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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Release Date: May 21, 2014

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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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kevon (A24 fanboy)
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
starts out fun but quickly devolves into monotony. and why should i give a ♥♥♥♥ about my ex? its the entire impetus of the story and doesn't seem to offer any alternatives, not even going to the wedding just to ♥♥♥♥ it up rather than trying to win your ex back. the choices in the game are entirely binary, which just isnt true in real life. for example: choice A - give key to landlord, choice B - run away

I wanted to run away just because I needed some extra time and I knew the landlord wouldnt give it to me. my character instead tells the landlord to ♥♥♥♥ off and calls him a miserable old man etc. wtf? choices dont need to be 100% good or 100% evil. its 2016.

I refunded this game for 2 dollars
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KlumsyK
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
♥♥♥♥ man, JUST WHAT I NEEDED.
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Industria
( 13.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Would I recommend this game? Only if you enjoy emotional massochism and completely absurd awful life choices and consequences. More the consequences than the choicecs cuz even though you have choices, the consequences often are unprecidently awful. Or if you always wanted to commit crimes and simply needed a reason. Use this as catharsis and avoid jailtime!

My overall impression of this game? Great premise, iffy execution. There were a lot of awful choices you could make and often you had to choose between a really ridiculous awful choice and something phenomenally ridiculous and awful choice. You're often forced to commit crimes when you otherwise probably wouldn't which is annoying when you're trying to get the player character's life back together. I'm not sure if the creators did this to illustrate how awful life can get or if they just thought of the most ridiculous situations to put the player in. The things people do for love, amirite?

Parts of the game were really frustrating. For example, having to pay $10 for one sandwich and needing to eat 10 to fill up your stamina bar and the frequency you need to do that. I ate 5 sandwiches in the afternoon and when I went to bed in the evening it said going to sleep would be risky since I was starving. I figured, "Eh, people can live for several days without eating and I gorged myself like 3 hours ago, no big whoop." I died. I DIED CUZ I HADN'T EATEN BEFORE BED AND I HAD EATEN 5 SANDWICHES NOT THAT LONG AGO WUT?! T_T Save early and save often all the time. If you play this game, save like you've never saved before.

Another frustrating part was the repetition when attempting to earn money so buy bus tickets that rival airfare from North America to Europe and to buy the equivalent of Thanksgiving feasts for a midnight snack to prevent dying on someone's lousy couch. Getting shafted repeatedly by various characters in game and being blamed was also frustrating. For a vague example, Friend A makes bad choices because you didn't do something that wasn't really your responsibility but you get blamed for the tragic outcome even though it was really someone else's fault in the first place. Again, not sure if this is to illustrate life is really crappy or give you a headache. I think it accomplished both. Another annoying thing is boxing. Fisticuffs. Pugilism. Cuz some people just won't take money for auto parts and prefer punches to smackeroos? Alright, gonna do what I gotta do and hate it. I really got tired of playing about halfway through and just wanted to finish as fast as possible, survive all the BS, and after all that headache, win back the love of my life. It wasn't looking good for me and that made me mad.

The dialog is at times really awful. I can't say I enjoyed having my character called a "panty waste f*gg*t"or a "♥♥♥♥" by an employer. I also didn't enjoy some turf warriors saying they needed to protect their turf from a "pack of n*gg*rs" despite one of said turf warriors having a dark complexion. Can't say I thought it was particularly necessary for some old guy telling the pawn broker he wouldn't let him "jew him". Seriously, you're not edgy or gritty. You're just awful at creating dialog. Yes, maybe they were trying to show how awful the world is again but I think the $10 sandwiches and having the metabolism of a hummingbird while being broker than broke and getting screwed by life repeatedly illustrated that just fine without the bigotted language for no actual story-defining purpose. Stop trying to be "edgy", edgelords.

