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Unpacking Test – Review – Nintendo World Report

Unpack your personal belongings, but be sure to consider touch controls on a small screen or clumsy analog stick controls everywhere.

The unpacking exudes charm, with a lovable art style and a distinctive hook. Each level consists of unpacking boxes and setting up clothes, kitchen utensils, knick-knacks and more – all in front of a subtle but effective background story. It aspires to be a meditative and zen puzzle game that will help you figure out the best way to lay out and store all of your items while keeping an eye out for secret achievements and more. The concept is wonderful, but implementing it on Switch made me feel like I never wanted to move again.

Unboxing for Nintendo Switch

The problems on Switch are not technical, which is apparently a rarity with some ports on the system these days. Unpacking goes without any problems, but the problem is in the control. This is clearly a game best for the PC as your basic interaction involves pointing and clicking a cursor to move around objects. It never feels natural on Switch. Using an analog stick to move things around has never been ideal, and while there are touchscreen controls in handheld mode, it makes the screen real estate less ideal. Even when playing on the OLED model (which has the largest screen at the time of publication), I was never able to find the right zoom level for the touchscreen controls to work comfortably and still be able to see what kind of items should be. The zoom problem doesn’t matter in docked mode (unless you have a tiny TV), but with no touchscreen option, either of the two primary ways to play the unboxing on the Switch is flawed.

These controls are a disappointment because the game is cute and clever. The story arc sits largely in the background as you follow the characters from house to house, slowly piecing together what happened between turns over the years. It’s touching and emotional at times, which highlights the control issues, because as the game progressed my predominant thoughts were about how annoying it is to slide a pair of socks from the packing box into the dresser.

Unpacking on Switch doesn’t quite hold the landing of the Zen experience it is supposed to be, but if you can tolerate some frustrating interfaces and controls, this is still a game worth exploring. Just consider playing it on PC as this experience should be much stronger without the control limitations.

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