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My Candy Love (Amour Sucré, lit. Sweet Love) is an online Visual Novel created by Beemoov. You play as a young adult who becomes involved with the minutia of her friends and peers in a small city. The main character's name is up to you, though she's officially referred to as Candy.

The game is split into three seasons: High School Life (HSL), University Life (UL), and Love Life (LL). Seasons can be played in any order, as each one includes a mandatory tutorial episode. University Life and Love Life in particular lets you choose if you want to play as a newcomer or as a returning player. You do not have to finish one season in order to start another.

High School Life is the first season and features Candy during her late teen years. Upon transferring to Sweet Amoris High School, she meets Nathaniel, the student council president; Castiel, the resident bad boy; Lysander, a kind if mysterious boy; Armin, a geeky boy and fellow transfer student; and Kentin, a boy from her previous school. Depending on the player's choices, Candy can flirt with and eventually date one of them. Not everything is about the boys, though: during her time at Sweet Amoris, Candy gets into a variety of adventures (and misadventures) throughout which she can befriend one or more of her new classmates. Unfortunately, there are a couple classmates who take an immediate dislike to her, chief among them being Amber, the resident Alpha Bitch. High School Life ran from 2011 to 2018, ending with a total of 40 episodes.


University Life is the second season and takes place four years after the first. Candy has returned to the city in order to finish her schooling at Anteros Academy. During her stay, she meets both old and new faces. Among the old are Nathaniel, Castiel, and Priya, and among the new are Hyun, a fellow college student, and Rayan, a professor at the Academy. All five of them are potential love interests that Candy can potentially forge a relationship with. University Life ran from 2018 to 2020, ending with a total of 20 episodes.

Love Life is the third and final season. Three years after completing her degree at Anteros Academy, Candy is the owner and manager of the Cosy Bear Café. With the help of her university sweetheart, Candy continues to navigate her adult life, with all the ups and downs that that entails. Love Life ran from 2020 to 2021, ending with a total of 15 episodes.


In addition to the main game, there are several events that take place throughout the year. Each event lasts anywhere from one day to a whole month, and includes several exclusive rewards, usually clothing and illustrations.

For the sake of simplicity, the player character is going to be referred to as "Candy/your Candy/our Candy" and with third person pronouns.

This game provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer:
    • In HSL, Kentin is this for Candy. Once he comes back, though, he is nowhere near as clingy and Candy seems to get along with him far more.
    • In UL, Rayan is a very interesting example. Candy enjoys him as her professor, but his interest in her is very evident from the start and he's her current professor which is why, despite the teasing she gets, she's reluctant to pursue anything beyond their professional relationship (even if the player wants to). If the player doesn't want to pursue a relationship with him, there is actually the option to set strict boundaries with him before Episode 10.
  • Abusive Parents: Nathaniel and Amber were raised by parents who didn't seem to care much about them as people. Their father physically abused, and their mother emotionally neglected the former. While the latter was adored by their father, she was emotionally and (possibly) financially abused by their mother. This treatment implicitly impacted their personalities and actions in HSL, and definitely had some lasting impressions in UL.
  • Allegedly Free Game: It takes months to rake in enough action points to play through one episode, due to how much AP they use and because of how little AP you get per day by comparison. The events use AP as payment to replay the mini-games before their cool-down timers reset, and most events include an outfit that you can only obtain by purchasing AP or Gold.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Pretty much all of the male love interests (expect, perhaps, Lysander) are prone to saying things that are suggestive. Castiel's the most obvious one, since he's the one that comments about Candy's bust size the most.
  • Almost Kiss: Happens at several points in both HSL and UL with different love interests.
  • Alpha Bitch:
    • In HSL, Amber bullies Candy during their first interaction for seemingly no reason. Deborah's manipulative nature and intentions are actually what kick off the first true arc of the game.
