The first vivid memory I have of Chloe Sagal’s Homesick is tearing my headphones off, hitting the escape button, and clicking on the main menu button. I could feel my heart pounding in my chest. I was not quite sure what had just happened, (I’m not going to tell you) but it was significant.
Homesick places you in the role of a woman who is searching a house for her friends. The house is built on a plot of land that used to have a house where her family used to live. That house is gone. It’s gone because everyone was brutally murdered and their remains found in candy wrappers. I don’t see how any of this could lead to things going very bad. Well, they do go bad. Very fast.
You start out with a flash light and must search the house for your friends. In old school adventure game fashion, you collect tools that are hidden throughout the house to aid you on this task.
Here is the thing. There is a killer in the house with you. You never know where he is. But, he will show up, and your blood will race. The only way to survive is to get out of the room you are in, turn off your flashlight, and then stand in pitch black and listen.
Homesick creates an atmosphere that you don’t find in most games that call themselves horror, but those games would kill to have it. It’s pulse pounding and muscle tightening intense. Here is the link to download it for free. Go play it! Right now.
Okay, now that you have Homesick for free, it is time we sit down and talk. Chloe Sagal needs some help. She is dying from metal poison and needs help to pay for a life saving surgery. Her game scared the unholy crap out of me — and hopefully you by now! I am sure you have a few dollars lying around. Think of the ones you saved by getting Homesick for free. Take what you would have paid and donate. You will feel better about you — It’s a known side effect of being a good person.
Update: According to Develop, Chloe Sagal’s campaign has been suspended by Indiegogo. The link to her project in the final paragraph has been removedTweet