When the complete game come out, will it be completly free? cI am sorry for such a question however the demo had me immersed and I would be very sad if the game costed money that I dont have!! However I really like your game so far so wonderful job so far
Our Life: Beginnings & Always
A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android
Our Life is 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 23,000 word demo is available for anyone who's interested. It includes scenes from childhood and adolescence.
The name character naming feature may not work currently for some Android devices.
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
Rating: 16+, for swearing, crude humor, and suggestive content during adult-aged portions of the game
Release Date: Summer 2020
Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, Steam
- 4 different periods of life to experience; childhood, adolescence, teenaged, 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 400-name-long list and hear that name said aloud by Cove throughout the story ❤
The beta version of Our Life is available for our patrons on Patreon! It includes much more content and receives monthly updates. Please consider supporting us, if you can. Sharing the game and telling us your thoughts is also very 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 teenaged, 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…
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There will be a free base version that anyone can enjoy! But it's not 100% non-commercial, there will be optional paid DLC. I'm glad you enjoyed the game ^^.
I love this demo and I'm very excited for the type of gameplay I saw. Good luck with the Kickstarter!
hello I've tried playing the demo for PC twice now and it doesn't work do you have any advice? thank you
Hi! I'm not sure what the problem might be. It could kind of be anything, aha. The file could've downloaded incorrectly, if you have a scanner that goes over everything you launch that might have decided not to let you access the file, or something else. What happens when you try to play the game? Does the game not open at all? Or is there an error that says something? Or some other thing?
I've only had Cove for a couple of hours and if anything happens to him I will kill everyone then myself
That's a pretty neat gameplay style you got there, never seen one like that before. Nice.
And good luck with the coding, might be a bit tricky with that kinda gameplay I think? But yeah, cool prodject you got there.
Thank you for the well-wishes! It can be pretty time consuming to keep up with all the flags, but it's been worth it I'd say, haha.
I really like this game! I hope this game get complete so that many other people can play this awesome game too! Keep up the good work!
Thank you :D! We're pretty confident that the game will get done next year. We'll do our best with it!
I just finished this and I loved it so much! I really didnt expect to like it as much as I did and I'm eagerly waiting for the rest.
Aw, thank you c:! We'll try to get more out soon.
This game is so cute~ I was so happy to see Shiloh I was literally screaming at how he cute he was!!( I’m not even exaggerating...) Keep up the good work~^^
Ahhh! i've been following this game for like a week , and i still play the Demo over and over to see everything! (i'm obsessed xD) it's so so beautiful, Cove is such a cute boy i need protect him :'3 also love the moms and Lizzie! x3. I can't wait for the full version of the game definetly i'm going to buy it when is out.One of the best visual novels i played i must say. Thankyou for this beautiful and cute game. ❤
Thank you <3! That's really nice of you to say and it's good to know the demo is worth replaying. Hopefully the full version will live up to expectations.
Heyo! I found your game a while ago, but just recently found out about the release date on Steam, and I am SUPER EXCITED!!I thought this game was just adorable, absolutely the cutest game ever! I hope to see the final product, cuz' I'm sure it'll be amazing. :]
just like the demo oml cove is adorable xD
Aw, I'm glad you're excited! We were definitely hoping to make something cute and fun, it's great to hear you thought it was. We'll do our best with the full version, too ^^.
Hello, it's me again, ready to nag you guys about something that has been on my mind for a while now: will the game have a bad end? Or something like that?
I mean, what if there is a chain of choices that will lead to something a bit unpleasant or the MC-Cover relationship staying somewhere as just acquaintances or something lower than that — but now that I think of it, it doesn't sound like a bad end.
Anyway, that's just something I've been curious about, also, how many names you guys are planning on adding in the voice feature?
It's not a nag. We're happy to answer questions about the game C:. There are no bad endings in Our Life.
The choices that come up during events won't ever ruin your relationship or stop it from progressing. Players can pick whatever they like. There are some scenes with unpleasantness in the game as characters deal with difficulties, but the story as a whole doesn't end on a low note.
If you want to romance Cove, you just set the relationship meter to Crush or Love at the start of Step 4 or sooner. If you don't want to romance Cove, you leave the relationship meter at Fondness or Indifference at the start of Step 4. Not romancing him isn't treated as a bad thing.
