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  • Summary: A demon has possessed you and used your body to tear a swath of bloodshed through New York. You are now free, but life as you knew it is over. Your only path forward is joining the Unavowed - an ancient society dedicated to stopping evil. No matter what the cost.

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  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Dec 31, 2018
    100
    Rough, raw, nerve wracking, but also humorous. In short, absorbing. Such is Unavowed, an adventure inspired by the legends of RPG genre. [Issue#289]
  2. Aug 20, 2018
    90
    Engaging story, fascinating characters, a well crafted gameplay and lots of decisions. Sure, there are some minor flaws in the plot, but you can say that Unavowed is a great adventure, probably the best of 2018.
  3. Games Master UK
    Sep 6, 2018
    90
    An adventure game of the highest calibre, with a story that'll grip you from beginning to end. [Oct 2018, p.80]
  4. Oct 4, 2018
    89
    A poignant story of devotion and hope, of love and duty, of good and justice, a rollercoaster ride of unexpected twists that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very last second.
  5. Jan 23, 2019
    87
    One of the most engaging and original adventure games released in years. You owe it to yourself to give it a play.
  6. Aug 9, 2018
    84
    Charming horror comedy adventure with cool abilities and choices held back only by the puzzles hardly setting a challenge.
  7. Aug 8, 2018
    76
    When you boil it down, Unavowed takes the tried and true formula of the Point-and-Click game and uses it as a stage to talk about humanity. Technical problems and gripes do not sully what was a great experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Mar 31, 2022
    10
    Great game, unique. Keeps you playing until you finish it.
    Developed characters, interesting story.
  2. Nov 2, 2018
    10
    One of the BEST old-school Point-n-click Adventures! Enjoy a Game that even has re-play value!
  3. Aug 9, 2018
    10
    Another hit from Wadjet Eye Games. If you like adventure games, this is a must play.
  4. Jul 23, 2021
    9
    Unavowed spins an excellent plot, interrupted by enough puzzles to make the gamer feel smart.

    A good premise is an excellent way to hook a
    Unavowed spins an excellent plot, interrupted by enough puzzles to make the gamer feel smart.

    A good premise is an excellent way to hook a player at the beginning of the game, and Unavowed has one of the best, in my humble opinion. It begins with an exorcism on Player One, and once that’s done, the successful exorcists explain that you have been possessed for a year and that the demon wearing your flesh has been cutting a bloody swath across New York. Worse, the slaughter served some unknown agenda. Luckily your erstwhile rescuers are professional hunters of the supernatural, and they’ll have your back across six missions plus the finale. And it’s up to you to follow your own trail of corpses and clean up the mess.

    Thus begins The Unavowed. I was immediately hooked, and that engagement didn’t let up until the credits rolled, and it only slightly tempered off until they rolled a second time. The Unavowed is a great plot told in an adventure game fascinating between competent and excellent.

    With regards to gameplay, there is little to be said. The Unavowed is an unapologetic adventure game, with long conversations and a lot of inventory puzzles. A twist is proved by your companions: Every chapter you can pick two out of four companion characters to go with you. They provide background chatter, but into your conversations and serve as inventory items to rub against parts of the game world to unlock progress. As fantastical as the plot gets, the puzzles and riddles are all based on sound logic. They make you feel clever without you necessarily having to be clever. Also, whenever you get stumped, which usually happened to me when I solved a puzzle and wasn’t quite sure where to go next, you can ask your companions, and that would usually help me along just fine.

    With regards to the plot and the script, they are what helps The Unavowed become an excellent game. The story is cleverly structured into chapters, each about a game session long and providing a satisfying arc and an antagonist to defeat, and each chapter tightly connected to the central mystery of what your demonic squatter is actually up to. Add to that a Sixth Sense level twist at the eleventh hour and a very satisfying conclusion, and the judgement can only be: Dave Gilbert’s script is excellent.

    The dialogue is also excellent, not only because of the word, but because of the cast. Logan Cunningham brings his unbelievably sexy timbre to bear, but everybody really brings their A game. The score is just as great: Excellent mood pieces, effective stingers… What more can you ask for?

    The visual side of things is where your mileage may vary. The Unavowed is an Indie game, and here is where it shows: The lovingly crafted pixel art that unfortunately looks worse and worse the bigger your monitor is. I hear some people are fans of this art style, but my proclivities go more in the direction of Control, so I merely tolerate it. It may still mark it as excellent among its peers that the game nevertheless got me to care for the mass of pixels I was piloting. Still, even I was wowed by some of the Hopper-esque backgrounds.

    All of this adds up to a great time at the Keyboard. Highly recommended.

    TLDR: If you like the classic or even Telltale school of adventure games, do not sleep on this. If you are a fan of Urban Fantasy, don’t sleep on this. There is little here for the Follower of the Twitch Reflex, but everybody else should not miss out on this excellent yarn.
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  5. Sep 27, 2018
    8
    The puzzles didn't make me want to pull my hair out! I never stumbled on the answer of a puzzle by randomly combining objects; the only time IThe puzzles didn't make me want to pull my hair out! I never stumbled on the answer of a puzzle by randomly combining objects; the only time I had to confront a guide it turned out my game bugged out and I had to restart. So that aspect is great. I liked the supernatural detective agency feel and the game goes out of it's way to reference lore that makes the world feel fleshed out. Story has some cool/surprising moments and there are multiple endings. Characters feel like real people just with fantastical powers. This game does everything right from a point and click perspective Expand
  6. Aug 16, 2018
    7
    Ok. It's overhyped. It's a good indie adventure game. It does the job well. Experience is great, but not unique. Music is awesome. And it'sOk. It's overhyped. It's a good indie adventure game. It does the job well. Experience is great, but not unique. Music is awesome. And it's the only "awesome" thing here. The rest of this game - you probably have seen it somewhere else. For adventure/point click games lovers it's must play. For everybody else (99.8% of Earth population) it's meh... if you are bored, you can play this. For me, it's a game just to kill some time before next AAA. You will forget this game in a week. But after all it's good product in Money-Entertainment-Time terms. Expand
  7. mno
    Sep 25, 2018
    4
    The story, the characters and their conversations are boring. No voice acting for the player's character. Instead there are multipleThe story, the characters and their conversations are boring. No voice acting for the player's character. Instead there are multiple characters which make only tiny differences. There exist some ugly animations and some nice background graphics. In my opinion they should increase the resolution even more. The music is good. It's not Wadjet Eye Games' best adventure. I wish they could evolve more. Expand

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