Factsheet

Developer:
The Stork Burnt Down
Based in Atlanta, GA

Release date:
July 28th, 2016

Website:
homeimprovisation.com

Press / Business contact:
contact@thestorkburntdown.com

Social:
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Facebook

Description

Home Improvisation is a furniture-building simulator that lets you decorate an entire house! Mix-and-match any of the 30+ pieces of furniture available in the catalog to make your own custom creations. 4 players can play locally, and you can invite an online player to your home or visit theirs. Additionally, the game is fully compatible with the HTC Vive; you can even play co-op locally and online!

History

Global Game Jam

Home Improvisation was created in the 2015 Global Game Jam, a 48-hour game-making competition. The team included AJ Kolenc, Colton Spross, Jessica Jackson, and Josh Faubel. This version of the game achieved success when its trailer went viral. It was eventually covered by outlets such as Polygon, Kotaku, and BBC, while popular YouTube stars (PewDiePie, JackSepticEye, and others) recorded "let's' play" videos that raked in millions of views. The game won the Atlanta-area Global Game Jam, although the victory was bittersweet; at the start of the competition, organizer and professor Tony Tseng passed away. The game has remained dedicated to him in every version.

Early Access

After the internet success of Home Improvisation, the developers decided to expand the concept for a full-game. The Steam Greenlight campaign for this version quickly achieved success, paving the way for the first PC release of the game. After 4 months, the game released into Early Access on Steam. Over the course of its Early Access period, the game has been updated with new furniture, user-generated content, and even online multi-player functionality.

Release

On July 28th, Home Improvisation will be released on Steam. The final game has a full house to decorate, many new furniture pieces, online multiplayer, full HTC Vive support, and a completely overhauled visual style.


Videos

Release Trailer YouTube

Early Access Trailer YouTube

Game Jam Trailer YouTube

Meet the Devs YouTube


Images

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There are far more images available for Home Improvisation, but these are the ones we felt would be most useful to you. If you have specific requests, please do contact us!


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Awards & Recognition

  • "Finalist" - IndieCade Festival 2015
  • "Atlanta-Area Winner" - Global Game Jam 2015
  • "Best Overall" - IndieBits 2015
  • "Nominee - Gamer's Voice Multiplayer Award" - SXSW Games Expo 2016
  • "Selection" - Fantastic Arcade 2015

Selected Articles

  • "I love the future, because it allows for games like this to exist."
    - Griffin McElroy, Polygon
  • "Probably ‘game of the year’ every year in Sweden"
    - PewDiePie, YouTube
  • "It really gives me that sense of satisfaction I need, that I’m not getting anywhere else in my life"
    - JackSepticEye, YouTube
  • "It’s really mostly about furniture"
    - Brian Altano, IGN

Steam
store.steampowered.com.

Itch.IO
thestorkburntdown.itch.io.

Humble Store
humblebundle.com.

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Team & Repeating Collaborator

AJ Kolenc
Developer

Colton Spross
Developer

Josh Faubel
Developer

Jessica Jackson
Artist

Brian Smith
Artist

Chris Dwyer
Promotion


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