Parents' Guide to

Gone Home

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Terrific narrative game tackles tough teen identity issues.

Game Linux , Mac , Windows 2013
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 15+

age 12+

Only M because of heavy cursing

great game, and would be teen, if it wasn't for cursing.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Gone Home is the sort of game that validates the video game medium as one capable of expressing ideas and emotion. It's puzzles aren't literal but instead are locked within the narrative. Your objective is simply to be a careful explorer, finding and digesting every clue and bit of writing you come across to put together the many seemingly disparate pieces of this complex but believable -- and perhaps even relatable -- story.

And what a story it is. Despite never actually seeing any characters, players will come away feeling like they know the family that lives at the house on Arbor Hill. The characters are deeply authentic, especially the teenager Sam, whose beautifully written notes and stories and movingly acted voice dialogue are about as heartrending as anything you'll find in a game. Some of what players will see, read, and hear is certainly mature, but it fits perfectly -- naturally -- within the narrative context. It's not a stretch to suggest that no other game better captures the mindset and emotion of a senior high school student.

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