House Party Celebrates Over 300,000 Sales in its First Year!

Hey everybody,

It’s me, Bobby.  I don’t make too many posts to the dev blog these days as I’m super busy with working on the game and managing the company, but I just wanted to make this post myself to announce that House Party, in its first year, has sold over 300,000 copies!  On top of that, the game has held a “Very Positive” review rating on Steam throughout the entire year.  I am so thankful that my silly little idea has brought such laughter and entertainment to so many people.

What an amazing ride it’s been. I started House Party in early 2015.  There I was, just a solo dev trying to do something different; something that’s never been done before.  Creating a full-on 3D game by yourself is no easy task, and I had to learn a lot about game development and graphics.  These were things that me, being a programmer, knew little about.  Taking on a project of this magnitude however, I got a crash course.  Of course I didn’t do things correctly the first time around, and in some cases, not even the second time around.  There was a lot of trial and error.

Eventually I got something that sort of resembled a game, and I created a Patreon account.  I was so amazed by how quickly people started supporting the project and getting behind my idea.  By early 2017, I had several hundred supporters!  Then in February of that same year, something crazy happened.

I saw a video go up from a YouTuber by the name of TurkVanGogH GameZ, and he was playing MY game!  A week later, another streamer called Kubz Scouts was playing it!  Then another streamer and all-around cool guy, MeatyLock was playing my game!  Captain SauceGloom, MattShea, JackSepticEye, Azzyland, Pewdiepie!  Holy shit, my game was everywhere!

The game wasn’t ready though!  I had SO much work to do before it was going to be ready.  I didn’t want to miss this opportunity however, so I pushed to release the game in Early Access on Steam, even though it was still very premature.  The initial reception was amazing, and the game sold well over 30,000 copies in its first several weeks.

Then we had the Steam removal incident, and I thought maybe that was the end.  I figured this roller-coaster ride was over!  Steam was being super cool about it though, and we talked it out and came to an agreement of how the game could be modified so that they could sell it on the Steam store, and within days, the game was back up and running.  Of course, it’s removal and return prompted all kinds of media attention and articles and just buzz in general, so the game was selling like crazy again!

I figured I should hire a team.  I wanted to put the money I was making back into this product to make it the game I wanted it to be.  The game was still so buggy, un-optimized, and well… ugly!  I’ve since hired three 3D modelers, a QA, a Manager of Operations, and a writer.  We became a team of seven, and we diligently pushed out updates to the game almost monthly, and continue to do so on a regular basis.

The game has made leaps and bounds since it’s Early Access release.  We still have a lot to do.  In fact the game was in such infancy when it started getting popular that some of the YouTubers playing the game were just poking fun at how awful the game was.  They were right, but people also saw potential in what the game could be.  Today, it’s running, playing, and looking SO much better, and my awesome team is committed to making it the best it can be!  More recently, we have had even more really influential YouTubers picking up the game such as Nerd Cubed, Achievement Hunters, Game Grumps, and Just Greg.  The list goes on and on.  And that brings us to today, where we’re celebrating over 300,000 sales of the game since that Early Access launch.  Just amazing.  I am so thankful to every single one of you who bought a copy of the game and supported me on Patreon.  My team and I are dedicated to keeping up with those updates, and are also working on a new project we are slated to start later this year.

To All of Our Supporters:

Thank you guys SO much!  I never dreamed that when I started this project, I would be sitting here announcing this milestone.  You have made it possible for me to devote myself to this hobby project and really shape and mold this into something.  I am no longer a solo indie developer because of you.  Eek! Games is now a team of developers, all of whom are lending their talents and molding a shoddy alpha product into an actual game.  You all made that happen, and for that I am eternally grateful.  Because of you, we are now working with Take One Motion Capture Studios who are most famous for the Witcher 3 animations, and several other AAA titles.  We are also working hands on with Unity, and utilizing their business services to help optimize and enhance the game.  And most recently, we’ve started working with Mimic Productions, who are most famous for their work on the Avatar movie, and they will be helping us to give the characters a once-over, and bring the best user-experience that we can to House Party.

To all the Haters:

Of course, no success can be had without hate.  And boy, oh boy do we have haters.  There have been people who have attacked the game over the course of the last year, called for its removal from Steam, called for it to be banned, and have made assumptions and said hateful things about the game and about me for developing it.  It blows my mind the double-standard we have where so many television shows, ripe with sex and in a lot of cases, much more adult-themed nature air on television unchecked, but my game, just because it’s a video game, and involves cartoons having sex, received such controversy.  We also have SO many games already with gratuitous violence and mass-murder, but I showed a penis, so clearly I’m out of my mind.

