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.
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Release Date: Aug 15, 2013

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July 14

Chris Remo's GH:OST now available on Steam!

It's been a long time coming-- but the Gone Home Original Soundtrack (the GH:OST) by Chris Remo is now available on Steam! You can either buy it as a bundle with the base game, or as DLC if you already own Gone Home. And as always, it's available DRM-free on Chris's Bandcamp page. Thanks for playing, and listening!

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July 2

Gone Home Boxed Special Edition Now Available!

Exciting news! The Fullbright Company has partnered with Headup and Merge Games to create a boxed special edition of Gone Home, including a ton of rad extras along with the game!



More details can be found on our company blog. But, the long and short of it is:

Gone Home Boxed Special Edition includes:

  • Gone Home DRM-free for PC/Mac/Linux on DVD, as well as a free Steam key
  • The full Gone Home Original Soundtrack (The GH:OST) by Chris Remo, plus all of the audio diaries from Gone Home in MP3 format!
  • A Gone Home cassette tape logo sticker
  • The 40-page “Designer’s Notebook” filled with notes and sketches from the development of Gone Home
  • Fold-out poster of the cover of Sam & Lonnie’s zine!
You can grab the Special Editon from our TopatoCo storefront or from Merge Games' site for $29.99 plus shipping.

Thanks for playing, and hope you dig this new special edition!!

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Reviews

“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

Commentary Mode now available!

Your copy of Gone Home now includes Developer Commentary Mode! More than an hour and a half of audio commentary from the developers of the game. Find it in the Modifiers menu when starting a new game! Enjoy!!

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

PC
Mac
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
Helpful customer reviews
270 of 430 people (63%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
What starts with a nice atmosphere and budding love story rapidly devolves into "Find X key" puzzles, with the (to start) well written love story rapidly devolving into saccharine worthy of the worst Teenage Romance movies.

Also, 19.99 for barely an hours worth of gameplay.
Posted: June 18
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71 of 107 people (66%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Gone Home is less of a game and more of an experience set exclusively in a big house using first person perspective. Not like Myst or Shadowgate, but like a first person shooter where you can walk around like Dear Esther or Half Life 2 without the guns. If you like to explore, read notes, listen to audio journals and be immersed in a fiction you might enjoy it. The basic premise is that you're in an empty house and you need to discover why. There's no real emphasis on why, you just explore. The house has a history to it and so do the characters you'll hear about. You'll never see the characters outside of a photo here and there. Heck you never even see yourself. There might be 3+ bathrooms in this house but there are no mirrors.

The story is set in 1995 and while I'm not into story, the developers did a good job of presenting it as immerse as they could. You'll hear 90s punk music, find Super Nintendo cartridges and see plenty VHS movie names. It hinges heavily on 90s nostalgia and lesbians. Most of what you will find goes through a history of a teenager's love interest with another young woman. There are side stories such as the house's history and the previous owner's death.

The house is pretty open from the start, you are able to explore freely with very little limitations. You'll find secret paths, compartments, visit several rooms, turn on dozens of lights, read notes, listen to well voiced audio journals and examine things, but never really do anything with them. You can open doors, throw objects and put them back. Again, your job is to discover what happened. Unravel the story. The only real challenge is to find half hidden notes under couches, keys and combinations to locks and safes. There is no way to lose, you will get through Gone Home if you keep going.

There is no run button, just walk, look, crouch and zoom in. Again, its an exploration experience. In the menu you have a map of visited rooms, a list of journal entries, and a small inventory that you don't really need. You just collect keys. Its not like you need to see the keys, because the game recognizes that you have them when you look at a door.

Gone Home is over in under 2 hours and that was with me exploring and reading everything. It is an easy sit through and play, but for $20 there is no way I can recommend it. Even for $10. It is interactive fiction, with zero replay value.
Posted: September 9
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481 of 811 people (59%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Should I buy this game?
A handy, dandy flowchart

1) Are you a nineties kid?
Yes - Go to 2
No - Go to 5

2) Are you female?
Yes - Go to 3
No - Go to 5

3) Are you a lesbian?
Yes - Go to 4
No - Go to 5

4) Do you like having fun?
Yes - Go to 5
No - Go to 5

5) No.
Posted: June 12
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67 of 107 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
tl;dr version : You won't get anything out of reading reviews for Gone Home. Don't pay $20, but at least play it so you can form your own opinion. Kinda like how not everyone enjoys "classic" novels like To Kill a Mockingbird, but you need to read and be aware of that ♥♥♥♥.

