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There Was A Home is a narrative adventure that follows Noor, a young Saudi woman who returns to clear out her family house. Play is a combination of clicking around to explore her home and using the physical journal to help solve puzzles to find items that bring back memories. It's unusual not only for the way you need to use the journal but its themes of changing times and culture.

As Noor, you return from years spent abroad and reluctantly take on the tasks of packing up her family's old house. It's a journey of rediscovery of a forgotten childhood and past life. But to save those memories, and that house, you must piece together your family's past using the clues you find and the physical journal packed full of clues to solve the puzzles you encounter.

Maybe you find a Bridal Box in the game but must leaf through the journal to find out how to open it. Or maybe there's a locked briefcase, stack of envelopes or detuned instrument. You are constantly sent back and forth between the physical book and the screen, not only to solve these problems but to find out more about what happened in your past and in this place.

The result is a game about the cultural tension between modernism and traditionalism. But as much as that, it's about the power of a letter, and how that grows once the sender has passed away. These messages then come with something greater - responsibility. A responsibility to explore the past, and see what made us the people we are today.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked There Was A Home 9 months ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure, Point-and-Click and Puzzle game with Brain Game and Physically Active elements. This is a single-player game.


We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to be able to solve puzzles by finding clues in the physical book. This requires a bit of reading and comprehension. You need to persevere if you get stuck.


There Was A Home

Steam Store PC -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Point-and-Click, Puzzle (Brain Game and Physically Active)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Developer: There Was A Home (@ThereWasAHome)

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