About Love, Hate and the other ones is a puzzle game, in which you influence your surroundings by the force of Hate and the power of Love. Find a way through caves and ice, castles and factories, all by the might of your puzzling!
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Release Date: Dec 12, 2014

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June 13

Our new game "On Rusty Trails" is out now on Steam

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“In conclusion, About Love, Hate and the Other Ones is one of the best puzzle games in the market...”
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About This Game

About Love, Hate and the other ones is a puzzle game, in which you influence your surroundings by the force of Hate and the power of Love.

They shouldnʻt have pushed the button! Life on the hill was just perfect for Love and Hate before that shiny red device appeared. Suddenly, they are trapped in a dark and spooky cave, far away from home.

Now it is up to you to control the opposing forces of Love and Hate. They will soon meet a lot of Other Ones, wondering how they might react when Loved, or when Hated. Find a way through caves and ice, castles and factories, all by the might of your puzzling! If you ever return to that hill, life will be sweet again...

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP or newer, 32 or 64 bit
    • Processor: CPU with SSE2 support required (Core 2 Duo, Athlon X2 or newer).
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 compatible graphics card
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Core i3 or better
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce or AMD Radeon recommended.
    • OS: OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or newer
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    • Processor: Core i3 or better
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce or AMD Radeon recommended.
    • OS: Linux 32 or 64bit kernel with GLIBC 2.14 or newer
    • Processor: CPU with SSE2 support required (Core 2 Duo, Athlon X2 or newer).
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 compatible graphics card
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL compatible
    • Additional Notes: Requires SDL 2.0 or newer (comes with Steam) and OpenAL
    • OS: Recent Debian, Ubuntu or Steam OS distro
    • Processor: Core i3 or better
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce or AMD Radeon recommended.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Very easy puzzles... Gets harder after level 65

Good when you have nothing to do =D
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94 of 106 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
(My first impression after 75 of 80 levels.) This is a puzzle game. It is not a platformer. You can't even jump. There is no story. There is no timer. You can't die, but you can get stuck, and then you need to restart or undo your last moves. Each level fits on a single screen, no scrolling.

You guide two black dudes, love and hate, and they can pull or push other dudes around and step on them and on each other to reach the big red button. Since they can't jump and can only climb one step (unless they find one of these updraft hats and position it just right), this usually requires careful planning. You get to meet different "others" as the game goes on. Yes, it's a mobile port, which is why you don't move your dudes directly, but the pathing is fine -- all you need to do is to click on where you want them to go, and they will, if they can. If you misclick, there's undo.

The first 10 levels are the tutorial. It looks like the art changes after every 20 levels, for a total of 4 "worlds", so there are some 80 levels total. (I think there used to be 70, and they added 10 when the iPad version came out.) The difficulty of the level varies quite a bit; they take me anywhere from 1 to 5 minutes to solve, so let's call it easy to medium diffculty.

I would love for the PC version of this game to have bigger levels, an editor, and Steam Workshop; what is has right now is a small price tag (I got an 80% off coupon for owning Tiny & Big), and enough of a challenge to justify it.

So the question is, how long to beat it? Well, that depends on how smart you are. As I stated up front, I have beat 50 levels so far, so the game should be good for 3 hours at least. Is the game inspiring me to beat it? Not really. I think the logic pathways of my brain that can solve "move boxes around" type of games have been exercised plenty before, by games as complex and inspiring as Tetrobot; and that the part of me that wants plenty of small puzzles when I'm bored is still in love with Lyne and its originality (do get Lyne on a touch device).

I like puzzle games, I got this 80% off, I certainly didn't regret getting this game, it's a solid puzzler. Recommended.
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51 of 64 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
This review is just my initial thoughts about the game, I hope to edit this into a more in-depth review once I finish the game.

About Love, Hate and the other ones is a casual puzzle game. The idea is pretty simple: you control Love and Hate in an attempt to get from point A to point B. You click where you want them to go and they go there. Love has the ability to influence Lumps towards him while Hate has the ability to push Lumps away.

Like most puzzle games, the puzzles start off simple and get progressively more difficult. I haven't played this game too much, but I've already come across a couple good Head Scratchers in terms of difficulty (or maybe I'm just not good at puzzle games).

In summation, this game is a fun, casual puzzle game if you're looking for one. The controls are simple but the puzzles get progressively more difficult.
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31 of 34 people (91%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 28, 2015
About Love, Hate and the other ones may have a rather cumbersome title, but its gameplay is far from that. In fact, it's a very good puzzle game - it may have the looks of a platformer, but just like Toki Tori, to which it shows some resemblances, its not. The developers are the four guys of Black Pants Studio, a German indie development studio who have given us the amazing Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftover/ in 2012. With this second game, released late 2014, they have really established themselves as a studio to watch.

