Switch version tested
Review code provided
My name is David. I’ve escaped from the clinic where I spent the entirety of my life and I return home. Chilling memories of my childhood, toys and monsters begin appearing to me as I explore the home of my childhood. The first thing that attracted me to Breeder Homegrown was the idea of it being a horror style game. In fact, the game is more of an immersive experience in a familiar setting, with eerie over and undertones; a visual novel if you will. Breeder is extremely dark, so you should be prepared to adjust your brightness accordingly if necessary.
A dark and evil being has a hold of your family. You are now an elderly man trying to remember the horrendous events that have plagued you, your family and memory. You soon come to have your first revelation of, (this could potentially be a different memory depending on how you play the game) discovering a dark entity has had hold of your family and evidently the property on which you live. This revelation is the first multiple, that coincide with stones you have been acquiring around the property. After you relive each memory, one of the stones you’ve collected will break open, teaching your more about the dark entity that has a hold on your family. However, after a while you find out that, your buddy is the dark thing and he lives in the cabin/shed in your backyard. This dark entity has led your late mother to act emotionally and mentally unstable in the past and even currently in the present time it is causing dysfunction for you.
Explaining this game without spoilers has certainly been a challenge so far through this review. What I can say about Breeder Homegrown is that I liked it a lot. The game is visually appealing, it has a fair amount of creepy music, and the stories it tells and the way it tells those stories. Each new stone you collect requires different efforts from you to uncover a memory of what happened. During each of these phases, you get to see parts of the Breeder story. There is plenty of area to explore and loads of hidden messages throughout the landscape. Breeder Homegrown is also the first instalment of what will be a three-part series. You can play this game on Windows, I played it on the Switch and really enjoyed it. The entire game takes about 40-90 minutes to play through and for the directors cut some additional content has been added while streamlining the in-game dialogue.
I recommend this game to anyone looking for a new way to interact with a story. Yes, video games in and of themselves are designed to engage in a new variety of storytelling, but Breeder is different than that in many ways. I say to any gamers looking for a new experience, pick up this game and see what you think of the story. It will, after all, be part of a trilogy.
TBG Score: 7/10
Platform: Steam, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 06/03/2020
No. of Players: 1
Publisher: Sometimes You
Download link: eShop