June 7th, 1995. 1:15 AMYou arrive home after a year abroad. You expect your family to greet you, but the house is empty. Something's not right. Where is everyone? And what's happened here? Unravel the mystery for yourself in Gone Home, a story exploration game from The Fullbright Company.Gone Home is an interactive exploration simulator.
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“Gone Home is the greatest video game love story ever told.”
The New York Times

“I never expected to see myself — or such a strong reflection of myself and my own life — in a video game.”
10/10 – Polygon

“Epic, personal and revelatory.”
5/5 – Giant Bomb

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About This Game

June 7th, 1995. 1:15 AM

You arrive home after a year abroad. You expect your family to greet you, but the house is empty. Something's not right. Where is everyone? And what's happened here? Unravel the mystery for yourself in Gone Home, a story exploration game from The Fullbright Company.

Gone Home is an interactive exploration simulator. Interrogate every detail of a seemingly normal house to discover the story of the people who live there. Open any drawer and door. Pick up objects and examine them to discover clues. Uncover the events of one family's lives by investigating what they've left behind.

Go Home Again.

Key Features


  • A Personal Story: created by veterans of the BioShock series and the writer behind Minerva's Den, Gone Home offers the rich, nuanced details of one family's struggles to deal with uncertainty, heartache, and change.

  • An Immersive Place: return to the 1990s by visiting a home where every detail has been carefully recreated, and the sounds of a rainstorm outside wrap you in the experience.

  • No Combat, No Puzzles: Gone Home is a nonviolent and puzzle-free experience, inviting you to play at your own pace without getting attacked, stuck, or frustrated. This house wants you to explore it.

  • Fully Interactive Investigation: discover what's happened to the Greenbriars by examining a house full of the family's personal possessions, and the notes and letters they've left behind. Use your powers of observation to piece together a story that unfolds as you explore.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • WindowsXP SP2 or higher
    • 1.80GHz Processor
    • 2GB Memory
    • Video card with 512MB of VRAM
    • (NOTE: Intel HD Graphic 4000 NOT CURRENTLY SUPPORTED on Windows 8)
    • 2GB HDD space
    Minimum:
    • OS X v10.7 Lion or higher
    • 1.80GHz Processor
    • 2GB Memory
    • Video card with 512MB of VRAM
    • 2GB HDD space
    • glibc 2.11 or newer
    • 1.80GHz Processor
    • 2GB Memory
    • Video card with 512MB of VRAM
    • 2GB HDD space
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teengirlstuff
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
I was so emotionally engaged in the story that I now tear up whenever I listen to Bratmobile. :')
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ordinarymary90
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
its a good game
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HeadBobGunPants
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Jesus don't bother. Its as boring as searching your own house for nothing in particular.
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SE Tonx
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Awful, pretentious garbage. The exploration and atmosphere are marred by shallow "gameplay" and a pretentious story that smacks you in the face with how "progressive" and "modern" it is.
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Belphegore
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
After traveling abroad for a year, Katie returns home to an empty house where her parents and sister reside; only an ominous note is left on the door. You find the spare key, and let yourself in. There's a raging storm that's brewing outside, and thunder rattles overhead consistently as you explore the empty mansion. Gone Home is a simple walking simulator game wherein your ultimate task is to find out where your family has disappeared to, through exploration of the large mansion and the highly interactive contents within.

I'm glad to see that The Fullbright Company got rid of their old first trailer for Gone Home, which basically tried to pass the game off as a horror adventure title by combining the right snippets of dialogue, sound, and notes. It was incredibly misleading, and left me with a bad taste in my mouth after I found out what the game was actually about. I put off playing and reviewing this title for a long time because of it, but I'm happy to see that there are appropriate trailers up on the store page now. That being said, I'm still astonished to see that the developer bans people in the forums for no reason other than not enjoying their product. Before I continue with the review, be wary of this developer due to their unpredictable nature.

It's true that Gone Home is little more than an over-glorified walking simulator. The story that lies within will either greatly appeal to you, or turn you off entirely. Katie explores her family's mansion to discover that her parents are away, and her sister Sam is nowhere to be found. Through the discovery of notes and various other interactive objects, you find out pretty quickly that Sam is a lesbian, and she had fallen in love with a girl from school named Lonnie. Being a teenager, Sam had trouble coping with her feelings, had a good amount of angst against her parents, and the other usual typical teenage stuff that most of us went through.

