Hello, loves! Today’s game review is about a cute, cozy game called Unpacking! Unpacking is an indie game from developers Witchbeam, and it is just a cute fun game about unpacking your life. Perfect for me as I just moved back home. Spoilers ahead so here is a fair warning!
Unpacking is a 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.
Unpacking has 8 levels, and here they are in order:
1997, the year that the protagonist gets her own room in her childhood home
2004, the year the protagonist goes away to college and gets her own dorm/student apartment
2007, the year the protagonist finishes college and moves in with roommates
2010, the year the protagonist gets a boyfriend and moves in with him
2012, the year the protagonist breaks up with her boyfriend and moves back home
2013, the year the protagonist gets her very own apartment and lives alone for the first time
2015, the year the protagonist gets a girlfriend (LGBTQIA+ represent!) and the girlfriend moves in with the protagonist
2018, the year that the protagonist and her girlfriend get married and have a baby together
Unpacking is not just about boxes and their contents, it’s also about memories. The soundtrack is very lovely as well, and I love how you can replay it over and over and design the rooms to your heart’s content. However, anything that is placed in the wrong place will glow a color of your choosing, which can be adjusted in the settings.
The game also gives an interesting perspective on how to place things, as well as where people lie in relationships. For example, the most infuriating moment in the game is when the protagonist has no choice but to put her college diploma under her bed as her boyfriend at the time refused to move his stuff for hers. In that scene, you also have to move around his underwear as he somehow has it all in two drawers. In the scene before that, the protagonist lived with roommates, so it was a little bit crowded. However, her roommates made room for all her things.
The game also has a lot of emotional aspects. The most heartbreaking moment of the game is when the protagonist is forced to move back into her old room after breaking up with her boyfriend, and when you try to put the picture of them up on the pushpin board, she shoves the pin through her ex’s face. You can also feel the excitement when the protagonist and her girlfriend move into the last place (2018) and prepare for their new arrival.
I also love how the protagonist’s life story is told through the various objects that are being unpacked from the boxes. Some things in the boxes change, and some don’t. For example, the protagonist kept her little pig stuffed animal she has had since she was a child. She makes space for her girlfriend when they decide to move in together. She has also found “the one” and eventually has a baby with her girlfriend.
Overall, Unpacking is such a cute little game and it’s perfect for nights when you want to truly unwind and relax. It’s one of my favorite cozy games besides Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing. The aspect of organizing also is quite satisfying. It feels like such an accomplishment when everything is in its right place.
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Unpacking is available on Steam, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch.
That’s it for my Unpacking review! Have you played Unpacking before?