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Platform Win, iOS, Mac, PS4, PS Vita Publisher Benjamin Rivers Developer Benjamin Rivers Release Date 2012-06-01

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Home review: there's no place like hell

Many horror games take place in bizarre, otherworldly locales - an abandoned space station, a rundown hospital, a remote South American village. With Home, indie developer Benjamin Rivers has a much more sinister setting in mind. As its title suggests, Home burrows itself into the most familiar locations. Your unsettling journey will take you through the local convenience store that your best friend owns, the factory you worked in for years, and, eventually, to the house where you live with your wife. You'll discover secret passageways, explore creepy forests, and uncover clues to dark secrets in your life. Above all else, you'll craft your own narrative. Home is as much a choose your own adventure novel as a game, but the subtle story it tells is disturbing and unique enough to hold...

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