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/Amazon 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. (Note: If you’re running Mac OS Sierra there are additional instructions until the engine gets another update. Please contact me for those 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.
  • I’m having problems unzipping it!  Some zip programs don’t play well with this zipped version. Please contact me and I’ll help you out!
  • Game won’t run. Says a file is missing or won’t execute. The zip program should be over 480 mb in size (right click on it and look at the info or properties to check the size. If you purchased the censored version it should be over 403 mb.) If it’s less than that, it means you didn’t download it completely. Please delete the zip file, re-download it, and make sure to SAVE it somewhere on your hard drive. (Chrome sometimes has a problem downloading the fulle file, so you might want to use a different browser to download it.) Once you’ve downloaded the entire .zip file, then unzip 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. I think there’s a wiki for the game somewhere. Hopefully someone can make a forum for the game somewhere to discuss how to get endings.
  • 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! 😄

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. Hi!! Great game, I can’t stress it enough, and I always find incredible how you were able to create these amazing, real stories yet simplified enough to turn them into a game, and I say “real” because precisely I’ve had very similar stories with a guy or two, so I could identify with Mark as I was playing said storylines, and it made my days.
    I have a problem and I’ll be grateful if you help me: I can’t seem to get one of Mark’s gallery images, the rightmost at the second row… Please please please help me! Do I have to flunk at college to get it or what?

  2. Hey,

    So I’ve seen a pic circulating of Phil and Mark screwing while what appears to be Ian dressed as a drill sergeant watches. Is this actually part of the game or just fanart? I don’t have any missing slots from the Phil gallery, but I thought I would check.


  3. I absolutely love this game, I’ve played through every successful ending (as well as two, er… alternate endings I guess is what I should call them without giving anything away) with the help of a walk through, and I’m looking forward to upcoming additional content. I wanted to mention, for those out there who are fans of The Sims 4, that the main cast of Coming Out On Top was created and shared in the online gallery for anyone who wishes to take control of these beloved characters and play around with the hunks that didn’t win Mark’s heart perhaps falling for each other. I did not create them, but I did come across them and thought I’d share my findings here.

  4. This might sound weird, but I just completed Slurpy’s route and boy… the whole story turned into something like a psychological thriller movie. I like it, kinda sad it’s a little too short. I think you should add a little more to it 😄

    Good job with the game though, I love it, and still waiting for Amos

  5. I can’t tell you how much I am enjoying this game. sweet, sappy, sexy, funny…
    moar! any plans for other games like this? officially offering writing services!

  6. Thank you so much for adding Amos.

  7. When Brofinder becomes usable in-game, would it enable you to meet up with some of the side characters from paths you aren’t currently on? Perhaps even as a pleasant surprise. For example, using it while on Phil’s path you might get a fling with Roman, or D’artagnan.

  8. Will the game be available for purchase in the next 20-30 years?

  9. When I opened the zip, i couldn’t find .exe file anywhere, only an .app. Does the game only work for mac now?

  10. I unzip the file but there is no .exe file there – there are lots of files but no .exe.

  11. Hiiiiiiiiii! I just wanted to say a huge “THANK YOU”! This is actually the very first time I buy a gay game and I’m not disappointed at all! This is soooooo good! I love pretty much every single character. In their own way, they are all so nice, so good-looking, and I absolutely adore your sense of humour! ❤
    And the two new bonus dates are so cool as well! *-* I'm really impressed! Though it's a shame we get to see so little of these sexy guys ^^
    Anywaaaaaaaaay! Thanks again! I can't bloody wait for new bonus dates!
    And, by the way, is there gonna be a "Coming Out On Top 2" after? 'cause that's something I'd definitely purchase!! Byeeeeeeeee, have a great day! (-^_^-)

  12. Hey, Love the game (especially Jed)
    Is there a way you can add more endings to the bonus dates. I just feel they have more of a single path kinda feel and would love for their too be a bit more diverse in sexual encounter variety types. Luke is a really cool and funny but there’s not much we can do with him and I think it would be great if he could be expanded upon.

    • As I’ve mentioned before, these are short bonus dates that come free with the game. There will be 16 guys total for COOT when all is said and done, and for a game that’s currently $15. I happen to think it’s a pretty good deal 🙂 Perhaps I’ll add more in the future but I’m focused on getting the rest of the dates out first.

      Thanks for your feedback!

