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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Super Lucas
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 31
Enjoyable, good atmos. I got it on special 80% off or something like that. Only at this price the game is value for money.
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feketenap
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 31
Thank you for supporting Linux!
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TescOne
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 31
Garbage.
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Cap'n Cupcake
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 31
I don't usually pay to go for a walk.
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Dark Raven
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 31
I am decently surprised that I took 1.9 hours to finish this game. I'm not known for my speed, so the average player should be able to finish this game faster.

Now, some might say that the game's experience and gameplay requires bite-sized length, fine. But quality-wise? Let's just face it, the gameplay is simple, the environment is a house (well-built, I'll give them that), and the story... Well...

It's a love story with a happy ending that will never work, considering that the real-life consequence of it would destroy it. That said, the plot is predictable, a writer from centuries or millennia ago has more to offer than this. Slapping the LGBTQ cause on the front cover doesn't make it better, just exploitative of the genre and social cause.

That said, the story (backstory, to be precise) is well-crafted. I like the nuggets of details here and there, but it's about as fleeting as the game, what can I say?

What is worse is that there is little hope for improvement, as this game isn't exactly built for expansions and sequels, and I've seen reports of the developers censoring players for voicing out their disatisfaction with this game. Some reviewers decided to fall for the LGBTQ trap and gave it top-class ratings. Nope, this developer is likely going to keep doing what they're doing, and want to look like martyrs for the cause.
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smashouille
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
I played this game in one go.
Once you start you want to know what happened.
It is a story based game, if you like exploration game with a bit of investigation, then you will have fun for 2h.
Definitely recommand it.
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PlanetExpress420
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
"Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again"

George W. Bush
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p.prendergast
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
*just so you know, i got this game on sale for crazy cheap (four bucks)*

this game is pretty much a movie, i finished it in 1.3 hours. all you need to ask yourself to know if you want to get this game is "is a top notch story and some nice environments are worth 15 bucks?", if not, don't get it, if it interests you but you aren't sure wait for a sale (like me), and if it's a yes, you will love this game, i know i did. ps. just a warning, while slightly creepy, this isn't a horror game, it's just got very atmospheric sounds and music.
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acmartin2
( 13.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
The first time I actually felt video games had become art. I spent hours walking the house while listening to Riot Girrrl mix tapes looking, discovering my families little secrets. An amazing experience not to be missed. Do not let the simple graphics and mechanics discourage you.

One tip, do not rush through the main quest. Take your time, savor every little secret you discover. absorb the eerie atmosphere. Soon this house, these characters will become you and the main quest will become more fulfilling
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✩Drajyn
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
prettty kewl
need to do more in it but i cant be bothered rn as it runs pretty slow on my laptop but i'll give it a thorough go when i get my pc!
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74 of 94 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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29 of 39 people (74%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Far too short for the money

Atmostphere and graphics: very good
Story: OK (some people will really like it, some won't at all)
Length: a few hours, a little more if you want to solve everything

Call it a nice 90's-era walking simulator with a little bit of story and puzzles thrown in. Don't pay more than a few dollars for it, maybe $5 if you're really into 90's America references or you want to take a chance on a game with no pre-conceived notions.

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25 of 32 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Well, I am not usually the one to write bad reviews for anything. Unless, the product or service is blantantly horrible. That being said: I bought Gone Home with the intention of feeling a story that would in the end leave me - philosophically and psychologically - fulfilled. My verdict: The game did not do much for me. The music is atomospheric and reminiscing, besides that I don't really have anything good to say about this game. In short, the game builds up to a very weak climax while attempting - and failing - to look nostalgic.
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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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15 of 23 people (65%) 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Get it when it is on sale, don't let yourself get spoiled. It's a very good story.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
I have a special relationship with this game. It was one of my first purchases on Steam after my self-imposed exile from gaming.

It was and is overhyped which causes many to consider it overrated as well. It absolutely is not. It's a fantastic experience. Sure, you can 'finish' it in two hours or less and there isn't much to 'do'. But it's a beautiful story, layered like an onion and the more you investigate the more learn about your familiy and I say yours because while you're playing you very much are a young woman returning home in the mid-nineties. It's as immersive a game as I've ever played and I have and will return to it occasionally.

This a hearty recommendation, particularly for us 30+ gamers. The price may be a tad high for the age of the game but it fairly often goes on specials and then it's an absolute steal.
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Largely overrated game which has about nothing to offer, neither from a narrative or a game play standpoint. Itss main interests lies in a series of references to the 80's, which are discovered through exploration of the house. Of course, the main character is supposed to be "coming home", which makes it curious that she wants to open every drawer and touch every object in the place. The worst offender is the narration, which is made through recordings that are simply triggered as you progress inside the house instead of being uncovered through exploration (i.e. the plot is revealed by itself, the accessory, through exploration).

Brutally short for the price, underwhelming, overhyped, its score clearly the reflection of people with a social agenda.
Pass.
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11 of 21 people (52%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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