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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 78,000 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
16+, for swearing, crude humor, and suggestive content during adult-aged portions of the game
Release:November 2nd, 2020 for Steps 1-3 + three 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 the entirety of Step 1, all 10 Moments (the demo only has 4), as well as  about 80% of Step 2. In total, it's more than triple the size of the public demo. 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…


Our Life Demo (PC) 417 MB
Our Life Demo (Mac) 399 MB
Our Life Demo (Android) 485 MB

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I am so so so in love with this game! I can't wait for the full game to be released!!

Thank you <3!!


i love this game <3! i can't wait for the full thing to come out! i'll be waiting :)

Thank you :D! I'm so glad you're looking forward to it.


I love this game and will gladly support this project keep up the good work! <333

Thank you so much ;v;!

Sorry for bothering you, I would like to inform you that I am expiriencing a glitch , when I try to do other step 2 activities it always end up to the first activity, how can I fix that :c. Also your game is amezing!!


I'm sorry for the confusion! The current file is just a demo. There's only one Step 2 event that's able to be played right now. The others won't be available until the project releases in November, or unless someone is beta testing the game. I hope that's understandable. And I'm glad you like the game ^^.

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I played the other one  and when I saw this I almost cried from joy even still have the download I love this game so much<3 ily too game designer

Aw, thanks! We're so glad you love the game ^^. We'll keep doing our best with it.


I love this game so much. I just join patreon . keep up good work!

*sob* I want childhood friend to grown up together too....

Even My character is so weird. He still be with her.

I am so envyyyy

Thank you! It's great to hear you enjoyed it. And I can relate, haha. The MC and Cove are very lucky to have each other.

If I would like to play, but being a visual novel it would be difficult for me to translate the dialogues into Spanish, since I am not always good at English :(

I'm sorry it's hard for you to play! I'm afraid we aren't able to release a translated version ourselves right now. I hope there will be a way for the game to be playable for more people in the future.


Excited to see where this goes. :) Will be buying extra content and supporting dev. 

Thank you very much <3


I found this game on YouTube, and  I was hoping to download and play it,  although I cannot figure out how to start it on my PC and was hoping there was somewhere that I can go that has step-by-step instructions?

I've been struggling with trying to figure it out for a few hours but please take your time with responding.

Thank you for wanting to try the game! To play it on PC you'll need to download the PC file and have some kind of file unzipper, like Winzip or 7zip. Then you just left or right click the downloaded file, depending on how things are set up for your unzipper, and have it unzipped. That'll get you a folder of stuff. Inside the folder will be an icon which you can click to start the demo.

For more direct help, try searching "how to unzip a file on [whichever type of PC you're using]" and then you'll be able to find more specific guides/videos. I hope that helps!

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I just finished the demo and I love the game! It's adorable and I can't wait for the release.  Also the effort you put into this is amazing, this game is fantastic! 

Two questions: 

I noticed that there were colors on the choices, is it just for looks or does it say something about the type of choices?

Shiloh reminds me of someone from XOXO droplets, is it the same person? He was the first person I romanced in that game.

You did such a great job, I'll probably get the DLC's :)!


I'm so glad you had a good time ^^.

1. The colors have a loose meaning, usually indicating tone, but it's not super strict and there's no points specifically associated with each color. So you won't always get the same results if you always pick the same color.

2. Shiloh in OL is indeed the same person from XOXO Droplets! And so in Jeremy in Step 2. We like having cameos, haha.

Thank you for the kind words <3

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Thats why Shiloh and Jeremy looked really familiar! I also just realized your team made XOXO Droplets along with Lake of Voices, thank you for creating these amazing games!

Also I know its a small part of the game, but I really appreciated it when you put some options regarding vegetarianism/veganism.  It was small but I really liked the detail.


Thank you! I'm happy you've liked our other games too c:. And no problem, we're happy to include a variety of options for the MC.


Just finished playing the new update. Wonderfull, simply wonderfull. Thank you for your hard worck! This games is a gem!

Thank you so much for the kind comment <3 <3


i haven't played in a while but i'm glad to see development is going so well <33 hope everything runs smoothly!! i can't wait to play


Thank you very much :D! I hope you'll enjoy the new updates.


Aw, The beta is only for Paterons :/ I like the game but I cannot afford it Pateron is a site I try to avoid usually because I don't have money for it.

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The public demo is really long and the game will be free when it comes out in a few  months :]. The Patreon stuff isn't crucial to the experience, nobody has to pay through there or other means if they don't want to.


hello! cant wait for the full release i am so loving it! also im having a problem whenever i wanna play it just crash back and saying this: 

I'm sorry, but an uncaught exception occurred.