The game has also been called misogynistic, and so in turn, I must be misogynistic (despite the game containing gay scenes and both women and men in empowering positions as well as submissive).  Some of the people saying these things call themselves “journalists” and “critics”, and it amazes me that they can hold such titles while at the same time being so one-sided, closed minded and oblivious.  This game is first and foremost, a comedy.  Every scenario in the game is meant to be funny and absurd, and also lead to some type of debauchery.  Why shouldn’t we have a game that simulates walking into a group of people you just met and exposing yourself or acting like a complete ass?  We make that the player’s choice in House Party, and allow the player to see the consequences that come from being that guy, or by taking the nice guy route.  That’s what fiction is about.  It’s meant to be offensive sometimes, and portray fantasy scenarios that nobody would ever repeat or mimic in reality.  The very last way that this game should be taken, is seriously.   Maybe I’m just taking it for granted, because it comes so naturally for me, to separate reality from fiction, that this should be obvious… or maybe I just expect too much.

Mind you, I can take a bad review, and you can tell me my game is unfunny, badly written, badly programmed, badly optimized, and whatever else, all day long.  I can respect a review like that, and I even agree, as I mentioned earlier, that I have a lot more work to do on this title.  There have been many positive reviews of the game also, and some negative reviews that were totally fair.  However, I have to question the mindset of somebody when they make blanket judgement and assumptions about me, my team, and the 300,000+ people who purchased my game, a work of fiction intended as comedy.  I don’t really even need to defend myself from a statement like that because it comes off so arrogant and “holier than thou”.  Honestly, I should probably thank these people for giving the game any attention whatsoever, because their coverage contributed to the game’s success, but at the same time I know that these people meant for the opposite to happen and wanted this game to fail, but failed to understand that not everybody thinks like they do, and so the reverse happened, and the game became a success despite their best efforts.

Look guys, I just like to make funny games, and I will continue to make games based around what I think is funny.  I’m not making any political statements, or exposing recesses of my depraved psyche.  I’m just having fun writing a game about being trapped in a house with a bunch of psychopaths in absurd situations and all the while trying to score.  That’s funny to me, and that’s as deep as it goes, sorry.  If you can’t handle that, that’s on you.  Unfortunately for you however, thanks to the success of our Early Access launch, you’ll be seeing a lot more from Eek! Games in the near future!  Cheers!


23 comments on “House Party Celebrates Over 300,000 Sales in its First Year!
  1. Peet says:

    And thank you for making funny games i hope see more from you keep up the great work!!!!

  2. Cesidio says:

    Ah yes, I was forgetting about Take One Motion Capture Studios….can’t wait for stripping and lapdancing animations!

  3. First off, thank you so much, seriously. I learned how to have my first sex and then I did the sex and it felt good. Then I changed my brand to Skullgirls and had more sec

  4. Lantz says:

    To be completely honest with you, I avoided this game like the plague thinking it was just another dumb sex game. When I saw it being played on Game Grumps, I got to see how hilarious it is and now show everyone I can. Good stuff, keep doing what you’re doing!

  5. Caoimhin Niall says:

    I bought this game, because I am sick to the back teeth of being censored as an adult. I get some censorship, anything with rape or children, that is not cool. But being a guy or a girl, and wanting to get laid, high and drunk is a normal human thing. And all the comedy and horror, that comes with trying to do these things is in this game. I do not want games where you can blow some ones head off, but cannot have sex. Sex is normal and healthy, as is laughing. This is a good game, and worthy of being an alternative to the mainstream. If you do not like it, cool. Don’t buy it or watch it, as that is always your choice. But do NOT tell others how to think, what to watch, or what to play. You opinion and views are nothing more than a mirror of your own set of values and ideals, nothing to do with reality. Not everyone thinks like you, feels like you. Sorry rant over, it is a good game. Try it, if you don’t like it fair enough, if you do then that’s great too.

  6. André Kristensen says:

    This game is totaly innocent compaired to other things on Netflix and in TV theese days. I love the humor and I love the game. Thank you for creating good adult content with a smile involved. Say to the actors they’re doing an amazing job of voicing theese ladies and gentlemen. House Party wil be one of my favorite puzzle and quest games ever. Love it.

