Japanese game developer Takahiro Miyazawa has released Give me toilet paper! for the Nintendo Switch.
The game is designed to be controlled using a Joy-Con, but not in the regular way of holding it and pressing buttons. Instead, you place the Joy-Con into the center of a roll of toilet paper and roll it back and forth. Moving the real roll of toilet paper will cause the roll of paper within the game to move in the same way.
Players are tasked with helping out a man who is in a bind after realizing that there is no toilet paper in the stall where he just did his business. The objective is to get him the paper he needs by rolling it to him. Getting the toilet paper from the ceiling down to the toilet itself may seem like a simple task, but for some peculiar reason, there are a variety of traps set up to stop you, like rotating blades, floor spikes, and lasers. There are even spike covered toilet rolls that you must face off against on the way to your goal.
Some of the openings on the platforms are locked and require you to collect a key all while avoiding the many traps that lie in wait. As the game is controlled by rolling the Joy-Con filled toilet paper around, it’s very difficult to make quick maneuvers to get yourself out of trouble, and you will probably go through some trial and error before you really get a handle on how the game controls.
The game’s developer, Takahiro Miyazawa, has also made other games that use eccentric controllers. Some examples include Glasses! Glasses!, which is played by flipping up a pair of glasses, and The Sword, which involves pulling a sword out of a pedestal. He has also exhibited his creations at events for games that use unique custom-made controllers, such as make.ctrl.Japan. Glasses! Glasses! is expected to be on display at make.ctrl.Japan 5, which is being held on May 13 and 14.
Give me toilet paper! may use the Joy-Con rather than an original custom controller, but the game still provides the enjoyment of playing with a unique controller just from the simple act of slotting the Joy-Con into a roll of toilet paper.
The store page for Give me toilet paper! can be found here.
Written by. Marco Farinaccia based on the original Japanese article (original article’s publication date: 2023-03-02 12:24 JST)