That said, there were some pros. You could choose your character model and name as well as that of your partner. You could have a same-sex partner if you wanted and other than being called names becuase of it, that's pretty progressive. I'm partially curious if you get called that crap as a straight character. I'm skeptical the dialog varies that greatly between chosen character models given the overall execution of the game. The premise of the game is really appealing, win back the love of your life cuz your life is an epic soap opera of the absurd. I'm so into that. Ending up in some of the dumbest situations ever imagined? I'm not as into that as I used to be after playing this game. There's a pretty thick line between dumb luck and living the Jerry Springer dream. The game shuffles across that line into Jerry Springer territory pretty quick. But let's be real, crazy BS makes for an interesting story. Use it to your advantage.

I'm really glad I got the ending I wanted and felt all the stupidity and random BS was at least mildly worth it. Closer to the end, I found a helpful community guide (https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=290538894) to make sure I didn't flip my desk over at the end of the game cuz that's how frustrated I was with how things were turning out. I probably would have gotten mad if I hadn't found it. Thanks, pal!

Apparently, Vagabond Dog are creating a sequel to this game wherein you can import your save file for continuity. I really love that sorta thing and it looks like it may be a bit better by the preliminary info I could find. I'm still hesitant to buy the game outright. I think I'm going to let my feels on this game simmer before I seriously consider it. Maybe I'll buy it during onen of Steam's epic, mega sales for 80% of in like 3 years. We'll see.
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Bailey
( 9.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
There are four kinds of pain:

1) Physical pain: Injury caused to your physical body; cuts, scrapes, bruises, etc.

2) Mental pain: Traumatic thought; particularly rough lines of reasoning that cause distress.

3) Emotional pain: Distress revolving around the way you are feeling; pangs of sympathy for someone in an unfortunate situation.

4) Soul pain: Like emotional pain, but deeper, and personal. Not simply empathy, but more of a... resonance between a person or event and yourself.

This game hurt my soul.
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Kinky Waifu
( 13.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Always Sometimes Monsters is a great little game on RPG Maker about moral choices and modern city survival really.

My first play-through took me around 8 hours, my second took around 5 (thank you based speed-hack).

I'll admit, I'm not the biggest fan of the plot. Desperately crawling to your ex and all that. But the plot set up for a really cool mix of dilemmas and landscapes. I don't want to spoil anything, but there are multiple life and death situtations that really just make you wonder who you are and how you deal with others.

This isn't a game for everyone, to be fair. It can become tedious in grinding if you're trying to get the "good" ending. (Which is why I have a new found love for Cheat Engine and the speedhack. ALSO, DON'T EVEN TRY TO CHEAT ENGINE MORE MONEY INTO THE GAME. I tried for hours and it just makes the game crash every time.) This is more of a game for people who like a sense of realistic life choices, and are okay with some tediously boring elements to get to an interesting, albiet also unoriginal, plot line. Really, I just enjoyed it for the moral choices.

I give this game a solid 7.5/10
Hooked me enough to play through a second time to get the good ending.
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Keltøp
( 12.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Beautiful game design
Amazing story
One of my favorite games of 2015
If you like RPGMaker games then you'll love this one. Not a lot of complex gameplay but you really get attached to the characters and the story itself.
Can't wat for Part 2.
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JomaDulans
( 62.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
I really do like this game, but even the best end leaves you a bitter taste in your mouth, but I have to say that that is not necessarily a bad thing. Not all stories had to go along with the Happy Ever After.

I played a lot with different characters and approaching, and that one of the things I like the most. There are not a lot of video games where you can play as a LGBT+ character, and here you can. You can choose your character, your partner, and the way the story goes.

In the graphics and gameplay part it is true that fails a little, but that is not the part that caught me the most in a video game. I am thrilled by an argument and the story, and when I can choose how can it can change, even if it's mean that everything it is going to go terribly bad, I cannot ask for anything more.

If a have to give you some advice, I would say to you that you should at least try it out. It is not expensive, especially in sales, and we don't give an opportunity to little indie companies, what are our alternatives? Bugisoft? EAvil?
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Geyblade
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
I don't think I paid for it, but it wouldn't be my sort of thing for 11 bucks and really you make the mistake not shooting the guy. Just a lot of chatter, it's like Leisure Suit Larry minus the jokes.
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Narth
( 25.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
I think what this game does best is storytelling. In fact, I don't think I really appreciated any other aspect of the game. Some parts are plain tedious or boring.

