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Review: Unpacking (PS5) - Making Chores Fun

The title of Unpacking is a marvellous and succinct description of what you can expect. Over a period of time, you will live in the shoes of a young..

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The title of Unpacking is a marvellous and succinct description of what you can expect. Over a period of time, you will live in the shoes of a young woman. You might decorate your college dorm, move back home with your parents and then create a beautiful home for your new baby. It is a remarkable experience to see which possessions are with you and which disappear forever. Best of all, it's free! The best part? Unpacking can be very relaxing.

Although the title may seem like a puzzle game on the surface, it is actually a distraction from the real purpose of the experience. You will find that certain objects must be placed in very specific places as you open the boxes. For example, you can't leave your toaster in the toilet. However, there's a menu option that will allow you to change this restriction.

To beat the level, do you need to organize every book and each piece of clothing according to colour? It's not necessary, but it is very satisfying. This game gives you these large empty rooms and pushes you out from the nest to let you fill them in however you like. Most of the eight levels have only a few rooms, making it easy to manage. The difficulty of unpacking items from boxes is greatly reduced as they rarely belong in the same room. You are given a multi-storey house that you must populate. This level is the most difficult.

This relaxing environment is enhanced by the music. The soundtrack features a chiptune or acoustic guitar sound that seamlessly flows through the background without drawing attention to itself. The delightfully pixelated art style is in tune with the sound and creates a vibrant, bright world to explore and lose yourself in.

This game does everything it set out to do, except maybe the controls. Although the cursor system works well on a controller and is intuitive to use, it's better when used with a keyboard and mouse. It is not uncommon for items to be placed behind other objects or tucked into corners to cause problems. These are minor stumbling blocks that can be overcome to enjoy this unique game.

Unique storytelling methodCharming, vibrant directionExcellent soundtrackRelaxing. Great810 Humble Games provided the Scoring Policy Review copy