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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Release Date: Aug 15, 2013

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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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CAINe
1.5 hrs
Posted: August 26
Short and the ending is not that good
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BrotherLewis
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 26
Not as potato compatible as you'd think
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Streetlight
2.2 hrs
Posted: August 26
Highly dissapointing. I felt this game could have gone way further than what it did. Graphics and everything were great, but the game length was so incredibly short. I am glad I got this on sale because frankly if I wasted $20 on it, I'd be livid.
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The Sky With A Kite
1.7 hrs
Posted: August 26
Walking simulator included to a story that wouldn't make it on its own.
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Metatron
3.6 hrs
Posted: August 25
An emotional story with a creepy atmosphere that plays on our fear of the dark and the unknown. The story is told via snippets of paper and notes and the occasional voiceover of the sister and her circumstances. It can be quite the story that hits home for many a viewer but even should it not align with you it can still be a fairly emotional romp. At its core is a story of how life evolves as you live it and how one person can change your life. Interspersed throughout are some nice indie rock songs that actually sound pretty good.

Worth a buy at a discount (~5 bucks) due to its short length. Very short once you know the secrets. For those that seek badges - even at a snails pace and a person who isnt thorough can finish this well before you will recieve any drops so be forwarned that you may have to leave it running or come back and play thtough it equally as slowly to get them.
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mleko kokosowe
4.1 hrs
Posted: August 24
It's good but not for the full price. I wish I had more games like this
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Coorran
5.6 hrs
Posted: August 23
Amazing!
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Twyzëas
5.0 hrs
Posted: August 23
About

The beautiful and emotional story of Gone Home works flawlessly as an exploration game. The scale, the details, the sounds—everything works prefectly in harmony. I'm speechless of the quality and thoughts put into this masterpiece. You should definitely check it out.

Pros
  • One of the best stories within a game
  • A beautiful home to fully explore
  • Emotional atmosphere
  • WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT NOISE?!
Rating

10/10 — Masterpiece
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Squintlicker
2.7 hrs
Posted: August 23
I got the game on a Steam Sale and I ended up not playing it for a long time. I didn't even see what it was about. Finally played it, and I loved the experience. It was a great story to play through (about 2.5/3 hrs). The $20 tag might be a little high. I don't remember what I paid for it. But the game is quite good.
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SparkleFart
18.3 hrs
Posted: August 23
After completing this game I initially thought it was someones school project or an indie teams first game. It is not. I am not sure how much I actually paid for this game bc it was backlogged for so long but I can assure you however much anyone pays for it is too much. The only price point this game deserves is free.

I knew the game was going to be short but its seriously 1hr max. The only reason it takes any longer is bc you will spend another hour trying to figure out if you somehow missed the point.

Reviewers are applauding this game for its story. They shouldn't. When you break it down any short story, short movie, tv show, literally anything has a better story than this game. It is laughably bad. Just because your story revolves around young lesbian love does not make your story the "greatest video game love story ever told" ♥♥♥♥ you reviewer for the New York Times. And I can assure you nothing about this story is "Epic, personal and revelatory” ♥♥♥♥ you reviewer for Giant Bomb.

NOTE: Time played reflects mining it for cards, bc I might as well get something out of this piece of ♥♥♥♥.
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74 of 104 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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57 of 80 people (71%) 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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31 of 38 people (82%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
This review contains no spoilers.

The tags on this should have warned you from the beginning, but just in case: this is not a game, it's another "walk around and explore everything, eventually leading to a conclusion" type of experience. Gone Home has a main story that unfolds in linear fashion as you explore the surroundings, and also a lot of background detail that tells you more about these people you never interact with. All the characters actually have quite a bit of backstory, not just the one the story focuses on, and it's easy to miss all the little hints and clues that tell you everything there is to know about this world, so it's not quite as linear as your movements.

However, that still doesn't mean it's worth $20 at full price; there's just not enough substance to justify it. At $4 on sale, you could go for it if you really like these kinds of harmless, non-twitchy explore type interactive experiences. If you're open to it, and you like thinking about fictional people and what their lives could be like, well, you might even get your money's worth. The hard decision for me is whether I recommend it, and I'll have to go with "no". It's not terrible by any means, it's a charming little slice of life experience, but it's awfully short, and the emotional and narrative payoff is really too paltry. If I'd read this as a story or watched it as a TV show, I wouldn't have walked away satisfied, and dressing it up as a game doesn't change that.
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Not worth 20 bucks. Finished it in less than two hours.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
The retro-styling to the nineties is well done in the Unity engine with decent enough voice acting. Other than that I am not impressed by this short story at all. A rather bland love story packaged in an extremely short game. Don't waste your 20 local credits is my advice.
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
This game is getting a lot of hate nowadays. Like other reviewers said, its not for everyone, but it was for me. Playing this game is like solving a mystery that at first is very external, and then becomes more of an internal journey of coming of age. Sweet, touching, beautiful in its details, and even dark in several ways that are easily skipped over. Its really nice to play a game that wasn't pandering soley to the demographic of straight male. For someone not in that category it was relatable, affirming, and a breath of fresh air.

It's short (def get it on sale <$10), and "not perfect" in the sense that it isnt a "game" in that it doesnt have gameplay. But it is truly an innovative storytelling mechanic, seeing the human story through objects left behind. Its like 90's archaeology. Walking through my house after I finished it felt like I was seeing everything with new eyes.

If you like puzzles or explosions or chase scenes in your games then this isnt for you so there is no point to buy it and then whine about how bad it is just because it doesnt resound with you.
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
That was one of the most anticlamactic games I've ever played.
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21 of 35 people (60%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Even Twilight has a better love story
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Interesting concept, but far too short and the story was really not that interesting. £15 for a 40 minute game with zero replayability is way too expensive, I would expect £4 or so, tops. All the rave reviews from all the mainstream publications and sites is incredibly suspicious.

3 hours "played" is due to trading cards, not actual playtime.
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