A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android
A nostalgic visual novel where you design your own character and grow from childhood to adulthood with the lonely boy next door. Create an experience that’s all your own in this near-fully customizable, choice-heavy story.
Our Life: Beginnings & Always is a feel-good simulation, as well as a “feel-better” one, where painful emotions such as sadness, anger, stress, and worry can all be expressed, then met with reassurance, understanding, and support.
It’s a wholesome experience that faces large steppingstones of life, while having a focus on familiar everyday moments. With notable amounts of customization for even tiny details, you can enjoy pleasures as simple as having a preferred type of drink and a neighbor who cares enough to remember what it is.
Free-to-Play, with optional paid DLCs
The first batch of DLCs are $3.99USD each with three available, a fourth DLC that is $2.99USD released in 2022
16+, for swearing, crude humor, and suggestive content during adult-aged portions of the game
4 different periods of life to experience: childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, and fully grown
Name, appearance, personality, and pronoun (he, she, or they) customization for your character
Change your character's details however you like as you grow, including transitioning to new pronouns
Shape your personality, feelings, and preferences, then see them reflected in the story as characters remember who you are
1 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 with Cove develops by setting a unique dynamic; from love at first sight to last minute confessions to always being friends and more
A welcoming, sentimental story that can easily be enjoyed over and over using new main character qualities or different connection types with Cove
Font style and size customization. Hit the "A" key to open a screen that has text appearance options
397,000 words, 16-24 hours of content in total
Plus, an optional feature of having a preset name for the main character that the love interest says out loud through voice lines. Download the free DLC to add that to your game build!
The main story of Our Life from beginning to end will always be free, but if you'd like to support our group and get new scenes you can purchase optional DLCs!
And if you want even more Our Life content, you can consider joining our Patreon! There's sneak peeks for future game expansions, extra update posts, bonus art, a private backer-only Discord, and so on.
Jamie Last (changeable name) 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 then 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…
Our Life: Beginnings & Always released on November 16th, 2020. Two optional DLCs also came out on that day: the Step 1 DLC and the Step 2 DLC. The Step 3 DLC launched on April 16, 2021. Step 4 became available on September 18th, 2021. The Cove Wedding DLC released on February 7th, 2022. Derek's Story DLC was released September 29th, 2022.
Our Life will continue to have content releases. Next on the list is the Baxter Story DLC.
Thank you so much for giving Our Life a look! We hope you'll enjoy ☀
Does anyone know how to update the game after downloading a new DLC? Ive moved the files to the correct 'games' file but opening the game does not show it in the check list of DLCs. (This is Derek specific DLC). Do i need to update the game? Will i loose progress or is there a way to avoid that? Ive downloaded all the past DLCs a while ago and may have forgotten how to implement them
Edit: The main reason for my concern is that i dont see a confirmation on the downloaded DLC page of the Derek DLC like the others. It may simply be that the DLC is active but just does not show on the DLC page ingame.
It's a wonderful narrative, containing beautifully written characters with whom I personally can relate, in an equally beautiful world, with delightful art.
I've never spent money here, usually I do on Playstation Store and Steam and that's about it. I didn't even know how to use Paypal, but yesterday I impulsively decided to get the DLC for Step 2 and will get the other ones as well. Eventually I will be replaying to also play the game with all the content I missed from Step 1.
I've never really commented on games before but i had to for this one i really enjoyed this game it took me a long time to complete but it was worth it I've downloaded the demo to our life nf and i cant wait for the full game to come, keep up the hard work :)
i played a lot of vn but i never seen such an incredible like this one, the story, characters, options, the steps and memorys are awesome and the end made me cry. i hope that someday i can play the dlc!!!
Thank you so much for making this game. It's such a beautiful and sweet story and Cove has won my heart in a way that not many video game characters ever have. Thank you so much for all of the hard work you put into this game!
I just finished this game and it makes me long for a life this beautiful. I plan to buy the DLC to experience the wonders of it in full but even with the free version this game feels so complete, thank you so much for pouring your hearts into this. I will never forget how these characters made me feel.
I can't play it on mobile! I bought a new phone because my old one was crushed beyond repair. I downloaded the game like normal but the game crashes whenever I clicked on a new file! What's going on? The game was working on my old phone but it doesn't work on this one. Sad I can't play this on mobile anymore :(
It's possible you need more space to play it or a virus scanner on this phone is more strict and is closing the game out because it thinks it's dangerous. Unfortunately, I can only guess because the problem is device-specific.
This won't fix the problem though it could get you playing on phone again.
Maybe get the steam version?
All you need to download on your new phone is the 'steam link' app, and on your computer download the steam app and click play after downloading the game.
Click connect to a computer on your phone on steam link app and connect like Bluetooth to the game.
Now as long your computer has energy, once connected to the phone even if you flip the lid of the computer down and make it sleep it will still play on your phone.
Before you can play though make sure your game is downloaded again to your library in your steam profile as if it isn't it won't show in steam link even if you bought it.
