The scene is set: You’ve been trawling through the dating apps for weeks and, bang in time for Valentine’s Day, you’ve matched with someone who wants to meet up just as you scout out the perfect restaurant to boot. Dressed to impress, you head out to make that vital positive first impression…only to remember that you’re a disembodied hand with a knack for catastrophe. Oops.

Ready to prove any calamitous date you’ve had in real life wasn’t as bad as you thought, Curve Digital and Echo Chamber Games are proud to announce their new first-person dating game, Table Manners: The Physics-based Dating Game, will launch on PC on the especially appropriate date of Friday 14th February 2020 – better known as Valentine’s Day.

This tongue-in-cheek experience hands people the task of taking charge of a would-be romantic eager for love. As stated, however, said suitor is hampered by the fact they are nothing more than a disembodied hand, making everything from pouring the object of your affection a glass of wine to lighting candles to create a romantic ambiance a mammoth make or break task.

Throw in some unique settings – it’s safe to say dates aboard a cruise ship, or a mile up in the air on a private jet are anything but ‘every day’ – and you’ve got an experience where every moment is utterly fraught with danger and hilarity, and fit to rival any real-life liaison you may have lined up for this year’s Valentines. Table Manners also features a ‘left-handed mode’ to ensure everyone can get it on the affair.

Everything in Table Manners must be interacted with directly in a 1-to-1 fashion with players having to master their own rather unreliable hand in order to woo their date. The more successful dates you achieve, the more your skills in the fine art of dating grow and the unlocks begin to flow.

Table Manners is one of those rare games where failure is just as much fun as success,” says Tim Lewis, Producer at Echo Chamber Games “While your ultimate goal is to impress your potential new partner in order to gain access to more sophisticated venues – each with unique gameplay mechanics – no one can deny that failing by, let’s say, covering your date in a freshly poured bottle of champagne in those vital first few minutes, is not without reward. We think it’ll serve as either the perfect practice for those who have a real-life date lined up, or antidote for those who give Valentine’s Day a miss.”

Table Manners will launch exclusively on PC on Steam for £17.99/€19.99 /$19.99 on Friday 14th February 2020.

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