Home Improvisation is the world's most fun (and accurate) furniture assembly experience. Build alone or with your friends to create the beautiful furniture of your dreams!
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Positive (40 reviews) - 85% of the 40 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 28, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We feel strongly that a game about custom-built furniture should be driven by community feedback, and getting this feedback earlier in development will allow us to create the game everyone wants.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Under a year, ideally 3-4 months”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Here are the features we are currently planning on adding for the full release:
  • Online Multiplayer
  • Steam Workshop integration
  • More rooms and function mode levels
  • Lots more furniture

We are always open to suggestions and will continue to grow this list during Early Access.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Home Improvisation is a compelling foundation for our full release, with many hours of fun packed in. There are some large, self-contained features we feel are necessary before we leave early access.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“This depends on how long the game is in Early Access and how much extra value we have added before full release; if we think the game deserves it, we may increase the price after Early Access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We will be engaging our players with Steam Community discussions, as well as releasing frequent updates on our progress. We encourage anyone to submit feature requests or general suggestions to our email address (storkburntdown@gmail.com) or our Twitter accounts (@StorkBurntDown or @HomeImprovGame).

Additionally, we hope to hold contests during Early Access the reward our fans for their creativity.”
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May 25

Huge Changes Coming Soon!

Home Improvisation has had a great run on Early Access, but our team has been working tirelessly to get the game ready for a full release. Here is an update on the future of our game.

Full Release Soon!



We're not quite ready to announce the exact release date, but the game will leave Early Access within the next two months. There's so much new content, visual updates, and stability improvements that we know you'll fall in love with furniture building all over again.


Full HTC Vive Support at Release!



Ever since our team got our hands on the HTC Vive, we knew our game would be perfect for it. Building furniture in VR is an incredible experience, and we're happy to announce that we will have full support for the Vive when we leave Early Access. Even better: couch players can play along with the VR player!

Thanks so much for supporting us during development! May the Bork be with you!

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February 22

Online Multiplayer Update

Hello Steam! It's been a while, but we've been hard at work creating a quality update. This update comes with what is probably our most requested feature: online multiplayer! Now you can seamlessly decorate your home with either your friends or any random stranger.

****NOTE****
This update will clear save data automatically. This was an unfortunate necessity for online play, as our old save files do not provide enough information to properly reconstruct rooms.

Features

Online Multiplayer
  • Build furniture with people over the internet!
  • Play with your friends, or with total strangers who will definitely not mess up your house
  • To begin online play, select the top option from the radial menu

Reworked Attic
  • Play a full 88-key piano in the Attic!
  • Use the multi-setting metronome to keep in time
  • Shed some light on your creations with the new hanging bulb

Improvements
  • Enjoy a new theme song for Home Improv, courtesy of developer AJ Kolenc
  • Compressed assets for faster load time
  • Moved help dialog to Options menu

Bug Fixes
  • Completely serialized state of rooms, including trash can and tools
  • Fixed connection edge cases
  • Fixed shattering edge cases

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About This Game

Home Improvisation is a game about building crazy modular furniture. It is playable solo or with up to 5 friends working together. You can try to build the furniture correctly, or you can make new and terrifying furniture creations. The choice is yours!

Here are all the fun features you can look forward to:
  • Build the beautiful furniture of your dreams with simple mix-and-match furniture packs
  • Your friends can join in the fun too! Up to 5 people can build together locally
  • Play with a friend online!
  • Create and share furniture on the Steam Workshop
  • Decorate 3 unique rooms in Form Mode
  • Test your furniture building prowess in Function Mode
  • Customize your furniture with the Peg and Hole Guns
  • Choose the perfect color palette with the Paint Brush tool
  • Careful of fragile objects: they shatter!

Originally created as part of the Global Game Jam, Home Improvisation became a viral sensation. The Stork Burnt Down took this momentum and fleshed out the game into a full experience, while retaining the fun of the original prototype.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/8.1
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 11
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.7
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.9
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.10, SteamOS
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04, SteamOS
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
Customer reviews
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Overall:
Positive (40 reviews)
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Hugh Janus
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
not very relaxing.
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Webbook97
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
Have you ever said to youself, "If only I could have the stressful experience of assembling Ikea furniture, without actually assembling actual furniture?" Then this game is for you. This game is stressful, but oddly rewarding. I don't know how to describe the feeling of "successfully" building a "kanelbuller stol". For those of you who played the demo, this version offers multiple rooms: the attic, basement, living room, and dining room. The game isn't perfect, and at times I cannot access the dining room, but this is a kind of game that I make my friends play just to see their reaction. I have not yet tested the multiplayer mode, but so far whenever I try to connect to other players online I have not had luck. Something else to note is the lack of depth perception when you play; your mallet may look like it is in the middle of the room but it may actually be in the edge of the room and there is no real way of figuring that out without dropping the item.

