The Use of Life

The Use of Life is a “game book”-style multi-ending JRPG. The main character’s various “attachments” fluctuate in accordance with the choices the player makes, and the ending changes depending on “the use of life” you choose through your journey.

Digital Games

The Newest Major Update for The Early Access Version (Ver0.4.00) is Here! Chapter 4 (Misha Route) Added! (Update Log Included)

The Chapter 4 Misha Route update has finally been released on November 30, 2023! Those who have cleared the 3rd chapter of the same route can start right where they left off. This update also includes the maximum levels of all the advanced classes, so battles are now more exciting than ever!

Update log:

◆ Bug Fixes
・Fixed a bug where enemies did not have an aura when activating Undying Curse
・Fixed a bug where if a player changed the game settings when no save files exist and then closed out of the game, an incomplete save data would be created in the first slot
・Fixed a bug where effects of previously-used Enchant Skills would be added again when a new Enchant Skill is applied in battle
・Fixed a bug where the number of Retry Chances did not reset to 5 after clearing Chapter 3
・Fixed a bug where the desert BGM continued to play in Chapter 4 after clearing Chapter 3
・Fixed a bug where restarting from the beginning of Chapter 4 after clearing Chapter 3 would restart from the beginning of Chapter 3 instead
・Fixed a bug where closing the game after clearing Chapter 3 and loading the save file would result in a pitch-black screen
・Fixed a bug where players did not get EXP from opening a certain door from the inside in the desert underground section
・Fixed a bug where Gargantua's maximum HP appears to be increased in Hard Mode, even though it actually does not increase
・Fixed a bug where if you died in a battle against Gargantua after using the Paralysis trap and then retried, the Paralysis effect would also be applied to another battle
・Fixed a bug where selecting "Do-over" after losing against Gargantua would not reset Gargantua's HP and instead reflect previously done damage
・Fixed a bug where if players successfully rested during the Gargantua battle, the background music would stop playing
・Fixed a bug that caused the king's battle theme to be played during Vorf's battle
・Fixed a bug where the Heat attribute was missing from the Swordmage Skill Enchant Thunder
◆ Equipment Adjustments
・Changed the weight of Stain
・Raised the P. ATK stat of Baldos' Blade. It now also raises maximum HP
・Raised the P. ATK stat of Cleansing Blade and lowered its M. ATK stat
・Added a new piece of equipment with high P. DEF that nullifies Blind
・Added a new piece of equipment (accessory) that nullifies Paralysis
・Raised the defenses of Warding Armor and strengthened its resistances to Poison, Paralysis, and Blind Resistance +75%
・Raised the defenses and Heat and Cold resistances of Great Sage Garb and added Curse Resistance
・Added physical resistance to Shock-Resistor and adjusted its defenses
◆ Skill/Class Adjustments
・Added one more turn to the status boost effect of Final Tachi ・
・Raised the power of Final Tachi ・

・Adjsuted the Skills and stats acquired by the Swordmage upon leveling up
・Lowered the CP cost of Phosphorend from 2 to 1, and raised its MP cost from 15 to 20
・Added the defensive Spell Enchant Earth to the Swordmage
・Changed the Swordmage Spell Enchant Chaos into an incantation Spell, and strengthened its status boost effect and power

・Raised the amount of VIT gained by Curseblade levels from 4 to 6
・Added a Poison effect to Execution Blade
◆ Other Adjustments and Additions
・Added sound effects to the event in Chapter 2-A when you surround the fish with ice
・Adjusted the position of the animation for Kangah-Rooh's Hook
・Adjusted the positions of the Pala Gaya warriors (solo, duo, group, and Elyon) in battle
・Changed the sound effect for Rancor Blade and fixed the issue where it was quieter than intended
・Added the dialogue option "Chat" to talk to Elmaise in Chapter 4
・Players are now allowed to return to the entrance after moving to the throne room. This does not apply to save files where you have already entered the throne room—please select "Last Resting Spot" upon defeat
・Changed the timing of the number of Retry Chances being set to 10 in Chapter 4
・Minor text adjustments

2023/12/19 Ver0.4.05

・Added a dedicated event at the end of the Gargantua fight for when you defeat the boss with a device
・Added a dialogue option that allows you to learn about the big boss before the fight
・Changed the BGM of the last scene in the Power route
・Extended the cooldown time of Overdrive and Master of Magic
・Added a 2 CP cost to Master of Magic and raised the MP cost to 400 (from 300)
・Adjusted the strength of Master of Magic
・Added an effect to Overdrive that halves the cooldown of Skills used in its duration
・Buffed the king
┗Replaced Bowgun Snipe with Toxic Shot
┗Replaced Flash Orb with Paraflash Shot
┗Adjusted the strength of Royal Strike, which can also now be used without a wind-up action
┗Adjusted the strength of various other skills
┗Adjusted his status ailment resistances
┗Tweaked his stats
・Changed the final boss BGM to a dedicated BGM track
・Changed the background for the fight against the king
・Added translations for a previously untranslated Skill (Instant Thrust)
・Fixed a bug where using Writhing Vines to make a trap during the Gargantua fight didn't use up the item
・Fixed an issue where Gargantua had the wrong sprite when it overheats
2023/12/12 Ver0.4.04

