Bo and Ao: two recent university graduates prepare to move out of the flat they lived in together, over the past year. Both struggle to find work and meaning in post-education life. Disillusioned with their time in the UK and forced out of the country by a government who doesn’t want them there, Ao prepares to move back to Japan, leaving their friends and Bo behind. Home seems like a difficult place to hold on to, and deep under their South London flat, something grows...
"[No Longer Home, formally known as] 29 is a reflection on those precarious few months surrounding the end of university, channeled through a point and click aesthetic in the vein of Kentucky Route Zero."
"Like memory, everything has a sheen of fiction to it. - [No Longer Home, FKA] 29 showcases the magical in the everyday domestic drudgery."
— The Guardian
"There is something, not an unease but an otherworldliness, that perpetuates the piece-a finely illustrated work that unfolds like a diorama."
"No Longer Home" is a semi-auto-biographical point and click game, set in a magical realist world. Wander through an intimate flat, and examine the everyday belongings of Bo and Ao. Delve into their thoughts and insights, and mould your interpretation of the characters through branching, multiple-choice dialogue. Have BBQs, play video games, and stay up late just talking in bed. It is made by a core team of: Humble Grove (Hana Lee & Cel Davison), Adrienne Lombardo and Eli Rainsberry. As well as with the contributions of other artists and musicians.
Friary Road acts as a short prequel to No Longer Home. Bo and Ao are the only ones left after a barbecue and find themselves stargazing, pondering about their future, their identities, and what lies beyond their universe. The game is a reimagined version of a submission for the Fermi Paradox Jam on itch.io.
"Parched dialogue, play-like scenery, between-the-lines player responses."
— Rock Paper Shotgun
"Emphatically down to earth, it's a short vignette of the most human of moments."
— Kill Screen
The original soundtrack by Paws Menu is available for download here here.