Hi! I hope you're doing well!! I was just wondering when you think the next update is going to be on our life?
Our Life: Beginnings & Always
A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android
A nostalgic Visual Novel where you create your own character and grow from childhood to adulthood with the lonely boy next door! It's currently in development by GB Patch Games. A 87,000 word demo is available for anyone who's interested. It includes scenes from childhood and adolescence.
A slice-of-life story with comedy, romance, drama, and many wonderful memories to make.
|Price:||Free-to-Play, with optional paid DLCs that add events and love interests|
|DLCs:||The initial batch of DLCs will be $4USD each with 2 available on launch|
|Rating: ||16+, for swearing, crude humor, and suggestive content during adult-aged portions of the game|
|Release:||November 16th, 2020 for Steps 1-3 + two DLCs|
|Platforms:||Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, Steam|
- 4 different periods of life to experience; childhood, adolescence, teen-aged, and adulthood
- Name, appearance, personality, and pronoun (he, she, or they) customization for your character
- The option to change your character's details however you like as you grow, including transitioning to new pronouns
- A choice-heavy Visual Novel with frequent opportunities to shape your personality, feelings, and preferences
- 1 main love interest, Cove Holden, whose personality, interests, and appearance will develop in a custom way over the years based on his experiences with you
- Decide for yourself how quickly or slowly the relationship develops between you and Cove by setting a unique dynamic that can change over time
- 6-8 hours of content that's free for everyone, plus optional paid DLCs that increase playtime
- Light animation effects. The sun shines, characters blink, and more (animations can also be turned off)
- Partial voice acting
- A voiced name feature. Choose one of the options on a 600-name-long list and hear that name said aloud by Cove throughout the story ❤
A beta build of Our Life is available for our third tier and up supporters on Patreon! It includes all of Step 1 and Step 2. In total, it's a massive 279,000 words long. There's also a special bonus OL demo available on every tier, the PAX Demo. Our Life appeared at PAX East 2020 and the custom demo made for the convention is accessible to Patreon backers.
Please consider supporting us, if you can. Sharing the game and telling us your thoughts is also super helpful. Thank you for looking! If you give the game a try, we hope you'll enjoy ☀
Our Life is built around creating a life that's all your own and developing a unique connection with one specific character, Cove Holden. It begins as a summer vacation of childhood. Once that ends time moves on to another summer but during young adolescence, then it continues to when everyone is teen-aged, and finally adulthood. The protagonist is highly customizable. You’ll decide their name, appearance, gender, personality, interests, relationships, and what becomes of them in the future. The physical look you've set for the main character is referenced through text during game events. The game's perspective is first person, so the MC's design is only directly shown on screen as a simple approximation during decision making processes.
Each time the character grows into a new stage of life you'll have the option to change their details, including the pronouns they use and first name they go by.
Our Life is choice-heavy with near constant opportunities to determine what what character thinks/feels. The choices you make in one period of life will have an impact on what happens in the next stage. The regular event choices are centered on developing your protagonist and Cove as people, rather than what they think of each other.
For example, if an in-game choice appears with the options of teasing Cove or comforting him, teasing won't lower your closeness and comforting won't increase your closeness. Instead what you pick will have a hand in influencing your personality and the kind of man he grows up to be. There are no bad endings in Our Life and Cove will only refuse to take an interest in you if you choose that specifically. So pick anything that feels right.
Cove Holden is the main love interest of Our Life and he is also changeable. As a child his features are consistent, but as he begins to grow there are multiple directions his looks, interests, and personality can take. Your actions will have an impact on him, but you won't know in what way. While making choices that determine the course of events there’s little way to tell how the experiences will shape him in the long run. You'll just have to see what he becomes once time moves forward.
You will get to decide directly how Cove and you feel about each other. Using a combination of Comfort and Interest Levels you'll design a custom relationship.
At the start of each new stage of life you'll have the option to change your feelings on Cove. He'll respond in kind to however much interest you show towards him.
