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By Rose Behar, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Heartwarming game tells a story through its puzzles.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 3+

A beautiful and accessible game!

It is one of the most accessible and beautiful games of all time, it is a beautiful example of a LGBTQ+ representation in video games. I would recomend this to ANYONE who can afford it.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
age 13+

So well designed.

You get to follow along and this young woman grows into adulthood but only through her moving boxes. You pick up on subtle changes that happen to her lifestyle between each year. You take notice how some items were left behind and that the character got new additions to a book series. It’s a great story that captures the essence of show don’t tell. I absolutely loved this game and advise anyone to play it. It holds a nice message and has LGTBQ+ aspects that I appreciate.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (2 ):

The subtlety of this puzzler's story makes for a slow burn, but it's extremely rewarding to see the lit-up silhouette of the main character at a patio table with her partner and baby at the end. Overall, the story of Unpacking, a largely wordless game, might be its best quality, which is an impressive feat. But Unpacking has plenty of other impressive attributes, from its polished pixel art to its pleasant scoring. Another highlight is its ease of play. The focus on accessibility has resulted in an experience that's easy to grasp and pleasant to navigate. In addition to eliminating drag-and-drop for more comfortable clicking functions and not including time penalties, Unpacking's controls are re-mappable, the interface buttons can be enlarged, and colors are changeable for colorblind players. Further, the puzzle element can be removed entirely, letting players just place items wherever they like. Tweaks like these open up the game to a wider diversity of players than most.

The only downsides to Unpacking are its short gameplay time and the limited amount of levels -- both of which are understandable, given the indie team behind the game and the constraints of the narrative. Still, it would be fun to receive more difficult challenges as the story progresses from a puzzle perspective. Additionally, as noted above, younger kids aren't likely to understand the emotional journey of the story as much as a young adult. Having said that, there's plenty to appreciate from an art and gameplay perspective, with more nuance to enjoy upon each replay.

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