    • In UL, Yeleen is a pseudo one for how she treats Chani and Candy. Unlike Amber, Candy has the chance to actually improve things between them and they can become friends.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: In HSL Episode 16, Candy can (sort of) confess her feelings to Castiel during an argument with him. This doesn't end the arguement.
  • Animal-Eared Headband: There are several clothing items that include bunny or cat ears.
  • Animesque: The artstyle evokes the look of the anime/manga aesthetic, mainly the exaggerated facial features.
  • Anti Poop-Socking: The action point system and how it works. Unless you spend real money, it will take months of saving up to actually complete an episode in one go. That's not including the various events where spending AP is optional, but it allows you to finish them quicker (or finish them at all if you missed or failed a mission).
  • Armor-Piercing Slap:
    • In HSL Episode 19, if you're on Dakota's route, Candy will slap Dakota after he enters her dressing room.
    • In HSL Episode 23, if you choose to confide in Castiel, Candy will slap Castiel after one too many insensitive comments. The aftermath is even given an illustration.
  • Art Evolution. The character sprites have undergone a few overhauls throughout the years. The illustrations especially show just how much the art has changed. In general, body proportions have gotten better, the lineart less obvious, and the shading more soft and realistic. With the advent of Live 2D, most of the sprites have become animated as well.
  • Audience Surrogate: Candy is the player's gateway to the world of MCL. Sometimes, she'll even remark on the absurdity of some of the situations she finds herself in.
  • Author Avatar: ChiNoMimi acts as a stand in for ChiNoMiko, the game's creator and art director. ChiNoMimi explains how the game works and will pop up whenever an episode has a partiucular gimmick.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: There are several relationships that appeared strained but are actually better than Candy first imagines. Rosalya and Leigh, Nathanial and Amber, and Castiel and his parents, for example, all seem to be contentous, but it becomes clear that they all have a genuine love and respect for one another. Subverted, however, with Yeleen and her mother; it really is as antagonistic as it first appears to be.
  • Bathtub Bonding: Castiel and Candy bath together during LL Episode 4. Castiel's dog even joins in.
  • Beach Episode: Both HSL and UL included an episode where Candy takes a trip to the beach.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Despite being the younger twin, Nathaniel has this towards Amber. At the beginning of HSL, he would defend her actions no matter what, even when innocent people were hurt by them. In UL, they lean on each other a bit more and don't fight as often. Whenever Nathaniel finds himself in danger of any sort, he does his best to hide it from Amber to keep her from worrying.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • In HSL Episode 5, when Amber tries to slap Candy, she can be stopped by Castiel, Nathaniel, or Lysander before she even lands a blow.
    • Towards the end of UL Episode 1, Nathaniel reintroduces himself by scaring away some street goons that were going to do something horrible to Candy.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Candy and her crush share on at the end of HSL Episode 28. In UL, she has one during Episode 10.
  • Bishōnen: Practically every male character. Definitely most of the male love interests, who clearly work with the same personal trainer.
    • There's also Biseinen with Rayan in University Life, who is in his 30s, much older than the other LI's but still pretty easy on the eyes.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At first glance, Deborah seems like a cool and interesting person. She quickly dismantles that notion when she warns Candy not to get on her bad side or she'll destroy her. Yeleen is a milder version; she's genuinely nice to anyone who isn't Candy or Chani (at least in the beginning) and she'll treat Candy better when her friends are around.
  • Bland-Name Product:
    • In HSL Episode 8, Castiel is shown holding a "WcDonald"'s bag in his illustration.
    • In HSL Episode 17, it's mentioned that "Gooble" and "Wifipedia" exist.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • In HSL, starting with Episode 16, there becomes this trend where the heart of every arc is to destroy Candy's morale in the harshest way possible before a happy ending can be reached.
    • In UL, while there aren't any contained "arcs" per say, there are events that last several episodes that clearly take a toll on Candy's mental well being. If it weren't for the support of her loved ones, who knows how she would even graduate.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In HSL Episode 4, when Candy goes to tell Castiel about what she and Li saw the night before, he guesses that you found Kiki. Candy comments that he's an episode late.
