Always Sometimes Monsters

  • Developer: Vagabond Dog
  • Publisher: Devolver Digital
  • Year: 2014
  • Genre: RPG
  • Platform/s: PC

Always Sometimes Monsters has an interesting character creation sequence, embedded in a sequence of frame stories. As Larry, you choose somebody to 'toast' with from a room full of people, and you become whoever you choose; from here, you can choose whomever you would like to be your partner from another selection of people who are on the patio. I chose to play as a woman and to date a woman, and before heading back inside my girlfriend asked for a kiss; my options were to do as I was asked or to say 'not here'. I kissed her, of course, and nothing dire happened. It is interesting to see the role sexuality plays throughout the narrative. Although some people would prefer the ability to create their player-character and their partner from scratch, the approach to character creation and establishment of an existing relationship in Always Sometimes Monsters feels clever and innovative.