Sawbuck Gamer is our daily review of a free or cheap ($10 or less) game.
To the many perennially hunched over denizens of the internet, 3:15 a.m. is a familiar chapter in the holy book of Staying Up Too Late For No Damn Reason. It’s well past an acceptable bedtime but leaves just enough time to squeeze in another Scorsese movie before sunlight hits the window. However, little love ever goes out to the unsung hero of those long nights: the dependably comfy and ever-adjustable office chair. Finally, with 3:15am, there comes a game which puts you in the seat of such a champion—literally.
Giving new meaning to “armchair warrior,” you play as a chair looking for adventure. Your pneumatic adjustment system helps you overcome obstacles, like a table and filing cabinet, that block your path to freedom. Remember that lever beneath and a little to the left of your buns? The one that rockets you up and down in four-inch bursts of zero-gravity? It’s apparently good for more than just that—capable here of expanding near-infinitely—and functions as your main lifeline out of that achingly quiet apartment.
An entrant in the Nordic Game Jam, 3:15am clocks in on the shorter side, but it can take a while to get used to its method for forward momentum. As a reward for getting the hang of it, the game sports a psychedelic climax that stands in opposition to the apartment’s lonely hiss. Maybe you should give your poor chair a break the next time you find yourself feverishly clicking through the eighth page of Reddit on a weeknight.