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.

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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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Corgano
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
This game tells a beautiful story, and it is unlike any other game I've played. Try it if you want a unique experience.
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RollWave
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Game was about 5-6 hours long. Maybe not worth paying full price, buf if you can pick this game up on sale, it really does tell an interesting story. A few red herrings along the way, but that's to be expected.

This falls into the walking simulator category. You just walk around and click on things and the story is presented to you. There are very few times when you can get hung up, but if you explore everywhere and can't find a key or combination, just google it and you'll be on your way in a few minutes.

I would not really consider this to be a puzzle or adventure game even. The whole game takes place in a house and all you do is explore the house to uncover what happened.

The story does have a few holes in it that become more obvious after the reveal, but nothing that would discourage my recommendation.
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Assurhaddon
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
While the atmosphere is good, the whole story felt way too predictable and cliché to entertain (me) for 1-2 hours. As a Walking simulator (dull gameplay is a given) the mundane plot is it's only selling point.
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ducttape12
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
tl;dr: A short but enjoyable game that focuses more on story telling and atmosphere rather than violence. Although a bit pretentious at times, the people and the environment feel real. Worth it for <$5 if you're interested in this type of game.

The Good:
- Characters feel like real people
- The house feels like a real house
- Story kept me interested
- Difficulty is spot on; this is more about exploring than mind bending puzzles

The Bad:
- It's about a 2.5 hour game (and they could have told more story if they wanted too!) Not worth $20 but worth it for <$5.
- Gets a bit pretentious at times
- Felt it focused too much on one family member
- Story was a bit predictable

The Ugly:
- Doesn't work with the Xbox One controller - only the Xbox 360 controller :(
- 90's punk rock
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FeebleArielle
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
I went in thinking this was a horror game. That was the vibes I got all the time in the start. Everytime I opened a door I was waiting for a jumpscare. After a while of going around I realised it was not... it was in fact a very relaxing game that gives you a whole story and a nice experience. One of the most touching and interesting stories I've experienced in a game ever. Very much recommended. You have to go around and put pieces together to make sense of the stories. Some things aren't as important as others, but they add on to make the story even more real.
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masulkowski
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
I'd have like this plot a lot more if were just a twine of Sam's journals. I guess "working" for every individual entries by walking around clicking on things is supposed to make us more invested in the story, but it doesn't.

Also, if they hadn't set us up to think this was a haunted house story with the dead relative's ghost. That would make the game less of an anticlimax.
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kris.aalst
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Gone Home is an interactive short story of about an hour and a half. During that time, you are Katie who has just returned home from Europe and finds nobody home. So she explores the family mansion, to find out where her parents and her sister are. The graphics are nice enough, sound effects are ok and the voice acting is not bad either, which is a rare feat for indie games. But the story is what an interactive story is mostly about, of course, and unfortunately that's where Gone Home will be severely lacking for most people.

I don't want to spoil the story for people who may want to experience the story for themselves, but I can say that the story is a huge disappointment if you get your expectations from elements like 'a huge mansion to explore', 'an empty house', 'mystery: where is everyone?' etc. It's nothing like what you'd think. There are no unexpected twists in the story and there is nothing supernatural going on or anything like that.

The description for the game on the Steam page contains some quotes from reviews. One of the quotes mentions that the story of Gone Home is a love story. So that's no spoiler either, it's in the product's description. The story is indeed a teenage love story like you might have seen in an After School Special from the late 20th century. I don't mean that in bad way, there is nothing wrong with After School Specials, it's just so you know what to expect and who the target audience is.

If you think you might enjoy a teenage love story being told while you explore every room of a mansion, you should still be careful before deciding to purchase Gone Home. It's a completely linear experience and the interactivity required is very limited, so there is no reply value whatsoever. Moreover, the whole experience only takes an hour and a half.

So we should really talk about the price here. That isn't easy, though, because money is subjective: to some people, €20 or $20 means practically nothing but for other people, that's half their monthly budget for gaming. I usually tend to recommend buying games if they're on sale when I personally think they may be a bit overpriced for the value they actually offer. But in this case, I think it's safe to be blunt and say that pricing a short novel (emphasis on 'short') with extremely little content at €20/$20, is nothing less than a complete rip-off. I think I personally paid around €3.5 for it and I still feel that I paid a bit too much for what I got.

