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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: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 100
    But, like I've said, those nifty puzzles are just the jumping-off point for what makes this such a remarkable, memorable experience. A clever game of unloading boxes would have been enough to make Unpacking worth playing, but it's the way it weaves its beautiful story through those puzzles that makes it truly sublime.
  2. Nov 1, 2021
    100
    To make a process that is usually so mundane into something so magical makes Unpacking a must play.
  3. Nov 10, 2021
    95
    I started Unpacking mostly expecting an interesting puzzle game about item placement and ended up with a story and protagonist I cared about. The art is beautiful, the world detailed, and the ambient sound of simple things, like a refrigerator running, put you in the world. Beyond minor woes, Unpacking does everything you’d want in a puzzle game and then some.
  4. Nov 1, 2021
    90
    That's what makes Unpacking such a treat. I peered into the life of someone else and saw myself. It compelled me to look back on my own experiences, the good and the bad, through the simple act of unpacking the contents of their life. Unpacking may be a zen puzzle game that's just relaxing for some, but for me it was a more profound experience that I'll never forget. Sometimes we put our past into proverbial boxes; ripping off the tape and rediscovering what we hid away can be cathartic and illuminating.
  5. Nov 3, 2021
    90
    When Animal Crossing: New Horizons released around the time people were going into lockdowns across the globe, a lot of people praised the way it helped people. Unpacking is exactly that for me right now with so many long games and deadlines. It has been a perfect game to dip into as a break from longer and more stressful games. While the gameplay might be too simple for some, Unpacking has managed to make something as mundane as arranging furniture and items be a lot of fun. It also helps that Unpacking on Nintendo Switch makes great use of the system’s features.
  6. Mar 9, 2022
    80
    Whenever the protagonist of Unpacking moves to a new home, it is the player's task to open cardboard boxes and decide where her belongings should be placed. While this can be a tedious experience when you’re just putting socks into a drawer, whenever an item that conveys something about her life comes out of the box, Unpacking becomes a unique storytelling experience.
  7. 65
    Unpacking on Switch doesn’t quite stick the landing of the zen experience it aspires to be, but if you can tolerate some frustrating interfaces and controls, this is still a game worth exploring. Just maybe consider playing it on PC since that experience should be much stronger without the control caveats.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Feb 7, 2022
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I related a lot to the character. From her love for drawing, climbing and videogames to the exploring of her sexuality. I enjoyed it immensely! Expand
  2. Nov 25, 2021
    10
    Unpacking is a beautiful, relaxing zen puzzle game with some fascinating environmental storytelling. It's my favourite thing I've played in aUnpacking is a beautiful, relaxing zen puzzle game with some fascinating environmental storytelling. It's my favourite thing I've played in a long time. I beat it in a few sittings but I've come to really appreciate a compressed, curated experience. Expand
  3. Dec 16, 2021
    9
    Usually when you think of casual games puzzles and the like are usually what comes to mind, or perhaps something akin to a visual novel. WithUsually when you think of casual games puzzles and the like are usually what comes to mind, or perhaps something akin to a visual novel. With Unpacking it’s clear there are other avenues to tap though, at least when the game is laser-focused on a very specific objective… in this case something as simple as unpacking some boxes and carefully organizing their contents. These activity-based games tied to tasks most people abhor doing in the real world are a bit of a mystery. What makes it so satisfying to organize and perfect a virtual world while more often than not the mess you’re sitting within playing it remains untouched? I don’t think this game has the answers to that conundrum but there’s no mistaking the sense of satisfaction in devising the perfect drawer for putting your socks in, perhaps taking the extra step to also organize them by type or color as you go… just to make them perfect. As you progress through the game the scale of your effort continues to grow to multiple rooms as your character’s life progresses to new stages. That’s where the other magic in the title lies, the reflection on how we grow and change, and to see what special items continue to endure while so many others prove to be disposable. The result is absolutely wonderful if you’re looking to calm your mind and simply take joy in a productive task.

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  4. Dec 8, 2021
    7
    I honestly thought it's gonna be much better. it is still fun but i don't know..... it's just not THAT good.
  5. Jan 5, 2022
    7
    It’s a great game, but it’s really short. For $20, it’s only about 4-5 hours of gameplay. I don’t personally think it’s really worth theIt’s a great game, but it’s really short. For $20, it’s only about 4-5 hours of gameplay. I don’t personally think it’s really worth the price, but I did enjoy the game a lot. If you can justify forking out $20 for about 4 hours of fun, I recommend it, especially if you enjoy decorating type games Expand
  6. Feb 6, 2022
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game is very unique, has great visuals, sound design, is polished and plays well for what it is. That is pretty much where the positives end for me.

    First of all, the price is WAY too high, I finished this game in 3 hours and this is a game that is charging more than Stardew Valley did at launch (a game I sunk well over 100 hours into.)

    That is not to say I wish the game were longer, I was ready for it to end at 2 hours, the only reason I kept going is just to finish it. There just isn't much here. You unpack a series of mundane items over and over, and when you are done unpacking you make a few minor corrections and move on to the next location (each new location representing a couple of years that have passed). This is not a puzzle game and there isn't much of a story to unravel. Any story this game has is up to your own speculation based on the setting and a basic sentence in between each level such as "feels more like home now!" or "this room used to be much larger!" After reading other reviews, I was really expecting more of an emotional punch from this game but it really was just rather meh to me.

    At the end of the day, if the game were 10 bucks or, ideally, less than 10 bucks I would be less critical, but at 20 dollars your money is better spent elsewhere (unless you REALLY like interior decorating.)
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  7. Nov 18, 2021
    2
    Not worth the money. The aesthetic is nice but it's repetitive and I finished the game the same day. Puzzles aren't exactly what I'd call aNot worth the money. The aesthetic is nice but it's repetitive and I finished the game the same day. Puzzles aren't exactly what I'd call a puzzle. I'm actually quite annoyed to have spent £18 on a game that I finished within a few hours. I anticipated atleast a good amount of levels. Expand