About The Game/FAQ

1.  What’s “Coming Out On Top”?

It’s a video game about a college guy who comes out of the closet.  It could also be called a dating sim, an interactive comic book, or visual novel.

It’s currently under development.  I’m planning to release it sometime in 2014.   I’ll post a definite date as soon as I can!

2.  Can I Play the Demo?

Yes.  Download it here.

You need to be at least 18 to play it.  It’s not the kind of game you want to play with your grandmother in the room. Unless she’s like, into that kind of thing.

3.  Is This One of Those Pornographic Flash Games?

No.  Though it’s got explicit and uncensored sexual content, it also has a lot of story and dialogue.  If you’re looking for a porn game, you’re going to be really disappointed.

Imagine a graphic novel that allows you to make decisions that will affect the story.

And yes, the censorship bars will be removed in the full game.

4.  What Sort of System Do I Need to Play This?

A computer running Windows, Mac, or Linux.

5.  What About Steam?  Or iOS?  Or Android?

Because of the erotic content in the game, it’s not going to happen any time soon.  Please remind the people at iOS or Steam that if the public can handle gruesomely violent video games, they can probably handle illustrated pictures of people having sex, thanks!

Not sure about Android yet.  I have to look into it after the PC version is released!

6.  How Much Will The Game Cost?  What Payment System Will You Use?

If you get on the preorder mailing list, I’ll send you  pre-order info before I release the game, and it will be $15 USD.  Retail price will be $20 USD.

I don’t know what payment methods I’ll be offering at the moment, but I’ll definitely try to cover as many as possible for customers worldwide.

7. Can I Still Contribute to Your Kickstarter Campaign?

Thank you for asking, but the funding period ended over a year ago!  I would love it if you bought the game though, and spread the word about it to as many people as you can!  :)

You can go to http://obscurasoft.com/contact-memailing-list/ and ask to be put on the mailing list, I’ll send you info about preordering, so you can get the game at a discount.

8. Is This A Yaoi or Bara Game?

If by yaoi or bara you mean a game focused on gay male relationships, yes.  If you mean a Japanese game with anime art and/or seme/uke relationships, no.

9. It’s So Very White In Here!

Two of the five main guys are non-white.  Since all the main boys weren’t featured in the earlier demo, it might have looked a lot more Caucasian.

10. Why Are There Not More Body Types?

It’s an important question, so thanks for asking.

I started this project with the intent of making something very different from the existing yaoi and bara games I saw from Japan.

This meant 1) not having the seme/uke relationships that are prevalent in yaoi (it’s cool if others like them, I just don’t find them personally very hot), and 2) not having the very slim guys that are in Yaoi and the bigger guys you see in Bara.   In other words, as crazy as it sounds, I didn’t see a whole of guys who actually look like Mark, Ian, etc.

My actual mindset at the time was “Who the hell’s going to want to play this when they’ve already got Yaoi/Bara?  I’m just going to make the kind of guys I want to see, that I don’t see represented.”

Unfortunately, I had no clue this game would attract as many players as it has, with a such a wide diversity of tastes.

At this point I feel really odd about changing any of the main guys dramatically.  I’ve put an insane amount of work into their characters and story.  When someone asks “can’t you just add a ___ guy?”, it’s actually a huge deal for me to be able to do so.  Each main character gets the equivalent of a movie-script worth of dialogue, and because the quality of the writing is so important to me, I refuse to whip up a half-baked plot just to add another guy or two who has a particular body shape.  I need a lot of time to make sure his story is engaging, as entertaining, and as sexy as the others.  (Truth be told, there IS a secret route in the game with a guy who doesn’t look like the other guys, but I certainly don’t expect people to buy the game for a mystery man!)

What I’ve decided to do instead is introduce new dateable guys through future add-ons.  Even though they won’t be full-fledged relationships, there should be a lot more variety, and if the game does well enough, I’ll consider making a full sequel, giving them (or a similar kind of guy) an entire story-line.

But yes, in terms of the existing core game, I concur it’s unable to cater to specific demographics.

11. You’re A Woman.  This Game Seems Like It Should Be Made By A Man.  A Gay Man.

You’re probably right.  I actually would have loved it if a gay man made a full-fledged, Western gay dating sim before I started this project.  The fact is, nobody had bothered to do so.  If they had, I certainly wasn’t able to find that game after fruitless searches.  And well, here we are!

A lot of people continue to be surprised this was written by a woman.  (Hey, I do my research.)  I also happen to think our world would be a little sadder if we couldn’t write outside of ourselves.  You have plenty of gay men creating things for and about women from a woman’s perspective (I’m looking at you, dude responsible for Sex in The City).   I respect anyone who can do that.  But you know what, I’ll let the game speak for itself.

