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A cute and cozy adventure game about a lost penguin who can't find their way home for Christmas. Along the way, the penguin meets a cast of charming characters that provide help. 

  • Fully voice acted story narrated like a traditional Christmas story.
  • A family friendly game to get you in the Christmas spirit.
  • Seamless soundtrack that changes and evolves throughout the game.
  • Atmospheric and beautiful environments.
  • A fun and quirky cast of characters.

We wanted to make something special to warm the hearts of our friends and family, with the added benefit of possibly being able to make a difference and donating to a cause that we believe in. That cause is No Kid Hungry. No Kid Hungry is a national campaign run by Share Our Strength, a nonprofit working to solve problems of hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.

During the donation period we were able to raise $530 for charity! 💛 Thank you all so much for donating and making this possible! 

Donations to No Kid Hungry are now closed. Any and all donations now go to directly supporting the development of our next game.

For more information on No Kid Hungry and to donate directly go here: https://www.nokidhungry.org/

Ørjan Lopez @orjan
3D Artist, Programmer, Game Design, Animator, Technical Artist

Adam Bow @adambowmusic
Composer and Sound Designer

Megan McCurdy @megcurdy 
Concept Artist, 3D Artist, Animator

Chris Schweizer @schweizercomics
Narrator and Writer

Happy Holidays from us!! Thank you for playing! 💛


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BackHomeForChristmas 248 MB

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Such a heart warming little game, kudo's for the perfect storytelling in poem mode. This game breathes "Christmas"!

What a lovely video, definitely brought a smile to my face :)

Could you explain how you did the snow effect on the ground? Are you using Unity? Thanks! Lovely effect!

Hey Retro! The game was made in UE4. The snow deformation was made using a scene capture and render targets. Here's a great article by Tommy Tran that'll get you started: https://www.raywenderlich.com/5760-creating-snow-trails-in-unreal-engine-4


The most wholesome game I've ever played.

Thank you so much for making it!


A beautiful game. The narration is amazing.


Pros and cons are down below) Check out my vid here (likes and subs are highly appreciated)):


1. This game is so very cute! Adorable! The environment, the story, and the animations are just so well done and so wholesome! Really enjoyed playing the game.

2. Everything rhymes! And the voice is soothing. I absolutely loved listening to the story!


1. It would be cool id the snowman could get mad if the penguin would mess up their face! Maybe it would be so cool if the game would have an alternative path for being a "bad penguin". Though, I understand that it would require a lot more work. Still, I'm pretty sure the game would turn out to be great!


The cutest game I played in a long time, great job! Keep up the amazing work))

Hope my feedback was useful!


an absolutely wonderful little game!!! loved it so much I don't even know what to begin with. the whole setting - the cute baby penguin, the lighting, the snow and the fact we leave traces in it (I drew a dick when I discovered it. was super happy. isn't there a theory that if a player finds out they're able to draw, they'll instantly draw a dick?)... everything is heartwarming. but what got to me the most was the narration. it felt like i was inside of a bedtime fairytale my mom used to read to me when I was a kid. thank you for making such a sweet game.

there are just two issues I would like to highlight: I have a pretty powerful PC, not super high-end but okay for high settings in many games (16 gb ram, intel core i7, and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4096 mb memory). i was surprised when I saw FPS dropping. it went higher at some point, but the playing process didn't feel smooth. and it made my laptop to warm up to... i didn't measure how much, but hey, not every demanding AAA title makes it this hot. 

the other issue is that the narrator's voice at some points was drowning (a bit) in music. must be something with mixing, i guess? I am not a native English speaker, and I guess it wouldn't be hard for a native to retrieve some words lost in music, but to me it was something of an additional, though in no way exhausting, challenge. it didn't spoil my overall impression.

i did the same.

I get this weird bug where the camera hovers over the book without the start and exit buttons. Is there a fix?


This reminded me of the 1960s xmas cartoons (Rudolph and Frost) where they open a book to tell a story with animations. Absolutely loved it. Some of the best voice acting I've heard on Itch. Such a great short game. Great short story, great classic art style and again the voice acting can't express that enough. definitely gained a follower.

I gave it a go :) 


Sorry you encountered the bug where the logo doesn't fully disappear. Just uploaded a new build where that no longer should be an issue. Thanks for playing the game!


Heyo! I have a YouTube series where I play multiple itch.io games in one video and this was the last one on my list in todays video! This game was SO CUTE I literally couldn't make myself edit any of it out at all! I just let it play through because it was an adorable experience and I just gotta say awesome job! The narrating and story was perfect!


What a lovely video, Tippydaug! We loved it!


Thank you! Your game was by far my favorite of the three, it was just so cute and calm and somehow felt nostalgic all at the same time!

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this is the cutest little game ever it brought so much joy i enjoed it so much i loved everything about it i couldnt stop giggling and smiling

Thank you so much!!


yall did a fantstisc job this vary cute and vary good i enjoyed it vary good 10/10 for me

btw if anyone wanna join the speedrun discord, press this link: https://discord.gg/q5mfuWav maybe the devs can join :)



Can you try to make it for MacOs?

We tried to make a build for Mac yesterday, unfortunately couldn't get it to work. Hopefully it's something we can get working soon.


An awesome cozy, cute and a short game.
Here is my speedrun of it: (98) Back Home for Christmas Any% speedrun (10:21.39) - YouTube

Thank you, congrats on the WR!

Thank you, Merry (quite late) Christmas


Great work feliz navidad, i loved the game

mi video en español xd


Hiii, I've made a video about the game and just wanted to share it here, but also I wanted to say that this is an amazing idea.The game it self could be a little bit more optimized but appart from that it's piece of art, pretty visuals and voice acting.


Beautiful game. Loved playing it. Great voice acting.


Nice lil Xmas game. Really enjoyed it. Keep up the amazing work.


Congratulations to the team! This is a very beautiful game. Merry Christmas!!


This is a beautiful game. The penguin is so cute. Congrats for your work.


I really liked the game! I hope through this we can reach more people. I included the donation link in the video and mentioned about the good cause at the end. I'll be making my $10 donation today :) No child should go hungry!



Wow, thank you for making a video! Glad you liked it!


Absolutely adorable, well written and excellent music.

Thank you so much, Bee!


aren't we all just nearsighted gnomes in the snow? 10/10