  • Breather Episode: Inbetween each major story or character arc, there's usually a more light-hearted episode.
  • The Bus Came Back: After spending about ten episodes out of the picture, Kentin returns with a new look and a (somewhat) new attitude.
  • The Casanova:
    • Dakota obviously prefers Candy, but he'll flirt with just about any pretty face.
    • By the time UL starts, both Castiel and Nathaniel have realized their potential as chick magnets and are implied to have had several flings before Candy comes back into their lives. Part of the drama of pursing Castiel is his numerous female fans and his ambiguous feelings towards them.
  • Character Customization: You can choose Candy's name, hair color, hair style, eye color, skin tone and her attire. In HSL, Candy's hair color/style and eye color will be reflected in illustration, and in UL and LL, Candy's hair color, eye color, and skin tone will be shown in illustrations (her hair will always be long and straight).
  • Chekhov's Gun: For most of the game, finding Lysander's notebook was treated as a simple, throwaway mission. In HSL Episode 32, the notebook became a key fact in Lysander regaining his memories.
  • Cooldown Hug: At the end of HSL Episode 16, Nataniel, Kentin, Lysander and Armin gives Candy a comforting hug when she breaks down into tears, due to Deborah's bullying. In UL, Hyun will give Candy a few hugs to bolster her spirits if you're on his route.
  • Cliffhanger: Some episodes leave the audience in the middle of a dramatic event. HSL Episode 30 is particularly infamous for ending shortly after Lysander got hit by a car.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: All over the place: Rosalya almost got close to fighting Deborah because she was flirting with Leigh. In high school, Melody had a huge crush on Nathaniel and would be extra bitter towards Candy if she was pursing him. Candy herself will develop this towards whoever she is crushing on/dating, etc.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy:
    • Castiel is a classic one. Nathaniel is as well and notably more violent about it. Lysander is more of a Clingy Jealous Guy then crazy. The face Kentin makes in episode 32 if he starts to figure out you're with Castiel frighteningly hints toward this trope.
    • With UL, there aren't many instances where the love interests can get jealous since the actual dating starts as early as episode 12, but there is one very strong instance. In episode 11 Castiel proposes a one night stand with Candy. Whether Candy accepts or not, unless Castiel is the one she ends up with, ALL of the other love interests will be very cross with Castiel for the rest of UL.
  • Cringe Comedy: Some of the comedic situations Candy finds herself utilize this. Episode 37 in particular has this in spades, what with Ms. Delany's obvious discomfort at teach sex ed to a bunch of teens who aren't taking it seriously. In UL, Candy treats some of things her parent's do as incredibly embarrassing.
  • Crowd Surfing: Priya and Candy surf the crowd during UL Episode 20.
  • Crush Blush: As Candy gets closer to one of her dates, they'll often blush due to something she says or does.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Several characters have this as part of their design: Nathaniel (yellow), Jade (green), Hyun/Leigh/Li (black), Charlotte (brown), etc. Depending on how you customize Candy, she can also have this as part of her appearance.
  • Death Glare: When discussing whether or not they should save the rabbits, Castiel bluntly says that rabbits die all the time anyway. This earns him a harsh glare from most, if not all, of his classmates.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Both Castiel and Lysander's routes involve this trope. Castiel is easy to anger and snarky to the point of being incentive. Get close to him, though, and he'll slowly become more open and honest, especially with Candy. Lysander is a bit aloof and cool and first, but he has a genuine heart to him that Candy can bring out.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: During the first couple episodes, it was clear that Kentin had a huge crush on Candy. He often inserted himself into situations where he wasn't really needed. Candy (especially in the illustrations) didn't seem to be happy with his overenthusiastic affection. When he came back from military camp, it's still obvious that Kentin was crushing on Candy, but his clingy behavior was toned down quite a bit. And if Candy ended up with one of the other boys, Kentin accepted her choice.
