“House Party” is (as the name suggests) a game where you are invited to an all-American house party, where, once you start mingling. You find people brimming with problems, all of which you eventually get involved in (such as getting drunk, high, and end up in fist fights and tons of drama).
So, right off the bat. Having been in Early Access since 2017, there is currently no sign of “House party” leaving it anytime soon (which, at the moment is probably for the best) as there are a few niggles with it. Movement is mostly fine, especially as you can run, but there are occasional hitches when trying to turn quickly.
Interacting with people and objects is okay, even though the latter is currently limited (although that is being looked into). Othe than that, the inventory system works well too, with the standard radial dial that is used for all of the game’s item interactions. It’s quick and easy to use and does the job.
The party guests are mostly very nice-looking females, except for three: Derek, who invited you and is having a bad week; a teetotaller who gets violent if he sees anyone drinking and a drunk guest who no-one likes (and surprisingly hasn’t been beaten up yet by the aforementioned teetotaller, although you can fix that).
The other guest’s problems include a drug taking air head who doesn’t know what to do in life; another escaped her home town partly due to having an affair with a mayor and one is jealous (perhaps bordering on rivalry) of her sister.
You can interact with each of these by either being nice or being rather more direct with your intentions towards them – although doing the latter risks them rejecting you. Sometimes you are also given options to talk about other characters or to try and elicit more information about things as well, to help with any of your missions.
One problem is that character’s attitude doesn’t always take into account what you do (or say) to them… For example, Madison “accidentally” spills wine over her sister, as a part of a humiliating prank. However, when you do the same to Madison, aside from initially complaining, she soon forgets about it and is quite willing to continue talking to you about her original plan, as though nothing happened.
Another example is when you decide to go nude and then put your clothes back on: They instantly forget you did so. You also have to be careful about” who sees you pick up items, otherwise you might be branded a thief, thus ending the game. Picking things up can be done in two ways.
The first way is usually done to add items to your inventory. The second involves grabs hands, which lets you pick up and interact with things in a basic way. This seems to be of limited use at the moment, being reserved for picking up and dropping pencils…
There are three modes: The standard story; a Date Night one (featuring dodgy cooking) and a Valentine’s Day one (where you are an accessory to burglary). They all play in the same house (or in the case of the Date Night one – a house that looks similar to the original house).
The house itself consists of two floors, with several bathrooms, bedrooms (on which you can sit on the bed), sitting rooms (can sit on chairs) and outside is a patio, jacuzzi and a fire. Characters wander around inside and out, and occasionally interacting with other characters, which is nicely done, especially when they start dancing.
However, their movement isn’t always that great, as the movement consists of rigid turning and no lip-syncing. I can’t say any are really likeable either, and it’s hard to care about them. Nevertheless, at the end of the day, I find “House Party” to be a very unique, funny and sexy +18 lewd adventure game (I can’t wait to try out the full release of “House Party”). That’s also why I would still recommend “House Party” to those who enjoy lewd adventure games.
+ Unique game
+ Somewhat realistic drama
+ Lots to do
+ Fully voiced (except for the protagonist)
+ Controls and interaction works well
– Very American, both in style, substance and terminology
– Fights are weird, with characters falling down even though they haven’t been hit. Clipping is also a problem
– More interaction with objects is needed
– Graphics could be better
– Some text is very small
– Don’t see yourself in the mirrors, although you can see yourself if you look down
– Sitting/laying down animation is weird
Sound and music: 3/5
Replay value: 3/5
“House Party” is a very unique (if very American) semi-realistic adventure/drama type of lewd game. The story for all the characters is good, but replayability would depend on how interested you are them. The graphics do their job, but does suffer from stuttering occasionally, and could do with more detail. Nevertheless, “House Party” is still a funny and sexy +18 lewd adventure game.
Title: House Party
Developer: Eek! Games, LLC
Format: PC Download
Genre: Role playing/Adventure/RPG
Resolution: User defined
Release date: 2017-06-30
Difficulty: User define
Spent time: + 3.1 hours
Average grade internationally: 20%Gamerankings.com
PEGI age rating: +16
Price: 12.08 Euro via Steam
Robin Ek – Editor
The Gaming Ground
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