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Growing Up

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General Information

Available on:PCOct 14, 2021

Developer: Vile Monarch

Publishers: Coconut Island Games, Vile Monarch

Genres: RPG, Simulation, Strategy

Your life is in your hands! Sculpt your childhood as well as parenthood with endless choices. Take control of what you learn, who you befriend, and find that special someone in this coming-of-age game. Experience the entire journey from toddler to adulthood as you learn new skills, participate in various activities, develop your mind, manage your daily schedule, explore the city, forge friendships, and survive through school. Upon reaching adulthood, your future career, as well as your romantic partner will be revealed to you as you continue the legacy of your family by having a child of your own! And then... experience the life of your child, as the cycle begins anew, and brand new adventures await you! Chilling in 1990s Lose yourself in the lavishly handcrafted sceneries straight from the 90s. In an era of rapid social change as well as the soaring rise of pop culture, your journey through life will be accompanied by both endearing friends and nostalgic city, with more than 30 locations to explore. Visit the cinema, grab popcorn to watch "Dino Park", toss a few coins to get a tape recorded by "Boys Next Door" from a street shop. Take your time, the city is not going anywhere. Unique Playthroughs Each life is different, and each and every character you create will face different challenges and meet different people. The choices you make will result in wildly different outcomes! Branching Narrative Your choices dictate the development of the narrative. With more than 1000 lines of dialogues for each character, as well as multiple endings for you and your friends, depending on your choices, every decision you make will echo through the entire journey of your character. Friends For Life Playing, fighting, falling in love, few things in your journey to adulthood can be done without a friend. Growing Up features 19 characters whose stories unfold alongside yours. Forge your relationship with them in any way your heart desires, romantic or purely platonic - the choice is yours. Dynamic Game Experience Growing Up features a variety of systems. Build your mind and aptitude with our handcrafted mini-game; Master the art of scheduling your daily activities; Ace your way into the best school in challenging exams; Build your character by participating in a plethora of extracurricular activities. In-Depth Skill System With more than 200 skills to acquire and master, you will have the ultimate freedom to shape the future of your character and end up with one of 42 unique careers! Some are easy, some are hard to get, but how about becoming an Astronaut, a CEO of a gaming company, a famous actress... or maybe even the President of the United States of America? Shopping & Customization Customize your character with a wide range of items, including clothing and hairstyles. Your character's room appearance will also differ depending the skills you learn! Different choices uniquely enhance your gameplay experience including unlocking new locations, characters and certain features of a future offspring. All-star Team Growing Up is a game with rich storytelling and unique art style, from an all-star team of creators - including creative director Daniel Sadowski (director and lead writer on Gardens Inc. & Dr. Cares series), art director Gracjana Zielińska (lead artist on Cinders & Solstice), Kacper Kwiatkowski (designer and writer on This War of Mine), Christian Divine (Captain Spirit), Matthew Ritter (writer on Tales from the Borderlands & Twin Mirror), Emma Vieceli (comic book writer on Doctor Who, Back to the Future), and the music composer Jim Guthrie (Planet Coaster & Reigns: Her Majesty).

Growing Up Critic Reviews

Visual novel meets match 3 game where choices... somewhat matter.

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Growing Up allowed me to go back to those times for a moment, so although as a reviewer I consider it to be only a decent title, as a player for these few hours I had a great time with it.

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Growing Up is an entertaining visual pseudo novel, where we will have to accompany our character throughout his journey to adulthood. Perhaps it sins of being repetitive, and that in the end, the gameplay does not change especially between the different branches that we can choose, but it can give us a few hours of entertainment if we like this type of proposal.

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7 / 10.0

The biggest factor in Growing Up that convinces players to play the game more than once is its character stories, which I personally find are sufficiently good rewards in exchange for the whole grueling gameplay the game puts me through. If coming-of-age stories of young students are not one’s cup of tea, then they would have to be quite the completionist in order to stay motivated enough to replay it for all the different career endings. Otherwise, the game mechanics themselves — from the disappointing parents to the numerous Brain Maps that are easy to grow weary of — actually discourage one from replaying too many times. But considering one to three playthroughs, this game is worth playing. Its strong points lie in the art and music departments, and the general portrayal of the 1990s. All in all, Growing Up is a so-so stats-raising game with some meaningful and thought-provoking stories to tell.

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