TLDR: Somehow fun, very challenging, bit glitchy at times but the developers seem to take player's comments and criticisms, could be fun with friends.
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Linerider99
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 10
Awesome Game
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Andy Marshmallow
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 9
A Very Good Game To Play When You are very stress out after work! :DD
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[420] Watermelon
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 4
I think the game is pretty fun and relaxing .I like the concept of the game it was definitetly worth my $10. There are some things that probably should be changed. The sensitivity is a bit high and you can only use the paint brush tool once unless you put it away and get it out again over and over. I recommend this game ,but it takes patients .
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Greenboy638
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 28
Do not play if one has ocd
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JamesChapperss
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 13
Get some friends and play, Use globes and motors at your own risk...
Never laughed harder 5/7

(be aware that its 4 player local, 2 player online)
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G3T0NE
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 30
WE NEED INSTRUCTIONS
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hnbarbosa
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 1
someone help every time i click on dining room, attic, basement, living room, it breaks the game and i cant go to the room but i can somehow build in form hall
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Mr. Otter | AlexDarkscore
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: March 29
Friend buys me this game (♥♥♥♥ you Jerot, why you gotta be so nice). I load it up and am immeadiately met with an atypical menu. Figure out the menu and join my friend in the attic. Immeadiately break everything, figure out a glue gun, I find out that if two people click to connect things at the same time oblivion happens. I host the game after some very annoying bugs happen. We build a monstrosity and name it sam... and then stuck sam to the ceiling. 5/7 best time I've had with a friend, never laughed harder.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
50 of 55 people (91%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 29, 2015
It's a simulation game. It doesn't hold your hand at all. The game wants you to build a shelf? How about some messed up looking modern art instead? The choice is yours. I had fun messing around in this game, but obviously it's not going to be for everyone.

Pros:
- Do whatever the hell you want.
- There's a bunch of tools so you can modify the furniture to make it "better."
- Lovely soundtrack and a very clean visual style.

Cons:
- Very hard to actually build things.
- Controls may be frustrating, although that's part of the game's charm
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60 of 71 people (85%) found this review helpful
58 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 23, 2015
Ikea Simulator!

Because i don't have Ikea in my country, this is the best experience i can afford. Thanks developer to make this possible to me!
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29 of 33 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 29, 2015
TLDR; this game is really fun as a casual party game. The sandbox mode (called 'Form' in the game) can be a blast with a few friends, and the building challenge(s) are great for solo play. Definitely recommended at this price, and more features promised within the next few months is a bonus.

Pros:
- Really entertaining w/ a few friends
- Funny premise and furniture titles
- Challenge(s) are great, show potential
- Sandbox mode gives free roam for creative designs

Cons:
- It's early access.. so there's not a ton of content just yet

You could call it 'furniture building simulator' or '[redacted for legal reasons swedish furniture store] simulator', but that's kind of missing the point. It's pretty clear from the start that the objective is to be as creative as possible, not to assemble things by instructions (actually, there are no instructions). The game doesn't currently rate you by how well you built anything or whether it looks anything like the box your furniture came in- the point was to have free roam instead of linear objectives. Building things the way they are supposed to look becomes difficult fairly quickly, so instead I tend to build pseudo versions of that piece or make robots. I could see the benefit of a mode that rates your creations against what's on the box in a future update, but ultimately that would be to give the player more choices on top of the really entertaining modes that are already there. In the 'form' mode, which is like a sandbox, you can order new pieces from the catalog. The boxes float in and, once you open them, the pieces spill out. There are pegs and holes to line up in any way that you wish, and up to five people can join you. In the sandbox mode, having a few friends around really helps. While messing with pieces and trying in vain to coordinate with friends, I was reminded of great couch co-ops like New Super Mario and the like. Things can quickly turn into a hysterical yelling match as two people with best intentions create a monstrosity of a bookshelf, while the guy at the other end of the couch chases them with a mallet. It's a blast.