What made me play this game three times in a row was my desperate need to "get it right this time." I felt like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. I would start the game determined that if I just made the right choices, my love would take me back. Only to feel the crushing disappointment at the end, and then feel it again.

Until finally, sweet bliss of finally sticking it to that ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Sam. Man, that was great. Totally worth the 25 hours it took to finally get it right!!! Awesome game.
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「Blu ☆ Shade」
( 11.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
This was a really great game and experiance. At the begining I was having my doubts about it but now I can say that you will have a great time with this game. The whole thing was brilliant and very charming. It's a good buy I reccomend it
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MinutesToMidnight
( 19.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Aren't we always sometimes monsters?
In this little pixel-art gem you play the role of a writer who falls in disgrace after the break up with his/her girlfriend/boyfriend.
One day you receive an invitation to your ex's wedding and yeah, you'll have to be there. So your trip starts.
The gameplay is very simple, the big part is to choose between the different selections the story proposes you. Basically it's quite a life simulator, and in my opinion the best way to play is to pick the choices you would pick if it happened in your life. I found fun discover that acting quite like I would have acted in real life would have brought me to a certain ending!
Anyway, crossing the cities you'll have to cross and facing the challenges the game will present you, you can decide to behave good or bad, and the choices you'll make will influence the consequences, which will lead you to different endings: I suggest to save every time there is an important decision to make (there are several save slots so you won't have problems to do this).
Last but not least, this game is also equipped with good humour, arcade games to play in the game itself and a very pleasant soundtrack, and this is always a really positive thing :D

SPOILER
Apparently the only way to reach the good ending is to avoid Sam's death. But I know you also think that ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ has to pay, I mean, he/she pretended to be your best friend and then he/she stole your lover and your work, so I think it's fine to choose at the very end of the game to pick "shoot", indeed it's the end and it won't influence nothing else v.v
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woodennature
( 23.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
The good:
- Rich and well-developed world
- Cheap (I got it during a steam sale) - $1.50 for the game and $0.50 for the soundtrack that ruined my ears for the 20 or so hours
- Rob Hoard "I've got enough to eat at home" and James Starling cameo
- Branching story in an RPG Maker game - great for 2014
- Squaring tofus for money is surprisingly relaxing

The meh
- The story - B-movie standard
- The gambling and fight club sequences can get really tedious if you want to make extra cash (then again, maybe that is the point)
- The NPCs are really one-sided
- The worldview of this story paints an overly pessimistic and simplistic picture of corporate greed

The bad
- IS THERE ANY WAY TO TURN DOWN THE SOUND! The soundtrack is nice but is really annoying because it is in every single part of the game, often at INAPPROPRIATE times. Sometimes silence is the best soundtrack. Someone needs to shoot the person in charge of sound (not the composer, mind you) or pay the players back $10,000. It's not that I'm particularly fond of violence, but unfortunately sometimes circumstance makes it necessary. Which brings me to the next point:
- The dialogue is poorly researched and one-sided when representing landlords, corporate fatcats and casino owners. Often the dialogue can get so moralising it warrants so many eye rolls. It often feels that it becomes a mouthpiece of the writer's ideology. CUT DOWN ON THE NARRATION and let the player decide the moral of the story for themselves. SHOW DON'T TELL!
- The ending: You must love your ex or you'll become a bum, and I like the fact that you can get shot and resurrect later to publish your award winning book). So in life, we must never move on from our ex? What if I don't like him/her because they are just as selfish as most people portrayed in this game?
- Hitting the next dialogue often hits the first choice (which led to alot of hair-pulling moments) - perhaps having a confirmation stage would help
- You can't save or load during flashbacks and halfway during dialogues
- Achievements do not get reflected in the Mac version

Vedict: Buy in steam sale, BUT don't get your hopes up - it's in no way as good as To The Moon in terms of engaging the player in storytelling. Get ready for overly preachy and cliched dialogues. However, this game excels in world building and branching story mechanics, which is enough motivation for me to buy the game though.
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Gabbu
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Dude, this story is amazing. No wonder they won a writing prize.
I'm a fan of RPG and pixel art games so the art for me was totally nice.
In the start it felt like pixel GTA because I had no idea what I was doing, but then I got in the story and woah.
Such great story.
I just finished it and I'm probably playing it again in the future. Because I was told there's multiple endings.
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Tree
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
Job Simulator 2015