  • Early Installment Character Design Difference: The original sprites look very different from the several updates they would receive: Nathaniel didn't have the blue color scheme that he does now, Armin had a scarf and vest instead of a beanie and black-and-white shirt, etc. Of the original dates, Castiel's the only one that's had a more consistent design sensibility.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The Morale system. Candy's Morale would start at 100% and if it ever got to 0%, she would be unable to go out for a day. Interacting with Amber usually lowered it by 5% while interacting with Iris usually raised it by that same amount. The mechanic was in use for the first few episodes, but was never utilized afterward. The 2017 update removed its presence entirely; the only times you'll hear about it is through interactions with older fans.
  • Easily Forgiven: Candy accepts the apologies of those that had turned on her. The only person who Candy doesn't easily forgive is Castiel; she ignores his attempts a few times until Castiel forces her to listen to what he has to say.
  • Enemy Mine: Defied. Candy asks Amber if she'd be willing to help her take down Deborah, but Amber refuses.
  • Fairy Godmother: Agatha is Candy's eccentric aunt, who often refers to herself as Candy's fairy godmother. You have a chance to find her during each episode. If you run into her, she'll give you clothing, action points, or gold.
  • The Fashionista: Rosalya and Alexy are both very passionate about clothes and fashion. Leigh, the owner of Clothes Store, is another example.
  • Fictional Currency: Gold is an in-game currency that you can use to buy date outfits, clothes from the Clothes Shop, objective items, etc.
  • Freudian Slip: Once Kentin comes back, he tries very hard to keep his crush on Candy under wraps. However, if his L'o'M is high enough, he'll slip up often. Subverted with Castiel: anytime it sounds like he slipped up, he makes it very clear that whatever compliment he just gave Candy was said on purpose to make her blush.
  • Geeky Turn-On: Candys who date Armin will find his references to video games and pop culture endearing.
  • Girl Posse: Amber has one in Li and Charlotte. They're both just as petty as her and are often seen together with Amber. As the story goes on, Candy can interact with Charlotte and Li on their own (the latter less than the former).
  • Gratuitous English: The French version is filled with this. The "I look so good with your boyfriend" top, Armin switching to English in order to ponder "What kind of sorcery is this?" in regards to Kentin's transformation, etc.
  • Growing with the Audience: The game was originally just focused on teens with some plots that were standard (such as studying for a test), silly (catching the Principal's dog), or both (figuring out who stole exam answers). As the game progressed and the target audience got older, more mature themes were introduced (such as abuse and cyberbullying). The game was then split into seasons, with the second focusing on Candy's last year in university and the third showing her as a working adult.
  • Guide Dang It!: The necessity of all the online guides cannot be overstated. In order to unlock most illustrations, you need to choose the correct dialogue and one outfit out of two or more. Towards the beginning, you might not have that much trouble discerning the right choices from the wrong, but as the game progresses it gets more and more difficult. And if you miss an illustration, you'll have to spend even more AP on replays. This can have a cascading affect if you participate in the special events: spend more AP on episodes and you may not be able to obtain everything from an event.
  • Handsome Lech: Dakota is both attractive and loves to flirt with Candy. He even enters the dressing room Candy is in during Episode 19 (if you're on his route). Castiel is also fairly handsome with a habit for commenting about Candy's breast size.
  • He Is All Grown Up: When he comes back from military camp, Candy has quite the reaction to Kentin's new look.
  • High-School Dance: In Episode 39, there's a dance to celebrate Candy's class' graduation. The Valentine's 2018 event also takes place during one.
  • Holding Hands: Some of the illustrations show Candy and her date holding hands; HSL Episode 20 has a distinctly romantic overtone to it.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Even if they were to wear the same clothes, it would be easy to tell Alexy and Armin apart due to their different eye and hair colors, as well as the direction their bangs are parted.
