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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (1,363 reviews)
Release Date: May 21, 2014

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"A creative choice and consequence simulator that while not heavy on graphics and gameplay, is a very interesting "create your own story" game."

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January 10

Asset Pack for RPG Maker VX Ace Now Available



Hey Vagabonds,
We've had a lot of people e-mail, tweet, and ask us in person how we got started making Always Sometimes Monsters and the always simple to use RPG Maker system is invariably part of our answer.

While RPG Maker VX Ace (and it's grandpappy XP) are incredibly easy to use, with the right dedication and some inventive thinking it can do a lot of things you'd never expect from such a neophyte-friendly tool.

With that in mind, we are happy to announce that in partnership with Degica and the folks at RPG Maker Web we are launching Environments Inspired by Always Sometimes Monsters.

This is a fully-featured tileset system for RPG Maker VX Ace that uses resources pulled from Always Sometimes Monsters and reformatted to work in any modern-setting project. Whether you're producing a fangame or an original work, this pack will get you on your way to building fleshed out cities, offices, hospitals, homes, and a whole lot more.

If you're interested in developing games, RPG Maker is a great place to start and hopefully this new asset pack will help you on that journey.

You can grab it here, discounted temporarily:


All the best,
Vagabond Dog

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January 10

Asset Pack for RPG Maker VX Ace Now Available



Hey Vagabonds,
We've had a lot of people e-mail, tweet, and ask us in person how we got started making Always Sometimes Monsters and the always simple to use RPG Maker system is invariably part of our answer.

While RPG Maker VX Ace (and it's grandpappy XP) are incredibly easy to use, with the right dedication and some inventive thinking it can do a lot of things you'd never expect from such a neophyte-friendly tool.

With that in mind, we are happy to announce that in partnership with Degica and the folks at RPG Maker Web we are launching Environments Inspired by Always Sometimes Monsters.

This is a fully-featured tileset system for RPG Maker VX Ace that uses resources pulled from Always Sometimes Monsters and reformatted to work in any modern-setting project. Whether you're producing a fangame or an original work, this pack will get you on your way to building fleshed out cities, offices, hospitals, homes, and a whole lot more.

If you're interested in developing games, RPG Maker is a great place to start and hopefully this new asset pack will help you on that journey.

You can grab it here, discounted temporarily:


All the best,
Vagabond Dog

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Reviews

“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

Content Warning

Always Sometimes Monsters has content dealing with racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, mental health, sexual assault, child abuse, animal abuse, drug abuse, and suicide.

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
SteamOS + Linux
    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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Steam Achievements not supported, Steam Overlay enabled
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Memory: 2000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 capable graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Open AL compatible
    • Additional Notes: Steam Achievements not supported, Steam Overlay enabled
Helpful customer reviews
139 of 180 people (77%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Got tricked into playing as an asian lesbian
Received dirty pictures almost instatnly
Had a poo three times in a row
Was racially abused within 5 minutes
Robbed an old lady of her baseball cards
Killed pigs for half an hour to accquire dosh
Thrown into a homeless shelter because I didn't buy a bag and got beated to death by guards
Blew up someones car and left his 5 children to fend for themselves in the ♥♥♥♥-end of nowhere
Got my backstabbing ♥♥♥♥♥ of a best friend shot and had a panic attack
All this to get my girlfriend back
She dumped me again
Ended up as a suicidal hobo

10/10 accurate representation of my everyday life
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79 of 95 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
A classic case of an initial concept losing its way.

Play the first few hours, read reviews or previews, and you'll see an emotionally-driven story about choice and fate, where you're penniless and broken and have to go on a difficult journey to getting your life and partner back.

However, all these concepts get abandoned and by the end you're left unfulfilled, with cop-outs and odd character behaviour along the way, until the game is telling you you're a broke bum who desperately wants your ex back, when in fact you the player are ACTUALLY full of money and don't give a crap about the ex because s/he's a jerk.

You might go through hell and do drugs if it meant getting the love of your life back, but would you do it just to go to someone's wedding? No, but the game apparently thinks people do that.

As a cop-out, you even get to make some choices about the actual plot. As in you decide who dumped who, and why. But this one 'choice' hidden away in a conversation, a couple of hours before the end, is what impacts the ending most of all, without even alluding to it. Madness.

In one person's story, you dumped a girl because you wanted to bang some more chicks, then changed your mind and crashed the wedding and she came crawling back. In another player's story, you got dumped and now you're acting like a crazed stalker to see her again and ruin everything. In another, you may not give a crap about her. The game, however, is adamant that in each scenario you're going to the wedding to crash it or be a wuss and do the whole "I just want her to be happy but I still love her" shtick, and likely end up depressed anyway. Because the plot isn't as flexible with choice as it wants to say it is.