For people who are sure they won't want to experience Gone Home for themselves, I'll tell you the whole story just so you'll see what I'm on about in this review. So needless to stay, HUGE SPOILER coming up... Well, where is everyone? The parents are away on a weekend trip and the sister has run away from home with her lesbian lover.. Even for an After School Special pitch, the producers would have said: "Hmm ok, it's an interesting start for a story but what else is going on?". To which Gone Home would reply: "Nothing else. That's it. And that will be 20 dollar/euro please."
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andymavsfan2
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Great story and atmosphere that connects with you in ways you don't expect.
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Exreme224
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
I'm not going to downvote due to the lack of content or the length of the game.
I genuinely enjoyed this game.
Reasons to play
-It's a good way to get away from everything for an hour and a half and just engrose yourself into the story.
-The story is interesting to watch unfold.
-The graphics are beautiful. (I played at 1440p and recommend this even if you have to lower other settings)
Reasons to pass
-The price ($20 is honestly too much)
-Other than that, if you can get the game under $5 like I did, then it is a must have if only to experience it once.

Summary:
This is a great atmospheric story game that is worth playing at least once.
If you are needing a quick get away, this game will do just that.
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40 of 54 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Although I enjoyed the story and the premise, the game was honestly just too short. I finished this game in 1.5 hours. I agree with a lot of the other reviews, if you can get this game under 5 dollars, then it would be worth your money, otherwise it is way too expensive for the content you get.
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3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
For real, do not buy this game when it goes off sale. I only bought it because it cost £3.00, originally it's price is £14.99, which in my opinion is totally not worth it for this short game.

Honestly, the game is very well done and there's quite a bit exploring to do and a lot of effort has been put into it but like I say it is not worth the original price, at first you have no idea what to expect... although I feel like the horror themed atmosphere kind of gives off the wrong vibe, I was expecting some scary ♥♥♥♥ to happen but... it didn't, just because of the vibe of it, I did read that the game is not horror but it still seemed like it was supposed to be scary.

Anyway, it is cool that other small details were cool like the mother/father side story as well as the uncle but I was a little disappointed because I expecting more from one of those stories in particular. I guess it was there to prolong the game a little. But I feel like it was just a huge build up for nothing.

It's a "cute" story, I guess, but I felt disappointed. I literally said "is that it?" at the end. It is short and I didn't expect it to be any longer but I was definitely disappointed with the outcome of the story.
I streamed the game play and a viewer even said "I don't get it, what even happened?".


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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
Product received for free
Summary/ Overview

Gone Home is a walking simulator, drama, mystery game that takes place in the 1990's centered around a family with daughters. Sam is Kaitlin Greenbriar's older sister . You play as Kaitlin, a high school girl that has flown to a vacant house that has yet to be moved into. You go through the house trying to uncover clues through carefully placed notes of paper, journals, composition books and cassette tapes that you can put in the functioning stereo in Sam’s bedroom. A senior in high school, Yolanda Desoto is a girl that gets into trouble often at school hinted by a disciplinary referral from the high school she goes to, GoodFellow high school. She was written up for having an inappropriate image on the front of her shirt she was wearing at the time. Sam has problems making friends but loves video games and finds this as her constant connection to people at the high school she goes to while Terry, supposedly the father of the house, writes for a living in his study having problems with editing. This aftermath leads to him having problems finding people to publish his novels because of specific intricacies involved within the revision and editing process that are constantly out of place.

Gameplay (Features, controls, graphics & mechanics)

Features

Atmospheric Soundtrack

The atmospheric soundtrack is one of the main highlights of the positive aspects this game does right. The composer they used in the score makes you feel very uneasy, lonely, dreadful and mysterious while discovering new things revolving around Sam and Kaitlin's life and that of their friends. When you start the game you hear a rain shower outside, but as you progress in the game, the soundtrack starts to get more mellow attributing to your sense of this grimy and abandoned environment. However, the soundtrack moves much slower than I would like in Gone Home since the story takes a long while to build up rather than being direct and straight to the point.