  • Info Dump: The tutorial episodes have this, delivered by ChiNoMimi or Agatha. In HSL, ChiNoMimi will periodically appear when an episode includes a particular gimmick.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: In HSL Episode 39, Candy and her boyfriend are about to have sex when they're interrupted by her mother. She takes it well, though.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Castiel has generally rough demeanor, but underneath it all, he does genuinely care for his friends and family.
    • Post-military camp Kentin is more prickly than he was before, but at his core, he's still an awkwardly lovestruck boy who would help Candy at the drop of a hat.
  • Kick the Dog: In Episode 5, Amber stole some exam answers with the intend to distribute them to the rest of the students. Nataniel was in charge of looking after those papers, and was going to be in deep trouble if Candy hadn't figured out that Amber took them. She was fully willing to let her brother talk the fall for her actions.
  • Knight of Cerebus: While Deborah's arc wasn't exactly the happiest, the introduction of Francis and his abuse of Nathaniel is where the game starts to include more mature themes and topics.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Every so often, Candy will seemingly channel the various frustrations the players feelSuch as , or comment on some of the stranger aspects of her surroundings.Such as 
  • Lap Pillow: If you choose Castiel as your orientation partner in Episode 11, Castiel will rest his head on Candy's lap, something that's reflected in his illustration.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Kentin's return and the new love interests for UL and LL are all part of the game's trailers and promotional material.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Candy and Alexy's relationship are similiar to that of a pair of siblings.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Charlie, Willi, and Wenka (the characters introduced in the Easter 2012 episode) all have rabbit ears.
  • Locked Up and Left Behind: When the auditions for the lead role in the play are about to start, Amber tricks Candy into the school's basement before locking the door and leaving.
  • Love Triangle: After Candy enters a relationship with the love interest of your choosing, a small love triangle develops between her new boyfriend and the boy who's L'o'M is the second highest.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Castiel can go from flirting to sarcastic at the drop of the hat. Just when Candy thinks that he might be cracking and showing his feelings, he'll make sure to correct her.
  • Mini-Game: There are four mini-games you can play once per day. Three of them can give additional AP and one of them can give Gold.
  • Mister Muffykins: Principal Shermansky's owns a corgi named Kiki. During Episode 3, Shermansky basically orders Candy to find her dog. It wasn't unheard of for players to spend hundreds of AP trying and failing to find Kiki.
  • Monochrome Casting: When the game first launched, a vast majority of the cast was white (except for Kim and Dakota), including the five love interests and Candy. As more episodes were released, characters of different ethnicity were eventually introduced. To celebrate the fourth anniversary, twelve different skin tones were added, but they had be purchased with Gold and any illustration Candy appeared in would always show her as white. University Life and Love Life would later advert this: five skin tones are available from the start and the illustrations will reflect whichever one the player picked for their Candy. There are just as many characters with brown skin as there are with white from the beginning and each one has their own distinct personality.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • In Episode 23, Candy overhears Nathaniel being abused by his father. After taking a moment to digest this, she goes to check on Nathaniel in his room and immediately gets distracted by the fact that he's only wearing boxers. Right after this line, the tone gets serious again.
    • In Episode 30, Candy has finally started a relationship with the boy she's been crushing on, Dakota finally understands that she's not interested in him, and Candy's team has even won the prize in the art exposition. Then Lysander is ran over by a car.
    • At the end of Episode 35, Candy and her boyfriend stand up to Charlotte and intimidate her into deleting her photos of Iris. Overcome with passion, Candy kisses him. Afterword, she steps outside, only to find a crowd surrounding Armin watching on as he's being arrested.
  • More Diverse Sequel:
    • HSL featured five white male love interests for the female protagonist. UL replaced three of them with a male teacher of Arab descent, a male co-student/co-worker of Asian descent, and a female co-student of Indian descent. (The love interests stayed the same for LL.)
    • HSL Candy is always protrayed as white. custom skin tones are available, but you have to pay for each one, and Candy will still appear as white in the illustrations. In UL and LL, custom skin tones are a default feature, and whichever one you choose for your Candy will be reflected in the illustrations.
