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POSTED 14/10/15


THREE FOURTHS HOME: EXTENDED EDITION

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Nebraska must be a seriously dreary place.

The poster for the movie Nebraska? Black and white. The entirety of that film? Black and white. The cover of Bruce Springsteen’s album of that name? Black and white (OK, with a bit of red). This game, set in Nebraska? Black and white.

Why are you in such drab, monochromatic surroundings? Well, you’re 20-something Kelly and you’ve come home to your parents’ place after a less than rosy sortie into the big wide world of university in Minnesota (or ‘Minnesoter’ if you’re a Dandy Warhol). You’ve a lot of shit on your mind, so you nick off on a drive to your dearly departed grandparents’ old place for some think time, just you and your vehicle’s trusty old tape deck.

A thunderstorm brews, with outbreaks of twisters – and not the type that you get at KFC. You’re heading home when your worried mother calls, and so begins an elongated conversation with her, your father and your younger brother as you drive by seemingly endless cornfields.

Three Fourths Home isn’t your typical game. Actually, it isn’t even really a game. It’s basically a short story with conversation branches that your choices control. You can be snarky with your parents, you can be obedient or you can mix it up.

This ‘Extended Edition’ includes an epilogue, which is a prequel. You can also listen to the mixtape ‘choons’ outside of the game, read through your brothers teen angst writing and revisit your apparently brief stint as a photography student. The presentation’s slick, but for a text-heavy outing the spindly, rain-soaked in-game font could be easier to read.

Three Fourths Home isn’t about completion as such, it’s about undergoing an emotional journey running the gamut from deep regret to finding independence that will likely touch close to home at times. It’s all there in black and white...

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