Home is a game by Benjamin Rivers which is a horror game at it’s heart which is wrapped up in a classic 8 bit shell. 8 bit you say? Yes and you know what? It’s one of the best horror games I have played in awhile.
Home is simple all around from controls to the plot. You awaken in a house, you have a flashlight and you suffered a mental break where you cannot remember what happened so you have to find clues. And while the plot seem’s simple enough the outcome is based on the clues you find and your perception of the events that transpired. The controls are brutally simple being the typical “wasd” layout and the space bar for interaction. It really does not get more complicated then this.
For an 8 bit game I have to commend Benjamin Rivers for making Home at times actually scary. The plot leaves you wondering what is going on but the lighting effects work to make this atmospheric. In our day and age of flashy graphics and ultra real looking zombies Benjamin Rivers proves that sometimes you can pull off scary with being classic.It’s not just for nostalgia. It’s a statement that you can do something unique, fun and creepy with keeping things brutally simple. In fact I surmise this will inspire others to follow in his footsteps.
The game itself will take you under an hour to go through it but you will be left spellbound by the revelations of your play through which hasn’t happened to me in a long time. And to boot if you go to Steam right now, you can get it for $2.50 Cdn. That’s dirt cheap for something so good.
Home is an experience that can be had and if you allow yourself to take away it’s concepts you could probably bring them to your pen and paper gaming table. Keep it simple, start everyone off unawares of what is going on and let things develop. That being said I cannot recommend this game enough. Go and buy it, you’ll be doing yourself a favor.