Recently released on the Steam games platform, House Flipper, is a video game in which we buy homes in dilapidated condition and transform them until they are fit for the market. The reform process includes everything a person can imagine. So, once the property is acquired, we can grab a demolition mallet and start tearing down walls. We will also have to scrub windows and floors. As the process progresses, we will have to furnish and paint the rooms, as well as do plumbing, electricity… And everything, with just a few clicks.
Before beginning with it, we will have to make small repairs and cleanings in other people’s houses, which will give us the virtual money enough to do with our property. Although it may seem a nuisance when what we really want is to design a house from top to bottom, this will serve to familiarize us with the tools (hammers, mops, screwdrivers …) with which we can reform.
And be careful, because the game is not suitable for sensitive stomachs. As in any house that falls to pieces, when entering it we can find cockroaches, bathrooms with humidities and other somewhat unpleasant images.
Nobody said it was easy. But if we don’t want to complicate our lives too much, there is also the option of buying a “decent” house, as they say on the game’s website, and changing the style and some furniture. You can also upload your own photos: if we play from a tablet we’ll take a photo of whatever we want and then go to the game’s online store to ‘buy’ that photo and hang it on a wall. As we progress in the work we gain skill points that allow us, for example, to get better tools or clean a larger surface in less time.
The good thing about this simulator is that, before selling your artwork, you can design the house of your dreams, with all the tools and objects at your disposal. However, you can’t change the plan of the house: you can tear down interior walls, but the external walls remain the same. Nor can you change the layout of the rooms (put the kitchen somewhere else, for example).
When the work is finished, it is time to clean from top to bottom to leave everything shiny. And once the house is ready, the most important part arrives: the sale. It will depend on the player to obtain more or less benefits, to offer a more or less advantageous price for them. Once the transaction is done, the game starts again with another house in ruins.