A downloadable game for Windows and Linux

Fifteen year old Louis Lacroix is depressed.
Ever since he had a nervous breakdown in class and punched his old maths teacher in the face his life has been a successive string of disasters, one after the other.
Moved from his old maths class into a class for 'sensitive' children who require extra attention, he meets Miss Lemaire, a pretty young teacher who's only been working at his school for a couple of years.
Though Louis passed by her in the hallways before, he never spoke to her. Not until now. Soon, however, Louis begins to wish it had stayed that way.
There's nothing more painful than an unrequited crush, after all – particularly one on your teacher.

Is This the Life? is a kinetic visual novel with no choices. The whole story is about 19k words long.

PlatformsWindows, Linux
Rated 3.2 out of 5 stars
(5 total ratings)
GenreVisual Novel
TagsAnime, Atmospheric, Dark, Experimental, Male protagonist, Mental Health, Romance, Short, Story Rich, weird


Is-this-the-life-1.01-all.zip 65 MB


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I liked how the ending turned out to be different from what I expected after reading the prologue. As for the VN itself, it's a well written dramatic coming of age story. Louis's teenage years weren't happy ones, but let's hope there is a brighter future awaiting for him.


I really like how this story is written. The main character is very realistic, and I say that because I was just like him when I was his age. The other characters are also done very well, and the reader can easily understand their thoughts and motivations without having them directly spelled out. The music is great too.

Bit of a belated reply (alright, a *lot* of a belated reply haha) but thank you very much! I'm glad that you enjoyed the story!
This VN is pretty old (I think I released it in 2015? Wow, time really flies...) but I'm glad it still holds up!
I'm pretty fond of Louis myself, so it's nice to know he's convincing, as one of my earlier attempts at writing a male lead! It's nice to know people are still reading this story even now!