House Flipper – Journal Day 2: House Flippin in East LA

Journal #2 has me dealing with bigger and more complex flips as the game starts to open up.

House Flipper
Developer: Empyrean
Release Date: May 17th, 2018

House Flipper is a unique chance to become a one-man renovation crew. Buy, repair and remodel devastated houses. Give them a second life and sell them at a profit!

Time Played: About an Hour

Renovating my shack and installing a radiator in someone else’s house was just child’s play compared to what was coming next. My next task was to clean out a garage. I was tossing tires and random junk out, repurposing bikes, and learned a new skill, how to clean a window. I chose to upgrade my mop/broom to clean up quicker as well. As I continued playing more skills were unlocked, my next point went into receiving more money for jobs. After the garage was clean, I collected my check and was on my way back to the shack.

The next job was the most complex yet, the owner wanted a whole house cleaned up, they wanted a room painted and made into a nursery as well. The next skill I picked up was how to paint. You open up a screen where everything is located, here you can buy items for houses, upgrade your character, look up your stats, and take pictures among other things.

This is when fatigue started to set in, this house had 3 to 4 rooms to clean up, and it’s fun but cleaning windows? not so much. At first, it’s hard to clean, and I never fully got the hang of it, but it was not my favorite part of the game. The way you have to aim the cleaning object is difficult, and you have to constantly steer the handle, never fully making complete swoops where you want them to go. Painting the nursery a pastel pink after mopping the room and cleaning the windows was up next.

The inventory screen has a great feature in that you can actually search for the items specifically. It’s a godsend since there are so many items. I purchased the paint can and then dipped the paint roller into it and painted the walls one strip at a time. Clicking the strip makes a circle appear with an arrow that circulates along the outer edge. You can easily over paint it if you’re not careful but there’s no penalty for doing so. I used up about 3-4 cans doing this.

Finishing up, I had to buy a crib, bookcase, and a bean bag. I quickly cleaned up the other rooms in the house finishing up in 90% range, game fatigue was setting in.

House Flipper is a fun game but I think it’s best played in spurts. Thankfully if you don’t like doing something (cleaning windows) you can go and do something else then come back and finish up the dirty work. As I’m playing more, unique ways of gameplay are starting to open up, and I’m looking forward to the next unique gameplay idea.


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