Unpacking is a relaxing puzzle game that can eliminate all the pressure of moving

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In addition to our 2021 Major Game Awards, every member of the PC Gamer team has focused on the games they love this year. For the rest of this month, we will release the new employee draft and our main awards.

Moving is obviously one of the most stressful things you can do, but Unpacking turns this life event—in fact a few of them—into an incredibly relaxing experience. There are not many games that really caught my attention this year, and I certainly didn’t expect this cute little indie game from developer Witch Beam to attract my attention. But within a few minutes after being introduced to my first comfortable bedroom, I fell in love with this organizational puzzle game.

You play the invisible protagonist in all kinds of moves, from their first bedroom in childhood to adulthood. The game spans more than two decades. During that time, the only clue to your character’s identity is through the items you take out of the carefully packaged box in every subsequent action.