・Fixed a bug where new skill animations had sound effects that could not be adjusted in the settings
・Fixed a bug in Chapter 3 where arriving at the oasis map for the first time after defeating the village chief and going through the great desert did not unlock an event
・Fixed some typos in English
・Fixed a bug that caused some processes based on number of actions to be skipped when Undying Curse activates
・Selecting "Beginning of Chapter" upon getting a game over in Chapter 3 will now put you back in the village as intended
・Fixed a bug where selecting "Beginning of Chapter" upon getting a game over in Chapter 4 did not work as intended
・Fixed an issue where Skill Details from the Get Skills menu also displayed enemy Skills with the same name
・Lowered the frequency of Gargantua's "Left Arm Cannon"
・Undying Curse will now have a low chance of activating in Hard Mode (25% chance, 10% HP recovery)
・Changed the visual effects for Judgement Blade (and certain related effects for the Skills Fury Attack and All)
・Changed the visual effects for Royal Strike
2023/12/08 Ver0.4.03

・Fixed an issue that occurred during the Elmaise encounter in the Forest (Route B) that prevented players from advancing.
2023/12/01 Ver0.4.02

・Fixed an issue where the branching event on Dawn Hill prevented progression.
・Fixed a bug in the Test difficulty level that caused all enemies to have 0 HP.
2023/12/01 Ver0.4.01

・Added Chapter 4 of the Misha Route
・Advanced classes now fully unlockable (Lv MAX)

・Fixed several bugs
・Fixed several text issues
2023/11/30 Ver0.4.00

・Fixed a bug where dialogue choices would display the status requirements for the previous set of dialogue choices.
・Fixed a bug where if you used an Incantation Skill and then performed an action that would give you a status icon, Goshe's sprite would get stuck on the Incantation animation.
・Fixed an issue where enemies would take damage from poison while supposedly invincible.
・Changed how enemy set-up actions such as Charge work; previously, there was an extremely small chance that enemies would perform a regular action after a set-up action, but now regular actions will no longer be selected.
2023/04/20 Ver0.3.07

・Fixed an issue where if the Saberworm is Stunned or otherwise unable to perform its next action when underground, it would fail to emerge from the ground, resulting in a stalemate where the player could no longer attack it.
・Fixed an issue where the black borders that appear for a dialogue choice remained on the screen after resting in the Morgana Desert.
・Fixed an issue in the Bandits' Hideout where a dialogue choice that had no skill requirements prompted a skill check.
2023/04/12 Ver0.3.06

◆Added a new experimental difficulty level
・Added an experimental difficulty level where the timing for a perfect dodge randomly changes slightly every time.
◆Added a brief pause before dialogue choices
・Added a brief grace period before dialogue choices are presented. (This change may be reverted depending on player reception)
◆Added the ability to change weapons mid-battle
・Added the ability to swap the equipped weapon mid-battle from the Tech menu.
・Equip a sub-weapon from the menu to swap between the main weapon during battle.
・Players loading an existing save file will find that they have the Blunt Sword equipped. This is totally intentional and definitely not a side-effect of the update.
◆Strengthened the Saberworm
・The Saberworm now has unique Skills and boosted stats.
2023/04/07 Ver0.3.05

◆Adjustments: Black Panther Warrior
・Added the Skill "Night Storm" to the broadsword stance.
・When your starting CP increases during a level up, there will now be a flash to call attention to the change.
◆Visual Adjustments
・The list in the Skill Menu can now display one more Skill during battle.
・Changed "CT" to "Cooldown" in Skill descriptions.
・Adjusted and rebalanced several UI elements.
◆Text Edits
・The previous Skill descriptions for Incantation and Multi-Incantation were outdated. They have been edited to correctly describe their effects. (Incantations do not strengthen Magic.)
・Made minor edits to the English translation.
◆Bug Fixes
・Fixed an issue where you could use non-Iai Sword Skills immediately after failing to unsheathe your sword.
・Fixed an issue where if players triggered movement-related events in the Bandits' Hideout and then immediately quit the game from the menu, the event locations would not be reflected properly.
・Fixed an issue where Goshe's sprite would appear to have his sword unsheathed after players sheathed their sword, used Incantation (and/or Multi-Incantation), and then used an incantation Spell.
・Fixed an issue where certain skill sound effects are still audible even when muted
2023/03/24 Ver0.3.04

