Occupy White Walls: Free Video Game Lets You Design Your Own Virtual Art Gallery

Occupy White Walls, Kickstarter
Occupy White Walls, Kickstarter / Occupy White Walls, Kickstarter

Museums around the world have been closed for weeks in light of the COVID-19 crisis, and art lovers are craving culture any way they can get it. If you've already remotely toured every exhibit that's available online, now you can build your own art gallery from scratch. As Smithsonian reports, Occupy White Walls is a free video game that allows you to curate the museum exhibits of your dreams at home.

The game, now available to download on Steam, lets you customize every element of your virtual gallery. You can model it after your favorite museum from real life—with marble floors and white walls—or take the design in a more creative direction. The museums can house indoor fields, float in the middle of bodies of water, or exist in space.

After building the structure itself, it's time to decide what to fill it with. The video game features a catalog of more than 6000 real-life artworks to display in your museum. If you're not sure where to start, the AI program Daisy will suggest pieces based on your personal taste. You also have the freedom to create custom mosaics, explores other players' galleries, and create collaborative designs in multiplayer mode.

Though an early version of Occupy White Walls is already available online, the game's creators hope to raise money to improve the game through Kickstarter. So far the team has raised more than $40,000 of its $122,869 goal, with the campaign set to end on April 28. You can back the Kickstarter today to get access to special in-game features.

[h/t Smithsonian]