The recently announced Rumu is a point-and-click narrative adventure game starring a robot vacuum cleaner. It’s coming to PC later this year.
What would happen if your robot vacuum cleaner of choice were to become self-aware? Well, it’d try to take over the world, of course (and the world would be much cleaner for it). Rumu, however, takes a more thoughtful, decidedly less apocalyptic approach to this question.
The titular protagonist of the story is a fairly simple-looking vacuum cleaner. Your job is to clean up spills and messes created by your eccentric creators David and Cecily. As you explore the nooks, crannies and hidden pathways of their house, you will discover new truths and uncover moral dilemmas that might leave you scratching your plastic head.
The game is a point-and-click narrative adventure, so you probably shouldn’t expect clean-up simulation action. For that, you’ll have better luck with the gory Viscera Cleanup Detail. What you can expect, however, is a tale of intrigue and thought-provoking questions that involves a cast of dysfunctional artificial intelligences. Not that different from WALL-E, then.
Have a look at the trailer below.
Rumu is being developed by Australian studio Robot House, and published by also-Australian publisher Hammerfall Publishing. It features voice acting performances by Allegra Clarke (Josephine from Dragon Age: Inquisition and Verse from Tyranny), Larissa Gallagher (Julia from Firewatch) and Grant George (Clive from Fire Emblem Echoes). Music is being handled by Matt McLean, who composed the soundtrack for last year’s excellent Orwell.