Through Interest Levels you can make a slow burn romance, starting at "Disinterest" and having the feelings grow over time steadily until Love is reached only at the very end. Or you can be totally into each other from the beginning. Or you can always stay just good friends. Or something else. The experience can be further customized by trying out different Comfort Levels and experimenting with the various ways Cove can develop.
There are also two extra love interest options who will be available through paid DLC. Those guys have personalities/futures/appearances that remain consistent. They aren't changeable in the way Cove is.
Jamie Last (name can be changed) has spent the last couple weeks on a summertime high. At eight-years-old nothing is better than what feels like endless days of school-less adventures, especially when you live walking distance from the beach. While coming home under a scorching sunset one fine evening, Jamie is approached by a stranger. The man is looking for a kid who can do him a favor, and he’s even offering to pay for it. He wants Jamie to please be friends with his only child. The person is Mr. Holden, Jamie’s new neighbor as well as the father of the odd, and oddly named, boy Cove. Whether Jamie wants to play along or not, Cove isn’t going anywhere. He's present in Jamie's life for far longer than they ever would've guessed.
And somehow the long days of vacation finally come to an end. Summer may not be able to last forever, but Jamie can take comfort in knowing it will come back again someday…
- Release Delay to November 16th, 20205 days ago
- Our Life: Demo Expansion! (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android)50 days ago
- July Update Plans: Patreon & Public Builds79 days ago
- June Demo Expansion (All Builds)!95 days ago
- Official Release Date Announcement!Jun 01, 2020
- Our Life: Demo and Beta Expansions! (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android)May 13, 2020
- Our Life Beta Build Released on Patreon! (Windows, Mac, and Linux)Apr 15, 2020
- Our Life Demo Expansion! (PC, Mac, Linux, Android) EDITApr 11, 2020
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Thank you! The full version of the game is launching in about eight weeks, so we're putting all our focus towards getting that as polished as possible. I'm afraid we won't be able to put out another big demo update in the meantime, so the next update will be the whole game coming out on November 16th ^^.
Every time I try to download this itll either download fully and say forbidden or not even finish downloading and say forbidden. I've looked it up and it says I need permission to download the game into my files and to contact the website or owner of the game or make an account but I've downloaded tons of other games off here already, with and without and account. Please help me, this game is what I've been looking for FOR YEARS. Life will feel meaningless if I cant play this >.< 😭😭😭🥺 This is the one game I can have the realest friend or whatever ever, that I cant find in real life.. true friendship.. I've already changed every setting I could to try to fix this. I've tried lots of things. And my phone should be useable for this game, it just got updated to android version 10 or whatever, I think that's the latest version? But I'm not too sure, I cant figure out how to get to the older downloads for this game to try that instead. PLEASE HELP!
I'm sorry you're having trouble downloading the game! We don't require special permissions to download the file, so the error is a little hard to figure out. Can you try downloading the Itch.io App and then downloading the game through the app? Sometimes that helps get past blocks. The game is also large so perhaps it's not allowed on your phone because of a space issue and freeing up someone memory would make it more doable. Also sometimes an initial download just goes strange and then later downloads don't work because of that. So closing everything, making sire something nothing is running in the background, giving it a few minutes, and then trying would have it again might go more smoothly.
Let me know if anyone of that helps!
I love how unique this game is and Cove is so cute, I love how you can play them like sweethearts its so adorable.
I really love how much your choices can affect Cove, as per seen in the trailers. The character customization is very unique, I haven't seen it in any other game. Overall, this game is spectacular, even if it's still a demo. I'm extremely picky when it comes to otome games, but there was something in this game that caught my full on attention
Thank you :D. It's great to hear you liked the features/gameplay we came up with. The finished version is getting close to completion and we did our best o have it live up to the expectations set by the demo.
I loved the game!!! Is so cute ^-^ but i wanted to ask If adulthold will be a DLC or a afterlauch update...
I'm glad you like it ^^. The adulthood Step 4 part of the game will be a free update, like how the base game is free. But there will also be one optional adult aged DLC that people can purchase if they want to.
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why it say that its not letting me play:(
That looks like an error that happens if you played an older version of the demo and tried to load an old save file or hit the Continue button. Please try downloading the latest version of the demo and playing the game by using the New File button. That should fix things.