If it glitches too much while playing that just means you need to open the lid so it can reconnect with the game, or wifi is glitching, though I found that saving on file and reloading on to that saved file multiple times often fixes that problem completely.
Just something to consider, it won't crash if steam doesn't crash on your PC.
I have a tendency of becoming attached to books and such alike.. And let me just say, this, what you've created, was just an immediate ✨it✨ factor, everything was simply amazing. So so glad to have found this.
This game is absolutely amazing, I even recommended this to my sister and she loved it! I could never get tired of playing it! This game’s story, characters, and the scenarios are absolutely perfect in every way! Yet, I wished I could play on my ipad and not on the pc since I want to take the app along with me when I go on outings, but overall this game is a 10 out of 10, totally recommend.
I've played this game over & over again, from the demo to now :) I will never get tired of how beautiful, emotional, & amazing it is. It will always have a special place in my heart, thank you guys for creating this game & others.
Ya'll are some amazingly talented individuals.｡･ﾟヾ(✦థ ｪ థ)ﾉ｡ﾟ･｡
hey, i was wondering if there is a reason Cove has wavy eyebrows, was it just a design choice or is there a reason for the shape? i've played this game so many times and i never really thought about it until now.
I came for romantic love, and stayed for all the experiences with our family and the Holden family. It's so crazily immersive and so customizable that whenever they compliment me, I feel like they are speaking to me and not my character. As someone who had a horrible childhood if there was any, I want to thank GBPatch for allowing me to experience being in a loving and caring household. For once, I can experience it myself and know I'm worthy of unconditional love from my family(instead of always jealously onlooking others). Thank you guys.
I really like this game, its soo cute, and Cove is such a sweetheart. I also love how diverse not only the customization of your character is but the rest of characters as well. I personally loved the autistic and trans representation, i feel seen! I genuinely connected with Cove and the rest of characters, which i usually dont. Im gonna miss them
This is just way too good I genuinely love him so much. I wanted to get the friendly ending at the end but I just love him too much I ended up dating him after all. Cove is just too lovely, and I love the sister's relationship with MC. And thank you for making this game as diverse as possible. I'll be looking forward to your future works!
I just stayed up for well over 8 hours straight playing this, and I only stopped because I don't want it to end. Everything about this is amazing. To the writing, music, characters, endless choice options, to the amount of personalization provided, it's truly more than a work of art. It's a game that makes you feel nostalgic, at home. You truly feel like you're growing up with these characters, and you guys did it beautifully. I know I'll eventually continue this game and finish it and be depressed, but thank you for giving us an opportunity to know Cove and this story. You've touched thousands of hearts and healed hundreds. Thank you, and I look forward to finishing my journey with this game!
I finished the game and honestly don't know how to feel. I so badly want more, but there's nothing left to touch. I played the perfect route, I played our route. I absolutely loved this game, even though I'm now filled with a loving void. It started with a $20 bill, and it ended with me falling in love with not just Cove, but the entire game itself. Thank you again, for the opportunity to play such a wonderful game!
This game is literally the cutest game in the whole entire world! The story was amazing and I enjoyed replaying the game to try out all of the different options. Cove is such a cutie lmao. 10/10, I would recommend playing!!! <3
hi!! ive had this game since it released (and i love it :). recently though, its been saying that i'm missing the soiree file, then either making me skip the scene or it just closes the game immediately. this hasn't happened to me before and i can't seem to fix it. ive tried to redownload the game but it still says the same thing. i have all the extension packs added to the game so could that possibly be affecting it? if you possibly know why its doing this could you help me fix it? thank you!!
makes me cry but in a positive way too............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................^^
It took me like 5/6 hours to finish the entire game (I am just flexing), but I wanted to say that the whole game really made me emotional while playing it and I'm really glad that I decided to install it. I like the game so much that I sometimes get back to it just to see what would happen if I picked a different answer, have a nice day/night and remember to stay hydrated. ❤
This is DEF one of my favorite visual novels. This game got me giggling and swinging my feet frfr. I wish I had money to buy the dlcs :'(... Also looking forward to Our life N&F! Live, laugh, love Cove Holden <3
It might need more space than it seems or your virus scanner/basic phone settings might not let it run because it's a random app that's not from the normal GooglePlaystore. Sometimes a system decides it's too suspicious to run. Checking your permissions and/or opening up more memory might help!
I'm sorry, I don't know what's happening with that error or the bug it's saying the game has. I'll try to see what's going on, it might be a compatibility problem with whichever specific Android device you have.
First of all, i want to thank past me for being bored and sad at 2am causing me to browse itch.io for visual novels. And because of that i found a gold mine, the best among the best in the visual novel category imo. I red through the free content, not expecting to be absolutely in love with everything! The characters, the art, tbe writing, the ost! Everything is 100% better then i expected. After reading the free content once and cried. I bought the dlc, and cried even harder. Ive been a crybaby for my whole life, but this vn made me cry even in my 7th playthrough.
I cant thank you enough for creating Cove, he became my comfort character and he motivated me to free myself from my horrible mental state and he even made me love art again. Im really sorry for rambling but thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating this beautiful story and for sharing it to the world.