  13. I just wanted to say that I love your game so much!! I really want to tell all my friends about it and have them get it too, but I don’t have many gay friends 😦

    and just a small idea/suggestion, it would be really awesome if there were a scenario where Mark can actually “finish the job” with Ian’s dildo and not get interrupted by his parents. Don’t we all just HATE it when that happens? 😛

    Thank you for such a great game!!!!

  14. Obscura,

    The game is great! I bought it back when you first made it accessible to people who did not kick start. I wish I knew about this before so I could have helped in kick starting it, but I have very much enjoyed playing the game. Still come back to it from time to time.

    That being said, I don’t seem to have the new guys accessible. Is there a way for me to unlock them or do I have to pay for the DLC(not that I wouldn’t mind)? I really want to play the new story lines. Thanks ahead of time for the help.


  15. I downloaded the game in 2014 and since the only way you allow redownloading of the additional patches, how can I download 1.4.6? The email sent to me isn’t loading anymore (like any others from literally 2-3 years ago) so I don’t know how to access the download link. What am I supposed to do?

  16. Hi Hi. I just discovered COOT last weekend via friend and devoured the entire thing in a single long weekend day (went to bed at 3 AM after finally securing my last gallery image)—it was the rom com/porn mashup I never knew I needed, thank you.

    I know you’re currently focused on finishing the remaining Brofinder dates, and when you’re finally finished, you will likely want to move on to fresher projects… But if you DO make any additional expansions to the main storyline(s), I’d love to see more material for Alex, who I think currently has some of your tightest plotting (I had great fun with all of the academic espionage, and the cinematic quality of the near miss, ‘hurry up and catch him before you lose him forever’ interaction in the park that closes the path), but most surface-level character development. I can envision a scenario in which Mark has to defend him in a formal inquiry w/ the dean… or shows up at his doorstep to convince him not to leave… etc.

    I would also love to see the opportunity to use that final week or so of school to somehow reconnect with one of the boys that got away, if things have gone south on one’s chosen path (like about the time Ian shows up in Mark’s room telling him he’s spending too much time with the fish). For instance, say that I make a wrong move with Brad, and lose him—maybe there is an accelerated finale path where I discover the feelings that Ian has been secretly harboring this whole time. Or say I don’t pursue Penny’s plan to help Alex, and he disappears—could there be an opportunity to run into Brad somewhere on campus in the final weeks of school and discover a mutual attraction? ..& etc. …I’m sure that connecting the paths to each other adds a nightmarish level of complexity, but I am thinking more like discreet offshoots that are not directly connected to the earlier interactions with these characters, similar to when we first encounter Amos pretty late in the Ian path and it just creates a fresh, discreet branch. (it would just be that which options are offered is dependent upon who you met earlier in the gameplay, before your choices started closing off the options—i.e. how it’s possible to meet Brad at your first tutoring session or pick Phil up at the airport or do the bukkake party w/ Jed before committing to pursuing another one of the guys).

  17. It’s great that this game works out of the box on Linux !
    Going to play right now, thanks for this great work ❤

  18. I love you so much that adding anyhing else to this comment would make it creepy. lol

  19. I just bought the game a couple of days ago and I really have to say: Great job! The stories are amazing as are the graphics. Just one question: In the FAQ, it says “You’ll be able to purchase the ‘Raunchy Tell-All Art Book?’ in 2015”. I guess this has been postponed? Is there an update when I might be able to buy this? Cheers, Maxim

  20. Is there another walkthrough out there? I think the one she linked in the FAQ has been taken down. I’ve romanced everyone but there are a few pics I haven’t unlocked in the gallery and I want to see what I need to do differently.

    • Hi Danny, I should probably remove that link! Sorry about that, it’s been up for a while and then it suddenly disappeared. I’ll see if I can make a walkthru for the game at some point. In the mean time, hopefully someone can answer your question. Use the “skip” options with TAB and save if you aren’t already to get through previously played scenes.

  21. Heyy,
    I was wondering if the game is complete or if there is still going to be added more people in the future? 🙂

  22. It’s just one. The others are if the other servers are busy.

  23. Hey there!

    Thanks for the game, it’s really great. I’ve been playing it since yesterday and I absolutely love it. However, I really need to know which music was used in there, since it’s just awesome. Especially the song that starts playing during Jed’s concert. Can you tell me please?

    Thanks !

  24. Do you every go to conventions or anything? I know you’re probably busy but i’d be overjoyed if I every got to meet you in person! I enjoy this game so much!

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