I only bought barnstormer the entire game. no drink. no smoke.
-boring. I left the game open sleeping alot.
-tedious money grinding.
-I moved 100 boxes in the warehouse.
-I moved 100 boxes in the warehouse!
-why?! IDK noone told me to stop! or told me I've done a great job moving all those boxes and you can stop if you want!
-do you know how it feels? try it and I bet you would tumbdown this game also.
-some of h-games was more entertaining than this game.
-try huniepop if you dont believe me or everlasting love, a free gem.
-you need to patch it first tho to unlock the h-content.
-last, I don't even think all bad decisions made the main character any monsterous at all.

I dont want to be harsh, but tbh the game is basically just a collection of bad mini games with bad story. sorry.

recommendation : buy the game while on sale.
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Happy Birthday Phantom Virus!
( 10.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Honestly, I wasn't as impressed as I thought it would be. I thought it was going to be a thought rendering story filled with twists and turns but it didn't live up to that. It was only a few dollars for an rpg maker esc kind of game. In the end it just wasn't worth it. I still played it through and it was a decent enough game for a few bucks. Still, the ending was far to obvious as was the story itself. To many times I was just grinding to do something to make money and I don't think being evil or good really mattered at all. I don't think the decisions made the main character monsterous at all. Still, other people enjoy it and think the ending was gut renching. Me, I thought the ending was too predictable. It is, what it is and I'll always be a fan of Devolver, but I just wasn't that crazy about this.
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QueenCamellia
( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Product received for free
Finished the game just yesterday and I'm still in deep thought about the outcome of my choices.

This game will make you think a LOT. All the choices you make will lead to different endings. There will be moments when you'll end up thinking for like 5 minutes, hoping to make a decision that won't screw up your character's life. It'll make you emotional - happy, sad, angry, scared.

Some parts of the game were too slow for my liking but I went with them anyway because of my willingness to finish it. I don't know if it's the same for those who have, but I spent the most time on the second city.

Can't say I enjoyed my ending but it was a whole new experience for me. I'm going to play the game all over again to see if I can change the story around.

Music, art and dialogue are all good.

10/10 would recommend if you're into RPGs with loads of drama.
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4.0, Bitch
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
The only criticism, I can give this game, is the fact that you can't ♥♥♥♥ Hailey.
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Dj Stanki
( 9.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Very well written and chill game. Decisions actually matter and its fun to see how everything plays out. You can be any type of person you want to. I played the whole game pretty ethical until I had to do a car race. The guy was a scumbag so i cut his breaks and he ended up dying in front of his four children. I laughed. I dont know how to feel about that. Cant wait for the sequel.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
I put this game off for months after buying it on sale. One night (particularly, the night I'm writing this review), I decided to play it from start to finish in one sitting.

And it ruined me as a person.

Many interactive story-driven adventure games draw emotions out of me, and in those games it feels like each decision I make affects the story.

In Always Sometimes Monsters, the story constantly forces its way into the darkest parts of my consciousness, tears it to shreds, picks out the parts it wants, then obliterates what's left as it makes me question life itself.

I've never come across a game that pushes one's morals far beyond their breaking point, a game whose story is so decision-based on what you - the player - believes in, a story so immersive is an absolute must-have.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
A mature story that deals with choice, and illusion thereof. Is life deterministic? Do we have control over our destiny?

There aren't a ton of outcomes in this game, but it still takes your choice into account enough to make an enjoyable customed experience. You must be aware that this game is HIGHLY narrative-driven; but if that's what you're into, go ahead. It's one of the rare serious story well executed in a game. You will be homeless, you will have to do mundane work, you will have to sustain yourself, and so on. It might be repellent for some, but if you're not only looking for "pure fun" in games, and if you want to live a unique and, let me repeat it, mature experience, this game is incredible and deserve your attention.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Honestly, I wasn't as impressed as I thought it would be. I thought it was going to be a thought rendering story filled with twists and turns but it didn't live up to that. It was only a few dollars for an rpg maker esc kind of game. In the end it just wasn't worth it. I still played it through and it was a decent enough game for a few bucks. Still, the ending was far to obvious as was the story itself. To many times I was just grinding to do something to make money and I don't think being evil or good really mattered at all. I don't think the decisions made the main character monsterous at all. Still, other people enjoy it and think the ending was gut renching. Me, I thought the ending was too predictable. It is, what it is and I'll always be a fan of Devolver, but I just wasn't that crazy about this.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
One of the very few games that look like it was made in rpg maker and i still bought it.

It's basicly, "choose your own adventure" type of game, in which the game gives you the situation and depending on your choices, it changes the consequences and the next scenes.

Sure, it doesn't have the brand, the animation or the art of a TellTale game, but because is much simpler than that, it can have much more options and diferent paths through the game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
A truly beautiful game, Always Sometimes Monsters demonstrates how a game with simple graphics and animations can still be utterly mind-blowing. The pixel art oddly supports the story well, providing a different view on a world that is oddly familiar. In fact, I found the whole world and story shockingly relatable, and the decisions I had to make throughout the game challenged my emotions and mentality. The story is one of the best I've come across. I was glued to this game for a solid week, and the many hours I have on record are due to me falling asleep playing the game...I couldn't stop! And the game has multiple story arcs, offering much replay value. I can't express enough how incredible this game's style and story are...honestly I would simply recommend buying the game and seeing for yourself. If you appreciate a story-rich, semi-open world game in which literally the entire story and the characters within alter based on your decisions, ten bucks is a small fee for such an experience. This game left some mental scars when I was done. Oh, and the music's awesome!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
There's so much despair, I'm surprised that I didn't see Monokuma show up.

Especially for the ending I got the first time I played it.

8/10

EDIT: Bring on Sometimes Always Monsters!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Story was quite boring and didn´t really provide much variety.
Wasn´t interessted in the Ex-Story. First choise in the game was to shoot the unknown person.
Should have stayed there. Seems like if you don´try to get your ex back, you will always get a bad ending.
Was a "Im adult and can continue my life without my ex" too much for an ending ?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Always Sometimes Monsters is an interesting game in the very least. The story is a typical love triangle, but the "hero" of the story does not exist unless you take the time to make yourself a hero. You're either the "villain" or you're just the average joe who is still in love with their ex. Being normal or bad is easy, but doing the right thing is hard and usually the best option which is a good thing to learn from this game. I recommend it if you want to see how exactly the game teaches this lesson; it's worth it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
I put my hope high at first. that I would experienced a rich story game and had me lots of moral lesson, like butterfly-effect-movie-feel, where it doesnt matter what you choose there're times you become a monster. But instead:

-the game is over if you pick wrong choices.
-ridiculous story, spy, a boxing dog, mafia, fast and furious, fishing kid, packing weeds, etc.
-empty towns.
-walk too much.
-pointless fatigue n' food variant. I only bought barnstormer the entire game. no drink. no smoke.
-boring. I left the game open sleeping alot.
-tedious money grinding.
-I moved 100 boxes in the warehouse.
-I moved 100 boxes in the warehouse!
-why?! IDK noone told me to stop! or told me I've done a great job moving all those boxes and you can stop if you want!
-do you know how it feels? try it and I bet you would tumbdown this game also.
-some of h-games was more entertaining than this game.
-try huniepop if you dont believe me or everlasting love, a free gem.
-you need to patch it first tho to unlock the h-content.
-last, I don't even think all bad decisions made the main character any monsterous at all.

I dont want to be harsh, but tbh the game is basically just a collection of bad mini games with bad story. sorry.

recommendation : buy the game while on sale.
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