Getting an old, abandoned house ready for a big sale is tricky—particularly when it’s trying to kill you! That’s the basic plot in The House on Usher, a quirky hidden object game that spoofs staples of the genre at every turn—cobwebs and all. The game can now be downloaded for free from the App Store and Google Play.
Created by Maryland indie outfit Red Aphid, The House on Usher has players take on the role of bright-eyed realtor Agent Angie Dee who must “flip” a mysterious ramshackle house during her first day on the job at Homer Echers Real Estate. As Angie, players explore the property, tidy it up, and put themselves on the path to riches . . . as long as they make their way through the rubble. Unlike most hidden object titles, The House on Usher includes many “groovy” pop culture references from the decade of disco and plenty of offbeat humor for discerning players.
“The House on Usher has a satirical aspect that players are sure to pick up on – starting with the title, which is a clear nod to Edgar Allan Poe,” says Red Aphid co-founder Brian Judy. “We had a ton of fun thinking of ways to spoof some of the genre’s staples – like the need to investigate every nook and cranny in order to secure a high score. If you’re up for an adventure in real estate, now is the time. You don’t want to keep this house waiting.”
· A hidden object mystery with an irreverent sensibility
· Full of quirky characters and silly gags
· Find bugs and cobwebs to increase the house’s resale value
· Easy and “more easier” modes for the puzzle-challenged
· Test your knowledge of 1970s pop culture!
· Zoom and hints to help you investigate every nook and cranny
The House on Usher is free to download and play. The ground floor is unlocked from the beginning—but if the player chooses to go upstairs, the remainder of the house can be purchased for a one-time fee of $3.99.