The Wonder Of Shower With Your Dad Simulator

You can hardly swing a cat in here without hitting a dad and being sent to your room. On Monday I was tip-toeing around the first-person melee roguelikelike parenting of Dad By The Sword, and now I’m slipping on headphones so I can listen late at night to the bizarre rewrite of Kanye West’s Power in the trailer for Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015: Do You Still Shower With Your Dad? [Greenlight page]. The dadification of games is exploring some strange and wonderful paths.

I mean, honestly:

The setup’s simple: you’re a kid in a big communal shower with your dad and a load of other men who aren’t your dad. It’s a fast arcade game where you’re trying to identify and reach your dad quickly while dodging other dads. It’d be weird if you tried to shower with those.

Obviously it’s a joke, and I’m not at all surprised to learn Something Awful goons are behind it. But what’s wrong with joke games? I’m increasingly fond of short games, and warming up to short games with a few minutes of laughs that I might once have dismissed as – gasp! – silly. Here, play Fish Outta Watta a free single-joke game that came out this week and might make you smile.

Which raises the issue of price. The makers haven’t named one, but are having a go at Steam Greenlight which would typically suggest selling it. For some reason I should explore one day, I’m stingier with joke games. I might toss it a dollar or two on Itch.io, but if the devs are looking to make people laugh, launching a Greenlight campaign will certainly share that joke with more. They’re probably just happy with the attention it’s getting.

Here’s a smidge of gameplay but honestly, wouldn’t you rather have that song as your deepest understanding of the game?

28 Comments

  1. airmikee says:

    O………….k………….

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    Lexx87 says:

    No more breakfast articles at 8am? :(

  3. cg says:

    Wanna meet all those dads

  4. Artist says:

    Find you dad. Match the race. Dont intermix races. Nothing wrong with that concept…

    • Chalky says:

      That’s right, it’s about racism in shower simulators.

      • dskzero says:

        It’s about racism period actually

        • statistx says:

          Seriously? Ever heard of DNA/Genes/Sciency stuff?
          I mean sure, you could say they don’t think about interracial couples and the wider variety of offspring, but instead of the devs putting more complexity into such a joke game, I’d say some people need to read less into their intentions

          • Philomelle says:

            I don’t think anyone said anything about them having malicious or racist intentions. Only that the joke comes off as pretty dickish toward everyone whose skin color doesn’t match that of their father, which is a whole lot of people.

            That doesn’t mean developers are dicks. Only that they accidentally did something dickish, which I believe everyone did at one point or another.

          • YoungSeal says:

            It’s a pretty dickish game alright. Can’t argue with that.

          • April March says:

            That proper way to do it would be to randomize both the kid and the parent. As a bonus, it makes the game even harder. Uh, I mean, it increases the difficulty.

          • DXN says:

            Indeed, Philomelle.

        • Norminator says:

          It’s actually about period racism, because there’s not a strong female lead character who talks to other female characters about anything other than a man.

    • essentialatom says:

      Seriously?

    • The Dark One says:

      New Game Plus: play as an adopted and/or biracial kid.

      • Philomelle says:

        You don’t have to be biracial or adopted to have a different skin color from that of your parents.

        • Emeraude says:

          That being said, I think by the time anyone like my older brother (who happens to be the white son of a black man) can to get to this game, it will be having already grown a thick skin from all the “child of the postman” jokes at school.

          Children are dicks. And hard to one another. (They’re not cunts though – they have neither the depth, nor the pleasantness for that…. ok, I’ll stop now.)

    • SomeDuder says:

      This has to be a troll. Or did he mistake this site for his favourte feminism blog on Tumblr? Wish there was an ignore-feature here.

    • Turkey says:

      Problematic dads.

  5. CookPassBabtridge says:

    Where is the button that allows me to destroy this decaying planet

  6. merbert says:

    This is some fucked up shit right here…..

  7. lordcooper says:

    Grr Goons.

  8. meepmeep says:

    Something Awful still exists?

  9. drygear says:

    When I saw the title I thought it was a reference to this quote from James Dobson about keeping your sons from becoming gay: “Meanwhile, the boy’s father has to do his part. He needs to mirror and affirm his son’s maleness. He can play rough-and-tumble games with his son, in ways that are decidedly different from the games he would play with a little girl. He can help his son learn to throw and catch a ball. He can teach him to pound a square wooden peg into a square hole in a pegboard. He can even take his son with him into the shower, where the boy cannot help but notice that Dad has a penis, just like his, only bigger.”

  10. Jackablade says:

    I’m trying to imagine where exactly this scenario could take place.