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Love is Strange (LISVN) is a fan visual novel and dating simulator based on Life is Strange that takes place in an alternate universe without the storm and the Dark Room events happening. Max Caulfield has been back in Arcadia Bay for more than a year and the player is able to romance Chloe Price, Rachel Amber, Kate Marsh, or Victoria Chase. It was released on April 1, 2016.

About Edit

In Love is Strange, you play as Max Caulfield, an 18-year-old in her second year at the prestigious Blackwell Academy in the sleepy seaside town of Arcadia Bay, Oregon. Max, who aspires to become a famous photographer, finds herself challenged by the prospect of entering a photography contest hosted by her school. To be able to enter the contest, she has to pick a partner to work with. From there on out, what happens is up to you.

Routes Edit

There are 9 endings. There is a "normal ending" and a "true ending" for each route, and a "bad ending" shared by all routes. These endings are determined by your decisions in the game, which are linked to 'approval points.’ The higher your approval, the more positive your ending and storyline will be.

Each romance route ranges from a length of 30,000 words to 42,000 words. This includes all branching scenes and dialogue, so no one playthrough will see every possible part of a route. It will take quite a few hours to play through each route at least once.

Characters Edit

  • Max Caulfield
  • Chloe Price
  • Rachel Amber
  • Kate Marsh
  • Victoria Chase
  • Mx. Dog


Chloe Route Edit

On Monday, Max enlists Chloe to help her with the contest photo. They talk for a while, Chloe teasing Max about her high-pitched voice and discussing the contest prize. They then agree to meet up at the Two Whales Diner the next day to discuss the contest.

On Tuesday, Chloe arrives late to the diner, asking Max if she's mad at her tardiness. Depending on Max's answer, Chloe's approval points will vary. Chloe then teasingly asks Max to marry her and "buy [her] food for the rest of [their] lives". Max is confused, unsure if Chloe's joking or flirting. Chloe questions Max about what she ordered her for breakfast; if Max got Chloe eggs and bacon or pancakes, Chloe will be happy, but if she got her oatmeal Chloe will be disappointed. After finishing her food, Chloe will attempt to have the rest of Max's. They discuss the contest, and Max admits that she's nervous, but Chloe reassures her. Chloe is then bashful, wondering why Max chose her as her partner despite Chloe's lack of photographic talent, and it's Max's turn to be reassuring. Chloe then asks Max where she wants to take the photo.

If Max picks the photo location, they will go to the lighthouse. They reminisce over the times they had there when they were younger. Both Max and Chloe think that being there feels strange and that everything feels smaller, and Chloe suggests it's because they're older now.

If Max lets Chloe pick the photo location, Chloe will surprise Max by "blindfolding" her by putting her beanie over Max's eyes. When they get there, Chloe reveals they are at a junkyard; in this timeline it is the first time Max sees the junkyard. Max can either insult or praise the junkyard, earning or losing approval points. They swordfight each other with old curtain rods and play at pirates; Max wins the fight, as Chloe trips over some tires and falls down.

In both locations, Chloe then reveals that she plans to leave Arcadia Bay temporarily. She is afraid that she will never be able to leave Arcadia Bay, and she doesn't want that to happen. Max is upset, but tries to understand.

Max wakes up on Wednesday, pondering Chloe's news. She goes to the bathroom and has a conversation with Chloe, who remarks that Max looks strange and asks if she's okay. She can tell Chloe that she's just tired and has a lot on her mind, which will make Chloe upset, or Max can say she's thinking of Chloe, which pleases her. Chloe mentions that she has plans with Rachel, but if she'll be free later on if Max wishes to work on the contest entry. Max tells her that she just wants to hang out and have a "Max and Chloe" day, and promises a surprise.

Max goes to room, brainstorming ideas for a gift for Chloe. She can choose to make her a mixtape, buy her a snowglobe, or give her a photo of them as tweens, dressed like pirates.

They meet at the boardwalk. They talk for a bit, and Max has the option to flirt a little. Max eventually reveals the surprise to Chloe; if she gives her the mixtape or photo, Chloe will be happy. But if she gives her the snowglobe, Chloe will be disappointed, since she can't take a fragile glass dome with her on a bumpy car ride. Chloe then receives a text from Joyce asking her to come home so they can make dinner together.

If Max has high approval with Chloe, Chloe will invite Max back to her house for dinner and a sleepover.

If Max has low approval with Chloe, Chloe will ignore Joyce and go to the beach with Max.

