Free Game Friday – Home Story: 1971

Not only is Friday a day to celebrate the oncoming weekend, get a takeaway and go out for a couple of bevvies with your friends and family, for us here at GameSpew it’s time for #FreeGameFriday. That’s right Spewers; it’s the best day of the week.

For this week’s Free Game Friday we’re taking a look at Home Story: 1971, a sombre tale about a family dealing with a very difficult loss. For fans of classic point-and-click adventure games like Day of the Tentacle or Monkey Island, you’ll feel right at home playing this charming game from creator Justwo that takes only 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

In Home Story: 1971 you play as Jamie, a young girl on her birthday who is trying to put together a picture of her family that has been ripped up. It’s up to you to look around her home and find all of the missing pieces of the picture. In order to do this you have to solve a couple of different puzzles that are really reminiscent of old point-and-clicks. One of the best puzzles is when Jamie ventures up into the attic and has to use shadows cast from her flashlight in order to solve it. I found this particularly clever!

Even though Home Story: 1971 is a short tale it tells a lot in such a small amount of time. Those that have dealt with loss themselves will truly feel the weight of the pain that Jamie’s family is in, having to deal with the death of their son/Jamie’s brother during your brief time with them. There are also a lot of lovely, touching moments as you discover more about Jamie and her brother’s relationship and how Jamie is dealing with the loss herself.

That’s it for this week’s Free Game Friday, even though Home Story: 1971 tells a really sad story I still recommend giving it a go when you have a few minutes to spare. I’d love to play a longer point-and-click by its creator because everything is very well done and felt much like the beginning of a longer story. Give Home Story: 1971 a go and let us know how you like it in the comments below or on Twitter using #FreeGameFriday, we love hearing from you! Here’s to a great weekend everyone and see you next week.

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