The last game was gory, and you wanted a story. Now enter The House.
Built in 1970, and deserted some time after that, no one has entered the house since the entire family committed suicide due to reasons unknown.
Point-and-click your way through the house to unfold the mystery of what really happened to that fateful fictitious family. Best viewed alone, late at night, in the dark, and with the sound turned up.
Created by 25 year-old Sinthai Boonmaitree (xin) of Bangkok, Thailand, this interactive narrative combines excellent use of sound, animation, and timing to produce a very creepy atmosphere and a few very startling effects. Although the horror piece is similar to the previously reviewed NFH Propaganda and 99 Rooms with its loading screens that interrupt the progression from room to room, there are far fewer rooms for it to matter much at all. The House is much more like a game than the others, though there is nothing very difficult to figure out. Random clicking should get you through the whole 10-minute presentation without any trouble, save for a few frightening moments.
This one is for those who were disappointed—or just plain put out—by the previous entry. Originally planned for posting sometime in late October as the Halloween season approaches, I decided to post it this evening after reading all the negative comments the last one generated. I trust you will enjoy this one much more. Thanks go to Willoughby Jackson for suggesting it as a follow-up to yesterday's game.
Update: Due to bandwidth issues Sinthai was having with his hosting provider, The House is now being served up directly from the JIG servers with the kind permission of Sinthai, himself. Cheers, Sinthai! =)