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Video Game Unpacking Review
Unpacking (2021) is a meditative puzzle game where you unpack belongings into a series of spaces, each representing a stage in life. You get to know the owner of the objects by their possessions and circumstances. To finish a level you need to work out where each item should go.

Our examiner, Ellen Robertson, first checked Unpacking 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 9 days ago.

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Unpacking is a meditative puzzle game where you unpack belongings into a series of spaces, each representing a stage in life. You get to know the owner of the objects by their possessions and circumstances. To finish a level you need to work out where each item should go.

With no timers or scores, you slowly place a large number of items. It’s like a hidden object game in reverse. You'll learn about the unseen owner of the objects, their likes and dislikes and watch how they change throughout their life.

With the lack of dialogue and narrative prompts, Unpacking is great for children and families. It's fun to use your imagination to construct the lives of the people you help unpack, filling in the gaps the game leaves. Following an anonymous character through their life and seeing them at their most transitory stages (i.e. moving to a new home) allows children to come to terms with growing up and adulthood.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative and Puzzle game with Sequencing and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 5 hours and 8 hours to play a round of this game. It's a linear game of eight levels which get progressively longer and together tell a story. The first level takes about 10 minutes to complete as it is the shortest one with only one room. Later levels feature multiple rooms, with the last level consisting of 10 rooms.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although younger children can play this game, those who can understand the stages of life the rooms represent will get more from it.

CostsCosts

Unpacking usually costs £15.49 to £17.99.
 

Unpacking

XBox Store Xbox One £16.74
PlayStation Store PS5 £15.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99
Steam Store PC £15.49
Switch Store Switch £17.99
Steam Store Mac £15.49
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 02/11/2021

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle (Sequencing and Simulation)

Accessibility: 33 features

Components: 2D Overhead, Blocks, Hand-Made and Pixels

Developer: Witch Beam Games (@WitchBeamGames)


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