YMMV: Gone Home


  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Do Terry and Jan disapprove of Sam and Lonnie's relationship because they see her lesbianism as wrong, or are they just unsure what to do about the situation. After all, Sam is a Hormone-Addled Teenager who was apparently acting rebellious since the move - it's not implausible that they've got more justification than we here to think of Sam's lesbianism as a "phase."
    • For that matter, are their actions motivated by their difficulty with the subject of lesbianism (as Sam's account of her talk with them indicates) or more because they're afraid Lonnie is a bad influence on her (as their letter to her indicates)? If the latter, they not only become much more sympathetic, they're categorically right, since Sam does steal everything she can pawn before running off with Lonnie in the ending.
    • Of course, if you figured out what was going on with Uncle Oscar, Terry's disapproval of homosexuality does take on an uncomfortable new dimension. And it means that Oscar's managed to (indirectly) wreck the lives of three generations of his own family.
  • Cliché Storm: The harshest critics describe the main plot in this way. Many argue that if they had flipped the gender of one of the characters, but left everything else intact, the game would have been bashed as a generic teenager love story with an unhealthy message (running away with your loved one when you're only 18, and robbing your own family to do it).
  • Critical Dissonance: Some people disagree with the reviews it's gotten. Overall, though, this is subverted when you look at reviews from people who actually bought or played it; for instance, its Metacritic score (83%) is close to its Steam user-review average (roughly 7/10).
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Sam steals a lot of stuff from her well-meaning-but-clueless family to fund her elopement with Lonnie. So... romantic love is worth sacrificing your morals and sabotaging your family's financial state? And for the same reason, Sam abandoning her literary scholarship — a gateway to her dream career — for the same reasons.
  • Fridge Horror: Several.
    • One reviewer put together a spectrum of clues to show that Oscar Masan, Terrence Greenbriar's uncle, previous resident of the house where the game takes place, abused his nephew in 1963.
    • The plot in general can be widely interpreted in completely different ways, depending on how cynically one views the characters involved.
  • Glurge: Lonnie's initial coming onto Sam is reciprocated, but still uncomfortable for Sam. The ending is more severe though, with Lonnie and Sam running away to be together, but not before Sam steals all the electronics in the house. It's worth noting Sam hadn't graduated yet either and ran away from her creative writing course that she was excited to be in, all to pursue a teenage romance that could be just as prone to burning out after a time of fiery passion as straight teenage romances are.
  • Hype Backlash: Many critics gave it perfect or near-perfect scores and Game of the Year nominations. Player reaction has been much more divisive, usually coming down to not feeling like it was worth the price or that the story and writing didn't warrant being praised to high heavens.
  • Internet Backlash: Quite a bit for an indie game. Points of contention include: its very high reviews and whether or not it deserves them, its fairly short length for a comparatively high price and whether or not its story-based nature makes up for them, its sudden and very jarring Genre Shift into a same-sex love story and whether or not it tells said story well.
  • It's Short, so It Sucks : Two to three hours tops if you explore everything.
  • It Was His Sled: The gay romance plotline is intended as a surprise, but the game's fame and infamy have made it fairly well-known to many players.