Publisher Devolver Digital is once more expanding their PC portfolio with the launch of Always Sometimes Monsters, which is available now on Steam, GOG and other digital platforms. It’s based around the real-life events of developer Vagabond Dog cofounder Justin Amirkhani.
Always Sometimes Monsters is a text-based or story-driven adventure that’s complemented with cute pixel art in “chibi” style, as well as plenty of conversation panels. Its story revolves around a character on the brink of despair, as they travel cross-country through the US, after finding out the love of their life will marry someone else.
At the start of the game, players can choose a specific race, gender and sexual orientation. Based on those choices, characters met during travels may react differently, which will lead to new circumstances.
Since there are a lot of different factors in the game, it’s possible to go on many paths in Always Sometimes Monsters. It’s all revolving around your choices, given with the following pitch to frame the name of the game:
With precious little time left you make a last-ditch effort to salvage your world.
How far will you be willing to go to make things right again?
What are you willing to sacrifice for one more chance at happiness?
Who are you willing to hurt in the process?
Who could judge you?
In the end, aren’t we always sometimes monsters?
It sounds exactly like the sort of bleak openness that developer Telltale Games is currently employing in games like The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us. If Always Sometimes Monsters can follow up on that, it should make an interesting commentary on how your status can influence your personal journey.
If you’re looking to buy Always Sometimes Monsters, your best bet is to go through the Humble store, instead of Steam. Both give you Steam keys and can be found on the game’s site.
Additionally, Always Sometimes Monsters has a soundtrack of 15 different tracks up on Bandcamp.