While running game code:
  File "game/character_creation_variables.rpy", line 27, in <module>
  File "game/character_creation_screen.rpy", line 638, in GetCharacterLook
KeyError: u'eyeShape'

idk how to fix this helpppp

oh nvermind i pressed the continued button at first lmao supposed to press the new file button QwQ

Oh, cool! I'm glad it turned out alright. We'll still look to see if we can avoid that happening in the future.

I'm sorry for the trouble! Can you let me know what operating system you're using so I can check that version for errors? Windows, Mac, Linux, or Android.

windows! also i tried the android version its pretty laggy in my phone, maybe my phone is just potato hehe

Thanks! And sorry for that. It's a really big game, aha.


i'm back and i've played the demo more times than you can imagine! i still cant wait for the full version! its really addicting :) . hear me out what if we had a child with cove like 🥰🥺


Aw, thank you :D.

Haha, that'd be very sweet.


I remember the game being set for summer of 2020 kinda sad its getting delayed till november but it's worth the wait.


Yeah, we wanted to make sure there was enough time to properly test/add more alterations where needed. We're working away to make the most of the extra weeks!


i'm absolutely excited for the full game!!  I've replayed the demo so many times and i'm never gonna get bored of this game :) .  also i just wanna kiss cove so much like and protect him at all costs  


Thank you ^^

It's fantastic the demo feels worth replaying. And I can guarantee there will be plenty of chances to kiss and protect Cove in finished the version c;


I normally don’t leave reviews, but I just had to for this game. It’s phenomenal! I’ve played a lot of romantic visual novels, but they don’t even come close to Our Life! Where do I start? The great writing? The beautiful art? The variety of choices? The character creator? Cove selection? The way you can dictate how the relationship develops? Ugh, everything about this game is so perfect and unique. It’s written so that the choices really feel like they have an impact, and that it’s tailored to your personal experience/character. It’s just so well made and it’s clear a lot of work’s been put into it. Kudos!

I don’t really know what else to say without going on a long rant about why this game is so amazing, so I’ll leave it at that I can’t wait for the final release, and I’ll 100% be buying all the DLCs as soon as possible. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into this!

ps. Cove is a gift. Also his parents are attractive to boot. I’m glad you could acknowledge it in-game because we all know it’s true lol.

Thank you! It's really wonderful to get such a great review. We appreciate you taking the time to leave it <3. We'll do our best to make the full version worth the support.


Hey! how are you guys? you probably don't remember me but I've commented on you're game before and I seem to have missed a ton of updates (I was attempting to wait for the full game to come out but then I realized I am much too impatient) so i'm playing the demo for the 12th time...seems like the more I play it the better it gets! I just love this game and quick question I've never bought "DLC's" for a game before but I plan on buying it for this one if you don't mind could you tell me the prices (either way expensive or not i'm still gonna buy it lol) 

Hello! I do remember the previous comment. It was really nice and I'm happy to hear you still love the game <3.

The DLCs will cost between $3USD-$5USD, depending on the type of DLC it is. The first three that are coming out in November will all be 4, so it'll be $12USD to get them in total. And we'll also probably have a little discount off the price at some point, too.

Ah, ok those prices aren't too bad and glad you remember me lol


Glad you think so :D


i love this game so much oh my god i’ve never left a comment before in my life but i just wanted to say this is some top quality masterpiece stuff right here i love it so much i’m glad i stumbled upon it and i can’t wait until it releases i played the demo and i love cove sm this game is *chefs kiss*

Aw, thank you ^^!!

I'm so happy you had such a good time with the demo and Cove. Hopefully the finished game will be even better for you.

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I literally think this is my favorite game, i had the version right before the update and just took time to go through the whole game again and still had the same amount of fun I had the first time I played it. I can't wait until its fully finished!

Thank you very much!! I'm so happy you had such a nice time with it in the initial playthrough and replays <3

why must everything i love be in early accesses

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I'm sorry! We're working hard to get it actually finished. Hopefully it'll be worth the wait.


it absolutley is

Thank you c:

do you know when the next update will be

sorry if i already asked this i have shit memory

We're gonna try to have a July update, but we may not have things ready to go until early August ^^


Why, hello there! It's, uh, been a while lol—gosh, I missed so many updates, how dare I! First of all, how you guys doing? Everyone safe? Hydrated?  Things are kinda reckless nowadays, so I hope everyone is alright.

I just saw the e-mail about a new update and I couldn't be more excited! I'm almost jumping around like a little kid.

Expect another comment from me very soon! a much longer one .3.

Haha, thank you very much! I really hope you'll enjoy all the updates we've added.

