LQ: 8.5


Brain grade: 8.4
Fun score: 8.6

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Unpacking is a puzzle game where the player takes on the roll of a young girl in 1997 who is unpacking boxes for her new bedroom. The player clicks on the boxes in the room to open them and remove the items inside. The player then moves the items around the room until they find a suitable location to place them. When all the boxes are unpacked, any items that are misplaced will be highlighted in red; the player will then need to figure out where these items need to be placed. After completing the first level, the player will move to a new stage in the girl’s life and a new room or set of rooms to unpack.

The game continues in this way, increasing the number of rooms, the number of boxes, and the number of items that need to be put away. Placing items in certain locations will also earn the player stickers as extra achievements. As the player works through these rooms, they reveal the story of this young girl growing up and experiencing challenges and new beginnings. 

The game also features several accessibility features including a mode where the puzzle feature can be turned off for a more casual experience with the story.

Unpacked helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Self-Awareness: Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

Unpacking is a great way for players to practice their self-awareness skills. Because the game has no dialogue and very little written text, the player needs to use this minimal information combined with the possessions and moving location to figure out what is going on in the story and how the girl must be feeling at that particular moment in time. The player can also practice their self-awareness skills by imagining how they would feel in each situation and what they might do differently than the character in the game. 


Organization: Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.

Everything that is unpacked from a box in the game has a place or a selection of places it can go. The player can practice their organization skills by looking at each item individually and deciding where it should be placed or unpacking one box at a time and then grouping similar items such as clothing or dishes or toys together. Sometimes the character in the game is not the neatest packer and the player will find items in one room that do not belong and need to be relocated. By using organizational skills, the player will save themselves some time and find that they don’t need to move objects around so much to make room for newly unpacked items.

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