◆Adjustments: Elyon
・Lowered SPD.
・Made fine adjustments to the trigger rate of each Skill.
・Full Attack is now fully guardable.
・Slightly lowered the chance of his Skills inflicting Paralysis.
◆Adjustments: Black Panther Warrior
・Raised DEF.
・Strengthened several attacks.
◆Adjustments: Curseblade (Advanced class)
・Added an HP absorption effect to the passive Skill "Growing Grudge".
・Changed the Skill "Vampiric Blade" to "Binding Fang" (A 3-hit attack that costs HP and has a chance of inflicting Paralysis).
・Added the Lv2 passive Skill "Overflowing Life" (Allows you to recover up to 1.25x of max HP, only during battle).
・Added the Lv3 Skill "Brambles of Pain" (Deals 8x the damage you take back to the enemy for one enemy action).
・Moved the Lv3 passive Skill "Adamant" to Lv4.
・Changed the stats that increase upon unlocking Lv2 and Lv4.
・Changed the description of the Skill "Abyss Gate" (The damage you have taken up to that point is added to the power of this Skill).
◆Changed the icon for passive Skills.
◆Text Edits
・Fixed the text that appears after successfully performing a sneak attack on the ambushing guards to show the correct damage value (2000→5000).
・Changed the description of the Easy difficulty.
・Added clarification that players may reset their Skills as many times as they want upon a Game Over.
・Fixed the English description of the Skills "Enchant Thunder", "Growing Grudge", and "Abyss Gate" to correctly describe the effects of the Skills.
◆Bug Fixes
・Fixed an issue where some passive Skills remained active after players did a reset.
・Fixed an issue where the directional prompts for the black panther warrior's skill "Stance [Dancer]" did not show the correct prompt for the consecutive blows.
2023/03/17 Ver0.3.03

・Fixed an issue where after defeating Elyon, the event that occurs behind the door appears to be completed, and players could not interact with the stairs.
・Fixed an issue where if players somehow moved to an undiscovered event, they would become unable to progress further.
・Fixed an issue where if players chose to escape to the ruins during the sandstorm event and rolled a Success, and in the following event rolled a Critical Success, the background would be stuck on the [*]Fixed an issue that caused Goshe's HP to drop to 0 when equipping the Robes of Death at 1 HP.
・Fixed an issue where Iai Slash Lv2 did not properly reflect the special attributes of the player's equipped weapon.

 ※To players whose character disappeared after defeating Elyon and leaving the underground: this update should fix this issue and Goshe should appear again. You will be able to progress by going underground and climbing the stairs back up again.

2023/03/14 Ver0.3.02

・Fixed a bug where if players got a Game Over in the desert and chose "Do-over" to start from the beginning of the desert section, the items received from Misha would disappear from their inventory.
 ※If you have already encountered this bug and lost your items, you will be able to regain them by getting a Game Over and choosing to do-over from the beginning of the desert section again.
 (This is an emergency fix to solve the issue for people who have already encountered it. We will fix the event itself to work as intended by the end of March. Until then, please use the above method to regain your items.)

・Fixed an issue in the underground building where the money, which is supposed to be the second obtainable item, appeared as the third item.
・Adjusted the volume of the sound effect for Cursed Briars.

2023/03/11 Ver0.3.01

・Added Chapter 3 of the Misha route
・Partially implemented advanced classes

・Fixed several bugs
・Made text edits
2023/03/09 Ver0.3.0

A Story Influenced by Your Use of Life

In this game, your choices as the player will influence Goshe, the main character, as well as his thoughts and various attachments in life, represented by flames.

Whether Goshe uses his life for his own selfish purposes or sacrifices himself to help others is entirely up to you. The endings of this game are simply the conclusions of the various ways of life, and there are no "Good" or "Bad" endings.

Tense Battles that Balance Stasis and Action

The Use of Life features unique battles that combine the strategy of a turn-based battle system with the quick reflexes and action of a QTE system.

Each turn, both you and your enemy get to choose 3 actions, which you then take turns to perform. How will you deal with the enemy's upcoming flurry of attacks? How will you time your own attacks to deal the most damage? Your skill and strategy will determine the outcome of battle.

Even if you can't defeat an enemy, the game is designed so that you will gradually figure out how to deal with them and win. Boss battles are especially tense, where you frequently have to toe the line between life and death, and we strive to deliver the highest satisfaction you can possibly get after defeating a strong enemy.

Adventure Book Style Events

Events in this game are narrated in an adventure book style, and some events come with TRPG-esque dice rolls that determine the event's outcome.

The same event will play out differently depending on your choices and the dice roll results.

You can choose to proceed cautiously and choose the safest options, or bravely throw yourself into every opportunity for battle you come across—it's all up to you, and your actions will affect Goshe's personality.


Goshe, the main character, obtains incredible power through a certain Curse. Through encounters with death, he can gain experience which can be used to strengthen his own abilities.

Not only will you gain different advantages in battle depending on what abilities you choose to invest in, but the outcome of events outside of battle can also be heavily influenced by your stats.

On top of that, by leveling up and unlocking new levels for the various classes, you can learn a wide variety of Skills and Spells to use in battle.

・The "Fighter" carves up enemies with pure physical attack power and a high number of moves
・The "Samurai" unleashes unabashed power with Iai and lands fierce critical strikes
・The "Mage" specializes in high-risk, high-reward super-firepower using incantations and Spells
・The "Sorcerer" toys with their opponent by utilizing special attacks, including some that cause status ailments
A myriad of fighting styles can be utilized depending on the class you choose to upgrade.

A “Good-New” Type of JRPG

While this title is technically a JRPG, we are not aiming for a "good old JRPG" style, but rather a "good 'new' JRPG" style, in hopes of showing that this kind of evolution is absolutely possible.

Digital Games

Back to Game Lineup