Step into the shoes of Lyric, the humble innkeeper in a quiet mountain village, as she reflects upon a lifetime of poignant memories, heartwarming friendships, and bittersweet choices — proving along the way that you don't have to slay dragons to be the hero of your own story.
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Positive (44) - 97% of the 44 user reviews for this game are positive.
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Sep 26, 2019
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Why Early Access?

“A Story Beside is launching as an episodic Early Access title so the community can get involved and help polish the game before full release. As a solo indie developer, it's nearly impossible for me to find every issue and squash every bug before launching to a wider audience, so this is a great way for eager players to get their hands on the game early and help out with its development. I'm planning to release a new chapter every other week, allowing time in between for feedback and last-minute fixes as the story unfolds.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Full release is planned for December 2019. If you'd rather wait until then to experience the full, final story, no problem!”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“When the final game launches it will contain all completed chapters and features. This full version should also be more streamlined and polished than the Early Access build, thanks to feedback and suggestions from the community.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Currently, only the first chapter of the game (around 1-2 hours) is available to play. The purpose of the episodic release schedule is to allow players to focus on one chapter at a time, both in terms of digesting the story and offering feedback to be implemented in the final game.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The game's price will increase slightly upon full release. This means Early Access players save a little money by jumping in now!”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Releasing a new chapter every other week will allow plenty of time and opportunity for communication between myself and Early Access players. I'm hoping the community will offer suggestions regarding controls, mechanics, graphics, story, characters, music, and everything in between as we near the full release together.”
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About This Game

Imagine that for every epic adventure, there was A Story Beside.


A Story Beside is a narrative-driven fantasy adventure game experienced through the eyes of an ordinary girl. Step into the shoes of Lyric, the humble innkeeper in a quiet mountain village, as she reflects upon a lifetime of poignant memories, heartwarming friendships, and bittersweet choices — proving along the way that you don't have to slay dragons to be the hero of your own story.

Expect gameplay full of meaningful choices, charming characters, sweeping romance, and emotional storytelling inspired by games like Life is Strange and To the Moon.


  • A LIFETIME OF CHOICES

    Shape your story over the course of Lyric's lifetime, making decisions that will impact everything from modest details in her appearance and personality to lasting friendships and romantic endeavors. As the years go by, the fate of her village and the people who live there will change based on your choices.

  • A QUIET VILLAGE

    Spend decades getting to know the town of Pyreside in all its cozy charm. The quaint apothecary shop next door, the creaky old windmill on the hill, the cottage beyond the wooded path... these are the humble but cherished places that are dear to Lyric's heart.

  • A NEW PERSPECTIVE

    Build friendships and seek romance among the farmers, smiths, and shopkeepers who call Pyreside home. In the epic hero tales, these ordinary folk are the ones living on the fringes of the story, watching self-absorbed adventurers drop by the local inn looking for a warm meal and a soft bed.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7, 8, 10
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Runs at 960x544

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