Karoshi means “death by overwork”. The game traps you in a labyrinth of office space with only one means of escape: killing yourself. It’s a satire of the mind-killing effects of constant work. Luckily, the game’s structure makes it perfect for briefly playing it in your cubicle while nobody is watching and sharing it with the colleagues you trust. Watch out, though, the laughter this game will create might attract some unwanted attention from your boss!
The game has twenty-five levels where you must figure out how you can end your life as a suit-wearing work-droid. This isn’t always as easy at it sounds. Most of the puzzles require smart use of boxes and triggers, but many levels require you to think out of the box. Humor is often your reward, as the scenarios are totally unexpected.
A part of the fun is how the game tickles your subconscious desires to end your monotonous life as a slave of labor. Playing at work and trying to hide this game from your boss illuminates the oppression constantly present at your workplace. Maybe the game isn’t about killing yourself in order end the tyranny, but instead about taking control of your boss and forcing him to jump into a bed of spikes.
Either way you’re gonna be the one having fun.