And we're planning to have at least 400 names! Maybe more.
Oh wow, that's a lot of names, I hope mine happens to be one of them, although is highly unlikely- oh well, thank you for the reply!
Hi ! ☆
In Step 2, Cove can have two different haircuts, right? (or more?)
If so, then I always obtain the same haircut, where Cove doesn't have a fringe... But never the other xD So I was wondering if the other haircut was present in this demo?
If so, how to get it plz ;-;
And again, I really love your game (= u =) ♡
Yes, Cove has two different haircuts in the demo! You get the other one by making certain choices, especially near the end of Step 1. Appearance based deciding factors are generally attached to small choices that seem like they may not matter at all. I'm afraid it isn't obvious what to pick to get a certain look. I'd recommend going through the demo and picking things you've never chosen before c:
And I'm happy you love the game!
can u maybe make it available on iPhone
I'm afraid right now we don't have anyone on the team who's capable of making an IOS build. But maybe we'll eventually be able to hire someone new who can do that!
I just played the demo and I really love this game! I've never seen a game that can allow me to be one gender at one point in the game, and then change to another later! Since it goes from childhood into adulthood, a mechanic like this really helps immerse me.
I do have one thing I'd like to ask though, will there be any female romance options in the DLC? I'm assuming not, but it'd feel nice to have that layer of choice too.
Also, I found a bug; during the Fireflies moment, Shiloh will call your mom Mrs. Last even if you change your last name to something different.
Thank you so much! It's great to hear the game is immersive ^^. I'm afraid it only has male LIs, though. But we plan on having female LIs in our future projects.
And thanks for pointing out the error! It'll be fixed in the next update :].
This is a game that I've had my eye on for awhile! I've downloaded and played the demo and enjoyed it. I am definitely looking forward to playing it when it is released!
I just got the game and i LOVE it!!I cant really point out why but this game just seems to have all it needs to be perfect. Usally im not a fan of visual novels but damn for this im gonna spend my money as fast as i could.To GBPatch with this game your doing an amazing job and hopefully your keeping it up!<3
Aw, I'm really glad you feel that way! We tried to make it engaging. Thank you for the kind words and support :D
Really invested already. Another sucker fo friends-to-lovers relationship :3. I'll work part time to support this game.
Haha, it's great to see another fan of that! And it means a lot that you want to support this project so much <3
I am absolutely in love with the game already, I have never seen a gameplay system like that so I'm really excited to play the full version when the time comes! Cove is adorable and I'm interested in how his character development is mostly based on the player's choices, I am particularly aiming for the friends-to-lovers relationship since I'm a sucker for it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
I will try to pledge at least US$1 once I have the money and permission since I'm still a minor, it will cost me about R$4,09 but I don't mind at all!
You guys are doing an amazing job! Love y'all!
Aw, thank you so much for the support ;v;. It's wonderful to hear you enjoyed the features! We'll do our best to have the full version live up to expectations.
I actually have a question I'm interested in hearing about. Later on, you mentioned that Cove will develop by our interactions to be sporty or studious, but how so? Is it locked in to what you make your character to be? Say I want my character to be the cheerful sporty type, but I wanted Cove to be the studious and more serious type? Would that be possible or is it set to Cove being sporty because my character is? Just curious, since I'm really into this game of yours and its future. =)
That is definitely possible! Most of the choices related to the MC's hobbies, talents, interests, and what they focus on education/career-wise are very direct and unsubtle. The game will generally just present a choice where the player directly picks what they want for those types of traits. And those choices intentionally don't impact Cove. All it does is collect info on you. So you can decide freely and not worry about whether it'll mess up your future Cove. His sporty-studious stuff is set entirely separately.
As for the personality combo you want- there are happy MC options that make him more outgoing, cheerful options that make him more reserved, and friendly choices that leave him as he is. So you can be cheerful person who ends up with a cold Cove. The tricky part is figuring out how to do that. The choices that do impact Cove aren't direct and it can be quite hard to tell what you'll get. A tip is that Cove can become quiet with a cheery MC if he's coddled by them. If they're always there to tell him it's okay and to stand up for him and to do things for him and to be his only company.
