A downloadable cozy game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

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Village Monsters is an open-ended village life game set in the world of a long-forgotten video game. You play as the sole human living in a community of (mostly) friendly monsters


Key Features!

  • Befriend dozens of whimsical monsters, each with their own quirky personalities and problems to solve.
  • Pursue many exciting hobbies that let you hunt for treasure, collect and train creatures, cultivate gardens, and catch legendary fish.
  • Help restore the village and save your new community from destruction.
  • Unravel unique personal stories as you build friendships and unlock special Heart-to-Heart events with each villager.
  • Engage in a variety of daily activities. Earn money with a part-time job, join in village events and holidays, go on adventures - or just hang out with your monster pals and watching some TV.
  • Buy a fixer-upper and transform it into your very own comfy-cozy homestead.
  • Explore vast areas outside the village ranging from vibrant forests, arctic deserts, fog-choked valleys, and the ruins of a best-forgotten empire.
  • Immerse yourself in a simulated world that boasts shifting weather patterns, sweeping seasonal changes, and unscripted interactions.
  • Harness the glitches of a run-down game and use them to unlock abilities and even mend the world.

Purchase

Buy Now$14.99 USD or more

In order to download this cozy game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $14.99 USD. Your purchase comes with a Steam key. You will get access to the following files:

village-monsters-windows.zip 45 MB
Version EA-0.75.2
village-monsters-mac.zip 49 MB
Version EA-0.75.2
village-monsters-linux.zip 46 MB
Version EA-0.75.2

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I remember that tittle music from Destination Kepler. I loved that little game.

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Oh, neat! All the in-game music is from Josh Woodward who puts out Creative Commons music. His acoustic tracks are wonderful and really fit the relaxing mood I'm going for.

Just downloaded the game and, after unzipping and attempting to open the game, I get the following warning: "“Village Monsters” is damaged and can’t be opened. You should move it to the Trash." I'm attempting to play the game on macOS Mojave. :)

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Hello! This seems to be a common issue with downloaded games on Mac. It seems related to security on MacOS. Itch.io suggests using their App (https://itch.io/app) to rectify this issue.

Unfortunately I'm unable to do much from my end, but I've had lots of reports of this solution working for others, so please give it a shot.

Had the same error, tried with itch.io App and it worked!! 

Thanks.

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How... is this game so good without anyone knowing about it? Its a very relaxed town "sim", that plays like a mix of Animal Crossings laid back charme, Undertales characters and Harvest Moons mechanics. What really gets me is how much effort and thought the developer put into ever single of these characters, making this a very wholesome and relaxing experience that you want to go back to. You are the last human and live among Monsters, fishing, hunting, farming, spelunking, digging for treasure, searching for the secrets of the world and getting to know an immeasurably adorable and likable cast of characters. Still not fully finished, but great stuff. 4,5/5

More Racial Justice bundle impressions and ranking:
https://itch.io/c/915453/quick-impressions-bundle-for-racial-justice

Love this review! Thank you so much for taking the time to play Village Monsters and to write this up.

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The love you poured into this really shines through, I honestly didnt expect this game to have so much heart and be so charmingly written and just an overall escapist good mood package. I played a ton of Indies for these impressions and this is one of my biggest surprises so far.  Thanks for putting so much effort into it over these years!

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I purchased this game in the Racial Justice and Equality Bundle, and I gotta say, I love it. It's a fun, and gives me SDV vibes with a little bit of a dark sense of humor. I really look forward to seeing what's planned for Village Monsters.

Really appreciate the kind words! <3

Is there a place to upload bug reports with images?

Best place would be Discord: https://discord.gg/NaNc7Tr

There's a Bug Report channel

Bug report. It happens right after the first town meeting ends. Right when you get control of your character, a thing pops up and you have to abort it. 

New game. First time playing it. 

So sorry you're experiencing this. I'm trying to track down the source of this bug. What is your OS? Windows, Mac or Linux?

Hey, just wanted to follow up that this bug has been fixed in the patch I released yesterday (v0.75.2). Let me know if you continue to have any issues, and thank you so much for reporting it!

hey another bug report... freezing after the cutscene with the town meeting?

Do you recall when or where it freezes? Is this a new game, or an existing save file?

seems to only happen when continuing  new game seems to fix it but users shoudl be made aware to start a new game.. it was freezing right after the first town meeting cutscene time would move but you could not do any input even esc

Hey, just wanted to follow up that this bug has been fixed in the patch I released yesterday (v0.75.2). Let me know if you continue to have any issues, and thank you so much for reporting it!