Cove's such a sweetheart! I absolutely adore him!
I ended up here after watching a gameplay of your game and falling in love, unfortunately, I wasn't able to get it for myself. I've been trying all day and before the download ends, it appears that downloading is prohibited. May you guys have another site who i could try downloading?
It's also available on Steam! Though only for Windows and Linux, not Mac or Android.
To fix the problem on itch, maybe see if it's being blocked by firewall or maybe try downloading from a different browser type. I hope one of those options work and I'm glad you like the look at the game ^^
Just playing the demo and I'm in love with your game! I don't know why but I want to protect Cove so much XD He's so cute hahaha. Impressed with the concept of game, great diversity and also the art! They're beautiful vwv
Looking forward for the complete story!
Thank you very much C:. That's really nice of you to say. We're excited to get the finished version out for people to try.
I AM SO HAPPY I FOUND THIS GAME IT'S LITTERLY ONE OF THE BEST THINGS I'V EVER PLAYED.
Question is the Shiloh in this game a younger version of the one in XOXO Droplets? Just wondering cos their personalities seem kinda simular and I found it an odd name
Are you gonna give Cove more hairstyle to choose from? I'm curious how he would look like with short or spiky hair
That being said, it's some of the more mundane and normal VN I've ever played and I'm liking it. Very inclusive too, having two mothers as parents. Kyra is especially so beautiful. I also like how our interaction shapes Cove's personality instead of just affecting his relationship with the MC
Cove has as many hairstyle options as the Step you're in. So Step 1 has just one hair he can have, Step 2 has two, and Step 3 will have three options. You can see Cove with short hair in Step 3!
I'm happy you're enjoying the simple slice-of-life experience of the game C:
This game truly gives me everything I ever wanted AND MORE. When I first stumbled upon it I was like hell yeah lemme see what this bad boy is alll about but honestly I got so much more than I bargined for and I absolutely adore the cast.
I can't wait to see the game fully polished and be an adult with Cove like eugh what a sweetie pie never change you goof.
Aw, thank you so much ^^. That's really nice of you to say. And no worries there, he's still a sweetie goof even when he gets older.
Aaaaaah this is so cool! I love how extensive the options are and I've always wanted a slice of life type of game where the characters grow up together! And that lgbtq+ rep too? LOVE IT!
I have to say though, Cove's parents..? 100/10 They're both gorgeous, especially Kyra. I can see where Cove gets his looks from because hot damn.
minor spoilers below~
that classic climbing through the window scene was amazing, i love that cliche so much and i'm not ashamed to say it
Thank you very much :D! It's great to hear this is the kind of game you've wanted to see. And agreed, haha. Kyra is way pretty.
This game is so well written and the art style is beautiful.
Every time a new build is dropped I enjoy making a different character. It helps me experience all aspects available.
I am SO excited for the first three steps to be released.
I wish you all the best!
Thank you!! That's very kind of you to say. We're really looking forward to seeing what people think of the finished Steps :D
Hi!! I may be being a bit stupid but I wanted to ask something,, it says four different stages of life but it says three parts will be released in novemeber, will there be another part or are two of the stages together in one part?
It's not a stupid question ^^. There will be a Step 4 that takes place when they're even older (23 years old), but that works as kind of an epilogue and not a main part of the story/arc of the game. We're gonna release it sometime after the first three Steps. Probably early 2021.
This game is so adorable and beautiful ahh!! It feels so comforting to play and I'm really excited for when more releases. Thank you so much for making this :')
Aw, thank you so much for the kind words! We're really looking forward to getting the whole game out to everyone.
ACK I NEED MORE COVE!!!
Haha, glad you like him. We'll be releasing plenty of more content soon ^^
How much will the full version be when it is released?
