this game began as a conversation with jake eakle about a mutual problem we’ve faced: trying to fit yourself and the two people you’re dating into a bed that’s not designed for three people. in such a way that all three people can actually sleep. my own unhappy solution to the puzzle involved a futon on the floor and one member of our trio having to sleep by herself. it’s not an easy puzzle.
well, why not remake it as a sliding-tile puzzle game? that was just the idea i was looking for – i’ve been writing mostly text-only twine games and books lately, it’s about time i do a graphical game again. so i cut out paper shapes, moved them around a grid, and designed a puzzle. then i opened up game maker to try and code the thing.
it turns out the reason i’ve been avoiding graphical games is that, in my old age, i no longer have any tolerance for programming. so i got leon to program the thing, and also to make a thousand tiny creative choices that made the game a lot stronger. liz did the music and sound, all of which is ingenious, because she is a genius.
this game is an homage to queers who sleep in funny ways. it’s dedicated to everyone i’ve ever attempted, however foolishly, to share a bed with. at some point i asked slut to name the characters in the game. if you’re curious, their names are riff-raff, boodles, and snippet. also, encyclopedia frown makes a guest appearance.