Controlling two small cubes, representing the two characters love and hate, the player can alter his surroundigs to a certain extent by influencing the position or behaviour of "the other ones". This in order to get to the "red button", which has to be pushed to move on to the next level. An amazingly simple and original concept, almost executed to perfection. Almost, since the difficulty of the 80 levels rather varies a lot: the first ones are, as they should be, very simple, but the more difficult ones are not only found towards the end, but also quite early on. This may discourage players looking for a very relaxing session, but its only a very minor quibble. Some may even find it an advantage. Otherwise, this game offers the perfect amount of casual gameplay, to be taken in as short snippets as one wants since most levels can be completed in a couple of minutes or less.

The visual style is spot-on too, with four different worlds offering the necessary contrasts yet staying within the same basic concept. A few cutscenes offer some cute, silent storytelling, where the two minimalistic figures even manage to convey some emotions. Great!

Overall score: 8,5/10
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19 of 26 people (73%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
This is one of those Steam games that it is inexpensive enough and looked interesting enough to go ahead and get it and I'm glad I did. It starts off very simple but it slowly increases the difficulty. So far up to level 41, none of the puzzles were annoying but they do ramp up in difficulty as I played which I find a good sign in a puzzle game. You can take back moves and restart at any time so no complete backtracking was needed if I misclicked when almost done with a puzzle.

The graphics are charming and the appearance and voices of our two protagonists fit them well; Love is round and has a flower on his head with a loud friendly voice while Hate is sharp and harsh with a hissing voice that sounds like hate indeed. The cast of characters so far fit the atmosphere and the only negatives I can really say is that it took awhile to get a larger variety of characters in the puzzles.

Puzzle games are not my main style but some are quite good and this is certainly one of best.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 4, 2015
Fun little puzzle game. It looks like a platformer but it is not. It is a vertical block pushing game. It starts pretty easy but gets quite difficult toward the end. You may want to turn your sound off.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2015
I love the music, love the "voice acting" of the two main protagonists Love and Hate, love the graphics, love everything, hate nothing, I love even Hate in this game. Very nice, worth the money, enjoyed the time playing it. :) :)
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014

About Love and Hate is one of those games that you wouldn’t really go out of your way to play unless you happened to have a couple extra dollars laying around and wanted to kill time, which makes sense that it feels like that as it was originally released on mobile platforms before being recently released on steam. It is a puzzle game that focuses on you alternating between two characters and using their special abilities of pushing and pulling blocks to complete puzzles. The game is fairly slow paced and doesn’t really ever reach a level of difficulty that makes you want to slam your face on your desk and give up like a good puzzle game should. You will quickly burn through 30 levels and wonder when you’re going to get to the actual meat and potatoes of the game.

The way this game was designed feels like a game that was designed with mobile platforms in mind as the levels are something you could easily accomplish while waiting in a line or going to the bathroom, not necessarily the kind of game you would want to binge through on your home PC. As you progress through the game, it does continually introduce interesting gameplay mechanics to attempt to maintain some level of freshness to the level design, such as teleporting, blocks that make you fly, and (literally) dead bodies that act as immovable walls, however; the lack of difficulty remains prevalent throughout which hardly makes the game worth a second run through once you complete the level.

The game is charming and you can easily sink about 3 hours of gameplay into it before you’ve had your fill and decide to move on to the next game. At an asking price of 6.99 this may be a steep premium to pay for the number of hours you will invest in the game, however be sure to double check your inventory for a coupon that knocked the game down significantly lower to $1.40 which at that price you might as well pick it up and test it out.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
This is a very interesting puzzle game, with a unique mechanic. Nice music and a fun art style. The difficulty ramps up very well over the 80 levels and gets very challenging by the end. If you like puzzle games, you'll get a few good hours out of this one!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2015
A very nice casual puzzle game.
You must use Love and Hate to control the Other Ones so you can go through the levels. Sounds simple, but it can be very challenging.
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AV Archivist
6.2 hrs
Posted: October 6
This is a lovely puzzle game with a simple concept and a good mix of both relaxing and challenging puzzles. My only complaint is that I wish there were a few more animated cutscenes, as the ones that are there are wonderful.
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3.5 hrs
Posted: September 26
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[bluestreak] Silov93
373.5 hrs
Posted: September 20
Product received for free
Love to play this when it's boring :P
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4.9 hrs
Posted: September 3
Let's be honest here: this is a mobile/tablet app transformed into a PC game. It does not offer much more than that.