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This bug will be fixed in the next update (releasing sometime tomorrow)

The linux version has a bunch of weird dependencies and won't run unless they're installed, like openssl 1.0 instead of 1.1, and specifically the gnutls version of libcurl???

I'm really sorry about that. Unfortunately, those are the requirements to run any GameMaker Studio 2 game in Linux, which means I'm unable to change them

Hi, just bought this game and really looking forward to it.  Can you tell me how to make it full screen?  I tried Alt+Enter, F5, F6 ... none of the shortcuts work.  Thanks.

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Nevermind just found out it's inside the menu 

Hi! Only a couple bugs encountered (I walked around the sky around the forest once, it was pretty neat, and another time i walked out of the crossroads going to the village but it got me stuck up there for a few seconds); otherwise, I'm completely in love. I got the game with the bundle, and I'm really vibing with it. Great work! I eagerly await character customization, events and dialogue options with the NPCs! They're very endearing and they feel like their own person, I legitimately found myself wanting to know them better. Thank you for your hard work!

Thanks for your bug reports, and also for your kind words! Glad to have you along for the ride :) There's a lot of work to do between here and version 1.0, but it'll be well worth it.

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This is amazing!! I love monsters :) Can’t wait to see how far this game develops in the future

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What's the best place to report bugs? I reported one in the Steam forum, but I actually got the game here (in the bundle).

Another possible bug: if I store more than the required amount of food for a stabled critter, it all gets consumed in a single day anyway. Not sure if this is intentional behaviour -- it would be useful to store a supply of food for several days in advance.

Apart from that, this is a cool game, and it's great that you made it available so early. I'm a recent arrival, but it must have been fascinating to watch it develop incrementally from the beginning. It's a valuable opportunity to collect feedback, and offers both non-programmers and people interested in learning programming insight into the amount of work that goes into this kind of project and how it develops over time.

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Oh, I got that food bug too! I mean, assuming it's a bug and not intentional? :0c

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The best place to report bugs would likely be Discord (http://bit.ly/ChattyMonsters) or my email (josh@warpdogs.com), but I make an effort to do a little "patrol" of comments and forum posts every couple of days, so no matter where you post I should stumble upon it eventually

In terms of the bugs you reported, I should be able to get them all fixed up for the next big update (next week). Thank you so much for reporting them!

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is there going to be any character customization? no offense, but I'm really not vibing with the default human...

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No offense taken! He is pretty lame. The answer is yes, you'll be able to customize your look and gender at some point. It just requires a lot of sprite work, so I've been putting it off in favor of other things, but it IS coming before 1.0

oh awesome, thank you!! :0

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is there any romance?

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Not currently, but villager romance is a frequently requested feature and I plan on adding it at some point.

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that would be so cool if that was included <3!

I'm really liking Village Monsters so far, but I can't figure out how to give people items. is that not an option yet?

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When you send them a letter via the post office you get the option to attach an item as a gift (after you've written the message). 

Thank you so much!

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I found this game through the Racial Justice and Equality Bundle, and I have to say: I'm already loving it so much!! It gives me a bit of an Undertale vibe, but without the fights- I've always wondered how a game like this might go, a relaxing slice of life sim where you can be friends with NPCs who aren't human! So this is sort of my dream game, thank you for creating it! <3 I already feel right at home in the town and I'm super excited to see more of where this game goes! :D

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Downloaded it about an hour ago. I'm already delighted. 

Quick question, is there any way to customize the player character? Or is something like that already being planned, since this IS early access. Nothing necessarily fancy, but I would like to play as a girl. 

Really great stylization and I'm really interested in how much deeper this is going to get once I get even two days into the game! Keep up the good work. Thanks for putting this in the bundle, by the way. Never would've found out about any of these hidden gems unless my friend told me about the charity fundraiser. 

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Hey Josh, as a fellow member of the EZA community, I just wanted to say I think it's rad you put this game in the bundle.

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Love & Respect!!

I love this game so far! I was wondering if the fish and critter traps are unusable for now or if I'm just using them wrong? 

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A little bit of both columns :) It is possible to use them, but it's not very intuitive. Once equipped, you'll be able to see spots out in the world where you can place them.

