Part of the magic of video games is how they can make what is mundane and bland somehow joyously addictive. Surgery isn't what you'd call a laugh riot, nor is food service considered a thrill, yet somehow clever game designers can turn tedium into delight. Well here's a weird one for you: furniture assembly. Yes, that's right. Studio TheStorkBurntDown's new title, Home Improvisation (also playable on itch.io), manages to turn the dreaded task of building your cheap bit of IKEA nonsense into a gleefully daft puzzle game. Left click to select each piece of furniture, use the mouse wheel to adjust elevation, and right click to control its orientation to fit each peg into each hole. The game's exceptional Unity-based physics system can sometimes cause parts to scatter as they knock into each other, but rest assure, this is a game that's just as fun to fail as it is to succeed.
Created in 48 hours for Global Game Jam, Home Improvisation takes its simple concept and runs it as far as it will go. There's no end to the game. The floor keeps piling up with box after box of oddly-named Swedish bric-a-brac, until your tastefully spare little loft apartment is drowning in coffee tables and lamps. Pieces will snap together if you can get the pegs close enough to the holes, but that doesn't mean the end result will look pretty. There are no redos, so each mangled, twisted lamp and table is stuck there forever, taking up space as you try to do delicate work on the next piece. What's more, parts can be mixed and matched, allowing you to build some Frankenstein monstrosities that won't do any favors to your Feng Shui. And as a final wonderful feature, Home Improvisation supports multiplayer as well as control schemes for keyboard and Xbox controllers, so your friends can all annoy each other as they try to make sense of a room full of ergonomic junk. So check out Home Improvisation and build your dream apartment! Or fling the coffee table across the room in frustration, whatever floats your boat.