Locked in a furniture store, this IKEA-inspired co-op horror challenges you to survive

That's how creepy the Ikea employees look in The Store is Closed

Do you plan to get scared in the Swedish furniture store soon?

That’s how creepy the Ikea employees look in The Store is Closed

Co-op horror games like Dead By Daylight are popular because you can always get scared with friends. The store is closed, a game that just hit Kickstarter, is also one of those horror games. However, this time the setting is very special: A STYR furniture store. Or rather an IKEA, because it is obvious that the developers took inspiration from the Swedish furniture chain.

Not a crowded but a creepy IKEA store

Yes, you read that correctly. In the game we are trapped in a seemingly endless furniture store and have to prevail against the employees. But instead of having to assert ourselves against an ordinary kitchen planner, in The Store is Closed we have to deal with employees who want to get at us as nasty mutants or monsters.

In the children’s area there are so-called “biters”, eerie mannequins that you better not blink at. You should also be careful with TV golems and particularly scary department heads. They behave differently depending on the time of day. During the day they are less aggressive, but at night you should be careful of all the opponents.

Here’s the trailer for The Store is Closed:

The Store is Closed sends us into a spooky IKEA in co-op


The Store is Closed sends us into a spooky ‘IKEA’ in co-op

Survive with sledgehammer and shelves

The aim of the game is to escape from the furniture store alive. We can try this either alone or in co-op with up to three friends. To do this, we not only have to defend ourselves against the nasty employees, we also have to collect food from the cafeteria and build a secure base. There is a crafting system for this, with which we can, for example, place the famous IKEA shelves in such a way that we are protected from attackers.

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Of course, surviving in the IKEA is not possible without appropriate weapons, so The Store is Closed also has a chainsaw with which you can cut furniture and opponents as you please. There’s also the well-known flamethrower and a sledgehammer that we can use to smash through walls to escape the threat.

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As the game progresses we make progress. So at some point we can build new weapons, deadly shopping trolleys and entire fortresses as quarters with the items we find.

Apart from that, there is also a lot to discover. Some departments hover over the store as if by magic and there is the dangerous pocket dimension, through which we can get into back rooms, for example.

If all of this has made you curious now, you can check them out Kickstarter campaign about The Store Is Closed and be prepared for your next visit to IKEA. The Store is Closed is expected to be released end of 2024 for the Xbox Series X/S, the Playstation 5 and the PC.

Do you plan to get scared in the Swedish furniture store soon?