Home Sweet Home

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Supremely scary game will chase mature fears into your soul.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Players must do whatever they can to survive ... though really all they can do is run away, screaming.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Player risks life and limb in an attempt to find out what happened to his wife, who has gone missing.

Ease of Play

While the game's controls are simple, the game itself isn't, and requires a lot of trial and error. No options to change the difficulty.

Violence

When caught, the player is shown being killed, with blood splattering everywhere. Also pools of blood on the walls and floors, and trails of it on the floor as well, along with other frightening imagery.

Sex

One of the creatures has exposed male genitalia.

Language

Swearing in the game includes "f--k."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Home Sweet Home is a scary downloadable first-person adventure game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. There are many instances of freaky imagery, and the entire game is designed to be as scary as possible. Players are frequently chased by scary monsters, and if caught, are stabbed or otherwise killed violently, resulting in bloodshed. There are also pools of blood on both the floors and walls, as well as bloody trails on the ground. Swearing including "f--k" shows up in the game's dialogue, and the penis and testicles of one creature can clearly be seen.

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What's it about?

In HOME SWEET HOME, you wake up in what seems to be an abandoned dorm room, or possibly what could be a group home. Unfortunately, you don't really know what your surroundings are. All you do know is that your wife is missing, and you have no idea how you got to where you are or what's going on. As a result, you wander around, trying to figure out what's happening and how to get home. That's when the freaky stuff starts happening, and you realize this dorm (or whatever) isn't abandoned, and the residents ain't friendly. Can you survive long enough to solve the mystery, find your wife, and escape unharmed?

Is it any good?

A genuinely frightening experience, this scary adventure will have you running and screaming both in the game and in real life. In Home Sweet Home, you wake up in a strange abandoned place, unsure of where you are or how you got there. Wandering around with a flashlight you found, you eventually find a woman ... only to learn the hard way that she's not alive (or even human), but she's quick with a knife. While running away is always an option, it isn't always easy, because the layout of this place constantly changes. Played from the first-person perspective, and clearly inspired more by Asian horror aesthetics than Western ones, this scary, sometimes sneaky game is kind of like the beginning of Resident Evil 7 biohazard if you never got a gun and the people trying to kill you were unkillable monsters. As a result, you spend a lot of time hiding from the scary things, running away when they find you, and wondering where to go next so you can end this nightmare.

As freaky as this may be, though, it can be frustrating, especially if you were hoping to get a weapon like a gun to blow away the monsters chasing you. The game's controls can also be a bit too imprecise, and there's no way to adjust them, so you'll have to adjust after playing for a bit. Also, the subtitles were cut off at the bottom of the screen, rendering them unreadable. While this was also something you couldn't adjust, you won't notice it after a while ... mostly because you'll be too busy screaming. If you're in the mood to run for your life in a constantly changing maze that wants to kill you as much as the thing that's chasing you, Home Sweet Home will frighten you to your core.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Home Sweet Home affected by the gory imagery? Would the game be as scary if there wasn't nearly as much blood shown in the game?

  • Does the nudity of one of the monsters add something to Home Sweet Home, or do you think it's unnecessary? Why do you think it was included in the first place?

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