So, the full game releases on Nov 2? Best early birthday gift ever! Thanks, y'all! :D
Yep! November 2nd is Cove's birthday, so happy early birthday to the both of you ^^
I absolutely love this game. I like how they ask you a lot of questions and give you so many choices! And the art style is so beautiful, everyone looks amazing. I'll definently get the full game when it comes out. Thank you for this! :)
This whole game is just incredible. The way it calms down, makes you really feel somehow connected with characters. I appreciate whole work putted in that so much. 🖤
There's only one thing that bothers me(just a tiny little bit), as much as I love the fact that we can customize charakter.. I lack possibility of having heterochromia.
Not a big deal of course and it doesn't change the quality of game. But I got kinda hard time at the very beginning, like... I spend around 20 minutes just to think "Should I use the color of right eye or left?".
But as I said it's just personal problem and game is really, really amazing without this possibility. I hope you'll have a motivation and strength to finish it to November!
(If it will be really finished 2nd of November it's gonna be such a beautiful birthday present to me). 🖤🖤
Thank you very much! I'm sorry heterochromia isn't an option. We did think about it but have yet to find a doable way for it to work for the system we have. If we do come up with a good enough method, it could be added as part of a post-release update. Though I can't say for sure if it will ever be very possible.
But we're definitely going to do our best to make that release date ^^. Happy future birthday to you!
this game is just.. so beautiful!! ahh, I played it a while ago and it made my heart so soft. the art style is so pretty and the storyline is just, amazing??
but I've got a question, will this be available on ios platforms once released? 🥺 I really wish to play it on my tablet, as it is somewhat slow on my android phone.
Aw, thanks <3! That's really nice to hear.
I'm afraid we don't have plans to release on IOS right now because they make things really hard for developers to get on their platform/store. If the game is unexpectedly successful we might be able to manage it sometime. Though either way, we do plan on making the Android version more optimized/easier to run in the future, so hopefully that'll help.
This is an incredibly ambitious and impressive visual novel game. I'm not exactly a connoisseur of these types of games, but this one seems like some next-level stuff for the genre and it's just wonderful. I hope the team behind this is proud of their hard work!
Thank you ^^! It definitely ended up being big a project for us, ahah. I'm glad it feels ambitious rather than overdone.
I'm OBSESSED with this game I can't wait to play the full version. The art style is amazing, I love how you can customize MC and I also love that there was lgbtq+ representation, In conclusion this game is awesome good luck on making the rest!
Thank you so much :D! That's really nice of you to say. We'll keep doing our best with it.
How did you manage to make this game bring that feeling of nostalgia and peace?
I did not expect that I would like a visual novel so much that it only showed the protagonist's routine. But I loved it. Perhaps due to the fact that I really managed to feel like the protagonist himself.
It's so cute to see her relationship (in my case) and Cove's progressing the way you choose.
I don't like self-insert protagonists. I'm not necessarily a fan of beaches. And I usually get bored with everything from the "slice of life" genre.
But this is one of the games that I'm most looking forward to playing.
Congratulations, it's a beautiful game!
Aw, thank you very much! It's really nice to hear you enjoyed the game, even though it is a simple story/setting. We tried our best to still make it fun. Hopefully the full version will live up to expectations ^^
Loving the game so far! cant wait to play more!
Haha, glad you liked it and thanks for making a let's play video of the demo! Cove's dad certainly makes a bad first impression.
Achei a história tão incrível. Eu quero saber se você pode colocá-lo em outras línguas. ❤❤
Thank you for the comment! I tried to translate it and I believe you're wondering if the game will ever release in another language? I'm afraid I don't know for sure. Right now we can't but maybe someday it'd be possible.
I really like stories where a relationship with one character develops. And even more so when we see the whole history of their relationships, the growing up of the main characters. A very cute story! I smiled all the time while reading it. I'm looking forward to the full version. Inspiration to you, the authors of such a wonderful novel! Thank you.
It's great to hear you like those kind of stories too! We're big fans of that ourselves, haha. Thank you for the kind words :D
beautiful, cute, sexy art. nice
This game is so cute, I loved it! Can't wait for the full version. Congrats for the amazing work! Best regards from Brazil ❤️
I absolutely fell in love with this game! All the choices were very thoughtful too, so thank you all for that. The moms reminded me of Korra and Asami from the Legend of Korra as well. I do have a question, in step 2 I was able to unlock the first two stories but I wasn't able to unlock the last three (family, dinner, & road trip). Was this because of my choices or has it not been developed yet?
