“Hello Peter, what’s happening? I’m gonna need you to go ahead and come in tomorrow. So if you could be here at around… 9, that’d be great.”
Yes, Crashers. There’s an actual I swear to God actual Office Space tie in game, and I never knew about it. Did you not get the memo? That’s random as hell.
Originally posted April this year on Kongregate for iOS and Android, the game has just made its debut on Steam, and best of all it’s totally (sort of) free!
Ignoring the obvious coolness that there’s actually a video game based on one of the most quotable cult movies of all time, I decided to take a look and see if it’s actually worth the name on the cover.
It seems wonderfully fitting that the game’s genre sits firmly in the “Idle clicker” category. If you think back to movie, there weren’t many examples of go-getting dynamism and hard work, but rather a work shy, disinterested, unmotivated rabble of very familiar to life office characters. But don’t misunderstand me when I say, this is a VERY idle clicker.
You begin the game by unleashing the almost brilliant computer virus that begins collecting money from your place of employment – Initech. You’ll proceed to build up a cash balance that allows you to unlock further floors as well as speed up the virus for faster income. The unlocked floors will allow further upgrades and so on and so on.
We’ve played games like this before. There’s nothing new here, but for a freebie, it’s actually a pretty satisfying little experience, and being set in the Office Space universe makes it all the more amusing.
There are some other elements to the game. You’ll have a separate screen that allows you to click as fast and furiously as you’re able in order to generate more money (hilariously replicating the way in which millions of office workers feel they do monotonously earn their pay cheque as is), and over time you’ll be able to employ interns to do this clicking for you, as well as hire other characters from Office Space to manage floors to give you further opportunities to make the monies.
Now, this game is only free in its basic form. There is a premium currency for sale called flair (another movie reference), but you really don’t need to bother with it. If you do fancy earning up some flair, you can do so with real cash or by watching adverts, but this is entirely your choice.
The final thing to note is that you (quite wonderfully) have the opportunity to have Milton burn the building down which will forfeit the game, but allow you to use his red staplers to boost your progress significantly next time.
It’s really a very simple concept, but for fans of the film it’s definitely worth picking up and giving a try on a lazy Friday evening when something that requires any sort of conscious thought feels like too much of a task. It looks charming and has tonnes of references to the film and unlock-able movie scenes. Have yourself a few hours fun for free!
Oh, and remember: next Friday… is Hawaiian shirt day. So, you know, if you want to, go ahead and wear a Hawaiian shirt and jeans.
And if you could just go ahead and check out the trailer below…