Other little things about the game can make it frustrating. Press space to speed up the text, and you might end up accidentally making a choice that pops up without the usual pause, and you'll have to reload your most recent save. Play Blackjack and if you and the dealer have the same hand (a 'push'), you still LOSE.

In hindsight, my hours would've been better spent playing something else.
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37 of 44 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
+ Lots of subtle and self-aware humor
+ Interesting concept for a game, in that you're essentially a typical human being attempting to remedy a very human relationship
+ Boasts a real sense of emotional depth
+ NPCs have a lot of lines written into them, giving interactions a fair amount of personality; this makes the world feel a bit more alive
+ Initial character selection is creative and a breath of fresh air; sets up the manner of open-ended gameplay that stays with you throughout the adventure
+ Consequences of your choices are readily apparent in that you feel the impact one way or another
+ Occasional minigames are fun and do much to shake up the pace a bit
+ Detailed environments and set-design
+ Ambient soundtrack sets the mood perfectly

- Though seemingly intentional in its design, it can be hard to shake off the monotony of performing various (often dull) odd jobs for little cash reward
- Plot is slow to perform, overall, and often becomes a bit tedious to wade through

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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
This was a real pleasure to play through. I wouldn't call this a click adventure, although there isn't much "gameplay", as your words speak louder than actions here.

I liked the art style presented here, the basic 8 bit graphics work wonders. It'a a shame there wasn't any voice acting as this would of made the whole experience even better but I can look past this since it is so well written.

The story had me gripped, there is plenty of replay value as you can have different endings from what I've worked out, although you might want to spread out your game plays since chain playing this could probably get boring fast.

There is also a sense of an open world here too. You can walk around and always find something different to do.

A full playthrough took me about three hours, is it worth the £6,99? definitely.
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24 of 37 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Good game, unlike other games in the market this will give a new experience taking decisions which will effect the story.
7/10 worth to try in a discounted price

✓ Interesting story
✓ Nice pixal graphics.
✓ Great sound track.

✖ Sometimes the story might get borring.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Overall I enjoyed this game. The story was pretty cool. It got pretty repeative at times but it was ok.
One thing I was disappointed into was the ending. I got the "good end" and it felt like it shouldve continued more further on. Ending didn't give me that satisfied feeling that I was looking for, we we're kinda left hanging.

So the game was ok and I enjoyed it somewhat but the ending was a turn off.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
This game is disappointing on many levels, but the quickest way to explain it is "The ride was much more enjoyable than the destination".

The Good:
I enjoyed Always Sometimes Monsters for how inclusive it is and the little changes it makes for the character you choose and the sexuality of that character. The attention to detail is really nice. Some parts of the game are monotonous, but I find that it completely jives with the overall theme of the game. I didn't have a problem being bored, because the boredom of mundane work is kind of the point of the game. I did enjoy the many ethic decision making the game forces upon you. I did find out something about myself that I didn't know before playing, and that experience is very rare for someone as self-reflective as me.

The Bad:
The end is terrible. I expected my past decisions in the game to affect how I would choose the ending, but they didn't. The ending you get depends complete on the last 3 days that are completely scripted and on rails. I was enjoying my freedom for most of the game and then suddenly everything went into this singular tunnel. A lot of the choices are binary, but it's never more apparent than at the end of the game. Another problem is I kept thinking that the time limit would be more constrictive, but I got to the goal with double digit days left over and I got no reward for showing up early. In essence, the game punished me for being efficient. This also makes it possible for you to play the game with no real reason to ever deviate from society’s moral standards. You don't have to choose between love and ethics, you're choosing between working hard and being lazy since you have a ton of time to make it to your destination. This game has the same problems as Tale Tale Game's games; choices are fun, endings that are not meaningfully impacted by your previous decisions ruins the fun.

What would have made it better:
More moral choices, giving how many days until certain jobs or areas open up, telling you how many towns are between you and the goal, and finally make a decent ending(s).

Recommendation:
Skip this game. It's pretentious and the ending will spoil any fun you'll have during the game. I am excited for the next game from this studio, but this experimental game is far from optimized. It suffers from being part of the first wave and I hope the devs will learn a lot from it and from the community response to it.
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16 of 27 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Oof. I played this to the end, just because I bought it.

