This game is an entrant in the 2020 Interactive Fiction Competition. All of the entries can be browsed and played here.
You have just received a position in a prestigious university’s architecture department. As was mentioned in your acceptance letter, it’s a role that you can “sink your teeth into.” You’ve just arrived at your office, which is pretty bare. Someone even took the curtains and the chair. You’ve got plans for your new job and one colleague in particular but before you can worry about any of that, it’s time unpack.
Academic Pursuits in a moving-in sim, where the challenge is to not only find an appropriate place for all of your things but also to give your office the right feel. Will you make you office feel academic or will you make it feel ominous? While you’re unpacking, you can also examine each object and, even more importantly, think about each object. Gradually, your backstory and your reasons for taking the position will be revealed. Let’s just say that you’re more than just an academic looking to enlighten young minds. How you decorate your office and what you decide to keep will also determine the future of both your career and your relationship/rivalry with another professor.
Academic Pursuits a simple but satisfying game. I especially liked the way that the office changed depending on what you threw away and what you actually put on display. Because there’s so many different ways to unpack (and yes, you do have the option to throw almost everything away), this is a game that can be played and replayed several times.