After a long day hack away at some code, a game about unpacking a bunch of boxes would usually be the last thing I would want. However, Unpacking (the actual game) is genuinely lovely.
We only mentioned this a few days ago, as the team at Witch Beam showed off a wonderful new trailer with the announcement that Unpacking isn't releasing until 2021. Now though you've got a chance to try it out early, as there's a limited time demo available on Steam. It's very much as you might expect from a "zen" puzzle game where the name directly matches up to the gameplay. Calming, weirdly relaxing and so very gentle.
"The demo covers the first two time periods in the game and only scratches the surface, but it should give you a taste of how the game plays ahead of our full release next year. The full game will have over 30 rooms across eight time periods, so there is still lots more to unpack!" — Witch beam. The demo is also only available during PAX Online, which runs until September 20 so don't delay if you're keen to try it out as the game doesn't release until next year!
As you unpack and listen to the seriously soothing tunes, it's hard not to just zone out completely. That's the idea here though isn't it? It's totally sublime and allows you to get your mind off things, click around, arrange your nice room exactly how you want it (until you're told it's all wrong). You know, all those things you put off in real life anyway. Only here you can do it in a charming little game.
Still somewhat amusing that Witch Beam went from pure chaos in the amazing twin-stick Assault Android Cactus, to possible one of the most chilled-out games around..
Find the limited time Unpacking demo on Steam.