8/10



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Aline
( 17.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
I bought this game finding games to cheer me up

I was disappointed
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shirlsie
( 48.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
Favourite game on Steam. Fantastic storyline, so many routes to take, been playing it over and over since October and still finding new things
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Nintonito
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
An absolutely beautiful piece of storytelling. Extremely depressing, and engrossing. Choices all feel like ♥♥♥♥, and you will constantly feel like you've been handed an unfair deal. That's the magic of course. Its a gritty, realistic game that both hates convention and loves it. I highly recommend it.
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2Phenix9
( 12.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
Well literally jsut finished playing this one, gotta say the storyline is amazing, the choices you make really do define how the game ends (won't give away any spoilers) but I will say be careful what you choose and what you do it will all come round near the end with one particular conversation.

The soundtrack is completetly beautiful. really suits the games, the scenes, sets the atmosphere really well.

Didn't really mind the whole complete dialouge after dialouge after dialouge becasue for me it helpeed set what was happening in that particular part of the story.

really enjoyed the fact you have to work your butt off in each city to progress onto the next. money wasnt "easy" to make but it wasnt hard either.

all in all as others have said, minus the ending which was a REALLY big let down, i do highly recommend this game, for $0.99 you can't complain much.
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Kessie
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
I'd say that the style here is an acquired taste. I kind of hated it to begin with, the way things are done in the beginning seems so backwards. And I'm talking about the prologue and means of character selection, which is kind of counterintuitive. The game itself has a couple of really obnoxious plugs and references to a culture that really doesn't resonate with me. But once you get it going and start fishing, the game becomes more like an interactive novel with some genuine surprises. You can't please everyone, and you'll only meet your downfall for trying. With that said, there's also a lot more than you might think. I don't really like the ending of this game, but the middle was pretty darn satisfying. There's probably a whole lot that I missed out on, but I will give it another look at a later time. Finishing the game can burn you out quite a bit. Not sure I'd pay full price (got it for 99 cent) for it, and I'm not so invested that I would pay full price for the upcoming sequel, either. But if this title is on sale, you're getting well more than the value for your money.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
There are four kinds of pain:

1) Physical pain: Injury caused to your physical body; cuts, scrapes, bruises, etc.

2) Mental pain: Traumatic thought; particularly rough lines of reasoning that cause distress.

3) Emotional pain: Distress revolving around the way you are feeling; pangs of sympathy for someone in an unfortunate situation.

4) Soul pain: Like emotional pain, but deeper, and personal. Not simply empathy, but more of a... resonance between a person or event and yourself.

This game hurt my soul.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
I bought this game finding games to cheer me up

I was disappointed
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
I'd say that the style here is an acquired taste. I kind of hated it to begin with, the way things are done in the beginning seems so backwards. And I'm talking about the prologue and means of character selection, which is kind of counterintuitive. The game itself has a couple of really obnoxious plugs and references to a culture that really doesn't resonate with me. But once you get it going and start fishing, the game becomes more like an interactive novel with some genuine surprises. You can't please everyone, and you'll only meet your downfall for trying. With that said, there's also a lot more than you might think. I don't really like the ending of this game, but the middle was pretty darn satisfying. There's probably a whole lot that I missed out on, but I will give it another look at a later time. Finishing the game can burn you out quite a bit. Not sure I'd pay full price (got it for 99 cent) for it, and I'm not so invested that I would pay full price for the upcoming sequel, either. But if this title is on sale, you're getting well more than the value for your money.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Dude, this story is amazing. No wonder they won a writing prize.
I'm a fan of RPG and pixel art games so the art for me was totally nice.
In the start it felt like pixel GTA because I had no idea what I was doing, but then I got in the story and woah.
Such great story.
I just finished it and I'm probably playing it again in the future. Because I was told there's multiple endings.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Wow, this game really beats you down. Your character's situation starts out already depressing, then you go through many ups and downs throughout the story, but mostly on a downward trajectory lol. In the end, I lost everything, including my ex, and ended up worse off than I was at the beginning. That being said, however, I loved this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Well literally jsut finished playing this one, gotta say the storyline is amazing, the choices you make really do define how the game ends (won't give away any spoilers) but I will say be careful what you choose and what you do it will all come round near the end with one particular conversation.