They still need to be fleshed out a great deal more

How do we equip them, and what do the spots look like? I've added traps to my inventory a bunch of times (after buying them), but I can't find a way to use them explicitly and I haven't found any spots on the ground where they activate. I may be missing something obvious. :)

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So you equip them by holding A or S, then going to the fishing rod if you want the fishing trap or the net if you want to use the critter trap. Then use the up or down arrow key to set it to the trap you want and press Z. When its equipped, you'll be able to see the spot for the critter trap on the same screen as the shrine and the fish trap spot is on the beach. I haven't been able to place the fishing trap, but the critter one takes at least a day before something is caught. Let me know if you have better luck placing the fishing trap!

Ooh, thanks! I'd never seen that rotating menu before. I found two other places where you can place critter traps. I also saw the fish trap location but was also unable to use it.

Anyone know how to rebind the c key? My c key doesn't work on my keyboard.

Shoot, sorry to hear that, but there is no way to rebind keys at the moment. However, there is full gamepad support. Is that an option for you?

Nah. I'll just wait to buy a new keyboard. 

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You can also look into downloading a program called Autohotkey, and asking on its forums for someone to help you write a script that remaps c to some other key while Autohotkey is running. I've used it to work around broken keys in the past.

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Hello! I'm trying to play your charming game, but when I download the Mac version it says the file is damaged and can't be opened. I'm on Mojave, 10.14.6. Do you have any advice?

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I have this issue too.  Also on the 10.14.6 Mojave. Hope there is a solution! : )

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I am also encountering this and I'm on 10.12.6 Sierra - the game looks amazing I really want to play it!

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Hello! This seems to be a common issue with downloaded games on Mac. It seems related to security on MacOS. Itch.io suggests using their App (https://itch.io/app) to rectify this issue.

Unfortunately I'm unable to do much from my end, but I've had lots of reports of this solution working for others, so please give it a shot.

Will do, thanks for the tip!

Hello! This seems to be a common issue with downloaded games on Mac. It seems related to security on MacOS. Itch.io suggests using their App (https://itch.io/app) to rectify this issue.

Unfortunately I'm unable to do much from my end, but I've had lots of reports of this solution working for others, so please give it a shot.

Hello! This seems to be a common issue with downloaded games on Mac. It seems related to security on MacOS. Itch.io suggests using their App (https://itch.io/app) to rectify this issue.

Unfortunately I'm unable to do much from my end, but I've had lots of reports of this solution working for others, so please give it a shot.

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Worked like a charm. Thanks again!

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Hi! I just downloaded this game, and I like it a lot. The thing is, I.... kind of have a problem sizing the screen? Some menu items are clipped off, out of my reach. I'm on PC. I fiddled with the screen sizing option, which...wasn't terribly helpful, besides letting me know the game could be full screen. I'd appreciate any help anyone could offer....

Can you let me know what your screen resolution is? It should definitely not be cutting off menus!

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I'm also having this problem, my resolution is 1280 x 1024! here's a screenshot from the game's opening showing how the dialogue is cut off (and the instructions). I also looked at the screen resizing settings and none of them fixed this problem. :(

eta: changed my res to 1280 x 720 and had less cropping, but it didn't entirely solve the problem. still, it made it playable and I super enjoyed my first day! this game is adorable!

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I'll try to change my resolution to what you mentioned- I really appreciate the help! I can't remember what resolution I had the game at before, and I'm very very new to playing games on PC in the first place, so I'll let y'all know how it goes! 

Edit: my resolution is on the recommended for my computer- that is, 2256 x 1504. Actually, knocking it down to several times lower- 1200 x 600, I think- fixed the menu problem. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, I had gotten very very confused for a while there- I'm glad I'll be able to enjoy this game to the fullest now! :D 

This game is so endearing. Every character feels so genuine, I can't wait to keep playing.

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hey ummm this is going to be a long and personal comment but:

first of all, i fell in love immediately with the amazing graphic and soothing music and the fact that one could feel how passionate you are with the project. then i fell in love with the world you built, the characters, the way one could just live here day by day by catching critters, fishing and carrying a shovel around like a scrooge looking for more money into their 1000 coins collection. i know there's more to the game because i could see the farming and crops mechanics? but i'm happy to just live like an animal crossing character in a pixel world of lovable monsters. and i want to thank you for that :).

