Video Game Review – Home Improvisation
Let’s be honest, the appeal of going to your local IKEA store and buying some flat-packed furniture for the simple pleasure of assembling it and marvelling at your creation, you are the Alpha of DIY. You get out all of the instructions but nobody needs instructions, so you set to work trying to make the furniture that you unpack look as close to the image that’s on the box as is possible and you just know it’ll end up perfectly fine. What a fun way to spend your evening.
Well actually, that’s kind of exactly what Home Improvisation is all about. This is a game that focuses on building furniture. That’s all there is to this game: You choose an item that you’d like to build from flat packed, then you set to work. Part of the joy of flat packed furniture is the suspense, knowing that it’s possible to completely mess up the item and have to take it apart again and redo it again. It’s so fun, isn’t it? Well actually, come to think of it, it’s not! Incredibly annoying is more how we’d put it.
Thankfully Home Improvisation doesn’t make you feel the same sense of dread that you may feel when you really see flat-packed furniture. The whole premise of the game is to make something out of the components inside of the boxes. If there was any criticism of this game that I may have, it’s that there’s not much in the way of variety in this point. I’d like to see if I could build weirder and weirder things, but there is truly a limitation in that you’re piecing static things together.
One of the highlights of the game for me is the toolbox. Inside of this toolbox, you’ll find useful equipment to help you make more holes, or to add pegs to the pieces of wood. This means that if you mess up your building, there’s no need to panic: just add a new hole, or a new peg and go ahead and carry on from there. No need for instructions when you have so many useful tools. Of course, this does mean that you can go completely against what the object is supposed to look like. Furthermore, if you don’t like what you’ve done, you can un-join pieces by using the cat statue to remove a peg from a hole. I don’t fully get how the destructive cat does this, but it does and that’s final.
The game looks great but it’s actually showing my computer that it is getting too old for these games. Looks like I need to think about improving this computer for real now, but with that in mind, the screen shots in this post were taken from a below average computer. Please bare that in mind!
The music is really relaxing and adds to a really simple atmosphere that the game tries to build upon. It’s just trying to be you in your house that you’re trying to improve with your flat-packed building skills. So whether you’re making extra holes in the pieces just to make your object work, or if you’re being as precise as possible, the music keeps you calm and ready to keep building more.
You can find Home Improvisation on Steam. I personally bought the game for £6.99 and it’s given me a good laugh so far. It’s not serious, but it’s a lot of fun. It’s just a really simple and cute time waster. I now joke around with people about the “DUHAST CAT”. That evil cat destroyed my Duhast. I hope you find the game to be a lot of fun too – But now it’s over to you. What do you think of the game? Would you play what is basically an IKEA simulator? As always, comments below, over on Facebook or on Twitter and let us know your thoughts of this fun little game.