Long have game developers toiled to create the definitive elevator simulator. Taito's Elevator Action is perhaps the genre's most famous effort, though it unfortunately suffered for its inclusion of gunplay, gameplay objectives, and escalators. At long last, however, nature's ideal people-moving device is finally done justice in PixelTail Games' Elevator: Source, a unique effort created using Valve's Source engine and the Garry's Mod toolkit.

"Elevator: Source is a single(-player) or co-op elevator experience that is different each time you play," the game's creators note. "What floor will you stop on next? What will happen? Who knows! We don't even know! And we made the game. It's THAT EXCITING."

There are a randomized assortment of 28 different floors that players can experience during a playthrough ("with DLC packs possible in the future!" the developer teases). During the ride, players can pass the time by listening to elevator music, and can make the simulation more convincing by making characters cough or check their watches.

As the (spoiler-filled) video series above demonstrates, Elevator: Source also features its share of surprises, including a collection of AI characters that board and depart at various points. Where will The Elevator take you on your journey? Take a ride and find out!

Elevator: Source is available as a free download, but requires an installation of Valve's Half Life 2: Episode 2.

[via RPS]