And we're doing okay. Things are busy and kind of stressful but we're doing our best to keep working ^^. I hope you're well yourself!


I have rarely been so exited for a game, any game, but this is just so amazing already! Lovingly crafted, the characters are interesting and entertaining (Cove is just to precious!), the sheer mass of choices, and don't let me get start about the gogeous art or I'll be gushing for a fortnight!

Thanks so much ;v;!

It's really great to hear that you enjoyed the game to that degree. We'll keep doing our best with it!


Ok so, I usually never EVER write any comments, but this beautiful masterpiece deserves it. First off, I love the nostalgic atmosphere it gives, I just love the way it reminds me of my own childhood. Second of all, COVE! I love his character so much, and the fact that we can even change his personality based on what choices we choose, And the choices we make are also pretty realistic!  it's just amazing! I legit played the demo at least 4 or 5 times this weekend and i can't get enough of it. I'm so exited for the full release. This is truly a masterpiece! 

Thank you <3 <3 <3

That's all really nice of you to say. It's wonderful the demo feels worth replaying. We'll do our best with the finished game!


Cove is just too precious, we must protect this man at all costs. 😤😤


Thank you <3. He's a delicate child and needs that support.


I absolutely loved this game and played for hours! So excited for it to be release! 

Thank you ^^! It's wonderful to hear you were able to have such a good time with it.


Oh my gosh I just love it so much already

I'm glad you do :D!


Cove is such a blessing :) and the DLC moments (I decided to sub to your patreon I love it so much) are so good. Thank you so much for this!

Aw, thank you for the support ;v;. I'm so glad you love Cove!


I just played the demo, 4 am in the morning and god knows when I’ll sleep— but hEll, this is so??

 You’ve certainly succeeded in creating a nostalgic feel to the entire game. You could tell me that the game was my past life and I’d believe you! The options felt human, the characters were entertaining and definitely captured how mostly unpredictable and how children would be. It felt amazing being able to ‘grow up’ with the cast and just b e i n g there, you know? It had such a drawing presence to the entire thing— I couldn’t take my eyes away. Like, dude, I didn’t even take breaks even if I needed to piss really badly. I was stuck on my screen for who knows how long, and I’m definitely doing it again. I can tell how much effort that was put into this and bOY is it just-- m u w a h. And how the characters blinked and looked at you before they disappeared off screen?  Even though they barely moved much aside from that, it still felt so lively. Their expressions and their speeches— Oh boy, you know who’s recommending this to literally every weeb they know for weeks on end. This deserves so much more recognition!! I was so surprised at how??  HELLO??  WHERE IS THE FANDOM??? I thought there would be a much bigger following, smh. This game really, really deserves a lot! And honestly, thank you for the variety of choices that I feel most games lacked. Sure, they each have some type of thing they’re stereotyped into. But the way its presented and how they’re all generally an option that people would actually/pick/? Damn, that’s some stuff right there. So really, thank you and whatever team you have for creating this masterpiece. I hope the virus isn’t affecting things too bad :(, and lmao uH- sorry for this long message. I don’t usually leave long comments like this but I felt like I really had to for such a game :))

Have a good rest-of-your-day whoever reads this! <3


Haha, thanks for such a nice message ^^. It's great to know the choices and events and stuff feel immersive/nostalgic. Things have been going okay for us, even with everything going on. We'll do our best to keep it up.  And I hope you've gotten some sleep!


I love the demo and cant wait for the full release :D, Keep up the good work!! 


Thank you :D


This game is absolutely stunning, and its not even released.

Let it be said that you can always count on the people at GBPatch to make wonderful games that'll leave people with smiles on their faces, and warmth in their hearts.


Thank you <3. That's so kind of you to say!


So i've been following this game for a small amount of time and i finally decided to make an account and comment!

Im a sucker for good otome-like games or dating sims or anything with romance and a good story really and I usually prefer everything and anything with fantasy but THIS game is honestly the best one I've played and it's not even finished yet! I have fallen in love with the characters, the story, the art - basically everything! And I absolutely love the fact that we can customize the MC and even Cove, either through our choises or the Cove creator.

This game is releasing almost a week before my birthday so this will honestly be the best birthday present I've had in a while! I want to thank everybody who has worked and will continue to work on this game, you've done an amazing job so far and I believe it will get even better! (sorry for any broken English in this comment, hehe)

Thanks very much for making an account and writing this nice comment ;v;! That's really nice of you. It's encouraging to hear you've enjoyed how it's come together so far. We're definitely gonna keep working to make the completed version even better. And it's cool the game is releasing near your birthday!


