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Gone Home is a first-person exploration video game developed and published by The Fullbright Company.

Ooook, this game got some awards.. Who am I to judge, you don't fight over peoples tastes... but for me it has nothing worthwhile, even your silly three playhours and like seven minutes of audio diary notes. If there was no rain, thunders, board squeaking, and Ouija board mention, I'd finish it and say "wth did I just play?". It's a love story, somewhat. Nothing major but the fact that participants are two teenage females.. so? If we imagine that it's a story about male/female couple I'm sure it would go unnoticed, or even not published.. But I guess it was released in times when LGBT needed confirmation (it still does I guess), so it allowed them to be confirmed. Just to be clear, NO PREJUDICE here. And EXACTLY because of that fact I'm not going to tell something is worthwhile if it isn't. If you add few facts about father/mother/father's uncle it has somewhat more material, but not plenty. I played it waiting to reach something, anything, and I haven't found it. It left me hanging. SorryPGC

Gone Home was first released for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linux computers in August 2013, followed by console releases for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in January 2016, the Nintendo Switch in September 2018, and iOS in December 2018.

Set in the year 1995, Gone Home puts the player in the role of a young woman returning from overseas to her rural Oregon family home to find her family currently absent and the house empty, leaving her to piece together recent events. Gone Home does not feature much interactivity, but instead has the player explore the house at their own pace and determine what has transpired by examining items, journals, and other items left around the various rooms. 

Story

On 7 June 1995, 21-year-old Katie Greenbriar (voiced by Sarah Elmaleh) returns home from overseas to her family's new home in fictional Boon County, Oregon. Her family consists of her father, Terry, a failed writer who makes a living reviewing home electronics; her mother, Janice, a wildlife conservationist who recently got promoted to director; and her 17-year-old sister Samantha (voiced by Sarah Grayson). Upon arriving, she finds the house deserted, much of their possessions still in moving boxes, and a note on the door from Sam imploring Katie not to investigate what happened.

 

Gameplay

The player takes the role of Katie in the first-person view, who can move around the house and view and interact with objects. There are no defined goals in the game; however, the game encourages and rewards the player when they explore new areas of the house and search for new messages. Much of the interactivity rests upon looking at objects and notes within the house. In order to progress in the game, the player must find certain objects that unlock access to other parts of the house.

 

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  • Release Date: Thursday, 15 August 2013
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, OS X, Linux, iOS, Nintendo Switch
  • Director: Steve Gaynor
  • Producer: Johnnemann Nordhagen
  • Mode: Single-player