  • Most Writers Are Adults: Some of the language used in the early episodes is pretty stilted and formal for teenagers (even if you account for Lost in Translation). Later episodes improve on this somewhat by having the characters pepper their speach with slang.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Armin half-jokingly suggests this as a way to take care of Deborah, adding that they could Make It Look Like an Accident. Deborah's lucky no one wanted to go to jail.
  • Nerd Glasses: Kentin originally wore a pair of glasses that look like this. Later on, he trades them in for contacts .
  • No Dress Code: Some of the things the character's wear might get them in trouble if they went to a stricter school (Kim's revealing tank top being one example). Justified, since the game is set in France, where many schools don't have dress codes.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In Episode 16, trying to tell everyone about Deborah's true nature will only make a majority of them hate Candy's guts.
  • Not So Different: Castiel and post-military Kentin both have easily ignited tempers.
  • Not What It Looks Like: If you're on Castiel's route in Episode 18, one of the rabbits Candy's trying to rescue gets under her shirt. She takes it off in order to better get at it and Castiel ends up holding the shirt. Just then, Mr. Faraize walks in, mumbles that he didn't see anything, then leaves.
  • Odd Friendship: At first glance, it seems strange that the hot-headed Castiel is best friends with the even-tempered Lysander. However, there is at least one thing they're both very passionate about: music. Lysander even writes lyrics for Castiel to sing.
  • Old Flame Fizzle: When Kentin comes back from military camp, his affinity drops significantly, regardless of how you treated him before he left. However, since he's still a love interest, you can raise his affinity once again.
  • Orwellian Retcon: François-Xavier de Montherlant, the blond shop owner, was completely removed from the game after the 2017 update combined the Jewelry Store with the Clothes Shop.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Immediately after returning to Sweet Amoris, Kentin kisses Amber, breaks her phone and calls her ugly as revenge for bullying him.
  • Peggy Sue: The single episode replays can be used to get items and outcomes you couldn't obtain the first time, and the story replays can be used to rewrite your story.
  • Pet the Dog: Every so often, Amber will do something genuinely nice or even compliment Candy. In Episode 17, she admits that Candy did a good thing when she took down Deborah. The next episode, she wants to help Candy remove the rabbits from the school's science lab.
  • Play Every Day: You get 20AP and 5G every day just by logging in, and the mini-games can only be played once per day.
  • Player Character: Candy is the point-of-view character. You can choose her apperance and some parts of her personality.
  • Put on a Bus: At the beginning of Episode 3, Kentin tells Candy that his father is sending him to a military camp. He doesn't appear again until ten episodes later.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Some of what Castiel says or does definitely falls into this: he comments on Candy's bust size in front of her parents, neither of whom snap at him for it (not even Candy's father). During one Valentine's day event, he gives Candy a pushup bra as a gift, and in another he gives her fuzzy handcuffs.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Episode 28 ends with Candy and your boy of choice sharing a kiss, officially kicking off their new relationship.
  • Relationship Values: The Love'o'Meter (LoM) measures each character's affinity, a mechanic that reflects how much that character hates, likes, or loves Candy.
  • Revenge: Once it's clear that something needs to be done about Deborah, Candy and a few others in the know make a plan to reveal Deborah for who she really is. Not only does she lose the respect and admiration of everyone in the high school, she also loses the one thing that inspired this whole mess: her singing contract.
  • School Newspaper News Hound: Peggy is nothing if not dedicated to her job. She loves to search for the next story, but isn't shy about collecting or printing gossip and rumors.
  • Scoring Points: The points being scored here are affinity points, which affects how certain characters act towards Candy. The events also include other types of points during their mini-games.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: In Episode 6, you're supposed help Rosalya find a ring that Leigh gave her. You can find the ring or you can buy a replacement for 85G.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Despite all the evidence, Amber refuses to believe that her brother is being abused by their father. It isn't until Candy takes action against him that Amber begins to accept what's been happening.
