This indie game is a curious reminder of what it was like to touch others

Two identical businessmen shake hands
(Image credit: Torfi)

When was the last time you gave someone a hug, a pat on the back, or even just a good, strong handshake? 

Icelandic developer Torfi might not be able to fill that void completely, but their latest short game is a fond throwback to a time where businessmen could give each other hearty handshakes at the office. Set against an infinite ochre backdrop, you guide your little suited fellow towards another. Get close, and they'll raise their hands, grabbing firmly when within arm's reach.

What's the collective noun for businessmen?

(Image credit: Torfi)

Once you've made the deal, your new business partner will follow behind you—stumbling in a kind of comical, procedural animation style that immediately calls to mind Sub Rosa's suited capers. Off you trot in search of new mergers, searching through fields of potted plants to find new identical businessmen to add to your start-up with a good, authoritative wrist-waggle.

I haven't worked from a real office in years, but this is how I imagine business is conducted at one. 

It's a very impressive distraction, and as far as I can tell, there's no end to the number of new colleagues you can acquire—buffing out your corporate board until your hand is utterly worn out. A Firm Handshake is free to download over on Itch.

Natalie Clayton
Features Producer

20 years ago, Nat played Jet Set Radio Future for the first time, and she's not stopped thinking about games since. Joining PC Gamer in 2020, she comes from three years of freelance reporting at Rock Paper Shotgun, Waypoint, VG247 and more. Embedded in the European indie scene and a part-time game developer herself, Nat is always looking for a new curiosity to scream about—whether it's the next best indie darling, or simply someone modding a Scotmid into Black Mesa. She also unofficially appears in Apex Legends under the pseudonym Horizon.