Home is Where One Starts... is a short, first-person exploration game in the same vein as Dear Esther or Gone Home. It’s a story about childhood, hope, and the miracle of memory. You play as a little girl from a broken home somewhere in the American South.
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Mostly Positive (278 reviews) - 78% of the 278 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 12, 2015

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“Home is Where One Starts... is a gem of an indie that deserves a place among the heavy-hitters.”
Only SP

“It's subtle, poignant and rich. Wonderful work.”
Jessica Conditt, Engadget

“It encourages reflective thought and imagination, which really is what such stories as this are about.”
Arcadian Rhythms

About This Game

“I remember when I was a little girl, waiting at the end of my driveway. I had already missed the school bus, but I stood there anyway… envying the birds.”

Home is Where One Starts... is a short, first-person exploration game in the same vein as Dear Esther or Gone Home. It’s an experience where every object has been carefully placed to tell a poignant story—a story about childhood, hope, and the miracle of memory. You play as a little girl from a broken home somewhere in the American South. Exploring the lonely countryside reveals clues and vignettes which help the player answer the question of where home is—and how one can get there.

Key features:

  • A quiet, non-linear story told by the future self of a reflective narrator
  • Inspired by the rural countryside and stories like John Steinbeck’s East of Eden and Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life
  • A 15-30 minute experience that can be completed in one sitting
  • An experience that focuses on atmosphere rather than action or puzzles
  • A rich, detailed environment that rewards players who explore with story insights and secret endings
  • Oculus Rift DK2 support (currently in beta)

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP+
    • Processor: Intel i3 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX 9.0c video card with 256 MB VRAM and shader model 3.0 support
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i5, 2.8+ GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 570, AMD Radeon 6870, or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Only Oculus SDK 0.4.4 supported currently
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.7
    • Processor: Intel i5 1.8 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 5000
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu (14.04+ tested), Manjaro, Arch Linux, etc. (64-bit only)
    • Processor: Intel i5 1.8 GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any recent NVIDIA or AMD card (NVIDIA proprietary 352+ drivers tested)
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Beta version - please visit discussion forum for more info
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