I for one found the story appealing, not due to its LGBT nature but due to the fact that when I was a teenager I was just as socially awkward as Sam. I had a hard time making friends, and I was often the subject of bullying. There's something that's comforting about this story that I just can't quite put my finger on. That, and I also hung out with the kids that listened to grunge, metal, and riot grrrl music; general outcasts in terms of schoolyard cliques. Speaking of the tunes, this game has an incredible soundtrack for those who enjoy riot grrrl acts such as L7 and Babes in Toyland; although those bands don't appear here, the songs that are included are awesome throwbacks to the 90's grunge and riot grrrl sounds.

The visuals of Gone Home are just okay, and the performance is a little shoddy. Given my rig (specs in profile), I should've been able to maintain a consistent 60 FPS at all times, but there were random dips to the 30's and 40's for no reason. Given the tight hallways and enclosed spaces that you will be in for the entirety of the playthrough, this should not happen on a mid to high end rig. The game itself only lasted me a little under an hour and a half, and I explored and read everything to get the full story behind both the parents' disappearance and where Sam had gone.

Obviously, if you have no way to relate to the story in Gone Home, then you're probably not going to dig it as much. This one is pretty much a personal preference type of game. Is it worth $21.99 CAD even if you're interested? Absolutely not, but the title does go on sale for about $5 during the summer and holidays so pick it up then if you're wanting to play it. The game is also way over-hyped, so don't go in expecting to have your jaw hit the floor in any sort of amazement. It's a decent walking simulator that lets you explore the life of someone else in the 90's, and it's a good time killer for an hour or two. Other than that, there's nothing exceptionally amazing or compelling about Gone Home.

Rating: 3.0/5.0 - Average, can take it or leave it.
Belphegore's Hell House Reviews (Group)
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NiteMelodi
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
If you're not into walking simulators then this won't change your mind much, however; if you are, then this is a great, atmospheric, and detailed entry in the genre. The environment is interesting, which along with the mood and the music, really manages to pull you in. The story does its job well enough, but in my opinion it falls completely flat at the end. The thing this game excels at is making you feel like you're in the world. Overall, it's not going to amaze you or anything, but it's a fine attempt at a new and different way of telling a story in a video game.
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Az
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
I was expecting a horror game, well it wasn't but I still was surprised in a good way. A bit slow/boring if you want to search the hole hose.
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0oga Booga
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Good atmosphere and story, although the gameplay is basically non-existent and the game itself is extremely short.

I reccomend grabbing it only when it's on sale.
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41nd
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
wtf was this one hour game? just a story about two girls in love? 19 euros for unlocking doors and reading about the two lovers? geez..
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Duncan Hunter
( 35.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Short, to the point, with a fascinating story. Show developers we care about story telling. Vote with your wallet.
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Haigz
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
This game is really just an interactive series of journal entries. This isnt a bad thing by any means, but I finished it in about 90 minutes, and I felt that I searched a read everything, so overall it's a little short. Whilst the main story is the focus of the game, exploring and reading everything you can opens up some interesting if not sad subplots. I feel the game will strike a nostalgic chord with anyway who grew up in the mid 90's, so if you like the genre it can be good for a bit of a nostlagic trip. The game was paced well, which allowed you to develop the families timeline and distinguish the defining events throughout, which overall made the game more interesting, which is good becasue it really is just a walking simulator. Overall, I cant reccomend this game at $20, as I dont feel it has enough replay value. If you can get it under $5, then I'd say give it a shot. Also, make sure you know what you're buying, this ISN'T a supernatural thriller.
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crabbycobra1
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Propaganda story about alternative lifestyles. No real game aspect, more of a Dear Esther type.
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w.r.ellis
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
Mind-Blowing
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lilsaddiction
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
not worth what it cost. Game took less that 5h to beat and was really really misleading about the mystery (there really isn't one)

Its a shame cause it could have been a really good horror game but the ending left me dissapointed and feeling like I wasted at least 15 of the 20ish$ it cost to buy. The set up and game play are great but the story itself is a let down.
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Tedge734
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
Fantastic story, over before it started. But I loved it.
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Pal9
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
This is an amazing game with an emotional and touching story!
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Minna
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
As I love this type of game, I had hopes for this one. It just felt flat. The story isn't compelling. I got really bored after about 50 min of play and I am pretty sorry I spent the money.
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fjodor_
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
great game!
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Grae Fawks
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
This is a great family simulator, as no-one is home when I get back either.