The soundtrack is completetly beautiful. really suits the games, the scenes, sets the atmosphere really well.

Didn't really mind the whole complete dialouge after dialouge after dialouge becasue for me it helpeed set what was happening in that particular part of the story.

really enjoyed the fact you have to work your butt off in each city to progress onto the next. money wasnt "easy" to make but it wasnt hard either.

all in all as others have said, minus the ending which was a REALLY big let down, i do highly recommend this game, for $0.99 you can't complain much.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
48.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Favourite game on Steam. Fantastic storyline, so many routes to take, been playing it over and over since October and still finding new things
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Beautiful game design
Amazing story
One of my favorite games of 2015
If you like RPGMaker games then you'll love this one. Not a lot of complex gameplay but you really get attached to the characters and the story itself.
Can't wat for Part 2.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
An amazing mix between a great storytelling Visual Novel and a classic RPG. A true rollercoaster of emotions.

If you're inclined to play a mature game with mature decision-making, I highly recommend Always Sometimes Monsters. The game smartly tests how effectively your choices were: it contains some "dead ends" if they were too bad and the outcome of your choices will influence deeply the final act. It has a very deep and moving plotline for self-reflection and melancholy. A true masterpiece.

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"We both needed her love, but in the end she didn't choose me.
Perhaps because in wanting her so bad, I had become something less than human.
(...)
Without that love in my life, what happiness is there for me?
There is no other for me, there never would or could be.
(...)
I came out here to die.
(...)
So here I'm, at your mercy.
I'm ready to be judged, the choice is all yours!
(...)
Do I deserve the death I long for? Or are we always sometimes monsters?"
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
62.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
I really do like this game, but even the best end leaves you a bitter taste in your mouth, but I have to say that that is not necessarily a bad thing. Not all stories had to go along with the Happy Ever After.

I played a lot with different characters and approaching, and that one of the things I like the most. There are not a lot of video games where you can play as a LGBT+ character, and here you can. You can choose your character, your partner, and the way the story goes.

In the graphics and gameplay part it is true that fails a little, but that is not the part that caught me the most in a video game. I am thrilled by an argument and the story, and when I can choose how can it can change, even if it's mean that everything it is going to go terribly bad, I cannot ask for anything more.

If a have to give you some advice, I would say to you that you should at least try it out. It is not expensive, especially in sales, and we don't give an opportunity to little indie companies, what are our alternatives? Bugisoft? EAvil?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Would I recommend this game? Only if you enjoy emotional massochism and completely absurd awful life choices and consequences. More the consequences than the choicecs cuz even though you have choices, the consequences often are unprecidently awful. Or if you always wanted to commit crimes and simply needed a reason. Use this as catharsis and avoid jailtime!

My overall impression of this game? Great premise, iffy execution. There were a lot of awful choices you could make and often you had to choose between a really ridiculous awful choice and something phenomenally ridiculous and awful choice. You're often forced to commit crimes when you otherwise probably wouldn't which is annoying when you're trying to get the player character's life back together. I'm not sure if the creators did this to illustrate how awful life can get or if they just thought of the most ridiculous situations to put the player in. The things people do for love, amirite?

Parts of the game were really frustrating. For example, having to pay $10 for one sandwich and needing to eat 10 to fill up your stamina bar and the frequency you need to do that. I ate 5 sandwiches in the afternoon and when I went to bed in the evening it said going to sleep would be risky since I was starving. I figured, "Eh, people can live for several days without eating and I gorged myself like 3 hours ago, no big whoop." I died. I DIED CUZ I HADN'T EATEN BEFORE BED AND I HAD EATEN 5 SANDWICHES NOT THAT LONG AGO WUT?! T_T Save early and save often all the time. If you play this game, save like you've never saved before.