Gone Home is better described as a "story" or an "experience", rather than a game. You step into the shoes of Katie, a young girl returning home after studying abroad. She is surprised to find the house empty - where are Mom, Dad, and her younger sister Sam?

Looking through her family's belongings - a bottle of hair dye, a letter from her mom's college roommate, a note jotted on the back of a mixtape - Katie unravels what she missed. People and relationships are constantly changing and evolving, families being no exception to this, and Gone Home is relatable and touching in that sense.

Would I recommend Gone Home at the $20 price tag? No. I paid $3 and would wholeheartedly recommend Gone Home at that price, especially considering it only took me an hour and a half to complete (and I did explore everything). Think of it is a short story, or a poem by a classic author - even if it's not your cup of tea, you owe it to yourself to at least experience it, and form your own opinion.
Posted: July 4
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44 of 74 people (59%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
I feel I am going to get lambasted for this review but I want to be honest and give my opinion. Considering that the game has a retail price of $19.99 and yet can be beaten in just over an hour is a little absurd in my mind. That being said, I've been hearing mixed reviews on this game and I'm a sucker for a good story, so I bit the bullet and picked it up when it was discounted.

I could not wait to play, turned off all the lights, put on my headphones and started up the game. The atmosphere in this game is really creepy and well done. There were so many times I felt someone was right next to me and I really started getting spooked out. Sadly, that ends what I enjoyed from the game. There are so few times I don't enjoy a video game story, but this was one of them. From the very beginning it was obvious what the big twist was going to be. I thought because of that, it had to be something else so I was excited to continue. When I found out I was right all along, I was quite disappointed.

I can see why this has been getting mixed reviews, and I commend Full Bright for trying something different. Sadly in this case, the game just fell flat for me. I was really hoping I would fall on the 10/10 side of the discussion, for I hate being negative about video games. The game is hit or miss in my mind, so even though I don't recommend it, you may still enjoy it! Just know there is also the chance it will end up like it did for me =/
Posted: June 28
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1,100 of 1,434 people (77%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Before you think this is just a generic review that bashes the game for "not being a game", please read the entire review.

Gone Home is a first-person exploration game where you play as a girl named Kaitlin, who's just returned home after a year away. The main premise of the game is that you must find out what has happened to your family, while exploring the enormous mansion. Along the way, you'll discover a backstory about your character's sister named Sam, and her relationship with a girl named Lonnie (yes-love it or hate it-the central characters are lesbians). I must admit, while I was playing, I was excited to see what would happen to Lonnie and Sam.

You play by walking around and examining objects by clicking on them (I liked the ability to rotate objects to see every little detail on them). Set in 1995, this game has tons of references to pop-culture from that time (my favorite is the X-files reference). Keep in mind that there are no enemies or scary pop-ups throughout the entire game (excluding one somewhat creepy easter egg with a cross). I personally didn't find this bad at all. In fact, I felt that the night-time atmosphere without having to worry about any pop-ups contributed to helping me enjoy the game for all that it had. Being able to look at all of the small objects is my favorite part of the game. Mainly because there are a ton of notes (which usually have something to do with the story) to read, or because the retro objects are just fun to look at.

One of the main criticisms that people have with this game is it's length. It's a rather short game which you can beat in less than 2 hours (if you know what you're doing, you can beat the game in literally less than one minute). While this is one of the biggest problems with this game, it's not as bad as you think it is (well, depending on who you are). I spent my time on my playthrough [as mentioned before] looking at all of the objects in the game, and also looking for the tapes that explained more of Sam's backstory. But to be honest, once I was finished looking at all of those cute objects and beating the game, I had very little reason to play through the game again. It was nice while it lasted, but unfortunately, this may not please most people. So if you're reading this, let me give you a message: if you don't like exploration type games where you just observe objects and don't fight any enemies, stop reading this and don't even buy this game (everyone else, read on).

But without a doubt, the biggest fault with this game is the the price tag: $19.99. While I enjoyed this game on my first playthrough, $20 for such a small game is just flatout robbery. If you're really interested in this game, I suggest that you get it when it goes on sale, because $20 is really not worth it in my opinion.


So to sum it up: Gone Home is a nice game to play. It has an interesting story that is worth playing for, and exploring the 90's themed house just fills me with a special feeling that I've never had before. But in the end, it suffers from being incredibly overpriced, and the fact that most people can beat the game really quickly. For those reasons, I can not recommend this game to any normal gamer. HOWEVER, if this game is on sale, I would give it a try.
Posted: January 28
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