About The Game/FAQ

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1. What’s “Coming Out On Top”?

The first gay dating sim/visual novel from Obscurasoft, Coming Out on Top follows college student Mark Matthews as he busts out of the closet and engages in all manner of adventure, all the while meeting a multitude of hot guys. Whether he does the right thing, wrong thing, stupid thing, or funny thing is up to you. Beard and body hair options available for all the guys.  It’s available for purchase! (You must be 18 or over to play.)

With your purchase, you’ll also get all the DLC and add-ons I’ll be releasing this year, all included in the price of the game. These goodies include:

  • a secret relationship route (ETA May 2015)
  • at least 7 more guys in the form of “Brofinder dates”, where Mark will go on a variety of fun dates with different dudes.
  • other fun content

The game is a downloadable file for Windows/Mac/and Linux systems. (It’s compatible with Mac OS 10.6 or higher)


2. Questions About Purchasing

  • Confidentiality: If you purchase this game with a credit card, the name of the game and the name Obscurasoft will NOT show up on your statement. What will show up is: “WWW.BMTMICRO-INFO.COM 910-792-9100 NC”. BMTMicro sells mainly all-ages indie games.
  • BMT Micro Doesn’t Take My Card/PayPal/Amazon.  There is a PayPal option! Go to the purchasing page and scroll down to the part where it says “What if I can only use Paypal or Amazon?” and follow the instructions.
  • What System Do I Need to Run It?  Windows, Mac (10.6 or higher), or Linux.

3. Technical Stuff

  • Where is the Gallery/New Scene/Latest Content? You have an older version of the game. The original email from BMT has the link that will get you the latest version.
  • How Do I Install It?  The game comes in a .zip file. Unzip it into a folder. Once you’ve unzipped it, open the folder. If you’re a Windows user, double click the .exe file inside. If you’re on Mac, double click the .app icon.  On Linux, run the .sh script. Note: do not pull the .exe file or the .app icon out of the folder. For the game to work, you need to run the file inside the folder.
  • Game won’t run. There’s no error message. Certain zip programs have problems opening the game, and will unzip a damaged version. If this happens, please try right clicking the .zip file and using a different .zip program. (This seems to happen especially with some people running a different .zip program than the one already installed with their Mac OS.)
  • Game won’t run on Yosemite or Windows 8.  Newer versions of the game (1.2.0 and up) should run fine on these new platforms. If you’re still having problems or are trying to run the demo on Yosemite, hold CTRL then click on the .app file. To run it on Windows 8, right click on the .exe file and run it as an administrator (you might want to choose ALWAYS run as an administrator). This has to do with heightened security measures for the newer OS’s that unfortunately lock out small game developers like myself.
  • Game won’t save on Windows 8.  Right click on the .exe file and run the game as an administrator. You should be able to save now. (Again, this has to with increasing security measures for the new OS’s that are starting to lock out small developers. In the meantime, that’s the quick fix!)
  • On Windows, the game just “hangs” there instead of opening. 1) Update your drivers. 2) If it’s still hanging, close the file. Hold down shift while opening the game. A menu will show up, and choose “FORCE SOFTWARE RENDERER.” Close the game and try running it again.

4. I’m Stuck!

  • Where Can I Get Walkthroughs? I’ll post one eventually, but it’s going to be slow while I’m in the midst of fixing bugs, patching the game and working on Kickstarter rewards. A sympathetic soul posted a walkthrough/guide. Please note Jed’s route might be slightly different since the latest 1.2.0 gallery patch.
  • Is there a way to skip through parts I’ve been through so I can find other endings or scenes? Change the skip options under preferences, then use TAB to skip through dialogue you’ve already seen. You can also save often and reload to return to those points in the game. The gallery will show you what scenes you might have missed.
  • Tip: Use ‘S’ to take a screenshot anytime during the game. It will save it to your game folder.)
  • Bugs. Please use this page or the email listed there to report bugs (and let me know your operating system and version of the game if you do.) There is a list of reported bugs here.

5. Is there a demo?

Yes.  Download it here. The demo has “censor” bars over certain bits. The full game has none.

Note: 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.

6. Is This One of Those Pornographic Flash Games?

No.  Though it’s got explicit and uncensored sexual content, it also has a loooot 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 censor bars are removed in the full game.

