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 Everything in the game has been trimmed down until all that’s left is a clunky orange graphic that would look outdated on a Spectrum.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.