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Unpacking Review

Posted: 8 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: Ellen Robertson, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Unpacking is a meditative puzzle game where you unpack belongings into a series of either 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 a 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.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: 02/11/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 34 features

Developer: Witch Beam Games (@WitchBeamGames)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round of this game. The length of each round is dictated by how long you spend unpacking and arranging objects in each room.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

9-14 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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

You can opt to disable the puzzle element that requires you to place items in correct places. This makes the game easier. On the Switch you can use motion controlled pointed in place of a mouse, this enables you to play with one hand.

Text is large and good contrast but is a handwritten font-style. The buttons to press are always indicated on the screen. You can make this head-up display larger by two or three times. Although items are sometimes small you can zoom in substantially (items are still pixilated).

You can flip between rooms or use a map of the house.
 
Our Unpacking Accessibility Report documents 34 accessibility features:

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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