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.

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  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 1 year ago
  2. DSB

    Home really sucked.

    #2 1 year 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 1 year ago