Another frustrating part was the repetition when attempting to earn money so buy bus tickets that rival airfare from North America to Europe and to buy the equivalent of Thanksgiving feasts for a midnight snack to prevent dying on someone's lousy couch. Getting shafted repeatedly by various characters in game and being blamed was also frustrating. For a vague example, Friend A makes bad choices because you didn't do something that wasn't really your responsibility but you get blamed for the tragic outcome even though it was really someone else's fault in the first place. Again, not sure if this is to illustrate life is really crappy or give you a headache. I think it accomplished both. Another annoying thing is boxing. Fisticuffs. Pugilism. Cuz some people just won't take money for auto parts and prefer punches to smackeroos? Alright, gonna do what I gotta do and hate it. I really got tired of playing about halfway through and just wanted to finish as fast as possible, survive all the BS, and after all that headache, win back the love of my life. It wasn't looking good for me and that made me mad.

The dialog is at times really awful. I can't say I enjoyed having my character called a "panty waste f*gg*t"or a "♥♥♥♥" by an employer. I also didn't enjoy some turf warriors saying they needed to protect their turf from a "pack of n*gg*rs" despite one of said turf warriors having a dark complexion. Can't say I thought it was particularly necessary for some old guy telling the pawn broker he wouldn't let him "jew him". Seriously, you're not edgy or gritty. You're just awful at creating dialog. Yes, maybe they were trying to show how awful the world is again but I think the $10 sandwiches and having the metabolism of a hummingbird while being broker than broke and getting screwed by life repeatedly illustrated that just fine without the bigotted language for no actual story-defining purpose. Stop trying to be "edgy", edgelords.

That said, there were some pros. You could choose your character model and name as well as that of your partner. You could have a same-sex partner if you wanted and other than being called names becuase of it, that's pretty progressive. I'm partially curious if you get called that crap as a straight character. I'm skeptical the dialog varies that greatly between chosen character models given the overall execution of the game. The premise of the game is really appealing, win back the love of your life cuz your life is an epic soap opera of the absurd. I'm so into that. Ending up in some of the dumbest situations ever imagined? I'm not as into that as I used to be after playing this game. There's a pretty thick line between dumb luck and living the Jerry Springer dream. The game shuffles across that line into Jerry Springer territory pretty quick. But let's be real, crazy BS makes for an interesting story. Use it to your advantage.

I'm really glad I got the ending I wanted and felt all the stupidity and random BS was at least mildly worth it. Closer to the end, I found a helpful community guide (https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=290538894) to make sure I didn't flip my desk over at the end of the game cuz that's how frustrated I was with how things were turning out. I probably would have gotten mad if I hadn't found it. Thanks, pal!

Apparently, Vagabond Dog are creating a sequel to this game wherein you can import your save file for continuity. I really love that sorta thing and it looks like it may be a bit better by the preliminary info I could find. I'm still hesitant to buy the game outright. I think I'm going to let my feels on this game simmer before I seriously consider it. Maybe I'll buy it during onen of Steam's epic, mega sales for 80% of in like 3 years. We'll see.
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Not Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
starts out fun but quickly devolves into monotony. and why should i give a ♥♥♥♥ about my ex? its the entire impetus of the story and doesn't seem to offer any alternatives, not even going to the wedding just to ♥♥♥♥ it up rather than trying to win your ex back. the choices in the game are entirely binary, which just isnt true in real life. for example: choice A - give key to landlord, choice B - run away

I wanted to run away just because I needed some extra time and I knew the landlord wouldnt give it to me. my character instead tells the landlord to ♥♥♥♥ off and calls him a miserable old man etc. wtf? choices dont need to be 100% good or 100% evil. its 2016.

I refunded this game for 2 dollars
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
An absolutely beautiful piece of storytelling. Extremely depressing, and engrossing. Choices all feel like ♥♥♥♥, and you will constantly feel like you've been handed an unfair deal. That's the magic of course. Its a gritty, realistic game that both hates convention and loves it. I highly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
What will you do if you have the power to go back and remake every important decision in your life?
Knowing what you already know, will your choice remain the same in the safety of that knowledge?
Or will you be so desperate for change to take a leap of faith only to tumble into the abyss of the unforeseeable?


