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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: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  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
    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.
  5. Edge Magazine
    Nov 4, 2021
    80
    A simple idea, near perfectly realised. [Issue#365, p.121]
  6. Nov 2, 2021
    80
    Unpacking is a delightful and charming puzzle game, one that perfectly takes a chore such as moving and perfectly shows how it can highlight the most important parts of our lives, allowing us to reflect upon them and the transitions we go through along the way. It helps that it also has terrific gameplay built around trying to find space by rearranging items as if they were blocks, all while telling a captivating story through each small bit taken out of each box. It’s an impressive little package that you’ll want to dive into.
  7. Nov 1, 2021
    75
    Cute, charming, and surprisingly satisfying, Unpacking scratches an itch that no other game attempts. But it's also too bossy for its own good at times.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Nov 6, 2021
    10
    Cute game very wholesome. The dude who left the negative review is a loser a game isnt bad because it has a bisexual character
  2. Nov 4, 2021
    9
    Es un juego relajante al principio, pero poco a poco se vuelve repetitivo, aun así no le quita lo interesante.
  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. Nov 5, 2021
    8
    No hay aspectos complejos que señalar, es un indie que ofrece esa experiencia placentera de desempacar, de acomodar, agrupar y decorar,No hay aspectos complejos que señalar, es un indie que ofrece esa experiencia placentera de desempacar, de acomodar, agrupar y decorar, cualquier seguidor de este tipo de experiencias relajantes no encontrará muchos inconvenientes, aun más allá de los niveles donde toca desempacar en áreas que ya están previamente ocupadas, me gustaría hacerlo por mi mismo desde cero.
    El gran reproche que tengo es que no hay una opción que permita dar información acerca de los objetos, que aunque la mayoría son reconocibles, el pixel art a veces llega a no dar mucha información de que es específicamente un objeto de los que he desempacado y donde podría acomodarlo.
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  5. Nov 7, 2021
    5
    Everyone is pretending this is so casual and relaxing, BUT IS IT REALLY...?!

    Who is that woman that is too lazy to unpack her own stuff and
    Everyone is pretending this is so casual and relaxing, BUT IS IT REALLY...?!

    Who is that woman that is too lazy to unpack her own stuff and enslaved you, some faceless minion, to do it for her, and at a very young age on top of that? Why does she force you to put all the furniture in one corner of the room, leaving two walls completely blank? What kind of woman only owns two pairs of shoes and no socks? And things get very dark later on, when she moves into places where the previous owner is nowhere to be seen and left most of their belongings in a hurry. And what do you get for your work? Stickers, until she puts you away again for another couple of years. I'm pretty sure the binding spell is in the Rubik's cube that she takes everywhere but obviously doesn't touch, so destroy it. Save yourself.

    .... yeah, not really.

    It's as casual as it gets, and has zero challenge or replayability, and you have literally one job. Don't get creative, it doesn't like it. It does however what it sets out to do, so I can't really blame it for that, and if you like the style you might even enjoy the underlying "story" it tells by showing, not telling. It's certainly as inoffensive and cute as possible, which also means that it passes up on any chance to be more than mildly interesting.

    oR DOeSN't iT?! Yeah, no, really not.
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  6. Nov 3, 2021
    0
    would have given it a higher score if it wasn't another subtle political statement and sjw ****