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Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

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  • Summary: Unpacking is a zen puzzle game about the familiar experience of pulling possessions out of boxes and fitting them into a new home. Part block-fitting puzzle, part home decoration, you are invited to create a satisfying living space while learning clues about the life you’re unpacking.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 100
    Unpacking is proof that a pixel tells a thousand words. Through simple, zen gameplay and a startling attention to detail a story unfolds in this tiny, pixelated world in a way that just wouldn't have been possible in another medium. That's truly something special on its own – a wholly unique and original narrative experience – and the fact that it's wrapped up in an incredibly cathartic and tangible puzzle game makes it all the more praiseworthy. Witch Beam has something incredible on their hands with this one.
  2. Nov 5, 2021
    90
    Accompanied by wonderful pixel art and a soothing soundtrack, Unpacking rises from being a simple moving puzzle game to becoming a manifesto on environmental narrative, capable of teaching school for its incredible effectiveness.
  3. Nov 8, 2021
    90
    Unpacking was absolutely worth the wait. A delightful experience in every sense of the phrase, Unpacking will resonate with anyone who loves that feeling of fresh possibilities a new place offers. Even in its downturned moments, that unflappable optimism shines through, giving players a sense of excitement with each unpacked item. With its charming aesthetics, playful nature, and nuanced storytelling that will tug at your heartstrings, Unpacking unequivocally deserves a place in your game library.
  4. Nov 1, 2021
    80
    Unpacking is an incredibly chill game. It’s exactly what you want to play when you need to decompress. There’s a place for everything, and it’s up to you to put it in that place. There’s no rush. Enjoy looking at what the person accumulated. Think about what certain items mean. Hope that they find happiness in each new place. Then, if you feel like you need to calm down or want to enjoy the art again, head back and do things different next time.
  5. 80
    I liked Unpacking very much. It’s complicated, but it’s as simple as a peanut butter sandwich, toasted in the sandwich press that you got three apartments ago.
  6. Nov 2, 2021
    80
    Unpacking takes a simple and relatable task and turns it into a meditative and cosy experience that makes the art of environmental storytelling interactive. While the visuals, music and period items certainly make a tug for nostalgia, it’s the quietly revelatory story of the life whose possessions you’re unpacking, and the joy that it sparks, that makes it one of the best surprises of the year.
  7. Dec 1, 2021
    55
    Do you remember what you saw in this game? The unboxing will be no less for me than the last superhero movie I watched. Maybe I'll remember her the next time I move, or maybe even grin. I enjoyed the short time I spent with Unpacking and hope there will be more in the future.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Nov 9, 2021
    10
    I loved it. Casual Game, very calming! Very nice! Good to just organise things into their propper areas, and it was a good few hours!
  2. Nov 27, 2021
    9
    The most calmest game I have ever played. The game is not very long, but I expected for it. It's also very cute, I just don't understand howThe most calmest game I have ever played. The game is not very long, but I expected for it. It's also very cute, I just don't understand how you can rate this game 0. Expand
  3. Nov 12, 2021
    9
    Rewelacyjna, relaksująca gra. Nigdy bym nie pomyślał że taka pierdoła sprawi mi tyle satysfakcji. A jednak!
  4. Nov 8, 2021
    9
    I went into the game thinking it was just a puzzle but found its story the more I played. Replaying it has been a joy. I'd suggest turning offI went into the game thinking it was just a puzzle but found its story the more I played. Replaying it has been a joy. I'd suggest turning off the puzzle mode if you'd like to get creative Expand
  5. Dec 1, 2021
    8
    This game is perfect, the only minus is that it is short and didn't go to the emotional depth I wanted of it. I was ready to cry and getThis game is perfect, the only minus is that it is short and didn't go to the emotional depth I wanted of it. I was ready to cry and get proper feels, but instead I got more sweet, comforting feels, which is nice too it is just not the emotional depth I was hoping for. Expand
  6. Nov 18, 2021
    7
    This game is actually really solid and an overall fun time. It's relaxing for the most part but gets lowkey stressful as you advance throughThis game is actually really solid and an overall fun time. It's relaxing for the most part but gets lowkey stressful as you advance through the levels. Not a game I ever thought I'd enjoy, but I did. I loved it. My girlfriend adores it, as well.

    The only thing stopping me from giving it an 8+ is this: there are multiple items throughout the game that the game wants you to put in a very specific spot. Some of them make sense, but others really didn't. I felt like the game took away certain freedoms when it really didn't need to. It didn't take me out of the experience, but it happened enough that I noticed and didn't like that aspect of it.

    Other than that; I highly recommend giving this game a go. It'll surprise you.
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  7. Nov 17, 2021
    0
    3rd time i have to write this review because u cant take criticism and delete it. 0/10 boring .

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