i uh, haven't been doing that well mentally with everything going on in the world, and i get overwhelmed very easily with my existence and such. so to have a place where i can just.. exist with no question ask (well not really, most of them still ask why did a human come here but to be fair, i'd ask too). i find it extremely relaxing and soothing to just come and fish or talk to people if i want to, and it helps that everyone kinda welcome me with open arms and it helps even more that Yggette seems to be extremely happy with me waking up every morning so she could say good morning to me. thank you for such sweet dialogue. it helps ease some stuff off my heart to see someone greets me with such genuine love.

i bought the game along with the Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality and wasn't an itch.io user before but i made the account just so i could leave this comment. you made something beautiful with your hard work that brings comfort to others and i want to thank you for that, thank you very much for that. i'll be following your development and buy the game again here on itch.io since you mentioned that it 'benefits you more by allowing you a bigger cut of the purchase'. have a lovely year, Josh. 

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This is an unbelievable comment. Thank you so much for sharing this. I'm going to print it out and tack it next to my computer so that I can always remember why games are important to make and play. Thank you.

there seems to be a glitch when i take a nap; the game won't let me wake up even after pressing z, so i have to wait the whole time for the next day to come

other than that, it's a very fun game and i can't wait for future updates! 

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Just passing by and i can really tell this is a passion project. Just wanted to wish you all the best with it. Looks like it will be a great game when u finish it. Looking forward to release. 

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This is such a kind thing to say. Thank you so much!

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Been watching this one for a while and finally picked it up today. I'm only an hour deep into it, but I've enjoyed everything so far. Just wanted to say thank you for making this game.

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That's great to hear! Hope you keep having fun with it <3

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This gives me some Undertale vibes, and I mean that in the absolute best way. Lovely game and I look forward to the full version.

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Thanks for the kind words!!

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I've had a lot of fun playing this and I think the idea of collecting things to be able to expand a world is a great idea for a game like this. My only complaint is that the days are pretty short and the dialouge from everyone is very long. I feel as though in a game like this, of course all the NPCs should act with character but, I feel that it takes a longer time to get to know people. That not everyone should tell you their full life story immidiately. You have a lot of charcters here who's differences are like night and day but I definently would like to see more aggressive monsters, some in between. Everyone should have their own oppinions more and the politics of the whole society should be decribed more through action rather than just saying everything outright. Other than that the game was very enjoyable and I had a lot of fun playing it. I hope to be able to play the full game in the future.

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Thank you so much for the detailed impressions! I generally agree that villagers are too chatty too quickly, so I'm working on a system where when you're still "strangers" they're a lot more reserved. Thanks for playing!

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Hi, some feedback on the first few minutes of windows demo ...

The game has a friendly vibe!

Pressing "1" crashes the game.

Before entering the door, a message says "I want to say a few things", its not clear that I need to press Z to continue the dialogue.

Its not clear that Z is OK and X is cancel.

Some typos in the notes in the building the character wakes up in.

Looking at the painting shows an empty box along with the text, I was expecting a more detailed image of the painting.

Fun so far! :)
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Really appreciate the feedback on the demo!! Most of those things should definitely be fixed for the next release, but I took a bunch of notes all the same.

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I'm super excited about  this game! Any  estimate on full release yet? :)

Coming later this year ~~

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Any chance we could play one of the old demos? The game looks really cool and I'd love to give it a try before the release.

I plan on making a more updated demo available soon. Perhaps by June? Trust me, you wouldn't want the older demos... the game has come a long way.

I'll make a post once it's available <3

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Thanks for the response! Looking forward to it!

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My God man. It's been two years and I'll say. You've done a damn good job. You've come far dude, and you've earned the right to be proud. Hope this gains a lot more attention. 

You're about to make me cry. Thank you so much for the kind words!

This looks amazing! I can't wait for it to come out.

Really enjoyed this demo, gives me a lot of inspiration to the games I would like to make, keep going!

Thanks for the kind words! Although I know it can be a double-edged sword being inspired by another game... whenever it happens to me I have to fight off the urge to add in some major new feature from the game I liked into my own

This sounds wonderful! Any chances of a Mac version?

Yes, absolutely! In order to build a Mac version I need a Mac myself, and that's not in the cards right now. But soon!

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What a fun little indie game I really enjoyed the style and the small little secrets and characters in the game I can't wait to play the full game! 

!!! That's so rad! Hit me up over Twitter and I'll give you a retweet

@VillageMonsters

Yo man, good job with this game! Please dont discontinue it. Good Luck!!

I'm here 'til the end, baby! Thanks for the encouragement

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