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Generally favorable reviews- based on 52 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: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Dec 13, 2021
    100
    Unpacking captured and recalled that messy abundance of emotions precisely. It’s a special game. It drew me in, it pushed me away. It was a chore at times. But its thematic strength and effectiveness in conveying that is incredible. Unpacking is a remarkable piece of work that elegantly evokes the ebbs and flows of life. A game that evokes a very special brand of nostalgia that is yours, and no-one else’s.
  2. Nov 2, 2021
    90
    Unpacking is the perfect game to unwind with and provides unique and cosy storytelling through its simple point-and-click mechanics that will keep players wanting more.
  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
    85
    Unpacking has a simple presentation with some thought-provoking moments for players who are willing to immerse themselves in the experience. The story is straightforward, yet the method by which the player engages with it is so novel that it feels grander than it truly is. It’s a shame the abrupt ending left a bittersweet taste in my mouth. However, for a title designed to be played in one sitting, it manages to pack many different emotions into its short runtime, and utilize its medium so creatively that it has become one of my favorite games of the year.
  5. 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.
  6. Nov 1, 2021
    80
    From the tiniest details in each item to the massive story told through simple gameplay, Unpacking is a fantastic indie game. The relaxing gameplay and chill music create a nice getaway experience. It's easy to disappear into Unpacking and complete the entire game in one playthrough, but the experience is so satisfying that players will want to do it again and again.
  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: 16 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  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 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
  4. Jan 9, 2022
    8
    Game hay, rất chill, chơi rất thư giản, giúp giải tỏa căng thẳng sau khi chạy deadline.
  5. Jan 10, 2022
    7
    It's a beautiful game telling a story of a life, or part of it at least, through items and locations. You notice, as with each moving, someIt's a beautiful game telling a story of a life, or part of it at least, through items and locations. You notice, as with each moving, some items disappear, others are added, some of them stay but their condition changes, etc.

    The pixel art in this game is one of the best I have seen. Of course, one could argue that the game is limited in its scope, but in this case, it is definitely quality over quantity. Music is similarly very pleasant.

    It is a great title to just lose a couple hours in when you need to relax, listen to some great instrumentals, and click at couple things to take your mind off of more stressful stuff.

    Unfortunately, it is not completely without blemishes. For a self described "zen game", some of the item placement requirements are a bit stringent and there is not tips, or anything of the sort, and if you don't know all of the items present, you will sometimes struggle. Some of them are pretty non-descript, others are things that not everyone uses and the devs kinda expect that you do, which can lead to unnecessary annoyance or frustration. Fortunately, there aren't many such things.

    Furthermore, the devs decided to make a very specific statement about halfway into the game, and it also feels a bit shoehorned and out of nowhere, so if you are averse to topics regarding certain lifestyles, you should probably avoid this game. Whatever your opinion on the topic which I will not spoil or discuss, calling your product a "zen game" while intentionally creating content that will spark controversy, makes you a bit of a liar.

    Considering the limited to nonexistent re-playability and limited amount of content - even with how high quality it is, the game is overpriced and I'd not recommend buying it unless it's about 50% off at least.
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  6. Jan 2, 2022
    6
    I had to force myself a bit to end this. I abandoned this game for few weeks bc i was so done with "having to put sth in specific place".I had to force myself a bit to end this. I abandoned this game for few weeks bc i was so done with "having to put sth in specific place". Then, my bf told me u can switch off this function, but it still was not as fun as expected. There wasn't enough space for me, visuals were good but i would prefer to have more of a color palette then random ones. Weren't as relaxed bc of stressing out where will i put this stuff so it will look good, and game will allow me to do or i will have space to do so. Worth trying, quick and not that interesting. Story was kinda cute. Expand
  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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