The game is a short series of puzzles with cute, lovable characters whose 'soundacting' makes you want to brutally smear them on a concrete surface after a while. When it comes to difficulty the levels very from trivial to easy. For an average Joe it takes 3-5 houres to complete the whole game and it does get boring fairly soon. For that reason I cannot recommend it.

On the other hand I will recommend it to an other audience: get this game for your children! It's perfect to improve ther logical thinking, cute enough to keep their attention and easy to handl. Perfect from ages 6-12! However don't be surprised when your kid comes to you after playing it and repeatedly whispers: "I hate you!"
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7.1 hrs
Posted: September 3
I`d watch a YT playthrough instead of buyin it.
NO challenge at all until 65+ Level.
then, stage 80, it`s over.... meh
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8.7 hrs
Posted: August 25
Work for Brain!
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7.3 hrs
Posted: August 3

About Love, Hate and the other ones is a small casual puzzle game, that seems a bit out of his comfort zone on PC.

You control Love and Hate, two different characters with the opposite ability to approach or move away the "other ones" to clear path to reach the end of each level.

Yes, is just this, but usually puzzle game mechanics are easy to explain, despite hard to grasp.


This is a very slow paced game, and it seems that is not so hard. At least I never had that feeling that I have to quit and go to the next game.

To mask it's repetitiveness th game introduces new gameplay mechanics while you progress, but even so I do not see much replay ability in it.

I feel I would play a lot more of the game if I took it to the bathroom on my smartphone, and I have to admit that mobile platforms are ones where this game could make the difference.

The graphics are ok. Nothing fancy, but the characters are well designed.


If you are not a fan of puzzle games, maybe this one is not the best to start playing. The actual selling price is €6.99 and that’s a steep price for the game if you do not like de genre. Fortunately it's common to be at around €1.40, and that's a clearly fair price to pay for this game, and then you can enjoy it even better.

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1.1 hrs
Posted: August 1
Trivial, tedious puzzles.
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14.4 hrs
Posted: July 23
A game designed by Tobias from this studio... http://www.blackpants.de/about/

Love and hate are your two main protagonists in the game who you control. Love has a calling which draws objects towards him and hate has the opposite effect. Their objective is to simply hit a red button located somewhere on the level so that they can teleport themselves to the next level. The thing is, it doesn't matter which one hits it, as long as one of them does. Therefore the game especially at the start is quite easy, like a walk in the park. In fact, often I found I could solve certain area's ignoring many facets on the screen, probably due to oversights of the level designer and out of the box thinking by myself, as there were two or three ways to solve many of the problems.

There are 80 levels in total and as you traverse each level, over time you come across a couple more obstacles each with their own perks and introduction cut scene animation. The obstacles in reference are ...

'Lazy' - A block that travels in the direction of the call being made.
'Dead' - A block that refuses to respond.
'Blowing' - An upside down hat which causes an updraft of air that can be used as an elevator. It also has the ability of moving in the direction of a call being made.
'Afraid' - A block which flattens itself when called by 'hate' and goes back to normal to 'loves' call.
'Cold' - A block which exchanges its current position with the exact position of the caller.
'Magic' - A upside down hat which travels in the direction of the call made and makes obstacles disappear which are in its way.

All these quirky obstacles are known as the 'other ones' and a set amount of them are already in position on each level. Since each puzzle map fits on a single screen, no scrolling is required. Instead from the get go your goal is simply to locate the red button and to figure out what you will need in order to reach it, and then work a way of getting those obstacles/instruments there through the orchestration of 'Love' and 'Hates' calling.

In all truthfulness the game really felt like it had the park brake on from get go. It's really slow at the start and kind of just dawdles along. Then when you get to around level 70 before you know it, the park brake is off and you’ve flown over a guard rail and you just don't know what the hell you’re doing. From level 70 onward the difficulty is WAY INCREASED. It seriously goes from teeter totter brain dead place the shapes in the corresponding holes type of difficulty, to your now playing chess and have to declare checkmate within 30 moves level of difficulty.

The game tries to be cute, but never kind of reaches that plateau I wanted and my emotions never really became invested in their little welfare. Problem is that other than going forward through the levels, you’re not making a difference to any of the backgrounds. You’re not restoring the colourful kingdoms of the blobs and neither are you required to defeat any princess stealing nemesis by whizzing them through the air with their tail.

Still I enjoyed it and it did have me REALLY stumped a few times, but without achievements, involved storytelling and workshop your satisfaction will be rather short-lived. Still a worthy little puzzle to place in your library if you get a chance and if it goes on sale.

Now that I have given this a thumbs up and said 'I love you', hopefully black pants studio will move one step closer to their customers and give them what they need to hit that thumbs up button. Achievements, Work Shop, Better Story...
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