Does anyone out there actually enjoy building Ikea furniture? Does anyone out there enjoy computer games and building flatpack furniture? If you answered yes to both, then you, our friend, are unique, and we have a game, just for you.
Some guy, possibly the only player of this game, the dude who probably founded the Flatpack Assembly Service (no really, is he one and the same? Answers on a flatpack… boom boom), has designed a game which shows just how frustrating it can be to build – correctly build- Ikea flatpack furniture.
According to PC, there’s something soothing about building Ikea furniture… perhaps when you do it, in your sleep. For there is nothing soothing about losing screws,wedges, thingmyjigs or finding you have more bits than it states you should have in the picture book instruction manual, or breaking bits, or finding out you don’t have enough bits. It once to me 7 hours to build a small bedside unit. 7 hours. 7.
So aren’t computer games suppose to be fun? Or educational? This game is odd because once you’ve finished it, you don’t even have a real piece of furniture to use. One presumes it takes you back to the beginning. Argh. No. Hell does exist. In the form of flatpack furniture!
Apparently, the new game cleverly entitled, ‘Höme Improvisåtion,’ was borne from a team which took part in the 2015 Global Game Jam in Atlanta at the beginning of January. If you are desperate for a go, you can play the game on the Web right now or, if you really want constant access to it, you can download it for Windows or OS X. Check out the p-a-i-n-f-u-l-l-y un-fun blurb description:
“The world’s most fun & accurate cooperative furniture assembly experience! There was a problem printing the instruction manuals so you will have to figure out how the furniture goes together. Just snap the pegs into the holes, it’s that simple! Make sure to invite some friends over and make the beautiful furniture of your dreams! Or labour alone and slowly descend into madness,”
PC reckon the game is fairly easy once you know how to use the controls, rotating box parts into the right order and sticking peg pieces in. Umm. Yeah, sounds f-u-u-u-u-n. Not.
Check out the groovy vid below.
photo credit: Geek