Hydroponics Deck Jul 12, 2013 @ 11:44pm
KNOW what you're buying
Some things to know about Home before you buy. No spoilers here.

It's on sale again and this game gets a lot of hate, I think partially because of what the store page says is misleading. Here's some important things to know before you spend your well-earned $1.01 (or however many euros). All the quotes are from the store page.


1) It's very short, less than 2 hours to finish, but does have a little replayability value. It's like a short story where a tripple-A game is a full length novel. The developers suggest you finish it in one sitting and I concur. You probably won't have any problem doing just that.

2) This isn't an action game, the narrative is vastly more important than gameplay: most of your actions will just be exploring, finding clues, and making decisions. Just like it's simple yet effective art style, the game is also incredibly simple in gameplay. It's more of an interactive story. Think Dear Esther, with a little more to do than just walk around.

3) "It’s a murder mystery with a twist-"
Marketed as horror game, but it's very light on the scares. It's atmospheric and eerie, has a few spooky/paranoia moments if you're immersed enough, but comes off as a mystery more than horror.

4) "...you decide what ultimately happens. Its truths are entirely subjective."
Like the above quote says, you decide what ultimately happens through your actions and decisions through the game. Keep an open mind. It's innovation in storytelling through video games, and it won't be what everyone is looking for.

If you're into games like Dear Esther, Proteus, Kentucky Route Zero, etc., this game might be up your alley. Interactive art, focus on storytelling, atmospheric, nice visuals. It's only a dollar right now so if you're curious I'd say go for it. I put 7 hours into this game and I have no regrets. It also just got an update so a bunch of bugs are fixed and there's new content added- perfect time to buy.

I think that's the main stuff. Hopefully it helped you decide if this game is for you! :) It isn't for everyone, but at such a low price it's worth trying.
I apologize if this comes off as a warning against buying, it's just that lots of people seem angry about their experience and I don't want Home to have a bad rep it doesn't deserve. It's a good game at a criminal price and I really liked it.
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Trunchbull Jul 13, 2013 @ 5:13pm 
What a very informative post. While I skipped everything that involves reading on the Store Page, this thread decided my fate to buy it. :)
Channy Jul 13, 2013 @ 11:13pm 
"If you're into games like Dear Esther, Proteus, Kentucky Route Zero, etc., this game might be up your alley."

Could you give us some more game titles please ? I really enjoyed Home, as well as The Path and The Graveyard (from Tale of Tales) and I would like to have more games like these.
Hydroponics Deck Jul 14, 2013 @ 4:24pm 
I'm so glad it helped Trunchbull! :D I hope others decide to "take the plunge" (it's only a dollar, not the biggest risk you could take on Steam) and try out Home for themselves, there's so little to lose and so much to gain.

Hey kG, I will do my best to recommend some games for you. Long post ahead, I went a little overboard. :P

Must-plays:
Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery EP
Thirty Flights of Loving/Gravity Bone
Kentucky Route Zero
Dear Esther
Proteus
All available on Steam. If you haven't played all of those yet, go give them a try. Like Home they are visually beautiful and the visual style adds to the story in fantastic ways, the focus is on storytelling with deep and engaging stories and characters, and the gameplay is very simple. In addition Sword & Sworcery has one of the best game soundtracks of all time.

Those are all in a similar vein to Home. The rest of these games are probably hit and miss and depend more on your personal preferences- most are not as spooky but all do a good job of setting up a unique atmosphere and narrative. I hope you can find something great! If you'd like more details on anything I will do my best to provide, though I haven't spent as much time playing some of these as the games I mentioned above. If you have trouble finding anything let me know.

More From Tale of Tales:
Bientot Lete
Fatale
The Endless Forest (free open-world browser game)

Games I haven't tried yet but look interesting:
Trauma
Starseed Pilgrim
Kairo
Samorost2, Machinarium, Botanicula (If you like all three buy the Amanita Collection bundle to save some $)
To the Moon (I hear it's pretty much an interactive story, it gets a lot of recs)
The 39 Steps
The Raven - Legacy of a Master Theif
Dinner Date

Some games with more traditional gameplay but still worthwhile narratives:
Lone Survivor- pixel horror game, like Home + Silent Hill
Thomas Was Alone
Anodyne - Zelda style short RPG, very strange and nothing conventional about it

