For some of us, our introduction to the world of architecture, interior design, and home decor enthusiasm was getting lost for hours at a time playing The Sims. Ready to do another NONAGON.style app review, we thought it was time to try out House Designer: Fix and Flip by Android game developers Karate Goose Studio.
It’s a simulator game with the goal to clean up old houses and redecorate them. You’re armed with a set of tools, and encouraged to buy bits and pieces for the home from the in-app catalog. Although this could easily stray into an endless demand of pay-to-play actions, fortunately the gameplay is uninterrupted by ads. Pleasingly you can thrive through playing mini-games to advance without much pay-to-play required.
As soon as the game loads up, you find yourself on a patch of land with a house in front of you. The controls are a bit disorientating, but once you realise that it’s designed for each thumb like joysticks on a game controller to move around, you’re good. Hold down on objects to enable actions.
Your first task is to clean up the mess in this small house. There’s rubbish everywhere! After you’ve thrown away pizza boxes and bags of rubbish, you’ll need to open up the toolkit and find the mop to clean some of the splodges.
Each of the tasks are fairly straightforward and require a moment for you to hold down the button for the task to complete. You fill up the gaps in the wall with putty, which I have to say was one of the easiest putty applications I’ve ever dealt with. If only it were that easy in real life.
Furnishing Your Pad
If you were looking forward to the decorating element, once you’ve filled holes and wallpapered the room it’s time to decorate. There is a catalog you can choose different items from, but it’s quite limited. You can pick a few furniture pieces and decor items. I liked that there were a few different types of indoor plants.
Going to Work
Eventually you find you’re out of in-game cash. While there is — of course! — an option to top up with your credit card, you can also gather more in-game money by selecting other mini-game areas to clean up. This involves taking out more trash, and mopping up more spills and stains, but you get a reasonable sum for your efforts.
Wait, You Can’t Flip?
One of the most confusing things about the game is that despite the name House Designer Fix & Flip, once you’ve finished fixing there is no way to then flip! The only thing you can do is make up more cash from the mini-games to buy a bigger house.
Home Designer is a fun little game, but at the moment it has limited gameplay. Once you’ve cleared away enough trash and puttied enough walls, you only have two more houses to move up toward. The controls are a bit confusing, but you do get used to them.
What we’d love to see next is a way to flip the houses and see the gameplay for what makes a house more profitable than another. It would be fun to be able to add extras onto the house, like building more rooms or landscaping the garden. Maybe also being able to choose less gaudy wallpapers!
Have you played the game? Let us know what you think about House Designer: Fix and Flip in the comments below, and check out one of our other app reviews to see what else is out there!