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 (1,465 reviews)
Release Date: May 21, 2014

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Recommended By Curators

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

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
63 of 77 people (82%) 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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42 of 51 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Always Sometimes Monsters is a very unique game. This certainly is a very unique one out there in a category of RPG Maker created games that somehow always revolves around a Final Fantasy plot or a horror-thriller story. Never did I expect that with a title like 'Always Sometimes Monsters', I would get a very personal story about different people with different ambitions and different choices yet somehow shares certain similarities with everyone else. ASM is a game about normal people like you and I, struggling to survive through life, yet a very personal dream and an unwavering goal drives them to get out of that bed and endure whatever the harsh modern world throws at them. This game is all about choices, decisions, and more choices that are very critical and will greatly affect your character, everyone else around him/her, and the inevitable effect that it will have on your character's future.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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