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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Unworded (2000) is a narrative visual puzzle where you use letter shapes to create objects and solve puzzles. As you progress through the five chapters, you uncover the story of a writer who is in the hospital recovering from a serious accident.

Play involves moving letters around to try to create a picture that matches something from the quote on the page. For example, if it said "She ran to the back and was shocked, the door was closed and locked," the solution might be to combine letters to forms a key shape. The letters can not be rotated or resized so this often uses intricate positioning and overlapping the pieces. The letter puzzles themselves are quite varied and challenge you to really think about how you approach each new section.

This game is special because it tells an emotionally complex story about a writer processing grief through the written words in the brief story passages and the images and scenes created with the letters. The result is a unique puzzle experience, an emotional story, and an homage to writers and the artistry of the written word and typography.

Our examiner, Angela Hickman Newnham, first checked Unworded 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 17 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Puzzle game with Brain Game, Communication and Narrative elements. This is a single-player game.

 
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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although younger players could enjoy this, to appreciate the narrative and themes you need some life expereince.

CostsCosts

Unworded usually costs £2.89. 

Unworded

Steam StoreSALE PC £2.89 £0.60 until 22/07/2024
Steam StoreSALE Mac £2.89 £0.60 until 22/07/2024
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 17/11/2000, updated in 2017

Price: 79% off

Out Now: Android, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Puzzle (Brain Game, Communication and Narrative)

Accessibility: 22 features

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Bento Studio (@Bento_Studio)


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