Hidden-Object/ Puzzle Style Environment

While I have never been a fan of hidden-object style mystery games, the story helps to alleviate putting you through the stress and torture of having to experience a boring mundane experience. What I really admire about Gone Home is the cassette tapes that constantly guide the pacing of the game and make things very interesting. Sam, your sister leaves you very good journal diaries that you pick up along the way. You get to experience their friendship first hand, the activities they do and even whom they seem to hang out with most of the time. The feelings they experience together and the thoughts and opinions in which they have of other people in their high school is well presented and flows conspicuously from one page to the next without being choppy with a showmanship of brevity. In fact, if these two elements of the journal diaries from time to time and the character dynamic between the two girls were left out, the game would be completely boring and uninteresting.

Simple- Simple to Simple-Complex Storyline, Journaling

Finally, the last element worth mentioning towards the game's mechanics and features is the utilization of English syntax that I noticed. Some notes have very deep character dynamics and chemistry while others lack ingenuity and cohesiveness. While it is not a bad thing to mix up the type of sentences and style, it puts me out of the loop and turns me off. I like playing games that have the same sentence structure per separate linear storyline throughout. This is one of my main complaints. The family’s storyline is torpid as well as their character dynamics but the dynamic of friends in high school excites me when it comes to carefully intertwining storylines together that contrast one another.

Overall Story 6/10. While the story is not perfect by any means and the voice acting is decent, the story just does not seem to flux well when you are picking up different objects. For example, if you decide to go into one room and another player decides within the same timeframe in the game to choose instead a different door to open, then the story will unravel fully dependent upon what notes you decide to decipher and read first. Once you open doors and proceed to new rooms the story will automatically continue in order, but there of course is a separate story to be seen based on notes, journal diaries and corrugated pieces of paper.

The Good & Bad: Positive and Negative Aspects of Gone Home

The Good
• Nice soundtrack with ambience adding emotion
• Excellent graphics
• Good character dynamics
• Awesome setting
• Sam and Kaitlin being foils of one another

The Bad
• Short length
• $20.00 price tag
• Poor puzzle solving
• It gives no well-defined hints or clues
• The story is slow-paced
• Discomfort through the use of camera controls using the gamepad where you have to constantly look up and down

Overall 5/10
The game is ok but not great. It lacks emotion in the story telling and the mechanics are boring, aggravating. Do not buy this game at full price. I would say the game is worth it if you can find it for $5.00 or less since it does have a commentary mode behind how everything was placed and created. However, normal price in the walking simulator genre for this one specifically is far too much and considered to be highway robbery.



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4-5= ok
6-7= good
8-10 = amazing

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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Gone Home is an interactive short story of about an hour and a half. During that time, you are Katie who has just returned home from Europe and finds nobody home. So she explores the family mansion, to find out where her parents and her sister are. The graphics are nice enough, sound effects are ok and the voice acting is not bad either, which is a rare feat for indie games. But the story is what an interactive story is mostly about, of course, and unfortunately that's where Gone Home will be severely lacking for most people.

I don't want to spoil the story for people who may want to experience the story for themselves, but I can say that the story is a huge disappointment if you get your expectations from elements like 'a huge mansion to explore', 'an empty house', 'mystery: where is everyone?' etc. It's nothing like what you'd think. There are no unexpected twists in the story and there is nothing supernatural going on or anything like that.

The description for the game on the Steam page contains some quotes from reviews. One of the quotes mentions that the story of Gone Home is a love story. So that's no spoiler either, it's in the product's description. The story is indeed a teenage love story like you might have seen in an After School Special from the late 20th century. I don't mean that in bad way, there is nothing wrong with After School Specials, it's just so you know what to expect and who the target audience is.

If you think you might enjoy a teenage love story being told while you explore every room of a mansion, you should still be careful before deciding to purchase Gone Home. It's a completely linear experience and the interactivity required is very limited, so there is no reply value whatsoever. Moreover, the whole experience only takes an hour and a half.