I do rely on a lot of feedback from my testers, in a sincere effort to make sure nothing is “off.”  Please feel free to play the demo and send me your criticisms.  I appreciate all feedback, good or bad, since I’m always striving to make the game better.

12.  The Demo Is Hilarious/Fun/Awesome/Hot, etc. and I Love You.

I love you too!

59 Responses to “About The Game/FAQ”

  1. Anonymous March 21, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    The Demo Is Hilarious/Fun/Awesome/Hot, etc. and I Love You.

    • Sergio July 1, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

      The game so far is awesome, and also the visual design of the characters i loved them all, so far so good :D cant wait for the release, and thanks for being the one to make such a game.

  2. Lou-Andrew Rodriguez (@_NoBitchAssNess) April 20, 2013 at 11:24 pm #

    First off, this is a fun demo. I’m ready for the release.

    Will it be in stores or just online release?

    UK fan.

    • Obscura April 21, 2013 at 4:42 am #

      It will be an online download for sure. Honestly, I’m not sure what sort of store would carry a game like Coming Out On Top. :D

      • Lexifus July 15, 2013 at 8:18 am #

        A store that I would never want to leave.

      • Anonim August 10, 2014 at 10:44 am #

        Will there be mltiple endings for each guy, or are we ending with the same guy?

  3. TekkHilla May 20, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    H y I really wanna know when you think it’s gonna be release, I really want to buy this game :D

    • Obscura May 22, 2013 at 3:54 am #

      It should be out December this year. Thank you for your interest!

  4. Felix July 1, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    I love the game, do you think I will be able to also get it in Germany? :)

    • Obscura July 3, 2013 at 1:18 am #

      Hi Felix, most likely yes. :)

  5. Meow Scratch July 8, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    I love you <3

  6. mitsuhoney July 10, 2013 at 12:17 am #

    Just came across your demo and played it. This game sounds like it will be alot of fun and I am so happy it would be available on Mac (seldom companies allow games to be played on Mac) I cant wait to see the adventures that will unfold in the finished product! Expecting even more sexy scenes and scenarios soon and as a gay man, I am really happy with what youve done with the game! My only thing is that there was a lot of spelling mistakes in the demo but pretty sure you caught that on already! Can’t wait until December! :D

    • mitsuhoney July 10, 2013 at 12:17 am #

      P.S. Will there be an Asian model to follow I hope? :D

      • Obscura July 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

        Thank you Mitsu! Yes, there’s an Asian guy. You’ll see a lot more artwork up starting fall and winter. There’ll also be someone editing the game as well as numerous beta testers to catch the spelling mistakes this time. :) Thanks for your comments!

  7. sftheory1 July 18, 2013 at 4:26 am #

    I just played the demo again after having played it during the Kickstarter.
    On the whole, very fun but I do have some quibbles. For one thing, the text seems a bit verbose. All of the narration and extraneous dialogue slowed down game play.
    And I’d like to know your rationale for making Mark a senior in college. Has he recently discovered his homosexuality, just recently accepted it, decided to come out, or some combination?
    Are you planning on releasing a revised demo before the game itself is released?
    Really looking forward to the game!

    • Obscura August 9, 2013 at 11:54 am #

      Thanks for your feedback sftheory! I made Mark a senior in college to motivate him to come out of the closet before he graduates. Only a semester left, you know?

      I’ll probably release a revised demo, but not sure exactly when that will be. It might be after it ships. My main goal is just to release the main game before I do anything else. Everything else is taking a backseat until then. :)

  8. Yukihime July 21, 2013 at 4:35 am #

    This demo looks amazing :D I have already set aside the $18-25 for the game >.< Will there be an Arabic or Greek/Italian character? It would be so cool! I really hate the old codger, but Adrian and Ian are yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuummy! <3 And please keep Brad nice and hairy!

    • Obscura August 9, 2013 at 11:55 am #

      Thank you Yukihime! There will some extra dates in the game in later add ons. And not sure who Adrian is, but thank you. :)

  9. Mirca6 August 11, 2013 at 12:21 am #

    By the way, a question I’ve always want to ask is: do you do everything BY YOURSELF? The character designs, the music, the backgrounds, everything? OMG. I love you. You’re awesome.

    • Obscura August 11, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

      Haha, no! I do the character sprites and the writing. The music, backgrounds, and illustrations will be done by different artists!

  10. Andrea August 17, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    Will there be a version of the game were nudity can be hidden, just in case we don’t want to see anything too hot?