  • Series Continuity Error:
    • In HSL Episode 23, Candy remarks to herself that she needs to buy new pajamas, as she hasn't bought any since middle school. Apparently, she forgot about the pajamas she bought in Episode 7.
    • In HSL Episode 27, the library is made available with its location being by the stairwell. The problem is, in episode 17, the library was supposedly upstairs during an objective to investigate Deborah with Armin and Lysander.
    • In UL, Priya mentions the Violette helped out with the play. The play happened in HSL's 21st episode, six episodes before Priya's introduction.
  • Shall I Repeat That??: Both ChiNoMimi and Agatha will ask if you want to repeat a specific explaination. If you do, the dialogue will remain exactly the same as before.
  • Ship Tease: Upon meeting each other, Lucy and Armin share some moments that could definitely be interpreted as romantic. A few episodes later, Armin brings her up again and hopes that she'll be at the play, and is the only one of the love interests to do so. However, since Armin is still a datable character and Lucy is a huge flirt in general, it's easy to guess that this relationship will remain platonic.
  • Shout-Out: In HSL Episode 32, when Priya asks your Candy what she should draw, your Candy's first answer is "Draw me a sheep."
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Even before they start dating, Castiel and Candy are always swapping teasing insults then a compliment or action that has one or the other blushing.
  • Slumber Party: HSL Episode 7's plot involves helping Melody organize a slumber party for her birthday, then attending said party. Each character that is attending gets pajama outfits. It doesn't take long for the conversation to turn to boys.
  • Smoking Is Not Cool: Castiel smokes, but his habit is never really shown in a positive light.
  • Stalker with a Crush:
    • Before he was sent to military camp, Kentin definitely had a fixation for Candy. It's heavily hinted that the reason he had a crush on Candy is because she stood up for him against bullies, back at their old school. However, when Candy transferred to Sweet Amoris, Kentin followed her, specifically so he could be with her. He'll also appear randomly to offer you cookies. After returning from the camp, this aspect of his character is considerably toned down. Even if he still likes you he doesn't follow you around as much.
    • Nina follows Lysander around and always shows up to his concerts. She is also an active member and president of the Lysander fanclub (of which she and/or your Candy are the only member(s)). If Lysander likes you, then Nina certainly doesn't.
  • Starbucks Skin Scale: The names for each of the skin tone you can buy from the Clothes Store are named after different types of food.
  • Status Quo Is God:
    • After everything they've been through and after helping each other out on some pretty major occasions, Nathaniel and Castiel still refuse to be friends. Candy even jokes that there Sweet Amoris isn't Sweet Amoris without Castiel and Nathaniel fighting.
    • Even after all her character development and two arcs revolving around her experiencing the consequences of spreading rumors, Peggy still thinks it's appropriate to tell everyone Melody and Mr. Faraize are having an affair. Candy tears into her for being so inconsiderate and going back to her old ways.
  • Story Arc: Each season has varying levels of this. HSL eventually incorperated multi-part episodes that centered on a specific boy's problems.
  • Student Council President: Nathaniel is Sweet Amoris' resident student council president.
  • Suspend Save: Your progress is automatically saved while playing. If you log out, log back in, and then resume playing, the episode will pick up where you left off.
  • Sweet Tooth: Kentin has a thing for sweets, especially cookies.
  • Symbol Swearing: Some characters do swear sometimes, but the swears are replaced with special characters.
  • Teen Drama: As the name implies, High School Life centers around teenagers and the day-to-day drama they often find themselves in.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Kentin's classmates at military school can only be described as such: they bullied him severely, locked him outside during a snowstorm, forced him to sleep in a dumpster, and forced him to drink toilet water. And that's just what he tells you about. The only person who was nice to him was Evan, who is 10 years older.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Castiel and Nathaniel can't stand even looking at one another. They manage to set aside their animosity (sort of) while practicing for the in-school concert.