It's obvious that two dudes with too much time on their hands, and too high of an opinion of themselves, decided to open up RPG Maker one day, rope in some folks to do all their art/music, and release a turd.

The beginning has some nice ideas, but in the end, the game is just thoroughly unenjoyable. It's not fun.

If you like poorly-thought-out minigames, grinding chores over and over, save scumming when you bankrupt yourself just to get a slightly un-♥♥♥♥♥♥ ending, and writing on par with a seventh-grader's English assignment, then you'll enjoy this game.

Don't waste your money.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
Starting with the positive: this game clearly succeeds in its objective. It offers the player several moral choices which influence the story. It gives the player a few opportunities to reflect on these choices or discuss them with characters in the game, and it avoids labelling any particular choice as the "right" or "good" one.

There are a few things, however, which make this game difficult to recommend:

* Most situations are extremely contrived, being even further removed from real-life decisions than most soap operas. Do I let my friend die or commit a major criminal offence to save his life? Do I confront a murderer or run away and never tell anyone?

* The mini-games are terrible. They're more difficult and less fun to play than the 30-year-old games they imitate

* The characters are a bit one-dimensional, including (frustratingly) the player character, whose emotional baggage pretty much dictates the plot of the game
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Im trying to be good guy... aaaaand Im hacking terminal to help mayor win his election but I fell from vents when sneaking in the town hall and killed a guard.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
This game proves one more time that even with a simple tool like the RPG Maker anyone can make a brilliant game like this one - with some hard work of course. Pretty much a gem for me.
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Overall rating: 8.4 / 10

It is not good when you are at loss of words while trying to write a useful review. I have started up this game expecting a decent story that normally comes with this genre, but I have not hoped to get what I did. Developing a decent game is hard as there are many aspects to consider and implement them in a good way but is totally different to create a masterpiece.
I would go as far to pin a tag "Educational" on this game as it will lead you through an endless really hard and realistic decisions a person may have to make during their lives. The game uses very interesting and perhaps cheeky ways of turning the character you control into yourself, a really hard achievment that makes me both love and in a weird way - hate this game. Before I realized what is going on, it was telling a story about myself.

People speak of how good or bad games are and it is really rare when you just wish to say: "Thank you" like i do now. Thank you.

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Pixel art: 8.5 / 10

Mostly very pleasant, detailed looking game. Every room is made beautifully and aside one counter you can walk over, everything works perfect.

Story: 10 / 10

While it may seem the story is slow progressing at the start, soon you come to realize it just perfect and that any word you say or any action you do or do not do may lead you into another totally different way. The game branches quite nicely and in reality speaks about you. It will throw at you the hardest possible choices and just perhaps help you find your place in the world, both in game and in real life. There are no crazy things in this game, no dragons or unicorns. Consider it a life simulator. A great one in my opinion.

Soundtrack: 7.5 / 10

Not memorable, not annoying. However, it sets the mood perfectly and follows you through the game quietly, allowing you to focus on everything else. I think it fits the game well.

Controls: 8 / 10

Like any RPG pixel game, controls are not too difficult or confusing. I have found it interesting though as you have to pause the game to access your inventory. Walking speed of the character seemed too slow at parts, but nothing of this ruins the game, especially if you have some patience and like exploring.

Fun factor: 8 / 10


Full recommendation!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
43.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
I'm going to start this by saying that I got the Humble Bundle as an early Christmas present and while trying to decide which one of its awesome games to play first, I set my hands on Always Sometimes Monsters just because it was an RPGMaker-made game (and I have a huge soft spot for their minimalistic supremacy). Also, this review is going to be an unusually long one for me because I haven't spazzed over a game of this category in so long, even if it looks pointless.

A crudely beautiful game, Always Sometimes Monsters is what they call "a life simulator", setting you up in one of the worst life scenarios possible: broke, jobless, homeless, loveless. Trying to fight back all the obstacles and win back the love of your life, you decide on your own destiny with every single option you make, which is the essential point of this game. All the elements of storyline, pixel graphics, and soundtrack construct step by step an immersive feeling into the plot, which is unfolded, again, with every step you take and every option you make.

The story starts off with an interesting allusion, which then brings you into the game experience itself. It's hard, it's stomach-churning, even far-fetched sometimes when striving over the edge to be real, but it never fails to serve its primary goal: life isn't meant to be easy. Gamers up for a good story will know this one isn't disappointing... until you reach the end of the game. With so many choices in-game it's nearly impossible to know you're doing what's right according to the game without a walkthrough (I am guilty of that, but solely because I wanted my love back), though this was an element that really hurt my feelings as I was suffering along with nearly everyone in the story, and even after replaying the game with different characters, I was still left quite confused and unsatisfied with the elements of the "eternal ending". The fact that the interpretations are left open for the player to make is a nice thought, but I still am not sure I enjoy this in games. Moreover, the small easter egg popular arcades are a nice touch, although most likely not replayable and serving their purpose for the image and only. (Swedish Pac-Man with meatballs anyone? Damn yes!)

