Video game simulates the frustration of building IKEA furniture

Do you cringe every time you come home with one of those flat boxes from IKEA? A new game called Höme Improvisåtion lets you relive the frustration virtually.

Anthony Domanico
CNET freelancer Anthony Domanico is passionate about all kinds of gadgets and apps. When not making words for the Internet, he can be found watching Star Wars or "Doctor Who" for like the zillionth time. His other car is a Tardis.
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If there's anything more frustrating than putting together IKEA furniture, it's probably playing a video game about putting together IKEA furniture.

A new video game called Höme Improvisåtion does just that, placing an endless supply of flat boxes in front of you with the goal of putting together pieces of furniture for your virtual home.

To more realistically simulate the build experience, Höme Improvisåtion can be played by up to four people at once so your friends and family can yell at you for screwing up the virtual furniture like they do every time you screw up the real stuff. And if your experience with IKEA furniture is anything like mine, that is nearly all the time.

The game, free on both Mac and Windows PCs, was developed by a team of four people in 48 hours -- Aj Kolenc, Jessica Jackson, Colton Spross, and Josh Faubel -- as part of the 2015 Global Game Jam in Atlanta earlier this month. You can download the game from the team's website, The Stork Burnt Down.

I played the Höme Improvisåtion game for just a few minutes and got so frustrated that I closed it and vowed never to build virtual IKEA furniture ever again. Yep, just like in real life.

Yep, this is pretty much exactly what it looks like when I put together IKEA furniture. Video screenshot by Anthony Domanico/CNET

(Via Fast Company)