    • Obscura August 20, 2013 at 3:25 am #

      Yes, I’m planning to release a 16+ version sometime after the adult version is released. :D

  11. David August 31, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    Heej,
    I really,REALLY loved the demo. And I assume if it’s available in Germany it’s also available in Holland. But can you buy the game if you don’t have a credit-card?

    • David August 31, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

      PS: Since I can’t support you with cash anymore i mentioned the game to some blogs. People really Love your work and were very enthusiastic!

      • Obscura September 4, 2013 at 3:15 am #

        Aw, thank you so much!!!!!!

    • Obscura September 4, 2013 at 3:15 am #

      I’m not sure at the moment but I’ll be trying to find as many ways to make this game available as I can.

      • David September 4, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

        Cross my fingers….;)

  12. Meow Scratch October 22, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    Just one question: Will this be digital (Only Download) or you get a cover/disc?
    Sorry I don’t know if thats the meaning of digital ^_^

  13. Meow Scratch October 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    If you need any help Obscura we’re here ;)

  14. C November 8, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    Thank you so much for making this. I have scoured the internet, sure that something like this must already exist, only to be consistently disappointed. When I came across your demo I found more than I could have expected. The quality of your work is fantastic, and I look forward to buying several copies of this game for myself and some friends. I can not wait for the release.

    • Roth November 10, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

      Same here. I’ve been looking online for gay themed games for a while now only to be disappointed. Played the demo of this game and quite enjoyed it. Some dialogues even made me laugh which got me liking the game more. If I found out about the kick starter earlier, I would have helped out a bunch. So as a lil help, I’m going to purchase the game with the full price. I seriously can’t wait! Thank you and Godspeed lol.

  15. Vanillekarnickel February 19, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    I just played the demo and I must say I love it. This is the kind of game I was searching for for many years. At least the demo is very promising. I was thinking to make a game like this myself (but with a more fantasy-ish setting) but I don’t have the abilities yet to do so. But you inspired me and you woke up my interest. Thank you so much for your hard work! I will waste so much time playing your game once you release it and I am quite sure it will be worth it. Love you!

  16. the Tim March 27, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    Played the demo. Do want! I’ll be perfectly honest here: though the guys in the demo are all hotties, it’s the quality of your writing that’s got me hooked! Can’t wait to see how the characters develop and the scenarios unfold. Pre-ordering now!

  17. Careers In Video Games April 12, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    The things they say visit your competencies inside the works of art you’re writing. The sector desires more ardent writers just like you which aren’t scared to mention where did they feel. Everyday observe your cardiovascular system.

  18. Beau Gent May 16, 2014 at 7:29 am #

    Will there be a guide available in the future? For those of us who are just as bad at dating in the sim world as we are in the real world?

    • Obscura May 16, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

      Yes, I’m sure there will be a walkthrough once the game gets released. For the game, I mean, not one’s dating life. :D

  19. pique May 17, 2014 at 2:27 am #

    when the full version gonna be available? a few post above you mention about the end of last year

    • Obscura May 17, 2014 at 10:38 pm #

      It’ll be out sometime this year. I’m not posting the exact release date until I’m sure though.

  20. Red May 18, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

    Hey, I loved the demo and I love you :P Any plans for mobile (even if homebrew for sideloading)?

    • Obscura May 21, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

      <3

      No plans for now. Mobile companies don't like games with sexual content. ;_;

  21. TheKingsFool May 21, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

    Hey, i played the demo and i really liked the title screen song. I was wondering what its called and if i can get it anywhere?

    • Obscura May 21, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

      It’s Luv, Luv, Luv from Pansy Division, a queer punk band. They’re stuff’s on iTunes. I normally don’t care about song lyrics, but I definitely make an exception in their case…very clever, funny stuff.

  22. James May 22, 2014 at 2:54 am #

    Just curious, who is the artist for the event CG? I feel like I have seen their style before and I have an artist’s name on the tip of my tongue but not 100% sure if it’s them.

  23. John May 23, 2014 at 11:38 pm #

    I just finished the demo, it was amazing! Lots of love from germany :) <3!
    Btw, I love the body types. And the option of giving them beards/body hair… I cant wait for the release!

  24. youareme May 26, 2014 at 6:38 am #

    Do you have a solid, tangible release date? You said December of last year in the comments here, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

  25. youareme May 26, 2014 at 6:40 am #

    Also, Ian looks like my cousin. Especially with the beard.

