In the past decades, if you wanted something repaired or some technical or mechanical work to do, you would contact someone who does it, a laborer, plumber, electrician, etc. But now is the era of DIY (do it yourself). You can find guides and manuals for DIYing stuff on your own. It is another thing if you succeed or not! If you bring this aspect to the gaming, I think that it would be offensive not to mention House Flipper. House Flipper is a DIY game developed by Merge Games and Frozen District. The game released for PC in 2018. As for Nintendo Switch, House Flipper released on the 12th of June 2020. The game developers took a multi-platform approach by releasing it on PS4 and Xbox One too.
House Flipper is a game in which you are a one-man renovation crew and your tasks are to renovate. You can carry out all your favorite house renovations which spending a penny from your pocket. Interesting! Right? House Flipper’s idea does match to The Sims game. She also loved to construct properties, renovate, and final them by doing a deal, and then moving on to the next one. The main difference here is that you are not loaded with other responsibilities. You will not be raising a family, going to school, or heading to work here. All you need to do is flip houses.
The game starts with you in a small house which is also your office. It does not look quite good and you cannot repair anything in it as your pockets are empty at the very start. You must go and learn some technical skills by completing tasks. You would certainly say that this doesn’t define the game title or me saying ‘flip houses’? You are right for the moment but be patient! I have answers to your questions. The game also has a real scenario to it as you are out of money at the start. You do have a little chunk of it, but useless as you cannot do anything properly with it. You get money for doing work at people’s homes and then gather it to buy houses. That is when you turn them upright. This extra money you get for working as a technician is for renovations, such as paintwork, furniture, and decoration, etc.
Working for money is not only the task you will do when working outside. Your main task is to learn new skills as you will be using them yourself when you will flip houses after buying them. You will be in possession of a laptop located at your office where you will receive emails following work. From there, you can choose the work you want to do. The more the amount of work to do in one task, the more the wage. People would email you for painting their buildings which have ruined form, cleaning works like removing pizza boxes, soda cans, trash bins, removing dust and spider nets, renovating houses by removing things and replacing things by buying new from the store and adding or removing some rooms or bathrooms by removing walls and putting up new ones if needed. You will also be doing plumbing and electrical tasks too. There is a huge variety of tasks to do here.
You can complete the tasks very easily along with enjoyment. You just need to select the tools needed by holding down a button on the screen. Exceptionally easy than doing it in real life. If it will have been this much simple, I will have made myself an amazingly beautiful house. If you are doing the assembly work of like plumbing and electric, there are a fixed number of positions for you to make and the task would be achieved successfully. For electric, there are switchboards that need some repairing and for pluming, sometimes you need to amend the leakage in the radiator or by fixing and removing taps and sanitary stuff. You just need to hold some buttons combination to screw something in or out or for grabbing the wire. It would be amazing if the game developer will have added a timer so that you may complete the task in the provided time and it becomes more fun with a little taste of difficulty as there is no limit to the time now.
You can unlock bonuses and more skill points as you complete the jobs in the game. These skill points are of great advantage. You can paint more parts or patches of the wall in one go, or you can assemble parts quicker and increase your earnings in exchange for work too. You need to invest your skill points very carefully according to your needs. I tried adding those to the tip skill, and I used to get more tips for each task completed which provides you a handsome amount of cash for each task done increasing your income. Some of the tasks are very much easy and can be done very quickly. If you do manage to do them quickly, you can easily make some good amount. Quickness does matter here. The quick you do the task, the more money you get.
You do not need to complete the task at full, well it’s appreciated to complete it for more wages, but you can complete 75% of it and submit it as completed. You have a progress bar on your right which shows how much percentage of the work you have done. It also shows which tasks have you done, how many were they in total, how many have you done, and how many are left. For example, if we have to screw 3 electric circuits, if we complete 2, we will see that too along with the one left. The left tasks will flash if you forget about the email details. One issue I did find here was that some tasks were so lengthy and had their details, but the progress bar only shows the simple heading like Modify Walls which is unclear. You then have to guess the task because of a lack of detail or popup explaining any details for tough tasks.
However, House Flipper has a minimap for your assistance. It shows a black sign meaning to be repaired for the items that need to be fixed. It mainly shows for points like unrepaired sockets, places of installation of radiators. Your skills increase time by time such as you can see dirt more clearly. It is very helpful during the cleaning of houses as you will have visibility issues. It sometimes tells you that you have not cleaned the dust properly whereas the solution to the problem is that you only have to hold the mop for a little longer on the area. It is a bug for sure and annoys a lot. When you get hold of this, you then start to buy houses, renovate them, and then sell them on a profit. You sell the house by putting it to an auction, where the buyers would bid, and the highest bidder would buy the house. You would see comments of buyers who placed bid on the left side and their preferences. You can consider those when renovating and selling your next one.
These comments of buyers are saved on your laptop and tablet as well. The more you sell houses, the more comments you get specific about a buyer which helps you renovating more precisely for their needs alternately providing you with more money. If they want another feature added, you can add that one and by bidding again, you may get more money from them. A disadvantage to this is that some negotiation fee would deduct as you cancel the purchase by the best bidder before.
I also found a problem while renovating houses in House Flipper, especially the smaller ones. When you try to knock down the walls of a house when you are on the job, you would not have problems. But when you are knocking the walls of the house you are renovating; it causes some problems while doing so. The floor where the wall was standing on could not be modified, and it did not seem good. If you had divided your large room into two smaller rooms, it would not detect that and show you that large room still on the minimap when you would enter them.
One of the charms of House Flipper is its in-built store too. It is where you go to buy things. There is indeed a lot of variety to select your things from. There is a lot of variance in plants, furniture, decor things, wall panels, floor panels, and paints, etc. Its all very well organized, like a real-life store except the Other section where you would find most of the Decoration section stuff, but not placed there. There are some matched sets for some furniture. For example, you can find the chairs, table, bookcase, sofas, etc. for a typical type of design with matching in between. It would also be amazing to see some stuff sorted and added by future updates. The game does need updates as some things like there is only standing shower with a single design etc.
House Flipper’s graphics quality was not the most amazing you would have ever seen. It was more than acceptable somehow. I personally would have liked a more of ‘GTA’ feel to roaming. When I played it on the PC too, it was really resource hungry as you will not be enjoying it on low graphics. The houses seem basic. I also did like how we had to reach some portions of the house after buying that scaffolding ladder and climbing to reach them. Small details and animations are nice. The game does not have a lot of sound detailing. You would listen to moving, painting screwing, etc. But no major soundtracks. Background music was indeed soothing and added to the game feel.
Having some displeasures in some tiny parts of the game which can be resolved timely by updates, I literally enjoyed House Flipper a lot. I was into FPS games lately and after getting tired from them, I tried this one and it really was fun to play. You would easily spend more than 2 hours at some time without knowing. Some things are repetitive and become old after some time, but it somehow gets you going. Due to the excess number of things in store, you try to check different approaches to the look, which is not really possible for an average person in real life too. Removing some bugs and adding some features would turn House Flipper into a must-buy game and easy to recommend. I would say that it is a very enjoyable and very good game for a change of genre or mood. With some little rework, it would become perfect.