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: Very Positive (613 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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August 13

50% OFF - Always Sometimes Monsters (Now With Demo)



Hey Vagabonds,
Just wanted to let you all know that Always Sometimes Monsters is currently discounted 50% Off until Monday, August 18th as we release the new Always Sometimes Monsters Demo!

The demo is a unique piece of content that's a little wacky, but completely original. Those of you who have already finished the game will definitely want to give this a look. We don't want to spoil anything, but there's some really neat connections it shares to the main game.

In addition to the demo, we're also releasing Patch 1.21
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- Fixed minor spelling errors
- Fixed rare bug where it was possible to be trapped in Ad agency
- Fixed minor text placement error
- Fixed minor bug with City 3 dealer quest
- Firewood Quest updated
- Fixed rare bug in Meat packing where it was possible to get stuck
- Miscellaneous
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Lastly, we wanted to thank all of you for your support thus far and appreciate all the e-mails, tweets, and comments we've received about the game. We'll have more surprises for you in the future.

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

    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
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Few games manage to tell such a breathtaking story with such admirable minimalism as Always Sometimes Monsters does. What’s even greater is you are in control of the story, and how the game will pan out. For me, calling this a game is an understatement of what it really is. Always Sometimes Monsters is a declaration about life, about how our choices are all we really have, and about how those choices, no matter how small, can reorient our life in ways that we can never predict. In life there is regrets, happiness, anger, wishfulness and countless other human feelings. Always Sometimes Monsters shows that while experiencing these feelings is inevitable, you will never be able to travel back and reshape your life with different choices, so you have to make the best of what you have and never sink into regret with the decisions you’ve made in life, or you will never be able to move forward in the unique journey that is your life. 10/10
Posted: October 3
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.5 hrs on record
Always Sometimes Monsters is far from perfect; there are glaring flaws to be seen. But for every misstep it makes there are moments that hit their intended mark so well it transcends any amount of mini-game drudgery that came before it. It oozes personality and that personality can often be found to be your own. It is at times absurd, mundane, funny, hopeless and mean, but always endearing. And sometimes it's brilliant.
Posted: October 14
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.7 hrs on record
Always Sometimes Monsters is a narrative heavy, non-linear adventure game that focuses on forcing the player to make decisions while heavily dealing the advantages or misfortunes caused by those decisions back to the player, not just at a gameplay level but at an emotional, ethical or even a physically taxing level.

First of all, this is an RPG maker game, the graphics aren't amazing. This may put you off and that's fine but you would be missing out on a great experience. The writing is top notch and the gameplay ties in with the story so well. They did a great job with the limitations of RPG maker.

The story is hard to sum up, both because it can be so different depending on the decisions you make and because it is easy to spoil, but to give it a shot; you are chasing your significant other across the country, the reason? That's up to you to decide. Just trust me, the story is top notch.

You will spend the majority of this game trying to make money to both survive and travel from city to city, this has you wandering around the city, talking to people, finding jobs, following interesting story lines and just generally interacting with the world. While you are trying to survive the game bombards you with many tempting decisions and distractions, gambling, food, sex, money and situational advantages.

As well as decisions having story implications, the game does a good job of making you want to make unethical decisions to make it easier on yourself physically, an example of this, during one of the many jobs you will undertake you will be paid in advance and expected to work for the whole day(literally, the game will make you carry boxes back and forth for a very long time) but if you want you can just walk out the door accepting any of the consequences that might happen, but who knows maybe the unethical decision will lead to a favourable situation, there is no way of knowing for sure.

This is probably the only RPG Maker type game where I actually enjoyed the gameplay, it is so closely tied to the story; and the characters are so relatable that the decisions you make have a lot of weight to them, so much so that I was half way to crying after one of the decisions I made in the game turned out awful.

You should give this game a go, even if you are unsure, hell there is a demo available if you would rather not spend $10 on the game.

9/10
Posted: September 30
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Sucked a guy's ♥♥♥♥ to have a place to sleep. Smoked meth to acquire cleaning supplies. 10/10.
Posted: September 30
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
I was hoping for meaningful choices with consequences, instead all my choices were liquified into a "score" that decided if I got the "happy" or "sad" ending.