Nevertheless, all the choices possible raise up this game's replayability for me, so I will definitely spend more time into it. I also have to congratulate the developers on their initiative to create a "character selection" box regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation, as well as on the implementation of the selection as a node into the allusion that starts it all. I also enjoy the fact that they actually put themselves in the game, since, in my opinion, their dialogues construct extra food for thought concerning the game. I know I'd love to do that if I was a game developer.

The average decent RPGMaker pixelly graphics are able to set up a real-like atmosphere in the city, combined with the morose darkness of the backstreets, but there's nothing else to say about them. As for the dialogues, they're captivating yet full of orthograph mistakes (and I really am someone who doesn't like being a grammar nazi) which should be fixed.

The soundtrack... What could I possibly say about the soundtrack?! Fresh, stylish, retro feeling while still modern enough, rinvigorating and immersive! Laser Destroyer Team outworked themselves on it and it's undoubtedly a fine piece of work. Every little piece or loop helps set the mood and captivate the player, it's really catchy. It's a nice thing the LP is available through Steam as a preview of their work, although it's really worth it to support them on their Bandcamp and get the EP and XP too (in all honesty, I'll always wish for a physical copy... Christmas wish found!). It's a complete and on the spot soundtrack.

Long story short, this game had a huge impact on me as I'm quite sure it has on many others. Intriguing storyline and graphics, smooth gameplay, disappointing ending, stunning soundtrack.
This game has made me question the severity a lot of things in life. There was one day I was at the supermarket and I saw a vagabond roaming around the aisles, so I stopped and thought just for a moment, what if that was me? It was actually another confidence boost to show myself that there is tougher stuff out there that can be overcome, and for that I couldn't be happier. I'll definitely replay this game more than once, because I really want to find all the secrets, and totally suggesting it to anyone who likes themselves a good story, so long as they can forgive the mistakes in its existence. This game has changed me and I'm grateful for that, and I'm really interested in clearing out anything hidden in the game. And who knows, "maybe I could translate the game for free"! Haha. Or probably make a comic about it. With a personally envisioned happy ending to satisfy those who didn't like the one in the game, haha.
Thank you sincerely for this little experience of a game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Loved the idea and loved the actual game even more. Not your typical RPG. It contains a choice making rich story driven concept, awesome art that pays really close attention to detail, and great gameplay overall. Haven't noticed too many bugs either, which is rare for these kinds of games, definitely nothing game breaking. Even though there isn't really any combat, it's still fun. Even the music is great. Fits really well with the story. Overall I feel it's very immersive and for an RPG Maker game it's well worth the $10 price tag. Highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
I lost Rock Paper sissors to a bum.
I broke a girl's heart.
I got a kid killed for a 100 bucks.
I made 4 kids orphans.
I spent 200$ on strippers.
I stole from an old lady.
I bought some drugs.
I worked at the local weed fields.
But I never payed my rent.
10/10-Sterben 2014
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
Nicely done, Thank you.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
I am one of those people that gets all gooey over romance stories. Usually it's only novels, and sometimes movies.
This is probably the only game that made me get so gooey, I got out of my chair and spent some time laying on the ground to soak in all the romantic gooeyness.
Rating: 10/10 - Would be a ♥♥♥♥ to Sam again
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
A really interesting concept and first couple of hours, but really falls apart after the first town. I'm all for understanding cheap indie-games for not having funding, but there are a few PAINFUL sections in this game that just demonstrate a complete misunderstanding of both games and story-telling... Far from worth the price tag, and that's sad because I was really intrigued by the initial premise.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
i played the game for like three hours and it felt just dull, boring and tedious. i took my decisions like i would in real life (i.e. not selling drugs, no stealing or betraying, not harming people etc.) and they felt just trivial with the lack of emotions. maybe the game makes more fun if you consider playing it as a badass or psycho. all in all my experience with the game was just too uninspiring to give it another shot.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Choose your avatar, your ex, make your past, decide your present and watch your future unfold.

This game is pretty open, and I love it so much. I didn't get the best ending, but I got the one truest to myself because of how close to myself I could play this game.
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