House Sitting

Author: JaradLichLord
Version: 0.2.1
Last Updated: 2020-08-10 21:25:35


Review by Nerevar
Version reviewed: 0.2.1 on 2020-08-12 15:04:52

This is worth paying attention to.

At present, House Sitting contains quite a bit of content, but at present Gold Rush arguably took the story further and does some things better than this recreation. However, this recreation also does some very important things better.

First off, props to Gold Rush, however, one (I hope fair) criticism of Gold Rush was that you spent a lot of time running around trying to figure out what single action was necessary to advance the story, often it was very specific (click on this specific item in a specific location (from tons of possible locations) to see an option that wasn't there before) and difficult to figure out, and sometimes that could get frustrating. In this game, thus far, things are less confusing and less frustrating than they were in the inspirational successor. A little bit of searching is fine, but I love that this game, at least so far, doesn't make you go through 500 useless interactions before finding the 1 interaction necessary to advance things. I'm not sure what the optimal number is for such things on average, to avoid making things too straightforward, but it's less than was present in Gold Rush. This game also has a more gradual and nuanced transformation than Gold Rush had, and given that transformations are the principle focus of this site, I consider that to be a good thing.

Another reviewer mentioned inventory improvements would be good, which I agree with, but it's not unusable at present.

As further development takes place, House Sitting could well exceed its predescessor. There are elements of the story and mechanics that I like better in this version. Notably, writing that has more polish and gameplay elements that feel less haphazard.

This is a relatively ambitious undertaking, and the creator deserves credit for their work. Give it a try, see what's there (what's there is pretty good), and pay attention to updates. It is my hope that the current developer will continue to do good work, and finish this story. Too many games on this site are unfinished, and I don't mean that they could use improvement, I mean that the story just cuts out half way through. I really hope the developer sticks with it, and finishes this. Best wishes to you all. To the developer, thanks for sharing this with us.


Review by Zela
Version reviewed: 0.1.4 on 2020-07-20 04:27:24

There's some bugs and a few spelling errors, and it could use some better UI, but it's not bad and a faithful updated version of Gold Rush.

 

I'm looking forward to see how it will be updated forward and for it to reach content parity with the old game at least!


Review by DastardlyDoug
Version reviewed: 0.1.4 on 2020-07-17 17:42:48

I appreciate someone trying to recreate the vibe and basic storyline similar to The Gold Rush.

However, the inventory/wardrobe needs a lot of work. Too many things seem to be able to stack.

Some coding errors that need to be fixed, etc.

A little more testing before first release would have been a good idea.

Hope to see it get better. But overall a good effort.

 

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Thanks for staying on top of the bugs. Keep it up!


Review by Smite
Version reviewed: 0.1.2 on 2020-07-16 12:33:04

The good news:

The not-as-good news:

Definitely keep your eye on this one, but for now don't feel bad if you decide to replay the original GR instead and wait on this game a few updates for the bugs to shake out and content to grow before giving it a playthrough.


Review by BgCntry
Version reviewed: 0.1.0 on 2020-07-15 20:02:35

I am so glad that someone has attempted to take this over and hopefully will take it to completion.  I eagerly await to see where this project goes.


Review by jdeuce2s
Version reviewed: 0.1.0 on 2020-07-15 17:35:50

about time someone did this, wish i could but won't know how and don't have the writi ability to make it good. 

thanks for taking this on.