Explore an abandoned building, encountering puzzles and clues to discover what happened, as you try to escape in both your nightmares and the waking world. Be immersed in the hauntingly beautiful 3D atmosphere in this puzzle exploration mystery game.
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Mixed (26 reviews) - 69% of the 26 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (551 reviews) - 77% of the 551 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 28, 2015

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“I highly recommend Homesick as a beautiful and thoughtful gaming experience.”
8.9 / 10 – OnlySP

“Homesick is a feat of interactive storytelling, resplendent in its game design and gorgeous graphics.”

“an emotional journey with very few equals”
4.5 / 5 – The Mental Attic


Beautiful hour-long live-instrument original score, included as an mp3 album.

About This Game

Explore an abandoned building, encountering puzzles and clues as the story unfolds. You seem to have been there so long that direct sunlight is blindingly bright, at home in the serene but foreboding atmosphere. When you sleep, you are plagued by nightmares, frantically running down hallways chased by darkness, an axe in hand.

Find the remnants of the building’s inhabitants to discover who you are, what happened, and what you need to do, as you try to escape in both your nightmares and the waking world.

Homesick is a puzzle exploration mystery game with a first person perspective, in a richly detailed and atmospheric 3D environment.


  • hauntingly beautiful and atmospheric 3D environment
  • innovative yet straight-forward puzzles that are satisfyingly challenging
  • the story unfolds through solving puzzles, finding clues, exploration, decoding text, and unlocking new areas
  • average playtime 2 to 4 hours

System Requirements

    • OS: WindowsXP SP3 or higher
    • Processor: Dual core 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card with 512MB of VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard required for one puzzle mechanic
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Game took less than two hours to properly beat. There are no instructions, which usually I enjoy figuring things out on my own! But the walking mechanic is painfully slow so if you miss something, you can't run around and search for it. You crawl. Painfully slowly. The puzzles are somewhat repetitive, and the character decoder puzzle isn't until the very end so if you want backstory, you have to craaawl back through the game from the beginning to get all of the lore and vague backstory. Everything that happened before the game start is hinted at as opposed to outright explained. If the game was less than $5, I'd consider recommending it. But at $15, I cannot say it's worth the money.

It's also a bit more creepy and unsettling than I was expecting, and there's a bit of a jump scare at the very end. If you've heard of the uncanny valley when it comes to people, that was the other half of my issue with the scare. I'm still a bit unnerved from it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Its a great puzzle game with amazing graphics, an incredible soundtrack and a chilling story!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
This simply isn't worth the price of admission (I picked this up for $8.99). Most of the difficulty behind these 'puzzles' stems from a lack of opening context. However, once you've figured out the context and solved the first puzzle you're half way though finishing this very short game as each subsequent 'puzzle' isn't much more than a variation of the first. The story which is revealed as the game progresses just isn't that interesting or complex - this is nothing compared to something like the Talos Principle.

This game is pretty, but its also very short, hollow and unsatisfying.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Very interesting "game".. actually, more like a puzzle walk. Loved the atmosphere created and the story lines told in different rooms.. At first, you have no idea what they are. Game ran very smoothly on my Win7 with Nvidia GTX650.
Music at first was rellly nice and fit the surroundings, but after awhile it became tedious.
No way to turn the music down independentally of the sound effects.
The textures were out of scale in many of the objects and I think are way over done.. everything is extremely deteriorated, but maybe that's just part of the dream feeling.
The final scene was a bit of a let down for me and seemed sort of trite.. wish there could have been more of a story linking the character to one of the rooms that the player would have to discover and receive some sort of redeeming message at the end that would have made his life worth while. Something like "The Vanashing of Ethan Carter" had a more interesting story line and ending.
Not a game for those wanting a shootem-up or run through environment.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
While this game definitely fulfils its promise of being atmospheric, almost the entire game can be summed up in the images provided by Steam. It's beautiful, and I thought the soundtrack was very fitting, but unless you really enjoy taking screenshots, this game has (in my opinion) little to no replay value. I was lucky to have bought this game on sale, because even though it was an enjoyable experience, $8.99 is perhaps a little too much for a game with little replay value, and $14.99 is definitely excessive.

That being said, the single playthrough was good, and I genuinely got emotional at a few points, but I think I figured out what the backstory/plot was before I was supposed to. What was probably supposed to be a suspenseful series of hints felt like it was beating me over the head by the time I finished, and I wasn't shocked by a major moment of the game. I was just... sad.

I'm aware that the game is listed as short and averaging 2-4 hours, but I'm usually horrendously slow at puzzle games and eager to wander off-track and soak up the atmosphere. In the bare minimum of that time frame, I had already looked at all of the paper materials, explored all of the rooms, and figured out all of the puzzles.

In spite of the gorgeous graphics and one good (but quick) run through, this game fell short of what I expected for the price. If it weren't so expensive, I would definitely recommend it, despite the lack of replay value. In the end, if you're torn between this game and Ethan Carter, I would definitely choose Ethan Carter. In my opinion, Ethan Carter is improved by a second run through, but I don't think this game would be.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
I'm going to give Homesick a thumbs up, but this would be an excellent opportunity for a "meh" option. On the plus side it's gorgeous and atmospheric, thoughtful and pensive, with some light puzzle solving.
On the other hand, it's very short - even with the painfully slow walking speed and my desire to frequently backtrack it only took me 2.5 hrs to complete (which isn't even enough to unlock all three free Steam trading cards).
I feel like it's worth a playthrough if those aren't massive turnoffs for you, but definitely wait for it to go on sale.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
This game is utter garbage, save your money and time.

