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Free Games I Like: Home

Posted on 12th Nov 2009 at 12:21 by Joe Martin with 12 comments

Joe Martin
Another short post for another short game – Home is a tiny pixel-art game from Increpare about what it’s like to fall apart, bit by bit.

There isn’t a huge amount to say about this game as the entire experience lasts just five minutes at most and the artwork and mechanics on show have been streamlined to the extreme. Everything in the game has been trimmed down until all that’s left is a clunky orange graphic that would look outdated on a Spectrum.

The idea is simple: your name is Charles and you’ve just been put into an old people’s home. Your life is simple and easy, which is good because you’re not really capable of much. All you have to do is manage your four simple needs; food, friendship, going to the toilet and getting a good night's rest. Simple.


There’s no puzzles or hidden timer to outwit and, like Small Worlds, the entertainment comes simply from exploring the themes that are being broached. Unlike Small Worlds though, the ideas here are much more obvious and much more effective. Small Worlds conjured a feeling of gentle fascination, but Home is a lot more…grim.

It’s a free download (for Windows and Mac OSX 10.5 +) and one I’d highly recommend trying out – though I won’t talk about it anymore for fear of talking it to death.

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skunkmunkey 12th November 2009, 13:43 Quote
I dont want to get old now.... interesting yet particularly unsettling
alpaca 12th November 2009, 13:46 Quote
that hit me, hit me hard
Sifter3000 12th November 2009, 13:59 Quote
That's pretty brutal.
Combinho 12th November 2009, 16:39 Quote
Interesting, and raises some good points. I've seen that happening day by day to real people in hospital, and it really is not pleasant, to say the least, even from a nursing perspective.
Cptn-Inafinus 12th November 2009, 18:17 Quote
Bah, can't get it to run on windowed mode and it hates my widescreen monitor. Life is hard.
soopahfly 12th November 2009, 20:15 Quote
If that's "Pixel-Art" then surely every single spectrum/commodore game is too?
docodine 13th November 2009, 02:54 Quote
Won't work at 800x600... No go. D:
Yoy0YO 13th November 2009, 03:11 Quote
Wow, this is a really depressing game. I felt really really awful. I understand how medicine tries to make one's life more comfortable but in this dark and lonely game, its just so depressing. Thanks for sharing this
soopahfly 13th November 2009, 09:54 Quote
I just tried playing it. Damn, it's depressing!
CardJoe 13th November 2009, 11:30 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by soopahfly
If that's "Pixel-Art" then surely every single spectrum/commodore game is too?

Pixel-art, by my definition, is a game which could easily have higher fidelity but which adopts a more retro and noticeably pixel-based visual style in order to achieve some specific artistic effect.
Dave Lister 19th November 2009, 16:26 Quote
Am i bad for laughing 2/3 of the way towards the end ?
CardJoe 20th November 2009, 16:06 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dave Lister
Am i bad for laughing 2/3 of the way towards the end ?

Yes.
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