723874_largerHome's [$2.99] full title on the App Store is 'Home - a Unique Horror Adventure,' and that seems to fit what it does pretty well. Presented in pixel-y 2D, it's a narrative-led adventure game that tasks you with fleeing a mysterious, no-good, seemingly very bad house. You do this by investigating all its nooks and crannies. There's the occasional "hidden" object hunt, but the majority of the experience revolves around discovering context -- the whys and the hows of the place you're stuck in.

Eli and I gave it a go the other afternoon and came away pretty impressed. Granted, we may have joked around a fair bit, but this is a really interesting game that offers an experience that you don't see too often on iPad or iPhone. Give it a look just below:

Just FYI: this is a port of the PC version of the game. This one controls pretty well, though, so there's really not much of a reason to check that version out unless you're really into the whole mouse and keyboard thing.

  • TheEvilRobot

    I'm getting an iTunes card next week. I shall get this game :)

  • C. Stubb

    Keep our saloons safe! Support Open-carry in Illinois!

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      A man after my own heart.

    • XvEsunavX

      Open carry for all! That reminds me, my five years is almost up, gotta renew soon. 1911s for all!

      • Karzay

        Whoohoo! That's smart. More guns in public = less gun violence! Next thing they should do is allow drinking and driving to cut down on vehicular fatalities. Illinois does math good.

      • McCREE

        Awesome. I will be borrowing this from time to time.

      • http://iqsoup.com/ iqSoup

        More guns for law abiding citizens does = less gun violence. There's been plenty of studies showing that to be the case. The criminals already don't care what the law is.

      • xx99

        I'd actually appreciate links to those studies. I'd like to reference basically every other country in the world that has both stricter gun laws and less gun violence.

      • xx99

        First-world countries, anyway.

      • http://iqsoup.com/ iqSoup

        I had a reply but I think it got spammed because of too many links. There's plenty of studies out there, including one my Harvard of all places, showing gun control to be counter-productive. The laws tend to target and effect law abiding citizens rather than criminals. But check out a book called "More Guns, Less Crime" by economist John Lott if you're truly interested in hearing the other side of this issue. Have a good day!

      • Protoman

        With or without gun restrictions criminals will always acquire firearms. The laws we have now not only hamper law abiding citizens from purchasing guns, they actively discourage and scare normal people from standing up to criminals in the everyday defense of their fellow citizens. It's sad. Meanwhile the government who had taken away our ability to defend ourselves is also slowly but constantly underfunding the police force that were put in place so they could have an excuse to take our ability to defend ourselves. Weak...

      • Karzay

        Use some common sense. More guns = more gun violence. Why? Because you can't have gun violence without a gun. Simple.

        Compare gun violence in NewYork with any state in the south. Compare England with America. Compare Australia with America. Studies prove fewer guns = less gun violence. Period. Sure, some criminals might get their hands on guns, but it would be far more difficult if they couldn't break into a nearby house or truck to get one.

        What people like you don't understand, is that criminals enter the situation with guns drawn, meaning they always have the advantage. You can't always have you gun drawn, you'll get shot. If criminals are aware of the relaxed guns laws, they will assume that you might have a gun, you far more likely to get shot because of it, especially if you make any sudden movements.

        If by chance you get the opportunity to draw your weapon and manage to get a shot off at a criminal, there is no guarantee that you won't miss and hit and innocent bystander. If you do hit or kill an innocent bystander, you are now the criminal yourself. Do you trust some stranger playing cowboy and getting into a shoot out with a criminal when you or you family might get hurt in the crossfire if they miss? Thin about it. Common sense.

  • garret44

    I've had this on my watch list,hmmmm

  • captainChocolade

    I thought that my Retina iPad had smaller pixels...

  • korkidog

    What's wrong with mouse and keyboard??

    • caaalrb

      Who said there was anything wrong with it?

  • Nick Smith

    In Home you're only in the house for the first level/area. You immediately head outside and it's a linear experience where you experience various areas including a park until you eventually return back home. It's certainly atmospheric, and tense at times. Horror is an apt description, but in a classier way, not your gory monster man way.