Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition is a good game you should check out on Nintendo Switch. The story alone is worth the price of admission, but this being a straight-up visual novel minimalist release might make it so that some of you end up skipping it, which would be a shame since this is a story you have to experience.
Three-fourths Home is a very well told narrative experience that will have you curious as to how it will all unfold. The characters are expertly written, and the way your answers shape the conversations with these characters makes then feel very human. The sound design and visual aesthetic are both superb, and help give the game character without distracting from the conversations. Unfortunately the epilogue after the main game drags the story down, ending the game on a disappointing note.
My apologies for the vagueness around the title but if you have an interest in exploring characters and seeing life through a different lens than your own you’re better off walking in knowing as little as possible. The dialogue in the game is well-crafted, and each family member really feels like a living and breathing person, making the experience all the more compelling. That said, it is really an interactive story of sorts that you’ll only be able to kick around for a few hours before you’ve exhausted it. If you enjoy this sort of experience it is worthwhile but among its competitors in the same space on the Switch I’d say there’s also better available overall.
Three Fourths Home feels like reading a short story more than playing a game, which is expected for interactive fiction. I personally wish there had been more to do, but the dialogue told the story and gave me lots to think about. If you want an interesting story about relationships and regret that will give you a few hours of entertainment, this is worth picking up.
If you want to get away with sticking a book on a console, it is pretty important to make the actual tale an intriguing one, and - better yet - add in some useful interactions. This all feels so empty, even when attempting to drive the conversation in certain directions. Mundane is the perfect word to describe Three Fourths Home, and its Extended Edition post-game story content is simply more of the same weak melodrama. There are so many alternatives out there vying for your attention; check them out instead.