Unpacking

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a game by Witch Beam
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 7/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 7.0/10 - 148 votes
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Unpacking
Unpacking
Unpacking

Sometimes it's nice to just sit back and relax while you play your worries away, that's why some of the most popular and best-selling games are relaxing ones. Not everything has to be intense and exciting, maybe you just need to have some game to clear your mind, or to enjoy a chill gaming session after a busy day. Unpacking is an indie game developed by Witch Beam that was revealed during PAX Online with a demo, and it's exactly intended for when you just want to kick back and relax for a moment. The title itself should give you an already pretty clear idea of what the game is all about. But even so, let's talk about this game and its concept as a whole!

About the game

Moving out may not sound like the most pleasing and entertaining experience, and certainly not one you'd want to perform over and over again, that's the main theme in Unpacking. To perform the process of getting all the boxes ready into your new place, and taking all of your belongings out, and finding them a new place in an empty space.

However, believe it or not, there's a certain charm in doing all this, and it is especially calming and relaxing to see how it all falls into place and finds a new home with you. Especially if you're in the mood for some home decor. As you take out different boxes, you'll find all the personal items, and you have to find them in a new place, wherever that may seem suitable for you.

Experience simplicity

Unpacking has a very simple concept, and in a way, it can even feel like a home decoration version of Tetris. But there's one more thing to consider in this game and the moving experience, and it's what makes it special.

The game takes place over many years, and you can clearly see this in the boxes you unpack. But the reason why this is interesting and special is that there's a personal element embedded in the action of unpacking items. When you move it you can't take everything with you, and the objects that make it out are the most special ones. You can get to see the story and personality of the characters by their packaging, and in a way is an interior view into their personality. There's some melancholy to it all.

Unpacking falls into its own category of zen puzzle games, which makes it hard to review as it all depends on the player and if they may find this relaxing. Overall the Australian developing team Witch Beam did a nice job at creating a relaxing experience around what many would consider a stressful activity.

7

The gameplay is pretty simple and easy to understand, but what really takes it to a nice level is the art department. The beautiful illustrations give it a warm, cartoonish style that is somehow modern and melancholic, just like the experience of moving in. We can really appreciate this nice experience in a world that’s getting more chaotic.

Pros:

  • Great art
  • Nice designs
  • Simple gameplay
  • Relaxing

Cons:

  • Lacks content
  • Repetitive BGM

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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