7. What about buying Kickstarter Rewards if I wasn’t a backer?

You’ll be able to purchase the ‘Raunchy Tell-All Art Book?’ in 2015 though I don’t have a date set for it yet! I’m hoping to add a special disc edition eventually, as well as other merchandise.

8. 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.

9. 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!  :)

10. Why Are There Not More Body Types?

If this is a representation issue, I was honestly more concerned with representing my black and Asian characters properly, since they are heavily subject to a lot of messed up stereotypes in the U.S. :/

(I have more characters I’m releasing that won’t look like the other guys, but that’s later this year! :D)

11. But this game was created by a woman! With a vag!

Yep! And yep! XD

There is a demo if you want to see exactly what this game is like. And yes, you are always welcome to write me and give me feedback.

12. Hey! You can’t wear a beard in the U.S. military!

True, most servicemembers can’t! Originally I was going to make Phil’s beard unlockable, but it seemed kind of sad his beard would be accessible ONLY after you played his path.

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

I love you too!


Add yours →

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

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

    Will it be in stores or just online release?

    UK fan.

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

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

  5. I love you <3

  6. 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

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

      • 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. 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!

    • 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. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. 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?

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

  14. 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.

    • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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?

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

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

  21. 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?

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

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

  29. 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. 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. 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.


  32. …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. 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. 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. 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

  36. Wille there be a translation into german ?

  37. Just played the demo and mailed to be on the pre-order list. I’ve been waiting forever for a game like this. Love the story, the humor, the guys…lol!!! Great job!!! Can’t wait to play the full game and see how the story unfolds!!!

  38. please tell me what soundtrack in the end of a game, when guys are hanging near the bar

  39. I have a question regarding purchasing, is there any way I can buy this game with my VIsa debit card ? because there arent any Visa debit card option beside meastro or solo debit card. :( I really want to this game. sob

    • I’ve sent the question to them. I’ll let you know Kanemix!

    • Here’s the response I got: “VISA debit cards can usually be used as credit cards. Some banks limit their debit cards, so it is up to the customer’s bank whether or not it can be used as a credit card. The customer should attempt to use it as a credit card.

      The Maestro/Solo debit cards are UK debit cards in GBP only (which is why we had to separate the payment option).”

  40. I need some tips on how to get Ian. Purchased the game.. got everyone but him. :)

  41. This needs to be on Steam.

  42. Played through twice now (Ian’s ending is ridiculously sweet in a good way), and really liked it. My FAQ question though is: aside from the obvious endings of getting together with X guy, how many sub-endings/variations are there on each ending? And to repeat an earlier question, is it intended to play through going after one particular guy as an end-goal, or is it possible to go after one, get him, and then go for another one later? Mostly curious since I don’t want to frustrate myself finding out the answer through trial and error.

  43. What about Mark? Can I choose if he going to bottom or top?

  44. this might have been asked already, buuuut do you plan to make more? and how you considered the console networks? I am actually not sure what they’d make of the game….

  45. so APPARENTLY Slurpy is NOT the bonus character that everyone has been talking about. I MUST FIND THIS MYSTERY MAN

  46. I may as well ask here since I don’t know where else to look…

    Does anyone have any hints for how to get the fourth image for Mark’s gallery? The leftmost one in the second row. I’ve found every other bit of every other gallery and completed all the different endings (I think), but one of the main character’s images is missing and I can’t work out how to get it and because it’s the main character’s I feel like it could be pretty much anything.

  47. no matter what i do i cant manage to purchase the game, its driving me mad, i really want to be able to play the game…

  48. help!
    I bought the game yesterday Saturday 13 Mar 2015, it is addicting. So I get to the point where he has his close encounter with Brad. Exit out and come back to continue on, yet it is starting at the very beginning. Is there some shortcut I missed to take me where I left off?



  49. Hey i played the game and i have to admit i was surprised to learn you were a girl! That being said you really DO KNOW what turns gay guys on xD So high five for the reasearch ! (which prolly involve listening to your gay friends dream date but hey!) Especially in ian’s path the straight best friend romance?…YES a thousand time yes lol good job and cant wait for the new stuff to come out ;) + the humor was also really good like i had as much fun hanging with Penny than dating all those guys ! Great job really (secret ending? OMFG LOL)

  50. I’m interested in the subject of confidentiality. I’m really interested in the game, but I’ll have to use paypal and not my acount. The name of the game will appear?

  51. im 18 now! bought the game it was SO FUN

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