Tuesday, 19 December 2017 14:05

REVIEW: Rumu (Steam)

Written by Simon Hayward
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Nothing is ever simple as a robot vacuum, in this beautifully made australian indie game that is RUMU. Starting off with a simple premise to clean up mess left behind by the owners David and Cecily, as well as under the guidance by the houses AI Sabrina, you find out that cleaning up is just the beginning of the robot vacuums adventure.

Rumu reminds me of a robot straight out of the movie Wall E, with its cute expressions and beeps that's easy to fall in love with, tut as you continue on with this point and click narrative journey, you begin to realise there's more to Rumu's existence then just cleaning which slowly unfolds as you interact and venture more into the house that you've been tasked to clean. And trust me, there's a lot of cleaning all with guidance and interaction with the houses AI, Sabrina. Thought, Sabrina's watchful eye hides a much darker story as it continues.

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Rumu's self awareness is a mixture of cute interactions that are so innocent they go perfect side by side with the narration from Sabrina which compliments the game so well. You can really feel the intensity of the situations by the characters which is immensely important with a game that is heavily narrative driven. Rumu has an elegant musical background while you play and doesn't get overbearing and picks up for the thinking music to help solve the puzzles that get thrown your way.

Now, the puzzles in Rumu aren't really as hard as you may think. Flicking a switch here or reading a note there, it isn't a real brain jerker, it's more or less something to break up the narrative. The choice of dialogue from Rumu is funny at time but you know its to unlock the heart of the journey as Rumu becomes self-aware among its restricted situation dictated by the AI Sabrina.

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Going back to the house itself, and the backdrop of the game, it's look and feel isn't as restrictive as you may think and Rumu makes sure to clean even the most hardest to reach spaces, amongst the simple but yet beautiful look of every part of the dollhouse environment.

Developers Robot House, have chosen a terrific game to develop that is a good change from the usual multiplayer games that dominate the landscape these days. Sure, I love a good shooter like Battlegrounds or Battlefield but to sit down and play a singleplayer game with a great narrative and interaction such as Rumu is a pleasant break from it all. Robot House have outdone themselves with a game that really lines up and fits carefully in a beautiful experience. Not to give away too much of the story but if you're anything like me, you'll soon be saying "I Love Cleaning, I love Rumu"

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: Steam
  • Developer: Robot House
  • Publisher: Robot House
  • Genre: Indie