Measure Twice, Cut Once: A Review of House Flipper 2
When I envision my future, owning a home seems far-fetched, let alone making a profit by buying and selling repair jobs. However, House Flipper offers a glimpse into this reality.
Released in 2018, House Flipper revolutionized the simulator genre unintentionally. It struck a perfect balance between rough edges and immersive gameplay, captivating audiences and inspiring similar games. Despite the abundance of job simulators in the market, few manage to stand out.
After years of DLC support, House Flipper 2 is finally here. Thanks to Steam Next Fest, we have the opportunity to test drive its demo and explore its potential.
Just Move a Bookcase in Front of It: Exploring House Flipper 2
House Flipper 2 immerses players on an island with a rundown house, challenging them to renovate it and turn a profit. The game provides guidebooks to navigate its mechanics, but I ventured into the demo blindly, and it was surprisingly easy to figure things out.
For those unfamiliar with House Flipper, the concept involves completing tasks to the best of your abilities. This includes cleaning, repairing, painting, and furnishing the house with careful attention to detail.
House Flipper 2 introduces several changes in mechanics. Painting, for instance, no longer involves vertical strips but allows players to outline the desired painting area and roll their paint roller across it. Trash now needs to be bagged instead of being magically sucked into your character. The game implements minor enhancements to set itself apart from its predecessor.
No One Will Notice: The Demo Experience
Unfortunately, the House Flipper 2 demo lacks some of the tactile interactions found in the original game, limiting the demo’s scope to painting and window cleaning. In the earlier version, players had to manually install appliances and furniture by screwing them into place, but in the demo, everything simply falls into position.
It’s possible that these features have yet to be implemented in the demo, as construction and garbage collection still involve physicality. It would be disappointing if these aspects were indeed removed, especially considering the success of dedicated handyman simulators.
Personally, I can’t identify significant improvements between House Flipper and House Flipper 2. The graphics remain largely unchanged, and the gameplay feels similar. Early indications suggest that decorating and customization may be the main selling points of the sequel, but they fail to excite me.
During my time playing the demo, I unintentionally sealed part of a wall that required windows. The demolition tool ignored my new walls, and I left it as it was. I also accidentally painted over areas I shouldn’t have due to a bug. Surprisingly, the game still awarded me three stars, leaving the responsibility to fix these issues to the new tenants.
Good Enough or More to Come?
The House Flipper 2 demo offers a taste of the game, but fails to showcase any significant gameplay innovations. Some changes are noticeable, but hardly groundbreaking. At this point, I struggle to find a compelling reason to choose House Flipper 2 over its predecessor.
However, it’s essential to remember that this is just a demo. The full release of House Flipper 2 is expected in 2023, so there may be additional features and modes not included in the demo. We can only wait and see what renovations the developers have in store.
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