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The Housewife
Platforms: PC
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
Apr 3, 2016 @ 3:49pm
Aug 25, 2016 @ 4:20am

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Release date: Q3-Q4 2016


The Housewife is a parable on spouse abuse. The story follows a day in the life of an unnamed housewife and her every desire to please her husband. She lives and illusioned life and has forgotten the world outside her husband, kids and home.

Take on the role of the housewife and make sure the house is maintained, she lives to keep her husband happy. Learn how the world changes for an abused person. She believes that he only beats her when she disappoints him. Get deep inside the functioning psyche of a victim of abuse.

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  • Every 9 seconds in the US, a woman is assaulted or beaten.
  • On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
  • Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.
  • Recent global prevalence figures indicate that about 1 in 3 (35%) of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.
  • Children who grow up in families where there is violence may suffer a range of behavioural and emotional disturbances. These can also be associated with perpetrating or experiencing violence later in life.
  • Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.
  • Number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq: 6,614:
    Number of women, in the same period, killed as the result of domestic violence in the US: 11,766

Although this issue affects both men and women, statistics show that women are more affected by abuse. However this fact does not lessen the impact on abuse to any other person, men, women and children could be a victim.

The Housewife tries to take a deep look into the psyche of an abused individual, many artistic and metaphorical choices are made in the game design to represent psychological impact.


  • Experience a chilling story of domestic abuse.
  • Step into the shoes of a middleclass housewife and clean, hang washing, sweep dirt, etc.
  • Voice acting by the housewife.
  • Original soundtrack


I believe that we can make people aware of this serious problem, we can stop the stigma or embarrassment placed on victims. Victims should know that it is never their fault, and their partner may have deep rooted issues. Both the victim and the abuser could be helped. Speak up, speak to eachother. Their is no greater power than a community who works together.
Popular Discussions View All (4)
Aug 14, 2016 @ 1:08pm
Oh dear....
A Flying Brick
Apr 5, 2016 @ 1:07pm
Masha Kochakova
Apr 4, 2016 @ 4:41pm
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jewdwag Aug 25, 2016 @ 3:30pm 
Sooo, easy ways to improve this game-

1. Make animations for cleaning things instead of floating shit.

2. While your cleaning and walking around she begins to hear abusive words from her husband said perilously to show how cruel of a man he is.

3. Add context to the character from the start besides "she is a abuse victim" to help players get invested right away.

4. Make the game more fucking forgiving.
Yukiai01 Aug 3, 2016 @ 3:19pm 
@colossalwreck: Thank you for your answer.
As for Steam, it is really great platform and i really understand.
But i prefer to have installer/archive file with game. This has nothing to do with Steam, I am just like that :)

colossalwreck  [author] Aug 3, 2016 @ 11:30am 
@Yukiai01: I am unsure if there will be a linux version, but I am pushing for it, hopefully I get it right. Also, I don't get why you would want a non-steam version? Steam's the best according to most people lol. For now only a Steam version is planned, it's really difficult to keep up with updates on all the different vendors.

Hoping you understand
Yukiai01 Aug 3, 2016 @ 10:35am 
I bought soundtrack of this game on groupess.

I have a few questions.
Is there some plans for linux version?
Have you considered selling game on other stores: ,,
I ask because i am interested in this game especially non steam linux version.
colossalwreck  [author] Jul 27, 2016 @ 5:55am 
@ NOONECANLAUNCHSTARBOUNDTHXOBAMA thanks. I just believe I have to stand by my art no matter what. And there will be people who love it, people who hate it and people who just don't care. We can look at the genral population and see how much people differ - everything from morality, fashion, religion, etc. But I digress, any bit of awareness raised, helps. One may argue as to why people would wear the support ribbons of any cause and how does it help. Thank you for letting me better voice my opinion.
The Fury Jul 27, 2016 @ 3:58am 
Well props to you for taking all the criticism so well on the pages of greenlight, unlike a lot of other devs on greenlight
colossalwreck  [author] Jul 25, 2016 @ 12:54pm 
@NOONECANLAUNCHSTARBOUNDTHXOBAMA: Not to you maybe. But even the facts I've stated in the description has probably already raised a bit of awareness in others, every bit counts. And who knows what this game might inspire in someone else, maybe they could see places where I missed the mark and then they make something even better(this does not mean I won't deliver to the best of my ability). If you don't like it, don't play it, and that's okay, you can never please everyone. I'mjust trying to do something positive with an artform I love.
The Fury Jul 25, 2016 @ 5:59am 
EDGE (I get it you're trying to push a message but a video game no one will play with very little thought and such a shock value premise isn't going to raise much awareness, or change much opinions)
colossalwreck  [author] Jul 14, 2016 @ 2:36pm 
EMK Jun 27, 2016 @ 8:05am