Review:
This game lets the player explore the quantum theory of alternate timelines, if you have the patience to get past the slow beginning and endure the old school gameplay to realize this game for what it is.

Rarely in our lives do we have complete control even when we believe it to be so. This game is an experiment in faith and morality. Good intentions don't always turn out well, and vice versa.

This isn't a single playthrough game, or you will likely have missed various situations and decisions. Self conflict and curiosity that makes you want to reset your virtual life is why this game is a gem.

[TL:DR]
Single playthrough == Virtual life karma simulator
Multiple playthroughs == Booker Dewitt simulator
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
I absolutely love this game. It's definitely one of the best games I've played in quite a while. The premise is intriguing, the execution spot-on, and the story just phenomenal. The game was crafted beautifully. There are so many little things to explore and choices to be made. This is definitely a game I wouldn't mind revisiting. Which is a good thing, because I didn't get the good ending during my first playthrough. I will keep trying until I get it, and I'll probably keep playing even after. I really do love this game that much.

I highly recommend this game to anyone who is interested in games where your decisions made a big impact on the story.
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Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
Always sometimes monsters is an interesting approach to RPG story telling that touches on harsh adult topics and aspects of life that many take for granted until we stand on our own, and this game leaves you thinking about your own life in the end, unpleasant as it may be.

As the player you will struggle with making money for food, finding places to sleep and working towards your goal, whatever that may be in the end and will be presented many choices as the game progresses that will test your morals.

If you are one of those that are easy to depress, I wouldn't recommend this game, but if you're interested in following a harsh story with heartbreak and drama, check it out, just know what you're getting into and steel yourself.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
I only recommend this for it's story, which is somewhat meandering but still interesting; as a game, I would not recommend this. Mostly because it is too rigid about what you have to do to get the best ending possible and far too much of it is padded out by tedium and random chance.

Sprite work is charming and the music is decent, but if the same team makes another game similar, could you add a volume control, please?
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
Nice story-driven game in the same style as To the Moon. But it's a bit longer. Played about 10 hours without replaying it.
Too bad you have to read every dialog yourself, gets a bit exhausting after a while.
There a lot of choices which all affects your story. But there is no false choice, only easy or hard, good or evil.

Some parts are annoying, like the boxing. You have to sacrifice yourself to the RNG-Gods.

But overall, a very nice, entertaining game.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
First things first, Always sometimes Monsters is a serious emotional rollercoaster.
This game is sad and a tragedy, it puts you in such tough situations and throws difficult decisions at you making you think what's going to happen if I do this, what will happen if I say that? I did my best choosing the right decisions and making money when I had too and chasing after my love interest / romantic other but in the end it was all in vein and even though in my ending we both had a happy-ish ending after that the happiness quickly faded away. Honestly this game is quite slow paced at first and if you rush things it won't do you much good because you have to do many things carefully to make sure things turn out the way you want. Always sometimes Monsters have various and many endings but sadly my first ending wasn't the happy one and I ended forever alone.

I enjoyed this game and it made me sad, happy and anxious to what events were to come due to the choices I made.
I would recommend this game to those who have the time to spare to play this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
Well, didn't expect this much fun when I bought this.

The idea of this game is good - to induce self-reflection, analysing your own actions and choices and try to get you to think about yourself as a person. I think in this, it succeeds somewhat. But the execution leaves something to be desired. I think there are a few times in the game where it tries to go 'philosophical' on you, but it feels forced and therefore not particularly intelligent. And, although I've only played through once, it seems like a lot of the stuff you do doesn't really matter in the end. Though to some degree, one could say that the fact that it makes you think about the choices you made is worthy of praise. It's not bad for a first attempt. There are mistakes littered throughout the world, but for me that was part of its charm. There's a certain feeling of sincerity that can only be achieved by a small team writing about life.

It's certainly a game that deserves attention. The concept is great and the story compelling. It's pretty cheap and I would say worth the asking price for the amount of enjoyment it brings. However the execution is wanting. Therefore. not everyone will like it. Some typical gamers will flat out hate it. But if you’re not typical, and if story matters to you more than twitch reflex, then by all means buy this game.

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