I am forever a scone.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
After traveling abroad for a year, Katie returns home to an empty house where her parents and sister reside; only an ominous note is left on the door. You find the spare key, and let yourself in. There's a raging storm that's brewing outside, and thunder rattles overhead consistently as you explore the empty mansion. Gone Home is a simple walking simulator game wherein your ultimate task is to find out where your family has disappeared to, through exploration of the large mansion and the highly interactive contents within.

I'm glad to see that The Fullbright Company got rid of their old first trailer for Gone Home, which basically tried to pass the game off as a horror adventure title by combining the right snippets of dialogue, sound, and notes. It was incredibly misleading, and left me with a bad taste in my mouth after I found out what the game was actually about. I put off playing and reviewing this title for a long time because of it, but I'm happy to see that there are appropriate trailers up on the store page now. That being said, I'm still astonished to see that the developer bans people in the forums for no reason other than not enjoying their product. Before I continue with the review, be wary of this developer due to their unpredictable nature.

It's true that Gone Home is little more than an over-glorified walking simulator. The story that lies within will either greatly appeal to you, or turn you off entirely. Katie explores her family's mansion to discover that her parents are away, and her sister Sam is nowhere to be found. Through the discovery of notes and various other interactive objects, you find out pretty quickly that Sam is a lesbian, and she had fallen in love with a girl from school named Lonnie. Being a teenager, Sam had trouble coping with her feelings, had a good amount of angst against her parents, and the other usual typical teenage stuff that most of us went through.

I for one found the story appealing, not due to its LGBT nature but due to the fact that when I was a teenager I was just as socially awkward as Sam. I had a hard time making friends, and I was often the subject of bullying. There's something that's comforting about this story that I just can't quite put my finger on. That, and I also hung out with the kids that listened to grunge, metal, and riot grrrl music; general outcasts in terms of schoolyard cliques. Speaking of the tunes, this game has an incredible soundtrack for those who enjoy riot grrrl acts such as L7 and Babes in Toyland; although those bands don't appear here, the songs that are included are awesome throwbacks to the 90's grunge and riot grrrl sounds.

The visuals of Gone Home are just okay, and the performance is a little shoddy. Given my rig (specs in profile), I should've been able to maintain a consistent 60 FPS at all times, but there were random dips to the 30's and 40's for no reason. Given the tight hallways and enclosed spaces that you will be in for the entirety of the playthrough, this should not happen on a mid to high end rig. The game itself only lasted me a little under an hour and a half, and I explored and read everything to get the full story behind both the parents' disappearance and where Sam had gone.

Obviously, if you have no way to relate to the story in Gone Home, then you're probably not going to dig it as much. This one is pretty much a personal preference type of game. Is it worth $21.99 CAD even if you're interested? Absolutely not, but the title does go on sale for about $5 during the summer and holidays so pick it up then if you're wanting to play it. The game is also way over-hyped, so don't go in expecting to have your jaw hit the floor in any sort of amazement. It's a decent walking simulator that lets you explore the life of someone else in the 90's, and it's a good time killer for an hour or two. Other than that, there's nothing exceptionally amazing or compelling about Gone Home.

Rating: 3.0/5.0 - Average, can take it or leave it.
Belphegore's Hell House Reviews (Group)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
If you are not the type of person who enjoys a good book, or slice of life stories, DO NOT BUY THIS

If, like me, you are tha type of person, buy it when you get a discount or via humble bundle

Is a good story, simple story that you can play in a couple of hours. The suspense is great and the story telling is even better.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
Gone Home is a game that I recommend because:
- is a method to banish boredom
- it has a good price
- it has trading cards
- it is indie
- it is a good simulator

Enjoy!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
This game was a huge disappointment. You spend a ton of time walking around a big house, examining hundreds of boring everyday objects. There are 3 locked doors and if you walk around long enough you find the keys to open them.

It never gets interesting, and the ending to the story is obvious about halfway through. No challenges, no skill required, not even really any thinking involved. Just walking around clicking mundane objects with no results

I wish I could get my money back on this. Don't waste yours.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
A really nice coming-of-age walking simulator.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
I promise that this game is NOT scary! Even though it may seem like it would be. It details a wonderful story and is very touching. The ending gives you a good feeling, but I kinda wanted it to go further, but oh well! Still a good game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Good atmosphere and story, although the gameplay is basically non-existent and the game itself is extremely short.