Games on Greenlight that look promising:
The Novelist
Dream
Papers, Please
Actual Sunlight
Homesick
The Gallery: Six Elements
The Stanley Parable
Riot

On the PS3 if you happen to have one:
Journey and Flower, by thatgamecompany
Linger In Shadows by Plastic Studios, a really neat graphics demo, and Datura, by the same developer

More free/browser games (try Googling them):
Gods Will Be Watching - if you like a challenge and Sword & Sworcery-style pixel art, this is for you.
Save the Date - mostly text-based, not too much to look at but what a great personality. You'll be playing this for a lot longer than you expect, but they key words are "keep trying" because the story is so worth it.
No One Has to Die- Short n sweet mostly text based browser game with a simple but interesting story. It's not a game changer but it's a refreshing story and the way it makes you make decisions works really well in the narrative.
Hide- a simple free horror game with a graphic style that reminds me a bit of Proteus, thought it's vastly different in tone and content.

Lastly, always try indiegames.org, the ludum dare website, and the most valuable http://www.notgames.colognegamelab.com/ to find even more similar games.

Hope that helps!I look forward to more games like Home in the future, hopefully our interest will allow for developers to further explore in that genre and style.
Channy Jul 18, 2013 @ 7:03am 
Thank you very much for your answer, it is indeed very helpful ! I was definitely not expecting such a detailed answer. If I have trouble finding some games, I will ask you.

Thanks again !
Lolzarra Jul 22, 2013 @ 9:16am 
This is a really informative post and should be on the first page.
Heisenberg Jul 22, 2013 @ 9:26am 
Thanks for the informative posts, Hydroponics Deck. I already own Dear Esther but you convinced me to try a few of the other Steam titles you mentioned (Home, Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery EP, and Thirty Flights of Loving). I added Kentucky Route Zero to my wishlist for later. I'm a big fan of "Another World" and I can definitely see the visual similarities in KRZ.
killpay Jul 22, 2013 @ 9:48am 
If you like a great story with your game, i strongly recommend To the moon. It has no combat but there is some exploration as in objects to examine and people to speak to.

EDIT: Forgot to mention that if you love indie games you should check out Desura. Its a program like steam but for indie games. It also has quite a few free games and most of the games on there have demos. :)
Heisenberg Jul 22, 2013 @ 9:55am 
Originally posted by killpay:
If you like a great story with your game, i strongly recommend To the moon. It has no combat but there is some exploration as in objects to examine and people to speak to.

Thanks for the suggestion. I actually picked that one up from GOG.com last year. I've heard good things about it but sadly haven't gotten around to playing it yet. My backlog is monumental.
killpay Jul 22, 2013 @ 9:56am 
Haha i know what you mean. Stupid steam sale made me buy more games than i was planning to!
volanin Aug 8, 2013 @ 4:06pm 
Play "To The Moon" last. It is so great, it will spoil the other games! ;-)
lisitsa Aug 9, 2013 @ 2:18am 
This thread is superbly useful, thank you so much!
Thri11Ki11 Aug 9, 2013 @ 3:49am 
I agree that this thread comes in very handy. You should start a community group for likeminded people. There are a lot of great indie games out there that dare to try something different with telling a story. Thanks for the great list Hydroponincs Deck and if you do create a group make sure to update this post so we can all find out
Memento Mori Aug 9, 2013 @ 7:31am 
Originally posted by ^_kG:
"If you're into games like Dear Esther, Proteus, Kentucky Route Zero, etc., this game might be up your alley."

Could you give us some more game titles please ? I really enjoyed Home, as well as The Path and The Graveyard (from Tale of Tales) and I would like to have more games like these.
there's this game called "I Remember The Rain". not a Steam game but it's worth the story and pretty atmospheric. If you want something from Steam, you might want to try "To The Moon".
Tnyhy Aug 11, 2013 @ 1:41am 
If you like narrative games, try "the majesty of colors"
Hydroponics Deck Aug 11, 2013 @ 2:41pm 
Thanks guys, I'm so glad I could be of use! It can be a real challenge finding worthwhile games. So thanks doubly for the suggestions, I enjoyed I Remember The Rain and The Majesty of Colors, and To The Moon is on the top of my to-do list now.

In regards to a Steam community group, would anyone here be interested if I did? I don't know much about starting one, but if it's something that a bunch of people could contribute to I could see that being really useful and fun.
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