I see. Thank you so much for answering me question. I'm just really impressed by the direction you have taken this, as many games rarely evolve characters like this. I'm so glad that Cove won't be a direct copy of my mc. I admit I played the demo several times over just to see how different mc personalities and different interest levels affected him. =)
Gosh, I'm becoming a nerd over the small details. But my first playthrough of the demo was with this little red-head mc that is super cheerful and joking, but immediately latches on to Cove in the way a little kid just immediately decides someone is their best friend forever and is going to protect them. And now that's like my canon. xD
Only other thing is it is a little sad that they share the same interest levels. So you can't have mc secretly crush on an oblivious Cove who still sees them only as a friend.
Thank you for such kind words ;v;. And aw, that's a really sweet character and dynamic you went with!
Haha, it would be nice to have even more fun relationship dynamic possibilities. But at some point we had to stop ourselves or the game would never come out. Maybe someday if we have a bigger team we can do more.
Yes, and I completely understand. Its very important to maintain a decent scope size for a project. I certainly don't want to hinder this, as I'm absolutely looking forward to the full release and continuing the adventures of goofy red-head and Cove to the end of their days. xD
im this is my fav game rn ilove all the characters so much also the moms they are so fucking cool anyways i cannot waitfor the full game is there a release date yet ?
That was so cute and amazing, I really loved playing the game! I really like the system of changing the relationship with Cove and creation of the MC! I'm excited for the launch of your kickstarter, I'll make sure to pledge if I can ;) Good luck with development!
It's great to hear that you enjoyed the game's special systems. Thank you for the kind words and support!
I really want to play this game, but when i downloaded it for Android, it says it has trouble parsing the package.
I'm sorry about that! What version of Android are you using and which Android file did you download?
So adorable. And I love the whole idea of evolving our character and watching Cove grow to. I want more already. I wanna slow-burn romance and snuggle Cove. xD
Thank you so much ^^! And I'm sure Cove will be very happy to cuddle when the time comes~
This game is so great! I love everything about it! (Honestly almost got an actual crush on Cove X3) I can't wait for the full version!
Aw, I'm happy you like Cove so much! He's a good kid. And thank you for the kind words ^^!
One of the best demos I have played in a long time. I love that you can customise the main characters features as well as pronouns. And the fact that you get to choose your interest and how you approach Cove is a nice touch. Honestly I cannot wait for this game to be released in full.
I played the demo and I loved it! Like, the art is gorgeous, the story is really cool and the mechanics are quite a nice touch.
I played it on android and I did have some problems tapping the arrows during the character customization since they are so small. I also found some typos, do you guys want people to notify you of that? And if so, how can we do that?
Anyway, I wish you lots of good luck with the game and I'll definitely check it out once it releases.
I'm so glad you enjoyed it ^^. We're gonna create a better Android build with optimized versions of the screens as soon as we can.
You're welcome to put the errors you wanna report in a new comment or send us an email!
Contact Email: gb.patch.games at gmail
Thank you for giving it a try and the well-wishes!
One of the few games, that I am excited to pay the full price for!
This game is the cutest thing ever <3
Can't wait to see more of it. You guys are amazing, thank you so much for your work!
Really enjoyed the short demo. Love the concept of indirectly influencing what kind of person Cove grows up to be, and what our feelings for each other are. I do wish I had the option to go from fleeting adolescent crush, to comfortable wholesome friendship? But I loved all the summer vacation scenes playing together, and I really like big sis Lizzy.
Thank you so much!
We would like to use this kind of controlled relationship element again someday. Hopefully if things work out we'll not only be able to do that but also allow for even more possibilities next time. The feature had to be limited in some ways to make it doable for the size of team we have.
I saw Shiloh and I cried, I knew what was happening.
this is so sweet and cozy so far, i really did not want to stop playing it at the end of the demo............ its a game i would play when im sad or lonely that would definitely cheer me up!
I never comment on games but..THIS IS A MASTERPIECE THAT SHOULD BE PUT IN A MUSEUM! I just... I have played hundreds of visual novel,fantastic and beautiful novels, by long time developers don't match this beauty!!! I'm depressed the demo is over, and can't wait for the expansion!!!