I reccomend grabbing it only when it's on sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
I was expecting a horror game, well it wasn't but I still was surprised in a good way. A bit slow/boring if you want to search the hole hose.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
If you're not into walking simulators then this won't change your mind much, however; if you are, then this is a great, atmospheric, and detailed entry in the genre. The environment is interesting, which along with the mood and the music, really manages to pull you in. The story does its job well enough, but in my opinion it falls completely flat at the end. The thing this game excels at is making you feel like you're in the world. Overall, it's not going to amaze you or anything, but it's a fine attempt at a new and different way of telling a story in a video game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
I was so emotionally engaged in the story that I now tear up whenever I listen to Bratmobile. :')
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Imagine an office meeting in a small gaming company. While brains fume out look for an idea for an upcoming game, one random guy shouts "Hey you know what would work? A super cool storyline showing teenage drama." And then came Life is Strange.

Which is maybe how this game would have been perceived. Except that the storyline, albeit being well written, portraits the most cliche of themes. I wouldn't care if the story really took off, got you somewhere, instead of just pushing a "oh I'm sorry for being gay" tag and presto, game out the oven. I don't care that I completed it 100% in less than two hours, that's fine. I wouldn't have minded that it's more of an experience rather than a game, IF the experience was to be good.

But it wasn't. This shenanigan is just an example of what happens when SJWs start pretexting to be game devs.

Another gamer really hit the nail on the coffin saying "everything feels utterly forced and it's obvious that the developer didn't intend to create good characters who happens to be gay, but simply to create gay characters. The result is an icky character that, recording by recording, tells the player her ordinary story about being an homosexual teenager."

PS: Look at all these warriors sharpening their pencils to tag down anyone who wouldn't like the game as a bigot, they reckon that it's only because of the lgb theme. Hear someone say "have you considered that some people didn't enjoy the short playtime or the forcefulness of the story theme?". Nope, to them we're all as good as "bigot", "conservatard", "caveman"... What could you ask of such simple minds?
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
73 minutes. 1.2 hours. That's the most gameplay I got out of this game. For what, you ask?
Spoiler: It's a lesbian who ran away from home. I could have gotten more out of $20 but I didn't. I'm sure i spent 40 of those minutes throwing everything out of their respected containers and completely trashing the place.
Seriously. It's a waste of money.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
I'm gay and I love this game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Awful, pretentious garbage. The exploration and atmosphere are marred by shallow "gameplay" and a pretentious story that smacks you in the face with how "progressive" and "modern" it is.
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Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
Someone recommended this to me, but it was less a game than an episode of a show from the WB network.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Too expensive for 2 hour gameplay. Also, disliked the story. I was hoping for more interesting twists but this storyline was so easily predictible.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
A 2 hour long interactive picture book if you look for EVERYTHING that lasts about an hour at most (maybe longer if you don't read well, actually sit through all the sloooowly spoken dialogue, or have trouble finding stuff, I spent a LOT of time looking for things that just weren't there trying to prove to myself that I didn't waste my money). That's the best way to describe this. Would have made an ok short story, but as a game it's just dull. Pick a thing up, read something or someone talks to you, move to the next thing.

This tends to be my view of all walking sims, they're picture books you interact with, and honestly I'd rather just read it if there's no meat to it. No real puzzles, no challenges and most importantly no failure state means I just can't support this being called a game. And YES there could have been plenty of little challenges to make it a "game". This is the story, from what I remember, of a teenager, they couldn't have owned a puzzle box or two to hold their things? Couldn't have had some diary entries or notes written in code? Couldn't have had a story item hidden and put 2-3 clues for a neat scavenger hunt? Yes I did these things as a teenager, and yes it was fun. You can have walking sims (which are interactive books, not games) and add content that will make it into a game. It's not hard if you try.

Now I love me the hell out of narrative, story is the most important thing in a game to me, but when the story wouldn't even be 20 pages if it were in a book, then why am I paying so much for it in "game" form? If this were 2-3 bucks I'd probably say to give it a try if you like this sort of thing, but for 20 damn bucks? No, not on your life. When you can watch the game on youtube and get the EXACT SAME experience as playing it yourself, then: 1 it's not a game and 2 the dev failed to even try to make it one.

TL;DR: An interactive pop up book basically that's not terrible like some people say, however charging 20 bucks for this "game" is a sure fire sign that the devs are too damn full of themselves. 5 bucks MIGHT be ok for this but not 20 bucks. There are hundreds of much MUCH better games out there with stories as good or better than this that feature actual game play. And for a lot of them you can get 5 or 6 of those games for the same price.
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Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
wtf was this one hour game? just a story about two girls in love? 19 euros for unlocking doors and reading about the two lovers? geez..
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