House Flipper is a first-person game where the objective isn’t to land tricky headshots, but rather to gain maximum value in fixing homes. While that might seem like an easy task, the lengthy tutorial proves otherwise. The first couple of ‘jobs’ you get are handyman-type contracts: installing radiators, painting walls, and fixing broken outlets. Then, the real challenge kicks in.
Each objective acts as its own incredibly basic mini game. To paint walls you have to set up paint buckets on the floor and then go about painting walls one section at a time, returning to the bucket after your roller runs out of paint. As you go through these mini games, you start to accumulate different skill points that augment your renovation abilities, such as applying paint faster or mounting plumbing more easily. Once you get the structure of the rooms set, you begin decorating, picking everything from colors to finishes of your appliances.
Technically, the game is a work horse. Because nearly everything in House Flipper is directly editable or destructible, it’ll take a pretty decent PC to play it, and even then you might have to poke around in the options menu to get it running without hiccups. I do mean poke around. Some things aren’t labelled traditionally compared to other PC’s, so it can be hard to find certain settings.
House Flipper offers something completely unique compared to other games, and it’s oddly relaxing, despite having some weird optimization issues.
That being said, I did actually find myself learning things about home renovations. Sure, not everything is going to be a perfect simulation, screwing a socket in is as simple as holding down left click, but now I have a basic understanding of how an electrical socket is structured and how you would go about replacing one. I know how to look at a wall and figure out where I can hit to bring it down without hitting a stud. And the best part is? Clean up is just a left click away.
House Flipper is available on Steam.
This article originally appeared on RoguesPortal.com.