If the game only had one ending, no matter what, it might have said something about choice narrative in games, or fate, or how sometimes in life no matter what you do it still ends badly. Instead, an arbitrary gameplay "point" counter decides if you get the "happy" ending, or the "sad" ending, which makes the "sad" ending feel the same as a "game over" screen, "you didn't get your points high enough." You can't even see this counter unless you check the info on your save-game, and even then the scores are not explained, just shown.

In short, the game is about supernatural karma. I.e. you helped an old lady cross a street and so you magically win the lottery that day. That was a disappointing realization.

For that reason I wouldn't recommend the game, but there are good points:
+Sometimes the characters feel really human, warts and all.
+Being able to pick male/female, straight/gay, black/white etc. is awesome.
+The feelings of poverty and struggle are painfully realistic.
+Choices you make can cause real introspection, about who you are as a person.

Sadly, the realistic characters you get attached to, your choice of male/female straight/gay black/white, your struggles through poverty and pain, and all your tough moral choices mean nothing except how they effect your score-counter that you can only see when in the save-game menu.
Posted: October 2
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
I had so much fun with game! There were always different options and different out comes. I never knew what to expect. The olny dislike I have is, a couple times I'd get lost or confused, there was no real direction. But over all a great game!
Posted: October 18
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
wow i finished the game, t is amazing, made me cry, i totally recommend, i want more games of this kind!
Posted: October 16
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
This game takes concepts too tired for a 90's sitcom, and executes them in a more vanilla JRPG fasion than you could imagine, except there is no combat as of 60 percent completion. After the bet on the car race, I couldn't stand any more of the TV tropes and had to stop playing, before the game's uncanny resemblance to my life set in. Always Sometimes Monsters, a play on words for anyone who hasn't completed fourth grade, is definitely a unique exprience.
Posted: October 14
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
From what I've played of it, Always sometimes monsters is a horribly written game which tries to address issues of race, sexual orientation, and gender and fumbles hilariously. It's really ♥♥♥♥ing bad, don't play it.
Posted: October 12
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
I was disappointed in how the creators had democratic liberal bias in many of the games decisions. Only worth playing through once.
Posted: October 12
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9.2 hrs on record
This is an excellent game. I know, it's made in RPG Maker, how could this be? But it is, it really is.
Posted: September 30
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22.3 hrs on record
Awesome!!!
Posted: October 10
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14.0 hrs on record
I've got very mixed feelings after playing out this game.
It feels like no matter how I would have played it, the lesson and the outcome at the end would have been the same.

The story is nice and surprising, I'll try to spare the spoilers here, but oh, what a disappointment.
Like others are pointing out, at some point in the game there is a part where you just are grinding over and over just to get a little further and that made the outcame so much more disappointing (I'm repeating myself there).

So here I should decide wether I should recommend you buying this thing or not.
Well, I'll say YES, but just a tiny Yes that you should hear only when this game has a decent sale on it, does that count ?
Posted: October 10
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10.7 hrs on record
Very fun, really good music and atmosphere. Really makes you think about what's truly important in life, about your own decisions about love and ethics. Really has a lot of replay value. A must play~
Posted: September 26
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4.4 hrs on record
Support your indie game developers!

This is a great game that's slow and tedious at parts, but tells a story and delves into life and character exploration like you have probably not played before. I love these guys and would buy a game from them any day. The graphics might turn you off as they look like some poor SNES quality, but the music and story will hook you for at least one playthrough.
Posted: October 1
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22.0 hrs on record
Won the girl, became a millionaire. 7/10


Posted: October 1
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5.8 hrs on record
Is a cute game if you want casual play. Every action you choose will affect the story but it plays like a choose your own ending book, mixed with a sim kind of feeling. I enjoyed it but if you are looking for something challanging and/or exciting, this isn't it.
Posted: September 26
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9.6 hrs on record
Cute, charming, emotional, hilarious, and thought provoking. It has incredible replay value as there are so many choices in this game. Also, it's only $10!
Posted: September 26
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6.9 hrs on record
As close to perfect as I have seen in a story telling game!
Posted: September 27
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2.0 hrs on record
I find it hard to get immersed in games that are story-centric, and this game is very much that.

All the same, it's easy to tell, there's something special in this game, as the devs have put a lot of love into building a believable world filled with characters who say and do things that wouldn't be expected of sprites like these.

It's a good game to snag, if you're looking for a story driven experience that provides surprises and lots of "wtf?" moments.

Recommended.
Posted: September 27
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