Home creator wants to make horror-based dating sim

Thursday, 28th March 2013 10:00 GMT By Dave Cook

Benjamin Rivers created the eerie pixel art horror game Home, but now he’s looking to create a very different kind of project – a horror-based psychological dating sim.

The idea came out of a joke tweet Rivers published last month:

Speaking with Joystiq, Rivers said on the matter, “Well, I made a joke on Twitter like a month ago, where I was like ‘Hey guys, if I did a horror game with a dating-sim element, would people play it?’ and people were like ‘Yeah!’ Playing things like Mass Effect while finishing this game, playing Persona, that element of a really relationship-based game where you chase stuff like that, that’s kind of my new jam.

“It’s not a grinding game or anything like that, but I want to take a lot of what you do in those relationship games like Persona and offload some of that to people,

“I want to basically take a game that makes you feel as cool as you do in Persona, as far as relationships, [being] as connected. but see if I can do it without making it so video game-y, but still make it where people maybe even have a more powerful reaction because they buy in.”

It sounds very interesting. What could such a game look like? Let us know what you think below.



  1. sh4dow

    Haha “dim”. That’s just like him. “Home” was not only riddled with typos but in my instance also had a game crashing bug right at the finale. Thank god that one was able to save at any point…

    As I also got no reply from support, “Home” was a prime example for one of those indie games lacking essential polish/support. Like the ones I just recently mentioned in one of my comments… the ones one usually doesn’t hear about. But I guess the concept and style of “Home” were decent enough that it was still widely reported on.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DSB

    Home really sucked.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. BenjaminRivers

    Hi sh4dow:

    We answer every support email that comes in; if yours was missed, though, please email again at and I’ll make sure to get back to you.


    #3 2 years ago

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