Building relationships is a low journey, but you’re trying to talk about toy houses

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Imagine a himbo tent. Now see if you can focus on the flirty windmill concept. Exactly what architectural features of apartments would you like to sleep with? Actually, don’t bother stretching the gray matter – you can just play Building Relationships, which is something like A Short Hike, but also Love Island with anthropomorphic toyhouses. Demos are available Itch AND Couple. Be warned that you will be asked whether you are on the roof or ground floor.

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Last week I played some Building Relationships at the Day Of The Devs booth during the Summer Game Fest. This particular booth is a blur of semi-memories, as the organizers asked us to play five games in an hour, and because Day Of The Devs was a sheer cornucopia of concepts, styles and themes. I went from playing While Waiting, a game about keeping your mind occupied while waiting, to After Love EP, a game about death, grief and rock music, to UFO50, which is 50 games that together create a mosaic of meta-game mystery. Also Phoenix Springs, a dystopian adventure characterized by a clipped English voice-over so dispassionate that I walked away feeling dehydrated. Entries for those who will follow along once I figure out where one game ended and the next one began.

Building Relationships stands out the most in retrospect because he felt most comfortable in his own skin, and also because it’s not every day you get to talk in a compact apartment building. (Personally, I wouldn’t date an apartment building because all the ones I’ve lived in have had mold, but this one had a certain grim charisma, like that friend who’s too busy pairing everyone up to find love himself). a pocket-sized open world with boisterous katamari physics where you bounce around, fluttering curtains in bungalows, and completing very straightforward tasks like fishing (in this case, cars). This is a game entirely dedicated to enjoying wordplay, which is certainly the definition of a promising first date. It has pleasantly silly text, prospering biomes that remind me a bit of Proteus, and some fun camera angle choices during conversation.

Building Relationships is the debut Steam release of Tanat Boozayaangool, who is also the creator sinister trivia games AND visual novels about not being able to sleep. Here is a compact excerpt developer’s website: “There is joy in absurdity, suspending all levels of disbelief and immersing yourself in the wildest world. There you will find the most human story, anchored by the most absurd narrative.”

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