Thanks so much to all of the YouTubers who did gameplay videos of House Party! I’ve counted over 20 different streamers, some doing up to a 7 video series on the game. All of the attention has done wonders with getting the word out and has helped me to reach my goals so I can spend more time on the game and make it even better!
In addition to all of the YouTube hype, I can officially announce today that House Party has been Greenlit on Steam! I am filling out a lot of paperwork and getting a package ready, but soon the House Party game will be visible to a much larger audience through one of the largest game distribution platforms ever to exist! The game will still be free, and my supporters will still have early beta and alpha access.
It’s an exciting time, and all of you supporting the project have had a part in helping this game to get to where it is!
Without further ado, here are the download links for the public release of House Party 0.4.2.1:
NOTE: At the moment, the game is experiencing very high download volume. For faster download times for now, I am re-directing traffic to GameJolt and Itch.io. You can download the latest free version of the game on either of these sites. Oh, and don’t forget to rate the game on those sites! 🙂
Before I get into the details of today’s release, I’d like to take a minute and thank the following YouTubers;
In the past week, they’ve all done YouTube videos showcasing the House Party game, and have done wonders in getting the word out about this game. Go check out their channels and their videos and subscribe if you like them. They are all really cool guys, and did an awesome job with their videos. I know some others have been popping up as well, and I appreciate all of you guys too, but these are the videos I’ve had the time to check out so far.
We also now have a Discord Channel set up where you guys can come and chat about the game and the latest happenings with Eek! Games, and also collaborate or talk about your custom stories.
Verison 0.4.4 is now available to supporters pledging $5 or more. To download the new version or to find out about how to become a supporter, you can visit my Patreon page.
As far as details about today’s release, it’s mostly a fine tuning of 0.4.3.1 that came out to top tier supporters at the top of the month which includes a major story update with Katherine’s character. There’s also a new tutorial segment that happens the first time you load the game. You can additionally reset it at anytime if you’d like to go through it again. Be sure to check the House Party Version History to see exactly what changed since the last version you’ve played!
Here is the update that a lot of you have been waiting for. This update contains a significant update to Katherine’s story and three new quests! It also contains a lot of bug fixes that were found in 0.4.3.0 as well as upgrades to the story engine and the Character Story Creator. Don’t let the version number fool you. This is a pretty hefty update from 0.4.3.0 as it is chock full of new content and even includes new graphics, images, and items in the house.
The new version has been released to $15+ supporters only. If you are already a supporter and want to download the game, or if you’d like to find out how to become a supporter, visit my Patreon page.
Here are some of the highlight features.
Katherine Story Update:
0.4.3.1 includes three new quests centering around Katherine’s character. In the poll I took among $20+ supporters, they overwhelmingly wanted to see her story worked on next, and that’s exactly what I did. It’s a bit of a variation from her original story from the early alpha versions of House Party with a lot of new surprises built in.
House Party now includes a working camera as an item you can pick up in the game. When I add quest items, I like to add some novelty and freedom to the object itself so that it’s fun to play with outside of the quests. Because House Party is open world, you can simply pick up the camera and start having fun with it without using it for any quests, but you will also need to use it to finish some of the new quests that were added. You are able to take photos and then pull them back up and see your handy work. The photos also save to your Documents folder in the House Party directory, so you will have access to them until you start a new game if you had wanted to save any of them.
More Objects Added to the House:
In addition to the Camera, a few other new objects have been added to the game. I won’t say what they are so as not to spoil the surprise for anybody. Of course, a full walk-through will be released to $10+ supporters before the end of the month.
Added Three New Quests:
With the inclusion of a large chunk of Katherine’s story comes three new complete quests. You will need to complete these three quests to reach the end of Katherine’s content (so far). I have included a marker in the game that lets you know that you have completed as much of Katherine’s content as you can.