This is one of those games which lives up to all the bad things about indie games. (not bashing indie games, only the negative aspects of some of them out there)

1. You have your classic "overwhelmingly positive" false votes by people who justify that "anything can be art" (their reasoning: why not consider a hunk of sh*t as a masterpiece? after all, anything is art, am I right?). These are usually hipsters who like to regard themselves as mentally superior, and think they have some superhuman emotions and perceptions which "normal people" don't (spoiler: they don't), so by calling a hump of flawed gameplay design a game they get the white card to say "its not a bad game, its just that you can't understand it because you are not deep enough [like me]"

2. Extremely short

3. the puzzles are not hard, they are just impossible to solve out of using human reason and logic as they require you to stumble [by luck] on the key object in order to progress. There is no real puzzle solving, only interacting with every item you can find and hope that triggers the next part of the game.

4. Story is completely absent.

5. Prepare your youtube apps for watching game walkthroughs when you get stuck because of the stupidity of game design. eg. find a piece of paper amid the hundreds out there with only gibberish written on them, yup thats right, one of them is the key to continue, which you must use in order to fall asleep. (if you are thinking "lolwut" that is because you are a healthy human being with a brain, and for this game that is a nono! shame on you!)

6. Price. gee I don't know, seems more like the type of gift you would give to your enemy than your friends. If you are considering buying this as a means to mentally harm someone you dislike, then it is deffinitely worth the full price, but other than that, don't get it even on offer.

7. Gfx. Ok the gfx are great. just look at the details of those rusty pipes! (srsly, that is all you will be seing, a ranshacked house interior throughout the whole game) tsk tsk... such potential, and for what?

In a nutshell, we have a "No Man's Sky" situation here. Although I don't blame the developer(s) per se as it is probably one of their first games, can't be too harsh on them
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
If you want to hear the same 3 oscillating notes over and over and over and over for hours than this game is for you.
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263 of 278 people (95%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
38.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 28, 2015
The game is gorgeous. Aesthetically, it feels a bit like a graphics card demo. If you have a 3D monitor, you will want to use it here.

In terms of gameplay, it manages to combine unique (and often challenging) puzzles with a powerful sense of tranquility and exploration. The game has a very soft open, meaning that it is entirely up to you to discern what you're doing and why. In a way, that leaves almost the entirety of the game vague, but more than anything this enhances the sense of immersion and discovery. The game is NOT simple, and yet it never leaves you feeling pressured. And, interestingly, long after you're likely to have forgiven the game's opening vagueness, it is compellingly explained.

The story, which the game absolutely has, unfolds at an unusual pace that might have been created as a challenge to traditional story arc diagrams. Without resorting to spoilers, I suggest you simply play and wait for it -- it works, and it works well. Anyone who might claim that the game lacks a plot or makes dismissive comparisons to "Dear Esther" etc. didn't get very far. The quiet, early game atmosphere counts for a lot.

A beautiful, instant classic.
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251 of 310 people (81%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 28, 2015
Dang, this looked kinda cool. But I can't recommend buying it. Definitely not at 15 USD.
I'm not even sure if I had fun. It felt a little tedious and the slowness of movement was padding for time, not atmosphere.
The puzzles were a little fun, but a little on the easy side. The hardest aspect and quite fun at first was learning to read again.
This game is GORGEOUS. Up there with the prettiest at the moment, like Ethan Carter. But the game is WAYYY too short, and there's little variance with the setting, and not much to explore. I beat this in two hours, and that was with getting stuck on the freaking drawers and spending a lot of time figuring out that one.
Anyway, if you have doubts about buying this, probably don't. If you just love games with this sort of atmosphere and walking simulator puzzles/exploration, you might give it a try, but wait til it's on sale. The amount of content does not justify the price
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4.4 hrs
Posted: October 16
It's like Mind: Path to Thalamus, but 8 times shorter, 5 times less imaginative, 3 times less original, and 1.7 times more expensive.
BTW, the fact that it took me 4.4 hours to complete this minigame speaks volumes about some of its puzzles. Expected so much more.
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5.8 hrs
Posted: October 12
This is a game for those who love to take their time and discover a story while walking through a beautiful, yet haunting setting. It didn't take long to get through to the end and the puzzles can be figured out with some effort, but not extremely difficult.

This is the perfect game for those who just want to have an afternoon of melancholy set in another place and time. I loved the soundtrack!

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7.6 hrs
Posted: October 9
Homesick is a pretty and interesting first person puzzle game. The ruined apartment building you explore is atmospheric and well-modeled, and despite your character being unable to read the written language, there's a surprising amount of backstory and information conveyed. The puzzles mostly don't break immersion and have good visual cues, though I had to look up answers for a couple of them.

It's not a horror game, but there are definitely creepy and unnerving moments, which added to the experience for me. Homesick is cheap, not very long, and well worth the time and money.
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2.3 hrs
Posted: October 7
Beautiful game with tricky but totally accessible puzzles. Worth a playthrough for sure.
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Voodoo Dragon
3.3 hrs
Posted: October 2
Beautiful, haunting and weirdly emotional. The very beginning required a bit of extra patience to get through, but once the block pieces fit (literally), backtracking through the story of the building was a rewarding experience. The music is very calming and melancholic and fits the atmosphere very well. It's certainly not a game for everyone, but it was an enjoyable experience for me.
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12 AM Charles
2.5 hrs
Posted: October 1
What a gorgeous game. A beautiful soundtrack along side stunning visuals with a story personal enough to bring tears to your eyes yet open-ended enough for personal interpretation. Homesick's ability to deliver powerful political and emotional ideas through simple puzzles and contrasting environments sets the perfect mood for empathizing with the main character as the storyline progresses.

I cannot overstate how much of a masterpiece this game is.
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