released on Nov 02, 2021

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.

Over the course of eight house moves, you are given a chance to experience a sense of intimacy with a character you never see and a story you’re never told.

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was a little stressful in some bits bc i don't know how to sort stuff, but that plot twist was chef's kiss

great game! but i think the fact that the objects need to go in specific places kinda takes away the opportunity for you to express your own personality in the game

One of my all time favourite games, and one I've played many times on my Switch. This is the first time I played it on my Steam Deck, and the experience was just as enjoyable.
The game is crafted masterfully. The UI is easy to navigate, the OST reflects the mood, and the sound effects are so enjoyable! It all comes together to create such a relaxing experience that gives as much as you want to take from it.
For those who enjoy story, it's told here in so many unconventional ways. From the music, small photos, items appearing and disappearing. Even what plays when you turn music players or game consoles on! It all tells the story of the character, but gives enough room for detachment if this is an element the player isn't interested in as well.
The achievements are fun and silly, a lot of them things you'd discover naturally during a playthrough. The gameplay is also intuitive to understand - though it take me several playthroughs to realise I could activate objects whilst not holding them!
The only thing I don't like is that the zoom of the camera often feels too close, or too far. This is something I'm happy to overlook though, as the game has given me so much joy since it was released.

This review contains spoilers

Yeah I'm the dummy that was just sobbing during this game. Moved around as a kid, realized I was queer as an adult, you know how it is. Cried at MC's stupid boyfriend's apartment, moved all his shit under the bed in retaliation. Cried when I realized MC kept drawing the same little characters. Cried when MC became a children's book author. Sobbed like an idiot when MC's pig made it to the baby's room. Just REALLY not a fan of how small the game is. Glad I got it on sale. Would LOVE an anthology sequel or DLC.

damn this bitch cannot get rid of anything (typing while resting head on a splatoon pillow i received 7 years ago that should really be thrown out by now)

love to organize things and watch it play back really fast