If you’re looking for a cartoon-style farming game that appeals to your OCD, No Place Like Home certainly has a home for you. In a post-apocalyptic world, Earth has literally been trashed, leaving you to pick up the pieces.
After an in-depth tutorial introducing you to the mechanics (most of which focus on a garbage vacuum and drill), you’ll find yourself in an overrun farm with hidden chickens, robots, and surprises.
Moving To Mars
With the majority of humanity now living on Mars, it’s your job to clean up the mess and restore some of what’s left. There are a few humans remaining, but you’ll need to vacuum up a lot of garbage to get there.
No Place Like Home Mechanics
Inspired by popular titles like Harvest Moon, this farming simulator allows you to recycle, build, craft, cook, and plant a variety of crops to survive.
Equipped with a vacuum that can suck up trash and water, your first job is to clear your farm and recycle what you can. As you discover chickens hidden among the rubble, you’ll need to feed them, befriend them, and provide them a place they can call home, too.
While management is key to No Place Like Home, you’ll also encounter NPCs who have quests for you, Cubots that can make life easier, and robots that want to kill you.
There’s plenty to discover in No Place Like Home, from treasure chests to seeds, and blueprints to furniture. Design your farm and maintain it in style, while learning new upgrades to make life a little bit easier.
Trash, Garbage, and More Trash
If like me, you have OCD tendencies, you may find No Place Like Home a little overwhelming. When you first arrive on your farm, you’ll realize it is completely inundated with trash and rubble that you have to clear up.
Although there wasn’t a quest to clean every last scrap, I couldn’t resist working my way through to every nook and cranny to ensure there was nothing left to encroach on my land. This took around an hour to complete, as I discovered hidden waterfalls, doorways, and sewers.
Granted, the end result was satisfying, but it felt a little OTT.
No Place Like Home; An Early Access Title
Although No Place Like Home is still in early access, I didn’t really notice any bugs. The gameplay is somewhat limited, and I can’t imagine spending hundreds of hours playing the game, but it’s definitely a relaxing alternative that I can easily dip in and out of.
If you’ve got a hankering for a cute farming sim, No Place Like Home can definitely scratch the itch. It’s not particularly complicated and introduces unique mechanics that other games like My Time at Portia haven’t explored.