Aw, I'm so happy you liked it! Those events aren't available because it's just a demo. They'll be playable no matter what choices you make once the game releases for real on November 2nd, 2020. ^^
where are the dlc's ?
...The game's not released yet. Once the full game comes out, you'll be able to buy the DLC for additional content, but it's not available yet.
Yeah, we'll be releasing DLCs on November 2nd, 2020! Thank you for the interest.
This is a really cute game! Normally I'm a bit skeptical about relationship-based games with self-insert characters, but so far it works rather well. The fact that the game constantly asks you how you feel and gives you a varied range of responses DESPITE it mostly not affecting the narrative works in a way I never expected it to. Good job and keep it up!!
Thank you! Even though the game is too long to make every choice have a noticeable change to the script, we figured it'd still be nice to let people keep the continuity of their character by choosing the phrasing anyway. I'm really happy you had a nice time with that :D
Hey! Quick question! For the second adorable memory 'growing' for the second stage is there a way for you to add the option that the MC wears a binder? While I play the game I usually change my pronouns, love that that's an option, to he/him. Seeing that the MC is checking themselves out in the mirror and the fact that they do pay attention to their chest makes me feel slightly dysphoric. Also considering you do add the option that the MC can feel some type of way about their chest, calling them lumps lol, makes me think that the MC should have a small option to wear a binder if it does make them uncomfortable. This isn't something that's needed in the game, I absolutely love it and I have nothing bad to say about it, but it was just something I thought about and thought I should share it. Keep up the great work! Can't wait for the game to come out!
Hello! I can totally see where you're coming from. Things are vaguer and shorter just in Step 2 and that's because of the MC's age. They're only 13 so we don't want the game to linger too long on their body/what they wear, there's only enough mention of it to get the basic impression across. You can definitely imagine on your end that your MC is wearing a binder, or anything else they need. The game won't say they're for sure not wearing one, it's still up to you ultimately. Once the MC is older in Step 3 there's more detailed/specific talks about their body and needs and preferences and things like that. It's great to hear you like the game <3
Gotta give you guys credit for responding to stuff so quickly.
Thank you! We try our best, haha.
I was wondering about that as well, thank you so much for your response! I love how customizable and inclusive Our Life is, and I really appreciate that you guys are listening to the feedback. I'm so excited for the full game, thank you again for your hard work ^-^
Sorry for the long wait on the response! But yes thank you so much for clearing that up! I'm so excited to see a release date! I've been waiting since the first day this game came up and I'm so super proud of you guys! Can't wait and thank you again!
i love this game so much its so cute and i just love it so much. i cant wait fro the full version to come out.
I love this game so much! I played it 2 times and when it fully comes out I'll get it and play it!
Probably a minor thing to most players, I love the customisation so much. Being able to actually specify being tall so there's not constant references to [character] being taller is wonderful. I also love that there's actually consistent and often choices. So many visual novels already have a pre-decided personality for your character (and almost always one I dislike) despite saying the character is yours and reacts as you want or something, so that was a wonderful change. Basically I really enjoy everything but Cole :I, but there's even the option to not like him :D
Side note, it is really funny and confusing to have Mom and also Mom and Elizabeth and also Elisabeth.
I'm really happy you like all the customization options ^^. We weren't sure if anyone would appreciate them when we started, so it's nice to hear that you do.
I'm not sure I understand the side note, aha. Were those names you picked for your MC for fun, maybe? Or was there a typo somewhere?
I really really inlove with this game! I wish when it comes fully release it will gonna be free so i can play this game. ╥﹏╥ It makes me feel relax and happy everytime i play this ٩(๑^o^๑)۶ I will gonna wait the full version of this (=￣ω￣=)
We're glad you like it and that it relaxes you! The base version of the game will be free once it's completed, so everyone who wants to will be able to play it ^^.
Honestly such a wholesome game, I love it so much and it makes me feel really happy to play it