Robot House reveals Rumu: A game about roomba feelings

Brodie Fogg 17 October 2017

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The tidy Sydney-based production is coming to Steam later this year.

Since the release of its debut title Hulabear for iOS and Android, Sydney's Robot House has been quietly slogging away at something special. Today, that something special was officially revealed as Rumu, a narrative-driven adventure game about a house-cleaning robot becoming sentient.

Check out the emotional trailer below.

It's not hard to tug at my heartstrings, but I never expected to be so moved by a trailer about a vacuum cleaner. I'm not saying I'm against it, but that's just not how I saw my day going when I woke up this morning.

The trailer contrasts the routine day-to-day chores of Rumu with something more sinister; a worried voice (apparently the robot's creator) that seems to want to help Rumu escape the humdrum confines of the smart home. Like all good experiences in life, there's also a cat (named Ada) to keep you company during the journey.

The trailer gives off some Wall-E vibes, and that's not just because of the robot protagonist, but also because the humans of this world (and Rumu's creators) appear to be AWOL. That'll likely be one of the game's driving mysteries and we're looking forward to finding out more.

Rumu will be available to play at the PAX RISING section at this year's PAX AUS and will launch on Steam later this year.

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