[PlayStation 5] Unpacking Review
Charming puzzle game Unpacking from Witch Beam and Humble Games is ready to go on PlayStation. Learn more about this gem in our Unpacking review!
Charming puzzle game Unpacking from Witch Beam and Humble Games is ready to go on PlayStation. For this Cross-Buy title, you’ll be taking care of unpacking the life of someone, from opening up boxes and placing things around a room to completely unpacking a house. Your journey will begin all the way back in 1997, and the last level will take place in 2018. With every new stage you play, you’ll learn more about the owner of all of the stuff you’re taking out of the boxes. The game’s story is presented without any dialogue, so it will be the objects themselves – and the locations in which you unpack them – that will do all of the talking.
This is a very zen experience in which you can take on objectives at your own pace as you open box after box of possessions that will be a reflection of what is going on in the protagonist’s life. There are no timers to worry about. No scores to increase. No meters to fill up. The rules are simple: you open a box, take something out of it, and then place it where such items should be. Have a plushy in your hands? Maybe you should place it on the bed. Took out a book? Well, that’s what bookcases are for!
To play Unpacking, you’ll have to use the left analog stick to move a cursor on the screen so that you can then press the X button to open a box, pick up an item inside it, move it around the room – or rooms – and then place it down with the X button. You can rotate items when in your hands or interact with them with the Circle button. To pan the camera around the screen, you can use the right analog stick. The D-Pad can be used to zoom in and out of the screen. Once you’re playing on locations with more than one room, you can change between them by using the L1, R1, L2, and R2 buttons. Find the camera in the first stage, and you’ll then be able to use the Camera Mode to take pictures of the rooms you’re working on. And from level 3 and on, you’ll be able to press the Triangle button to check the house’s layout.
As expected, for the first level, you’ll start with only a few boxes to unpack, but as you progress in the game, there will be more and more boxes and more rooms to take care of. The puzzle element of Unpacking is that items must be placed in the right room and, in general, in the right spot. Until you do this for every room, you won’t be able to get the shiny star on the bottom right corner of the screen that you have to click on to complete the level and add a picture of it to your book.
Most of the time, boxes in a particular room will contain items related to said room. Move to the kitchen, and you’ll find boxes with knives, spoons, plates, bowls, cups, or cleaning rags. Move to the bedroom, and you’ll find plushies, clothes, shoes, and more. But sometimes, when moving from one location to the next – say, from your own room in 1997 to a small apartment in 2004 – boxes can end up in the wrong room. Or, you know, sometimes you pack up items that are not related since you just want to get it over with.
Trophy-wise, there’s a lot to do in this game as you work towards adding one more Platinum trophy to your collection… or two! Since this is a Cross-Buy title, you will get the PS4 and the PS5 versions of the game, with each one having its own separate trophy list. The list includes 10 Bronze trophies, 9 Silver trophies, and 6 Gold trophies. There are trophies tied to completing each of the stages that the game has to offer, while the rest will pop for finding specific items or for interacting with them.
Unpacking is just as charming on PlayStation in 2022 as it was on Nintendo Switch last year. You do miss out on being able to enjoy using a touchscreen to play, but you do get trophy support, as well as a Cross-Buy release, so you’ll get both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5 versions of the game to enjoy. Unpacking is out on PlayStation with a $19.99 asking price.
This Unpacking review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Humble Games.