House Party Beta .1 Released!

House Party Beta .1 Released!

Jan 16
House Party Beta .1 Released!

Hey everybody.  Exciting news.  I’ve decided that there’s enough groundwork done that I’m promoting the game from an Alpha to a Beta.  This is great news because it means from here on out I will mostly be working on storyline until House Party is done, and then moving on to another project using the same engine.  Don’t worry though, I still plan on working on House Party a bit more before that happens.  One thing that’s really cool in this update is that there’s a whole interaction that takes place between two other characters (and you as a bystander).  The engine was updated to allow for this type of interaction, which really increases the immersion factor.

Here is the change log:

  • Refined the radial menu.  It should work much better.
  • Fixed a bug with Stephanie getting bugged for dialogue after wandering into the kitchen.
  • Moved the Mysterious Key location as a lot of players have complained it was too hard to find.
  • Added another room onto the house.
  • Added a new character Rachael.
  • Implemented some of Rachael’s storyline.
  • Advanced Brittney’s storyline.
  • Advanced Ashley’s storyline.
  • Advanced Frank’s storyline.
  • Added a mechanic to allow scene-like dialogues to take place.
  • Updated dialogues so you can simply click on the option to advance.
  • Updated dialogues so now you use the radial menu to open one rather than walking up to a character.
  • Updated character behaviors to increase immersion.
  • Fixed several other bugs.

This is an exciting update because it is adding a lot more story into the mix, and we are starting to see how the party will play out in the end.  From here on, I will be working on adding in some alone time with the girls after everybody else has been taken out of the picture.

Here are the user controls:

  • W, S – Move forward/back
  • A, D – Strafe left/right
  • C, Z – Crouch/Stand
  • Alternately, hold down both mouse buttons to move forward
  • Right Mouse click and drag to move camera
  • Press I or use the icon on the bottom-right for inventory
  • Press Left or Right or use the on-screen arrows to cycle through inventory items
  • Left Click on a character to talk to them.
  • Left Click on an object to interact with it (Must be close enough)
  • Left Click on a dialogue option to select it.
  • Press F1 or use the icon on the bottom-right to pull up the game menu

System Requirements:

  • Windows 7+
  • Graphics card: DX9 (shader model 3.0) capabilities; generally everything made since 2005 should work.
  • CPU: SSE2 instruction set support.
  • Recommended Resolution: 1900 x 1200 or higher.

Downloads:

House Party Beta Version .1 (Windows 64 Bit)
House Party Beta Version .1 (Windows 32 Bit)

Additional:

Don’t forget to visit the support/discussion forum if you have any bug reports or issues: http://forum.eekllc.com.  Also, if you like this project and would like to help ensure that it keeps going, please support it at the Eek Games Patreon Page

24 comments

  1. Djego

    Another release already ? You deserve way more backers ! Can’t wait to test this version

  2. Bolin

    Awesome, love this game!
    One thought tho. Struggled so hard to find the key and when i finally found it….its moved…

    • Bobby

      Haha. I moved it because a lot of people complained it was too hard to find. You’re welcome? 😛

      • Bolin

        Thanks 😉
        Will there be a walkthrough released soon? I havnt been able to progress as well as these other guys.

        Cant give the memories box to the girl in the bathroom.
        Cant give alcohol to the dancing girl, only wip cream.

        • Bobby

          I won’t be providing a walkthrough for a couple of reasons. First, things are changing still in the game since it’s still in beta, and second, I’d rather spend my time working on new developments of the game rather than making a walkthrough (I’m sure a lot of players are in agreement there), but that’s what the forum is for! If you haven’t yet, check it out and post your questions about the game there!

  3. Jay

    Just played through what I think was all of the content, seems good so far. Some gripes:

    There’s no apparent use for the coke and rum drink, napkin, and sponge. Will there be a use for them in later updates?

    There doesn’t appear to be any “actual” way to deal with Frank; I was able to get the merlot to Brittany because I glitched him into a permanent stand-up/curled up position.

    If you get Frank to knock out Patrick early you can’t get the wine; maybe make it drop from his body when he gets knocked out and if you don’t have one already?

    Overall, very impressive game, and I’d like to see it be fleshed out into an actual game.

    • Bobby

      There is definitely a way to get rid of Frank, and you’re actually missing out on a really fun part of the game since he glitched. Try another play-through and look around in the garage for a way to deal with Frank!

  4. RANDY JOHNSON

    Hey, cool game! One of the better games in the genre already, and it looks like you’re just getting going.

    Keep on keepin on slugger

  5. Fartie

    This update looks fantastic! 🙂
    Please allow me to repeat my question from alpha-0.5: “Have you considered to also provide a zipball containing only those files that differ from the previous version?”

    • Bobby

      Down the line for sure, but I am still changing a lot of mechanics of the game right now from build to build. Once the game is officially released, if I ever put out updates I will probably use that approach, but for beta versions, I will probably keep doing them the way I am.

      • Fartie

        Whatever works best for you, Bobby. I thought this would be useful for smaller updates (like beta-0.1.1), but it’s certainly not as trivial to do as I assumed. Just keep doing your creative work, it’s awesome 🙂

  6. Fartie

    Sorry for the double-post.
    It seems Frank gets glitched after beating up Patrick, so you cannot finish the story lines for Madison, Ashley and Britney (possibly also a problem for Rachael). Frank keeps his attack stance, his eyes point upwards and no interaction is possible.

    • Bobby

      I am aware of this bug. It doesn’t happen every time so you may want to try playing though again. I will have it corrected for the next build.

      • Fartie

        Thanks for the kind replies.
        Seems I just had bad luck with Frank for my first 4 attempts. It was well worth to try again and see how his story line ends 🙂

  7. Febreze

    I cannot for the life of me find out how to get the wine off of Patrick, can someone help?

  8. Small bug: Ashley’s phone isn’t removed from your inventory after you give it to her.

    Also, the two lockable doors retain the interactive sparkle effect after you’ve opened them, even though there’s no longer any way to interact with them.

  9. Sislack

    I have got the dancing girl to pass out and I have gotten madison naked and on her shit list. Brittany and a half naked Ashley are in the bathroom still waiting for me to get so booze. The chick on the phone is also waiting for me to get some booze and ive already showed frank the full nude pic and he still has not gave me the booze and Rachel is out of the garge and ashleys cloths are clean now how in the hell do i deal with frank i have started over the game 8 times i need help

  10. Sarah

    Hi, I don’t know if this is a bug or not but I am having quite a hard time trying to push the shelf over. Nothing I do is working. is this intentional or is it a bug?and is there a way to get around this issue? thank you.

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