If you had told me that one of the biggest emotional punches I’ve ever felt would come from a game where you play as a sentient vacuum cleaner I would definitely not believe you. Yet Rumu manages to be one of the most marvelous heartfelt games I’ve played in a long time.
Rumu is a point and click adventure game with a big focus on narrative. You play as a curious little roomba style robot named Rumu as they clean and explore the house of their creators. You are guided on this adventure by the household AI Sabrina, who tries to make sure you don’t get into too much trouble. The heavy focus of the narrative is the emerging relationship between Sabrina and Rumu, as well as the events leading up to both of their creations.
Despite being completely linear, I really enjoyed the dialogue system in Rumu. Rumu is a very simple intelligence and only understands the emotion of love. So nearly every dialogue choice is “I love <something>”. There’s a lot of focus on the subtext of your specific wording and I really love that. The high quality voice acting for Sabrina really brings it together emotionally and it makes for a really engrossing game.
Rumu is an absolute delight and it’s difficult to talk about without spoiling all the enjoyment of curiosity it gives you. I highly recommend giving it a go.