  • Their First Time: In HSL Episode 40, your Candy and her beau can have their first times together. The one exception to this is Castiel, who already had his first with Deborah.
  • Time Skip: There's a four year gap between HSL and UL and a three year gap between UL and LL.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Kim and Iris are the tomboys to Rosalya and Melody's girly girls. Violette and Priya are somewhere in the middle.
  • Tone Shift: Around Episode 12 of HSL, the game gradually includes more mature themes, such as abuse and cyber bullying. UL and LL ramp this up now that all of the main cast are adults.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Kentin, to varying degrees. Part of it depends on how you treated him before he left, part of it is due to the toxic attiudes he picked up during his time at military camp.
  • Trapped in Another World: The Easter and Halloween 2011/2012 special episodes start off with Candy getting transported to a completely different word. In order to return home, she has to complete the assignments given to her.
  • Two-Teacher School: Mr. Faraize and Principal Shermansky were the only known faculty members that worked at Sweet Amoris. Boris was later (re)introduced, then Ms. Delanay and Patrick. Anteros Academy seems to be better staffed, as more staff members are shown or referenced.
  • Unbroken First-Person Perspective: The whole of the game is from Candy's perspective. Even during HSL Episode 15 when you're briefly in control of Deborah, the POV remains in first person.
  • Unmoving Plaid: The date outfit for HSL Episode 16 includes Candy wearing a purple plaid top. The pattern remains consistent even within the folds of cloth. It's especially evident in the episode illustrations.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: There are many opportunities where can you say or do something mean or selfish. On rare occasions, the game will even use illustrations as an incentive to do the cruel or selfish thing.
    • In HSL Episode 6, you choose to break up Leigh and Rosalya. This is the only way you can get Leigh's illustration.
    • In HSL Episode 13, you can choose to buy the amp everyone gave Candy money for or use that same money to buy an outfit. If you choose to purchase the outfit, it'll become a permenat part of Candy's wardrobe, but everyone's affinity will decrease.
    • In HSL Episode 27, the only way to get most of the illustrations is to not help out other people: don't find Lysander's notebook, don't tell Priya about Amber, don't support Violette, etc.
  • Video Game Cruelty Punishment: In HSL Episode 31, you'll miss an illustration if you don't forgive Nina for lying to an amnesiac Lysander about being his girlfriend shortly after learning about her dysfunctional family life.
  • Video-Game Objectives: Throughout each episode, you will be given various objectives. A list of them can be viewed by click the green "Objectives" button on the upper left hand side of the game's screen.
  • Video Game Tutorial: Each season has a manditory tutorial, during which ChiNoMimi or Agatha explain the game's mechanics. LL's tutorial has an option to skip the tutorial and go straight to picking the route you want.
  • Visible Silence: Ellipses are used whenever a character is processing information or is simply choosing not to speak.
  • Webcomic Time: Seven years passed between the beginning and end of HSL, the events of which span about two years. About two years passed in real time from the begining to the end of UL, and UL's story takes place within one year.
  • Wham Episode:
    • HSL Episode 12: Up to this point, the game hasn't ever dealt with heavy topics, or hinted that it might include them. Then Candy sees that Nathenial has several bruises on his back...
    • HSL Episode 30: A majority of the episode is standard fair, which makes the ending all the more jarring: Lysander gets hit by a car.
  • Wild Teen Party: Downplayed. Candy and her classmates arrange a party at Iris' house and, while there is some underage drinking, it doesn't get nearly as wild as these scenes are usually portrayed.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Deborah is fond of this tactic: she likes to make herself look like the victim and Candy the bully, whether through lies or arranged situations. This has worked in the past, and it almost works again when she manages to get almost all of Candy's classmates to sympathize with her. Rosalya and Alexy are the only ones who can see what's she doing.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Alexy, Jade and Violette all have blue, green and lavender hair respectively.


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