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Video Game / House Party

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Not pictured: Amy, Leah, any of the men.

It's a weekend evening, and your best friend Derek has just invited you over to a house party to meet some new people and have some thrills. And possibly to get a little action as well.

That's really the entire story. You're just playing as yourself and are otherwise given free reign of how you want to spend your time in the house. Besides yourself and Derek, there are ten other party-goers to get to know:

  • Ashley and Madison, two sisters who are hosting the party and love to play pranks on one another. Ashley also takes Spanish lessons with a private tutor, Lety.
  • Stephanie, an easy-going and fun-loving girl whose lack of shame rivals her airheadedness.
  • Amy, a girl trying to get into a sorority.
  • Rachael, a pleasant girl who happens to be friends with a professional porn star, Vickie Vixen.
  • Katherine, a brainy know-it-all with a talent for hacking electronics.
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  • Brittney, a southern-accented blonde who is dismayed about how large she is.
  • Leah, an MMA student of Frank who follows his commands.
  • Patrick, a drunk brah who nobody really likes.
  • Frank, a tough guy who nobody really invited, but is there to keep the liquor on lockdown.

House Party is currently in early access on Steam and has gotten a fair amount of attention thanks to be played by popular YouTube personalities such as the Game Grumps and Achievement Hunter. The Grumps are even being given their own storyline in the game after winning a contest held by Eek! Games.


This game provides examples of:

  • Academic Alpha Bitch: Katherine is smarter than you, and she knows it. Even while pursuing her romance, she makes it clear that she's using you and has no interest in a long-term engagement.
  • Adjustable Censorship: You can censor the nudity if you so choose. Sexual penetration is always censored, since showing it would increase the age rating of the game.
  • The Alcoholic: Patrick is always drunk by default and only becomes sober if the player intervenes.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Frank. He all but admits to experimenting at some point, and can give the player a blowjob in certain routes (though it's ambiguous as to whether he's doing it because he's attracted to the player or to, as he says, "take the mystery out of it"). Additionally, with the version 0.14.4 feature of being able to grope NPC chests, the player can grab his pecs, to which he'll reply happily, showing them off.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Rachael, Brittney, Ashley and Madison all show off their bellies. Along with Vickie.
  • Black Best Friend: Derek is this for you. Before Leah was introduced, he was also the only black person at the party.
  • Bland-Name Product: Zigzagged. There's a box of Sweeties (also known as Twinkies) in the fridge, but Mac and Clear Eyes are still name-dropped in earlier versions.
    • In later versions, the latter is replaced by an unnamed brand of laxatives.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Rachael is all about this. Befriending her involves telling her not to worry too much about how you know Madison because you're in a video game, and she accuses the text messages she thinks she gets from Vickie as being "from the mind of a perverted game developer."
  • Butt-Monkey: Patrick can be punched out by Frank and Madison, gets slapped by Rachael near the start of the game, is The Friend Nobody Likes among the partygoers, can have his phone stolen and used to spoof texts (which it's implied could land him in serious trouble), and generally gets knocked around while at this party. Fortunately, he's too drunk to care.
  • Choice-and-Consequence System: By pursuing a given character's route, you might lock yourself out of others, and they'll remember what you show and tell them.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Frank will inflict one to the player if he catches them with alcohol. He will also deliver one to Patrick if the player tells Frank if he has alcohol.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Brittney was raised by a doomsday cult, whose leader hunted her and the other children. She still has some PTSD from the experience.
  • Dude, She's a Lesbian: Various characters suggest that you won't get very far with Brittney, as she tends to eye the lasses. You can succeed with her.
  • Empty Room Psych: There is one room in the house which is bizarrely unfurnished, only having a rocking chair and a closet. Subverted when this becomes the room you need to use to spy on Rachael masturbating during her route. Later versions of the game turn it into Madison's art room, meaning it is no longer an empty room.
  • Featureless Protagonist: All that's known about you in earlier versions of the game is that you're a male wearing a green shirt and jeans.
    • Averted in later versions where you can see yourself through mirrors.
  • Fetch Quest: Amy is on a scavenger hunt as part of pledging to her sorority, and you can help her find each of the items she needs. Examples include an expired credit card and the shirt off of her best male friend.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Everyone at the party regrets Patrick being there.
  • Gag Boobs: Brittney's are oddly proportioned in her model, and in-universe, she's embarrassed about their size.
  • Gay Option:
    • Frank will give you a blowjob if you ask him for a condom and proceed to admit that you might be homosexual.
    • The devs later patched in a gay route for Patrick.
  • Go Look at the Distraction: You can usually tell a character that someone else is looking for them to get them out of a room.
  • Guide Dang It!: Who knew going to a party could be so tricky!? Some of the routes to gaining favor with the characters can be ridiculously obtuse.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Stephanie just wants some whip-its and is perfectly happy to dance the night away until she gets some. Once she gets some alcohol, her clothes come off.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Stephanie is pretty knowledgeable about drugs and medication, despite otherwise being The Ditz. The player can suggest she study to become a doctor, which she seems to give some serious consideration.
    • Patrick. Perpetually drunk bruh or not, he still managed to code a successful website from the ground up and is likely the most successful person at the party. Additionally, despite he and Rachael being opposed to each other, he still seems to hold her in high regard and holds no grudge over her slapping him.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Katherine just needs a phone (not her own) and a computer to start sending spoofed text messages for you.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Vickie Vixen. This being the kind of game it is, the "hooker" aspect is played up immensely, but in the main story, she's close friends with one of the partygoers, is nice enough to give the player some genuinely helpful tips despite having met him only a few seconds ago (including pointing out how badly certain douchey behaviors are going to go), and generally doesn't seem to have a malicious bone in her body.
    • Notably, the one truly despicable act she can be involved in (getting Madison's sex tape leaked to the internet) requires lying to her to accomplish.
  • Hypocrite: Frank, at least twice.
    • Frank admits that he'll look the other way on you taking booze if you do favors for him.
    • Frank claims to be straight-edge, but is a drug dealer.
  • Informed Deformity: Derek refuses to remove his shirt, on account of his "French fry nipples". If you succeed in getting him to, his chest looks perfectly normal.
  • Jerkass:
    • Frank, nonstop. He barges into the party uninvited to confiscate everyone's alcohol and will relentlessly beat up anyone he catches drinking. Not to mention that he's a giant hypocrite who'll look the other way if the player does him favors and is a drug dealer who landed Derek's brother into prison.
    • There's also Katherine, who constantly brags about her intelligence, insults the player at every turn, and makes no effort to hide that she's just using the player character for her own personal gain.
    • Madison. According to her sister Ashley, she apparently makes it a point to humiliate Ashley at every party they throw. Most of which involved forcing Ashley to run around the house naked with guests. And there isn't really a reason why she does this other than for fun.
    • You, technically. Attempts to get laid usually involve doing scummy things like spoofing text messages make a girl sleep with you, pretending to befriend a girl to humiliate her later, and sexually harassing other girls by whipping out your penis in front of them. There's also some of your internal dialogue that can be asshole-ish as well.
  • Level Editor: Eek! Games offers tools on their website to let you add in your own dialogues and choices.
  • Nice Guy: Derek is easily the nicest guy at the party. You and Patrick are perverts, while Frank is a Smug Straight Edge.
    • Perversion aside, Patrick. He and Rachael are opposed to each other regarding his porn site. His proposed solution? Why, trying to make the party as much fun for her as possible, of course!
  • Nobody Poops: Zigzagged. Although you can use laxatives on Ashley, she is seen only walking in front of the toilet and not actually using it if you follow her into a bathroom and completely forgets about needing to relieve herself altogether if she is forced downstairs in her birthday suit before Madison and the other guests, courtesy of you locking all the bathroom doors.
  • Pet the Dog: It involves tricking him, but you can help Patrick sober up.
  • Porn with Plot: Pretty much.
  • Press X to Die: Telling Frank that you're drunk or stealing something in front of Derek.
  • Relationship Values: Your relationships with each of the party-goers are measured in terms of general friendship and how sexually attracted they are to you, as well as their level of intoxication.
  • Secret Character: Using Katherine's text spoofing skills, you can encourage Vickie Vixen to attend the party. Lety can be invited by using Ashley's laptop.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Between Ashley and Madison, who are both out to humiliate the other throughout the game.
  • Smug Straight Edge: Frank has absolutely zero tolerance for anyone partaking of alcohol in his presence, and he considers it his civic duty to attend parties and keep it away from the party-goers.
  • Spooky Painting: That oddly Giger-esque portrait in the living room.
  • Stealth Pun: Two sisters are named Ashley and Madison.
  • Straw Feminist: Katherine can be tricked into signing a petition for Derek to take off his shirt if you tell her it's to chemically castrate all men.
  • Streaking: You, if you so choose. You can remove your clothes (or at least whip your dick out) at any time and run around, to the various amusement and disgust of your friends. You can also force this on Ashley as a prank to attract Madison.
  • Terrible Pick-Up Lines: Each girl has a one-liner you can give them which instantly lowers their opinion of you.
  • This Loser Is You: Most of the methods for gaining favor with the various girls require being a really scummy human being, but he's rewarded with sex of various kinds.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: Played with. You can do some genuinely nice things for some of the characters, such as helping Ashley recover from a prank Madison played on her or bringing Patrick some painkillers after Rachael slaps him. Of course, for most of the follow-ups, you have to be a complete dick to someone else to proceed, but the initial acts are still kind.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: You can act like a complete and utter jackass for no reason other than your own amusement.
  • Video Game Cruelty Punishment: Step too far out of line, and you'll have to worry about Frank getting up and kicking your ass.
    • Version 0.14.4 adds a feature that allows the player to grope the chests of any NPC in the game (including the guys. However, trying this with any of the girls will cause their opinions of you to plummet, and most of them will let out a What the Hell, Hero? comment even if they like you. What really cements this trope is what happens if you attempt it on Leah or Katherine: a firm talking-to, and then a game over as they punch your lights out.
  • Wild Teen Party: Subverted. The party, itself, is an incredibly low-key affair (not helped by Frank locking up all the booze), but more and more flesh gets shown depending on your actions, eventually culminating in sex.
  • Wide Open Sandbox: Similar to Façade, you're confined to the house, but beyond that, anything goes.
  • Wreaking Havok: You can call up a disembodied hand to move objects around the house.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Katherine has a boyfriend, but you can rig the situation such that she sleeps with you since he's "being a douchebag".


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