Aw, wow, thank you very much for such kind words ;v;. It's great to hear you enjoyed it so much! We'll work hard to make the finished version live up to expectations.
Just finished the demo, and I have to say that I'm absolutely in loooooove with this game. The art, the writing, the characters, AAAAGH!~It's absolutely amazing, and I cannot wait to play the rest!! <3
Thank you so much ^^! I'm so glad you enjoyed it that much. We'll do our best with the rest of the game.
I loved the demo! It's really refreshing to see a game that can double as an otome or BL game and I love that all the choices seem to have meaning! Cove is already my favorite character and I look forward to game's release!
I was curious since you can choose your pronouns will there be any slight difference between the male and female one when interacting with characters like an example being a guy who is a real ladies man will try to flirt with you when you have female pronouns but not when you have male?
This won't change if I'm going to support you on your patreon or buy the game either way (I'm doing both for sure once the 3rd comes for patreon) as I know that would be quite a bit of extra writing! I was just curious if that was something your team was thinking of!
It's great to hear you like Cove already! The pronouns you choose don't change anything in Step 1, since they're so young none of them really think much about it. But in later Steps there are acknowledgements and differences based on whether you're a guy, gal, or non-binary. The changes don't have a huge impact on the story or relationship, but they do exist and alter how some situations go.
Thank you very much for the kind words and support <3!
I just finished playing the demo and I had so much fun !! (even tho it's just the beginning). I can't wait to play this game once it's complete ! I'll look forward to upcomming updates ;) oh and by the way the art is absolutely amazing <3 <3
Thank you so much for all that ^^! I'm so happy you like the start of the story and the art. We'll try keep everybody up to date with posts about the game's status.
Omg i just found this out, and i'm totally diggin' it! This looks soo good, haven't played the demo yet but i'm going to!! <3 can't wait till this game is finisheed aaaargh!
I have so many things to look foward rip.
im kinda happy, but also sad because this is a new project so im guessing is going to be done sometime next year ;v; still i will wait!
This looks amazing!
Ty devs for making this game <3
it's not even done yet but games like this bring joy to my life!
Thank you! That's really nice of you to say <3. I hope you'll enjoy the demo when you get a chance to try it out!
And, yeah, I'm afraid the game will be in about a year from now, Summer 2020. I'm sorry for such a long wait :'D.
I am so excited to see where this is gonna go. I think I just might play thru the demo a few more times I'm so sad I already finished it! I love how immersive the customization makes the story feel and I can't wait to see the finished product. It will surely be amazing and expect me to be keeping tabs on this 100%!
Thank you very much for the kind words :D! I hope the demo will still be fun on your other playthroughs.
Heyoo I'm commenting again saying that after searching for like 12 hours I haven't found a game like this one (which is sad cause now the void is still not filled) this vn game thingy is so unique all the other ones if seen are usually gxg and I'm not a girl so it puts me off or they are sexual just for the need to be sexual :/ or they have poor writing and characters. This game really stands out and I can't wait for it to come out and then get sad when I finish it :D.
Aw, well I'm pleased this game really stands out to you, but I'm sorry it's left a void. I hope we'll make the finished game live up to expectations and that you'll be able to find something else that's fun to play in the meantime c:.
Wow this is actually really cute!! I can't wait to see the expanded demo and eventually the full thing! I'll definitely be following it to see any future updates!
Looking forward to seeing what happens if I make the player character lose interest over time.
I'm sorry for the confusion. We tried to get it across on the page/in the demo, but it might not have been understandable enough. It's not possible to lower your affection. You can keep it the same or go higher, but you can't go down. The reason why is that letting people go up as well as down freely would've required an amount of alterations that's too large for our team to manage. Some parts unfortunately had to be restricted.
Oh, ok! That does seem like you'd be at least tripling your workload. Can I at least change the comfort so that stronger feelings are more uncomfortable?
Yes you can! Comfort is something that's able to be changed freely, up or down, since that doesn't need many full rewrites.
Do the colors of the choices hint at something or is it just based on whether they're the first, second, or third choice given?
They have a loose meaning, in that those of the same color often have a similar “tone”. But it’s not a super direct thing where yellow means you’re always friendly, blue means you’re entirely reserved, etc. You can certainly ignore it entirely and not be any worse for wear, haha.