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Rachel Route Edit

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Kate Route Edit

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Victoria Route Edit

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Achievements Edit

Achievements (called "Achieves") are unlocked by making certain choices along the way. Special thanks to cthulhulegobrick5ever for their work in collating this list of achievements.

Character Selection Edit

PartnersInCrime Partners in Crime

Make the world bow
Choose Chloe.
ReadyCloseUp Ready for Your Close-Up?

Choose Rachel.
ALittleFaith A Little Faith

Choose Kate.
DoubleExposure Double Exposure

Choose Victoria.

Chloe Route Edit

Grueling Grueling

You got oatmeal for Chloe. Of course, she hated it
Order Chloe a bowl of oatmeal at the diner.
ProductPlacement Product Placement

This game was brought to you by hexagon-enix

Choose to watch Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within with Chloe.

OhCaptain Oh captain! My captain!

The prize we sought is won

Choose the location for the photo with Chloe. When searching for the box, say you don’t want to search for it without her.

Insatiable Insatiable

Right or wrong, baby, right or wrong

Tease Chloe that she can’t get enough of you (possibly after extensive flirting).

Ending Achievements

RunAwayWithMe Run Away with Me

I'd run away with you

Get Chloe’s true ending. (Absolute factors are unclear, but it helps to be incredibly favorable towards Chloe in every interaction with her.)

WildestDreams Wildest Dreams

Say you'll see me again

Get Chloe’s normal ending. (Absolute factors are unclear. It is possible to get this ending by ordering Chloe oatmeal, giving her a snow globe, fighting with her rather than flirting with her, and not calling Chloe stupid in the junkyard on Thursday.)

Rachel Route Edit

NothingGold Nothing Gold Can Stay.

Don’t ditch class with Rachel. At the overpass, say that you like the graffiti most.
PosterOfAGirl Poster of a Girl

Ask Rachel about the "Rachel is a Whore" graffiti.
FireWalk Fire Walk With Me

Use the fortune machine with Rachel.
Dreams Dreams

At the photoshoot on Thursday, ask Rachel if she’s going to ask Chloe to go with her to LA.

Ending Achievements

Falling Falling

Get Rachel’s true ending.

(Absolute factors are unclear, but it helps to say things that Rachel likes, allow her to be herself, and skip school at least once. As a present, Lavender Oil is the best choice. Generally - just be Max.)

Californication Californication

Get Rachel’s normal ending.

(Absolute factors are unclear. It is possible to get this ending by never skipping school, and/or avoiding options that make Rachel happy, and/or giving Rachel a feather earring. Also, don’t tell Rachel that she can’t be everyone’s muse on Thursday.)

Kate Route Edit

JokesOnYou Joke’s on You

Choose to crack a joke when meeting Kate in the diner.
ColdShoulder Cold Shoulder

When Kate gets cold after the trip to the boardwalk, tease her instead of offering your jacket.
AFuckingMen A-Fucking-Men

Say you’re proud of Kate in her room. Her line about getting mean unlocks this achievement.
TouchedByAnAngel Touched by an Angel

When Kate questions why you let her be the subject of the contest photo, say that you didn’t even think about it.

Ending Achievements

TakeMeToChurch Take Me to Church

Get Kate’s true ending.

(Absolute factors are unclear, but it helps to be kind to Kate, and give her the picture book.)

Crosses Crosses

Get Kate’s normal ending.

(Absolute factors are unclear. It is possible to get this ending by insulting Kate at multiple points, giving her a toy bunny (you can get the true ending despite giving her the bunny though) and not telling her that you took the picture because you feel bad for her.)

Victoria Route Edit

BackToThe Back to the

Choose the location of the shoot with Victoria. When she says she expected a more bland location, pick the lighthouse.
DejaVu Deja Vu

Choose the white jeans when shopping with Victoria.
FuckMySelfie Fuck My Selfie

Don’t give Victoria the anime figurine or give it to her with low enough approval that she doesn’t invite you over. Max will automatically send Victoria a slefie, unlocking this achievement.
Hello Hellllloooo

Spend the night with Victoria (requires giving her the anime figurine). Afterwards, wake her up.

Ending Achievements

AddictedToYou Addicted to You

Get Victoria’s true ending.

(Absolute factors are unclear, but it helps to say things that Victoria likes, show confidence, ask about her emotional state, and give her the anime figurine.)

CliffsEdge Cliff’s Edge

Get Victoria’s normal ending.

