Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be able to renovate a house any way you’d like? To make it for one specific family alone? Well in House Flipper, you can do just that! You can build rooms, open them up more, set your kind of floor tiles, or wall paper, or paint. How do you want the outside to look? Painted, brick, or panelling? It’s up to you to decide, and there’s plenty of content to keep you busy for quite a while if you’re interested. The only question is, can you stay interested that long?
When I first started up House Flipper, I was excited. Taking odd jobs in the game to build up money so I could fix up the starter home, which I ended up not selling at all and let it be my “home office”. But you can move your home office anywhere later in the game. To truly “progress” in the game, you’re meant to buy and renovate all the houses that are for sale and sell them off. At first they’re small, so you really have to think on how to make everything fit. Eventually they start to open up.
I got about five houses deep before….the monotony started to take its toll. That sucked, it really did. Each house started taking longer and longer to renovate. It was no longer a point of “fix the outside, and get the rooms in order”, no, eventually you have to pull weeds, plaster every wall in the house before you can paint it, or panel it, or put wallpaper on it. Then you have to clean everything, which gets monotonous itself.
Eventually I found I was sort of setting the houses up the same way. Same kind of furniture, decor, set up in a sense. I just wasn’t given the room to do anything fun with them. Or the worst part about it all, was that the house designs were repeating themselves over and over and over. So the house I just sort of struggled with for three hours to get “perfect”, I had to do it again three more times. I don’t want to do that. I want to be able to have unique houses. How the hell am I supposed to set up this exact same house any different than what I just did? I made it unique and fun. Now I’ll just do it again, and be as basic as basic can be, I guess!
It’s a shame too, because I was really looking forward to some of the later, prettier houses you unlock deep in the game, when you’re selling houses for 500K. Not to say I won’t get there, but for now the game is definitely being shelved. I may pick at it now and again on a rainy day when I’m not sure what to play next and I need something chill. But it certainly is not something I’m dedicating most of my gaming time to anymore. I just can’t. That’s why, I won’t be scoring this “review” and instead it’s an impressions piece about the game. It would just feel wrong to add a score to it, when I can’t finish it, but I also wanted to talk about it. So I hope you enjoyed it!
Game & Developer Information
Developer Website: Frozen District
Developer Socials: Twitter
Publisher Website: Merge Games
Publisher Socials: Twitter
PSN Store Links: £19.99/€24.99 Europe / $29.99 North America
Trophy Information: 24. 1 / 7 / 8 / 8