So we should really talk about the price here. That isn't easy, though, because money is subjective: to some people, €20 or $20 means practically nothing but for other people, that's half their monthly budget for gaming. I usually tend to recommend buying games if they're on sale when I personally think they may be a bit overpriced for the value they actually offer. But in this case, I think it's safe to be blunt and say that pricing a short novel (emphasis on 'short') with extremely little content at €20/$20, is nothing less than a complete rip-off. I think I personally paid around €3.5 for it and I still feel that I paid a bit too much for what I got.

For people who are sure they won't want to experience Gone Home for themselves, I'll tell you the whole story just so you'll see what I'm on about in this review. So needless to stay, HUGE SPOILER coming up... Well, where is everyone? The parents are away on a weekend trip and the sister has run away from home with her lesbian lover.. Even for an After School Special pitch, the producers would have said: "Hmm ok, it's an interesting start for a story but what else is going on?". To which Gone Home would reply: "Nothing else. That's it. And that will be 20 dollar/euro please."
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
This game is beautiful.
At first I thought it was just a regular point n' click - but it turned out to be much more than that.

I think that most of the negative reviews weren't written because the plot or the game itself is bad, but because they didn't like the fact that there's a girl that loves another girl in the game (just look at the comments and you'll know what I mean).

The part on which Sam talks about when her parents found out about her and Lonnie was touching - it was nice that they showed what it's like to hear things such as "it's a phase" or "it's because you haven't found the right girl yet" -, but they could've depth the whole S+L drama a lot more.

It's nice that it's not another "hetero-perfect-love-story" (and that it all happens in Portland, because I love that city). Also the references were GREAT, especially the X-FIles ones (which includes the magazine in Sam's locker featuring Gillian Anderson!!!!!!!).

It's a short game so don't hurry. I don't know how the ♥♥♥♥ some people managed to finish this game in under two hours. I took almost FOUR to finish it and still regret I didn't explore it more.

Oh, and its regular price is way too expensive. Just wait for a major sale like I did (when I bought it it was 80% off).
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Atmosphere is good, prepares you for something stupendous (complete with Satanic references, what look like blood stains, etc.), and comes up with a lame love story. Like seriously? It's sappy, vapid, and as emotionally deep as a pen cap.

What's especially ironic is the main character's father in the game is taking a reaming from his own father as well as from his employer for being a terrible author; it's almost like the author of this game's love story is mirroring his own failures as an author through the game's father's subplot, which you (the player) glean from conspicuously dropped letters all over the house that end up being 100% irrelevant to the boring love story.

The climax of the love story you can see coming from a mile away. There's nothing to surprise you at all in this game.

I wouldn't even recommend this to lesbians who experienced young love; chances are your own stories are so much deeper and more multifaceted than this laughable excuse for a drama.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Gone home is a drama storytelling walking simulator game.

Most of these types of games are usually a hit or miss,for me this one was a miss.

The plot usually leads you with much expectation ,giving the good soundtrack and the design of the enviroments,but ends with a "meh" kind of situation.

Giving that,the side stories end being more interesting than the main story itself,if you explore a lot.

Sadly after its over,there is nothing more to look for.

These kind of walking simulators games (with rare exceptions) are made more to be appreciated than be played.
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
As far as I am really open to Walking Simulator genre, I see Gone Home as complete torture to bear with.
Walking around an empty house, trying to unravel completely mundane plot, feeling forced pretentiousness laying unpleasantly and heavy like an outdated burrito making the same fishy smell.

Maybe it has some quality for people who are personally touched by the subject. But personally I find this experience completely boring and borderline unplayable.
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12 of 22 people (55%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
"It's like bioshock, but without the combat, but with lesbians." ~Anthony Burch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jI2zxBAIepI
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24 of 46 people (52%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
The native language of this game is: Empathy.
If you do not speak it, and can not understand it, all that is good, human and nuanced to this game will be hard to make out.

It is worth learning to speak that language... and not just for this game...
If you don't speak it yet, perhaps because you haven't had time enough to really look into it, start putting in the effort and come back here when you have a grasp on it.
Just like Jokes and Poems, some things tend lose their impact if some one tries to translate them for a non-native speaker.
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