  26. youareme May 26, 2014 at 6:56 am #

    One more thing: I’m not such a huge fan of the whole “coming out” thing at the beginning of the game. That’s pretty meh since, to me, being gay is not really a big deal. I don’t really tell anyone until they start talking about sexuality or attractive people to me. Then I’ll tell them that I’m gay since that’s the only time it’s really relevant. Other then that I just pretend like people know and operate under that assumption. Also not a fan of the assumption that only liberal people are ok with gays. It’s quite America-centric. Obviously this comes from the alliance of the religious right and Republicans back at the end of the 70s, but still. Conservative beliefs are not necessarily anti-gay. Just saying. I know it was just one line, but I felt like I should mention it. Other then that, I’m quite enjoying it. I’m mostly motivated by getting into Ian’s pants. Since he’s the hottest. Obviously. I think most people seem to think that. Quite looking forward to the full game so I can actually do that.

    I really like the music in this game as well, it does tend to fit the mood quite well. The song in the opening was quite hilarious and fit so well. Not such a fan of that group’s other songs as they’re quite gay, for lack of a better word, but that one is pretty cute.

  27. Jay May 28, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    Just finished playing the new demo and it’s even more amazing now; I’m so excited for the full game. Although I have a huge dilemma now! I was all for Brad but his brother Beau is so much hotter, haha. Any chance with him? (I know the answer is no but a boy can dream)

    Oh well, I’ll probably go for Ian anyway as winding him up is just too much fun. Congratulations on making such a great game! I’m looking forward to its release, gonna buy it the second it comes out.

    P.S any repercussions to sleeping with an option and then trying to be with someone else? Do us whores still manage to get a romantic ending or is it best to pick a guy and stick with him?

  28. Christopher Jake Waller June 12, 2014 at 10:47 pm #

    Hey any news on a release date? Or a longer demo release? Really have to play this game it is amazing.

    • Obscura June 13, 2014 at 4:00 am #

      It will be out some time this year. Still haven’t determined the exact date. Thanks for playing. :)

  29. Argent July 8, 2014 at 6:28 am #

    You know, I’ve played quite a few yaoi/BL/bara games in the past, and there’s something really appealing about Coming Out On Top. Kudos to you, regardless of your physical sex. I’m looking forward to the full release!

  30. Tung July 30, 2014 at 3:47 pm #

    Though the guys are less muscular than the Bara characters we often see, I think they actually already qualify as bara characters based on both their physiques and the game’s demographics / fans. I mean, look at Matsu Takeshi and Syuunpei Nakata’s dudes. Although, nowadays a lot of women read Bara too, so demographics may not be too important.

    Lol classifications aside, thank you very much for taking the time and effort in making this game. I really appreciate such a game and I’m sure a lot of people do too! I hope there will be more games like this in the future. The demo so far is really awesome, great job!

  31. Cyril July 31, 2014 at 12:06 am #

    You Have some support from France ! This game is really awesome and a beacon of hope for Gay Gamers (Okay i’m over-reacting, haha.)

    I haven’t really understood how to be a part of the mailing list since I missed the Kickstarter part. If you could tell me how or just grab my mail from this comment that will be awesome.

    I’m really looking forward for the release of the full version. You really did an amazing job so far and i hope that you will continue.

    The Eiffel Tower salute you !

    PS : If you are ever in need for someone to share ideas with you, I would love to help out, scenario wise, for a sequel or another project.

    xoxo.

  32. Lacune August 9, 2014 at 11:59 pm #

    …Wait a sec, this game won’t be free? All this time I was under the impression that it’s going to be free when it’s fully released since I’m almost 100% certain I read a statement somewhere (either from you or maybe someone else, kinda feel like I read it in your blog though…) that it will be free, but your last update didn’t mention anything about it, though payment information is still there even for post-release. I’m confused…

  33. Iggy August 18, 2014 at 1:11 am #

    I wish the game would be free ;-; I’m in love with the demo. But I’ve got no cash. v.v But I totally understand that you gotta make a profit. I don’t blame ya.

  34. MrLondon August 18, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

    I just finished playing the demo game and I really like the game as I haven’t played any gay dating games before. I would like to know when will it come out? Btw I wish it had more people of colour (Latino & Asian men would be hot but just saying ;) )

  35. yayahejin September 9, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    I was wondering if you would mind to put in the story as a character a sexy bear guy or a guy that has some belly and looks pretty :( i mean it’s cool to have some characters that is beautiful and has it own story and own scenes this is a reason that explains why i buy this game ! But it would be perfect if you could make it less cliché ;p

    • Obscura September 9, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

      Hey Yayahejin, I don’t know if you looked at the FAQ, but there’s an explanation for why I currently don’t have more body types in this game. (It’s under #10 http://obscurasoft.com/about-coming-out-on-top/).

      Thanks for the comment though, it helps me know what kind of things people would be interested in for future expansions/add-ons!

  36. Puck September 18, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    Wille there be a translation into german ?

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