Kid reviews for Gone Home

Common Sense says

Terrific narrative game tackles tough teen identity issues.
Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews
Teen, 14 years old Written bySawybean August 27, 2013

A Beautiful Example of Magnificent Storytelling in the Video Game Media

As I stood in front of the door to the house which you explore throughout the game, baggage to my right, I expected a horror game. Little did I know that what lay beyond the door was a facinating study of the family that lives there. Gone Home is also one of the best exploration of sexuality in games that I've ever seen. The puzzles are not litteral, in the sense that they present themselves to you too obviously, (a la Portal) but the puzzles are living and breathing in the world that the developers have created. Everytime I could piece together some event in the life of the family, I felt like a detective. The game allows the player to move at their own pace, as there is no combat to speak of. Never before have I wholeheartedly reccomended that anyone just pick up a game immediately, but this is an exeption. I believe that anyone could play this at any time, and that the messages delivered through this game's stellar narrative are important concepts to grasp.

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Kid, 8 years old October 7, 2013

Gone Home

Good game, but a lot of issues with this family's identity.Kids probably won't get it,but they probably would just screw around wandering through the house,doing nothing but saying POOOOOOOOP

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Teen, 17 years old Written byPrestonium June 25, 2014

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This game while being awesome and emotional does violate the beliefs of most Christian, or even conservative families, you slowly learn about the family and your younger sister who doesn't fit in, it then begins to develop and describe a sexual relationship between your sister and her female friend. I find it funny that the review never stated this, throughout the game you will hear constant songs filled with swearing, and see a marriage fall apart as the parents try to hold it together.

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Teen, 16 years old Written bySilverfall July 4, 2015

Beautiful, Engaging Story in this Masterpiece of a Game

To put it simply, Gone Home is a masterpiece. It displays how video games can be modern art forms. While some would say that Gone Home isn't a video game, they would be correct, to a sense. Unlike a traditional video game, Gone Home is not action packed, there is not a fail state, and there are no clear objectives, however it should still be considered a video game as it is interactive, has a story, contains some puzzle elements, and warrants at least 2-3 playthroughs to get all the details about the story. The game itself revolves around Katie Greenbriar, a young woman who returns home from a trip to Europe to find her house empty. At the beginning it can be mistaken as a horror game, as the house is completely deserted, the lights are out, and early on in the story ghosts are mentioned. However it is much more than that, the story evolves into your sister Samantha's struggle to find out where she fits in sexually, and then eventually hones into the relationship between Samantha and her lover Lonnie. The game presents a beautifully written story, that while set in 1995, still reflects on the social issues we encounter today. If you are interested in the narrative-driven genre at all, you should definitely give this one a buy. It is well worth the $20 asking price, and it will surely warrant better playthroughs to find all the details you missed. I would give it a 5/5 for it's beautiful and engaging story.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byHashtagBrownies April 22, 2016

Very nice game...

This game is an ok game for teaching your teens that it's ok to be gay/lesbian, my only complaint is that it's €20 for 80 minutes which isn't worth it, maybe on a sale or something. There is some swearing but lets be honest, your teen must be living under a rock if they don't know about swearing. Definitely recommend .

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Teen, 13 years old Written byDisneymaniacs7 December 16, 2017

Moving, terrific narrative!

The game, for me, started out as a creepy aesthetic and I thought it was a horror game, but as the game continues, the story shows through. This game is for a more mature audience - due to the M17+ rating - and definitely packs a powerful message about discovering who you are and acceptance. There are tons of references to sex, including two pornographic magazines (just the covers, no looking through them allowed). Overall, it's a mature game that is a relatively quick play (I completed it in a day) but impacts you regardless of gender/sexual identity.

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