(Absolute factors are unclear. It is possible to get this ending by going with Victoria’s idea for a photo location, not showing confidence, giving Victoria cookies or shades, and being blunt with Victoria’s feelings.)

Bonus Achieves Edit

SadFace Sadface

Now you're stuck in the girlfriendless-zone
Max’s partner prevents her from entering the contest. Known ways to get this ending include:
  • Fighting with Chloe, refusing to ditch school to take a photo, and calling Chloe stupid in the junkyard.
  • Telling Victoria that you thought she would want to submit her photo, then say that you’re surprised she would let you submit yours later on.
  • Consistently make Kate feel like you pity her, then tell her that you included her in the photo because you feel bad for her.
  • Make Rachel feel like you think she’s perfect, ask about all of the graffiti around campus, and tell her that she can’t be everyone’s muse on Thursday.
LoveIsHard Love is… Hard

Get all four "Sadface" endings.
LoveIsWeird Love is… Weird

Get "Run Away With Me," "Wildest Dreams," "Falling," "Californication," "Take Me to Church," "Crosses," "Addicted to You," and "Cliff’s Edge."
LifeIsGay Life is Gay

Ambiguous. Possibly unlocked by getting every achievement. (May be bugged.)

Gallery Edit

A selection of playthrough photos can be viewed from the "Gallery" option on the Main Menu.

(Will contact artist in order to create galleries in all sections below - Wiki staff.)

Backgrounds Edit

A gallery of background art featured in the game. Arranged in photo gallery order as they are unlocked.

Contest Photos Edit

Arranged in photo gallery order as they are unlocked.

Pick Chloe:

  • Choose the location of the photo.
  • Have Chloe choose the location of the photo.

Pick Rachel:

  • When she first asks you to skip school, agree.
  • When she first asks you to skip school, disagree.

Pick Kate:

  • Choose the location of the photo.
  • Have Kate choose the location of the photo.

Pick Victoria:

  • Choose the location of the photo.
  • Have Victoria choose the location of the photo.

Endings Edit

Arranged in photo gallery order as they are unlocked.

BonusEdit

Bonus photos are supposed to unlock at achievement milestones, but Tumblr user cthulhulegobrick5ever does not believe this works as intended.

Crew Edit

  • Project Lead, Programming : TheGadgetFish
  • Programmer : Thehaakun
  • QA, Scripter, Achievement & Gift Artist : Mostlymilkwood
  • Chloe Route : Lesbianmax
  • Kate Route : Gaychloeprice
  • Intro, Rachel Route, Journal : Mjrrgr
  • Victoria Route : Eiprej
  • Sprite, Journal Artist: Kunaike
  • Background, UI Artist : Anhdang
  • Ending, Journal Artist : Yuripirate
  • Contest, Bonus Photo Artist : Maxmyhipstersock
  • Musician : Workard

Trivia Edit

  • The software that is used for this game is called Ren'Py. It’s language is based off of Python.[1]
  • The game rating is Mature for language and pg-13 for story/image content.[1]
  • The official statement to why there aren't any male romance options in the game is: "Life is Strange is one of those rare games that the LGBTQIA+ community can really relate to. Representation is a hard thing to come by, and having a VN limited to female romances is very important to the team."[1]
  • It took about half a year to make the game with a core team of 12 people (and some support from others at various stages of development).[2]
  • The movie Max and Victoria watch in the Victoria route is Princess Mononoke.
  • The texting font is Helveti Hand.
  • Mx. is the nonbinary term analogous with Mr. or Mrs. It is pronounced ‘mix’ or 'mixter'.
  • Here is what you need to do to completely restart the game to get all the achievements etc. again.
  • All of the Rachel Route achievement titles are references:
    • Ready For Your Close-Up? - Deliberate misquote of a famous line from Sunset Boulevard.
    • Nothing Gold Can Stay - A famous poem by Robert Frost (1923).
    • Poster of a Girl - A song by Canadian rock band Metric. It is described by the author of the Rachel Route as "very Rachel" and because she literally was on a poster in the original game.
    • Fire Walk with Me - The prequel film to the Twin Peaks television drama.
    • Dreams - Once you unlock this achievement, the quote that you see is a line from the Fleetwood Mac song by the same title. The author also associates Rachel with classic rock with a "beachy," California, vintage vibe.
    • Falling - The name of the Twin Peaks theme song.
    • Californication - A song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. "Very Rachel" due to her California roots and her desire to head to LA.

Images Edit

Promotional Edit

Inspired Fanart Edit

Videos Edit

External Links Edit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Official FAQ
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