A Little to the Left puts your house in order

by | Jul 28, 2022 | Technology

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A Little to the Left makes you find order in everyday household items. You solve puzzles to restore order, and yet you have to deal with chaotic force of a cat who likes to mess things up.

The puzzle game is coming soon from publisher Secret Mode and developer Max Inferno, which consists of the duo Annie Macmillan and Lukas Steinman. They’ve been coming up with puzzles that they find in everyday objects in their home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Canada.

A bit reminiscent of Unpacking, the game will bring the compulsive organizer out in you as you try to match items or put them in order, whether they’re a set of paintings, dishes, pencils, or a stack of written notes. Macmillan and Steinman showed the game off at the Summer Game Fest demos in June, and their puzzles have stuck in my head.

A pandemic game

A Little to the Left“It actually was born of the pandemic and being stuck at home,” Steinman said. “The inspiration is very much our house and our cat. We were spending a lot of time at home. And we were very much aware of feeling somewhat out of control with what was going on. And we were controlling our own environment, the space that we could control. But then we also live with a rambunctious cat. We would set things up the way we want them to be, and wake up in the morning, and they would all be strewn all over the house. We just thought that that was a really fun back and forth that we had with.”

They started working on the game for a game jam. The theme at the game jam was “out of control.” So they imagined someone wanting to “control an environment as a way to deal with anxiety,” Macmillan said.

A Little to the Left“That’s something I can relate to,” she said. “When I’m anxious, I fidget with things or tidy things. That was the main inspiration. As we looked around the house, starting in the middle of the pandemic, we looked for inspirations for puzzles in mundane objects, but also objects that have significance to us in the house.”

And then there was the rebellious cat, disturbing the order — something which Macmillan loves because …

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