The 'function' mode gives you challenges by which you must build furniture to meet a stated objective (there's only one challenge now, but it's pretty clear that more will be added). This mode is great for solo play, and really shows the potential that could be had with the elements of the game. Group play definitely works here too, as long as you don't have a rogue friend with a mallet destroying your hard work (ask me how I know)..

I play with a Xbox 360 controller. It seems this was the intention of the devs (there are pics of 360 controllers in the initial loading screen). I briefly used a touchpad when some friends were over and, while it works, it wasn't how I'd recommend playing. There's a slight learning curve to figuring out the best way to rotate pieces, but it's pretty straightforward and easy to pick up. The cursor movement pace speeds up and slows down depending on what you're holding, which really helps when you're lining up pegs to put together. Basically, controllers work best and buttons are simple and intuitive.

Overall, I'm really glad I picked this up. It's great to see more games like this available on steam that focus on local coop (because yes, some PC gamers like that). Definitely happy with the current state, and very much looking forward to where this thing goes.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 31, 2015
Heck yeah this game is fun. I find it brilliant when people make really fun games about mundane activities. I played this with three people and it plays like a really challenging (yet lovely) puzzle game. It is basically an IKEA simulator. You get DIY furniture and have to figure out how to assemble it. Its really difficult. I don't think I have made anything perfectly yet.

Pros:
+Full controller support
+Really nice artwork and overall ambience (i.e. you can adjust the lights and play with everything in the rooms)
+Plenty of content so far (three rooms plus sandbox and a community challenge)
+Music is great

Cons:
-Not a big deal, but it would be nice to have a zoom function for those small parts when I am playing from the couch

Overall, this is totally worth the small asking price. I will definately be playing a good bit of this.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 6, 2015
This game allows me to create. And for that, I am euphoric.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 17, 2015
Furniture Surgeon
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 29
Friend buys me this game (♥♥♥♥ you Jerot, why you gotta be so nice). I load it up and am immeadiately met with an atypical menu. Figure out the menu and join my friend in the attic. Immeadiately break everything, figure out a glue gun, I find out that if two people click to connect things at the same time oblivion happens. I host the game after some very annoying bugs happen. We build a monstrosity and name it sam... and then stuck sam to the ceiling. 5/7 best time I've had with a friend, never laughed harder.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 6, 2015
♥♥♥♥ing amazing. Made me wanna go to Ikea and put my newfound table building skills to test. But then I realised I had crossed the line and delved into some sort of sadistic table craving weirdo mentality. y'know, the kind who hangs around furniture stores breathing really heavily whilst shaking...

Before you buy this game, know that It is really only meant to be played with friends. So first off, you're gonna need to find some friends... You'll also be needing a few controllers to play with, I suggest Xbox controllers, as I found difficulties using PS4 and WiiU Pro controllers!

Once you and your mates are all sat down armed with virtual hammers and nails then you can get started creating wooden abominations that truly are things of nightmares. The game is basically split into two modes. In one you can choose a room in a house, Garage, Living room, etc... Now you can open up an Ikea-esque manual and choose what you want to "try" and construct. Upon choosing, parts will rain from the sky! Now comes the tricky part. Using the tools given to you, you and your friends will now need to put said pieces into place. The problem being, that the end product may not look anything like what was on the box. This is great fun to ♥♥♥♥ about on with some mates.

The second gamemode is a party mode, which will yet again see you and your friends testing your new found powers. Things in this gamemode include stacking parts like a big game of Jenga, and whatnot. This is kinda a secondary afterthought of a gamemode, which serves as a little extra bit of fun after you've had your fill of the actual game.

Would I recommend this? If you have some friends who are willing to shout and scream at eachother over table legs and who keeps dropping the priceless vase then yes, this game is great. I'm not entirely sure if it would be worth buying to play alone though, this game really lives and dies on the fact that people will be playing from the couch all talking and laughing.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 30
WE NEED INSTRUCTIONS
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 5, 2015
Can't say its the most fun game but it certainly is great at doing what it is supposed to. Definitely worth the 10 dollars. If you and some friends decide you want to assemble some digital Ikea furniture, then I definitely recommend this over anything else. It has great design and functionality and is quite easy after you get the hang of it.
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