Frisky Hands-On: Big Blue Bubble Launches Home Sweet Home Online on Facebook

Wed, Jul 28, 2010

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Big Blue Bubble has created an online version of their hit game series Home Sweet Home on Facebook – appropriately enough, the game is called Home Sweet Home Online.

The game can be most easily compared to something like Zynga’s YoVille, in that you’ll spend a large portion of time decorating your home, visiting your friends’ homes, and rating their rooms, all in a friendly competition for prizes.

You’ll be able to edit your room based on a number of different categories, from basic wallpaper and flooring options to chairs, sofas, windows, doors, plants, and much, much more. The items come in two varieties – both premium and standard – and when you purchase a standard item, you’ll have to assign workers to help you build those items (items are built over varying amount of time).

While you’re waiting for your items to be constructed, you can head over to your neighbors’ homes and rate each room of their home individually on a five star scale. If enough people give the rooms a high score, Big Blue Bubble says that they will be eligible to receive a prize. If you don’t currently have any neighbors, you can also travel to a random neighborhood and rate strangers’ rooms in the same way.

Once you’ve rated a few rooms, if you still have some time to kill before your furniture is completely constructed, you can play any of the mini-games in the title, which is the main way you’ll earn coins (rating rooms also rewards you with a few). As of now, there are just five mini-games available, although that could grow in the future.

The games available range from a card matching game, to games that require a bit more focus, like Hardware Store, which asks you to fulfill customers orders for items like paint or hammers, as the Hardware Store clerk. Another game has you moving a miniature avatar left and right across the bottom of a screen, catching items that fall in varying intervals from the top of the screen.

You can choose from three difficulty levels for these games, with harder levels either changing the speed at which your character moves, or changing the amount of time you’ll have to fulfill the task in question, among other tweaks.

Another game feature allows you to recreate or customize your in-game avatar at any time. You’ll create a base avatar the first time you login to the game, but at any time you can go back and choose a different hair color or style, a different accessory item (glasses, headbands, jewelry, and so on), a different top and more, with each item being available in a variety of colors (simply select your preferred from a grid that appears).

Big Blue Bubble hopes that Home Sweet Home Online will continue in the success of the franchise’s previously released games. If you’d like to help the game do so, head over to the game’s page on Facebook to get started. Before you go, make sure to check out our Frisky Hands-On video of the game below, to see what to expect from the game.

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