I just made an account since I wanted to write this, so the username is really stupid right now haha, but so far, I've enjoyed the demo! I usually don't play games like these, but this one caught my attention and so I had to play it, and I don't regret playing. I loved the characters, the art, the dialogue, I loved everything to be honest! And I seriously can't wait for the finished product. :) 

Thank you for going to the effort of making an account to leave us a message! That's really nice to hear. I'm so glad you enjoyed O L <3. Hopefully the finished version will be worth the wait.

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Hello I have checked your Twitter and I have seen that there supposed to be an upgrade in the demo right? Then why I can't seem to see that upgrade? Thanks in advance. 😊

The demo updated last month. You can get that by deleting the old version and downloading the current files. But the expansion we've been promoting recently is for the private Patreon beta build, rather than the public demo. So if that's what you saw on Twitter, I'm afraid that's not available for everyone, only those who are backing us on Patreon-

Iam talking about the very recent tweet the one about the (moment selection for level 2) is this only for patreon? 

Oh, I'm sorry for the confusion. That's just a progress report on what we're currently working on. It's not released yet.

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No problem at all! It is just the link to itichio was posted so I thought it was an update. So I got a little excited. Thanks for answering. May iask a question? Will there be an update for the public free demo before the official release? 

Our bad, haha. I didn't think about how it could come across like that. We wanted to share the links so people could go see what Our Life was, since it wasn't a normal screenshot of the game. 

And yeah, the public demo will get more updates before the official release c:!


The 1st visual novel game i've had the pleasure playing, can't wait for the full release! 

I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you.


I love love love this! I cannolt wait for the full release. I'm only about 1/4th through the demo but I couldn't wait to give feedback. I like how in deph the tutorials are and all the features you guys plan on adding. Please keep up the great work, I'll be following!

Thank you! <3

I really hope you enjoyed the rest of the demo. We'll do our best with the final game ^^


I really did enjoy it. I stayed up late just to play. I'm going to replay it to get some different outcomes. I was wondering if it was okay could I stream it on my twitch and give you guys credit? If its not too much trouble. I'm new to content creating. ♡

I'm happy to hear that! And yeah, you're welcome to stream it. That'd be really cool.


MC and Cove, pointing at Derek: this is our emotional support dumbass. we love him

I just got this game and I'm so excited for the full release! It'll be coming out about a week or so after my birthday, so I'll have plenty of money to buy it! Lots of times, people don't know how to write kids, but your writing... it's so good! It reminds me of how I was as a kid, and those were things I'd say too. 

Also, I'm a complete simp for Cove. I love him very much and I want to smooch his cheeks.

Thank you, haha! It's cool how it ended up being close to your birthday. I'm really happy you're enjoying the game and the characters. And there will certainly be moments in the full game where you can smooch the boy~


I just wanna say this vn is goddamn beautiful and something I didn't even think would be so amazing and what I needed to experience in my life! And kids, they were kids! How they were written and the choices, I didn't think it would bring me back and actually make me remember more bits of how I was as a child. Don't even get me started on the teen years... I be looking forward to more silly things that can get "cringy" by us looking back if that's included in the game as time goes on- (here I am acting like I'm *so* old... just let the kids do what they want as long it isn't harmful, many things are new to them) Anyways, I'm so happy to get to play through a demo though! I'm so excited and pumped for the release!! I need those dlc's while I'm at it. Thank you.

Aw, thank you so much <3! We're tried our best with the younger experiences to make them feel authentic and I'm happy it came across that way. We'll keep working hard on the later events, too.


I made an account just to write this haha. I'm so excited for this game. I don't play many indie titles but this stood out to me immediately.  This is honestly on par with a lot of commercial otome games I've played. (Even better in a lot of aspects.) The art is absolutely gorgeous and the animations are a nice touch. The story flows very smoothly and everything feels natural. I think child characters are especially very hard to write so I'm super impressed.  The way you can customize so many things in this game is honestly unlike anything I've ever seen in any other vn. I'm huge on self inserting and this game definitely lets me do that. I'm SUPER tempted to play the beta but I want to be surprised when the game releases. This game is way too good to be free-to-play. You guys are too awesome.  I'm definitely buying all the dlcs. Sorry for the long paragraph. I wish you guys nothing but the best and you guys will be on my radar in the future. :) 


I agree a hundred percent! I can't believe this is free-to-play, so much care and heart put to this masterpiece <3 I'm definitely getting all the dlc as well, I'm so excited to play!


Thank you very much <3. We really appreciate the support!

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Aw, thank you for saying such nice things and for going to the trouble making an account to do it ;v;! That's really kind of you. We're thrilled to hear you think so highly of the game. We'll do our best with the finished version and all the DLCs.



Thank you :D!

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