    If you ever look for more people to work on the game I would gladly join… Even if all I had to do was getting you coffee. 🙂

  7. Johannes says:

    I totally love this game and hope to see more games from u guys

  8. Chris Collins says:

    I love your game and cant thank you enough for making it. It scratched an itch I never even knew I had in gaming.
    Glad to hear house part will keep getting built upon. I hope it exands for a long time to come. Even if its paid expansions.
    I’ll buy Office Party as soon as it hits early access!

  9. Taph says:

    I’ve read your message and I still disagree that this game is ok. It’s far from ok. Call it “comedy”. Call it “fiction”. Call it whatever you want. It’s still an example of such that should be kept behind closed doors not splattered all over the media. You claim that this sort of content is all over our tv and movies and that’s true. It’s also inappropriate for that as well. Yet by making this game you are contributing to that. That makes you a hypocrite. You can’t denounce the content present in one avenue of media then turn around and create a product with worse content in another avenue of media and claim it to be ok. You say others have a double standard but it’s you that does.

    • Bobby says:

      I think you need to look up the definition of “hypocrite” and “double standard”. You’re not using those words correctly, and your comment doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. I don’t hold the opinion that these types of things should be taboo or “behind closed doors”. That’s your opinion, and you’re entitled to it, but it’s not mine, so I’m not being a hypocrite, I’m just operating consistently within my world view. Trying to force your opinion on the rest of the world makes you the bad guy. I might think something that you enjoy is offensive, but I wouldn’t try to ban it because I have that basic respect for my fellow humans that you lack.

    • Repeatmetic says:

      This is interesting. You go to an adult-themed game developer’s site for the specific intent to voice your negative individual perspective of adult material? There are literally hundreds of G-rated games.Personally, I think we need more games like House Party.Keep up the great effort, Bobby. I can’t wait for more updates and future game titles.

    • Slesh says:

      Liberalism is one of the founding principles of our democracies, Taph. Express your opinion on the subject, argue with the devs’ point of view, but don’t try to ban it. Because if you do, the same could happen to you and then our free world and democracy would cease to exist.

      On a personal note, I’m for the game, because I enjoy it and because I believe that taboos shouldn’t exist. A free society is free to talk about anything and a developer is free to create anything, unless he does harm with his product. Since we’re adults and this is an 18+ game, if there’s any harm done, that’s your fault, not the dev’s.

  10. Raynier says:

    when traducction in spanish?

  11. Miyato says:

    As long as there is a uncensored patch and tits and shit, im cool with it. But i gotta say, great work!

  12. Arif Diamanta says:

    Great work man! I’m so envy to you. You give me motivation for keep learning for creating games.

  13. Skyrroz says:

    Ou le réal fuchgf

  14. hacermo says:

    Great to hear, especially since the game got back up on Steam after being removed. Couldn’t agree more with the part calling out “journalists”…

  15. Daniel says:

    Thank you for being open minded, humorous, nonchalant and that background info! We need more folks like us. All this negativity and overreacting about just everything and anything plus walking around with a customized pair of blinders is getting old – like reaallyy. And thank you for that hilarious, wonderful game of course.

    I wish you and Eek! the very best for the future and hope to see more cool and laid-back stuff coming along the way.


  16. Junaid says:

    Thakyou very much i really like it

  17. FPP says:

    This letter alone (especially your comment on haters) makes this game worth buying (and I did btw).
    Hope the Party grows and grows and grows !

    300k is certainly a statement and gtfo SJWs ;P 😀 😀

  18. Dracorone says:

    Fun stuff… thanks i will buy more if you put em out…

  19. Dean says:

    Bobby… dude… THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING THIS GAME! It’s the sex game I have always wanted!

    The Leisure Suit Larry games always let me down (by design but you get what I mean) and I have long wanted a comedy game with ACTUAL SEX IN IT, and whose jokes are laugh-out-loud funny. Your game delivers on all counts!

    And HOLY SHIT does it deliver!

    Your character design is EXCEPTIONAL! The ladies are all absolutely, jaw-droppingly GORGEOUS, and I love how your artists very clearly adore breasts, bodies, and vaginas and do their best to make them as beautiful as possible. Also, kudos on having the balls to put actual dicks in the game…

    Let the haters hate, let their vitriol drive your sales, and may the money keep flowing so you can keep making games like this. You and your team ROCK!!

    Thank you for all that from a very grateful gamer, and I promise I will buy your next sex comedy game DAY ONE even if it’s Early Access!

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