Unpacking

Rating Summary

Based on 43 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

85%

Critics Recommend

Based on 43 critic reviews
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IGN

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2021

Unpacking uses its simple, satisfying puzzle gameplay to tell a moving story about the things we take with us.

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Recommended
Nov 1, 2021

Offering a beautiful canvas to work with, Unpacking is a calm and tactile little sim about something most of us would usually dislike.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 2, 2021
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9 / 10
Nov 1, 2021

Unpacking is a relaxing puzzle game that encourages you to reflect and move forward.

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TheSixthAxis

Top Critic

8 / 10
Nov 9, 2021

Unpacking is real gem that deserves a wide audience. It is short, but the sheer love and care put into the entire game shines through at every turn and the careful balance achieved between freedom and restriction ensures satisfaction without frustration. Add in a wonderfully realised and intimate narrative that makes brilliant use of the values we place upon objects and you have an indie game that should find a place in your collection.

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7 / 10
Nov 2, 2021

As someone who generally hates sorting things out and often leaves boxes out for weeks at a time, I can say that Unpacking is a much better experience than the real thing. If only actual unpacking could be such a calm exercise.

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9.5 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2021

Unpacking is a satisfying, gorgeous and unexpectedly emotional dive into moving house and the importance of our possessions. This game simply must be played.

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Unscored
Nov 9, 2021

This compact little puzzle-story-game has care in every line. It tells a lovely story without words, leaves you room for interpretation, and invites you to be playful. It's absolutely lovely.

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Nov 9, 2021

Two decades of house moves are condensed into one relaxing puzzle as you help the narrator to unpack – and unpick her life in the process

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JVL
French_Fantasy

Top Critic

16 / 20
Nov 8, 2021

Unpacking is a zen and satisfying experience, but it's much more than just a game with minimalist but oh so effective gameplay. Without a word, without an image, the title manages to tell the intimate and touching story of a woman over the most significant moments of her life.

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Unscored
Nov 1, 2021
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8 / 10
Nov 1, 2021

Cute, charming, and surprisingly satisfying, Unpacking scratches an itch that no other game attempts. But it's also too bossy for its own good at times.

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86 / 100
Nov 1, 2021

But then… how much did it cost to go to the movies last time you went? Do you remember what you saw? Unpacking is going to stick with me at least as hard as the latest superhero movie I saw, and it’s going to make the next time I need to look for a new place that much more tolerable. Maybe even fun. I enjoyed the brief time I spent with Unpacking, and I’m not going to stop thinking about it before my next move.

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Generación Xbox

Top Critic

7.3 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2021

‎Unpacking is undoubtedly a game as entertaining and relaxing, as stressful if they suffer from anxiety or some obsessive compulsive disorder related to order. I must also admit that it is not a game for everyone, since the lack of some kind of challenge, extra modes, or even a story with a more interesting presentation, may not be to everyone's liking. ‎

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9 / 10
Nov 10, 2021

Unpacking manages to do several things very well, all at the same time. It's a touching story told through interaction, it provides the creative play space of a great dollhouse game, and it deftly applies established game design ideas from completely different genres. Its only real shortcoming is the repetition that is a necessary byproduct of landing its message. Effort has gone into making the controls satisfying on Switch, and the visual and sound design are delightful throughout, making Unpacking, like any sane person's cutlery, absolutely top-drawer.

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Gameblog

Top Critic

9 / 10
Nov 7, 2021

Engaging, relaxing, cathartic, Unpacking turns a laborious real-life exercise into a beautiful experience. Undoing the boxes at every stage of the main character's life provides a nice sense of accomplishment.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2021

Unpacking is a jewel, one of those video games able to leave its mark thanks to their extreme simplicity, and the ability they have to communicate themselves and their stories through gameplay, without disturbing words.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 2, 2021

These little niggles aside, a stellar soundtrack from Jeff van Dyck helps to create a sense of calm and zen (that I can only maintain myself for one or two levels at time) as you continue to play voyeur and peek into the lives of the silent protagonist and their loved ones. The anxiety of moving prevents Unpacking from being something I would get stress relief from, but I nonetheless find myself returning again and again to continue its story.

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10 / 10.0
Nov 2, 2021

Unpacking is proof that a pixel tells a thousand words. Through simple, zen gameplay and a startling attention to detail a story unfolds in this tiny, pixelated world in a way that just wouldn't have been possible in another medium. That's truly something special on its own – a wholly unique and original narrative experience – and the fact that it's wrapped up in an incredibly cathartic and tangible puzzle game makes it all the more praiseworthy. Witch Beam has something incredible on their hands with this one.

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4 / 5.0
Nov 1, 2021

Unpacking is a delightful and charming puzzle game, one that perfectly takes a chore such as moving and perfectly shows how it can highlight the most important parts of out lives, allowing us to reflect upon them and the transitions we go through along the way.

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