Wilmot's Warehouse

Entrant 2018

Richard Hogg, Ricky Haggett, Eli Rainsberry


From the creative team behind Hohokum and Frobisher Says, Wilmot's Warehouse is a game set in the 1980s in a storage facility on the A5, between Daventry and Hinkley.

You are Wilmot, the employee at A5 Logistics who is responsible for organising and storing all of the products in the warehouse. These products arrive in a random jumble from the back of a lorry, and must later be located and handed to your co-workers when the service hatch opens.

This is a game for people who like organising things. Do you sort you record collection by genre or alphabetically? Perhaps you have arranged your bookshelves by spine colour? Sorting a load of things into some kind of order that makes sense to you. How you arrange your warehouse is entirely up to you: just be sure to remember where everything is, or your boss CJ will give you a stern dressing-down!

In the days before automatic stock keeping, organising things was a vital human skill. Many videogames offer us moments engaged this kind of activity but this is a whole game focused on it. Finding the optimal arrangement can be compelling, satisfying, even therapeutic.

There are 500 products, all manner of upgrades and some sublime electronic music to listen to while you decide whether wellington boots belong in the footwear section, or with the umbrellas.