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Best Games Like Unpacking You Should Play Next

Games Like Unpacking

Unpacking is an amazing game, but where does someone go when they’ve played every single puzzle variation there is in the game? It’s kinda just human nature to want something fresh after a while, and I’m right with you on that!

So, if you’re like me and you’ve found yourself feeling like Unpacking just isn’t what you’re in the mood for lately, why not try one of these thirteen amazing alternatives instead? I promise to make a compelling case, and I’m a bad liar, so you can trust me (trust)! Let’s get started with:

1. Minecraft

Minecraft

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s here. It’s the cult classic, the global phenomenon, the game everyone grows up playing, it’s Minecraft! Do I even need to introduce it? Pretty much everyone already knows, but I’ll do my best to sum it all up for the newbies.

Minecraft is a wildly popular sandbox game that’s all about creativity and exploration. From the start, you’re dropped into a randomly generated world and given the freedom to do pretty much whatever you want. You can build structures, mine for resources, explore vast caves and caverns, and interact with a wide range of creatures and characters!

Compared to Unpacking, the only real similarity is the shared love for organizing, except even that is optional here. The sheer scale of the world and the endless possibilities for creativity are what makes Minecraft so unique. Want to build a towering castle made entirely out of diamond blocks? Go for it! Want to dig a massive underground fortress and fill it with traps? Sure thing! You’re limited only by your imagination, as many creators have shown us time and time again.

Minecraft is available on pretty much every platform you can think of, but I’ll list them here just in case: Windows, macOS, Linux, Mobile, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii U, Apple TV, it just goes on and on!

2. A Little to the Left

A Little to the Left

This is a cozy and cute little game that puts you in a relaxing setting where you have to decorate a home! You can probably tell by the name, your job here is to just move things until they’re perfectly aligned. My fellow gamers with OCD know just how satisfying it is to set everything up in a way that makes sense and is logical, and, once again, perfectly aligned. Of course, you can choose not to do that and be a monster with asymmetrical décor everywhere, but why on earth would you?

When comparing this to Unpacking, you’ll find much of the same gameplay and puzzle mechanics here, which is definitely a good thing! As of the time of writing, I saw that it had a little over 70 puzzles within the base game, which I’m sure has undergone many updates since. And with those updates come changes that make it different-different but still same-same to Unpacking, so it’s a perfect alternative for Unpacking fans! You can play A Little to the Left today on Windows, MacOS, and Switch.

3. Webbed

Webbed

Welcome to Webbed, another indie game that’s all about being a spider. Yup, you read that right – you’re a spider now! Sorry for the Arachnophobes here, but for the rest of you, it’s time to play as a cute little spider who’s on a mission to rescue their spider friend who has been kidnapped. Along the way, you’ll swing on webs, solve puzzles, and meet other quirky insects.

What made Webbed so fun and engaging for me was the unique gameplay mechanics. Seriously, it is so much fun using your web-slinging abilities to navigate through the world and solve puzzles, like a little Spiderman but without the man. It’s a refreshing change from the usual platformer games, and it’s a great example of how video games can explore unique perspectives.

Now, when it comes to comparing this game to Unpacking, it feels to me like they have very different focuses but still share the same genre, you know? Unpacking is all about organization and attention to detail, while Webbed is more about exploration and creativity. If you’re looking for the same cozy vibes that Unpacking offers but you’re looking for something else gameplay-wise, it doesn’t get any better than Webbed! You can play this game today on PC, MacOS, Linus, Switch, Xbox One, and PS4, so pretty much anything, really.

4. Cats Organized Neatly

Cats Organized Neatly

Sold. That’s what went through my head when I read this name, it’s about organizing cats neatly. An instant hit! In this game, you’re given a bunch of cute little cats, and you have to arrange them in neat little rows. It’s a simple concept, but it’s surprisingly addictive and satisfying, and it’s easy to see why!

I personally really liked the decision by the devs to go with a super minimalist aesthetic; it really completes the whole indie vibe for me. Oh, and the different poses for the cats will have you swooning, I tell you. It’s a really nice-looking game that you can play for a few minutes at a time if you want, and it’s all about cats; who doesn’t love cats? (A lot of people, but they should reconsider).

Comparing to Unpacking, this game really connects on the organization aspect of both titles. The puzzle-solving, which doesn’t put you in any intense situations, combined with the really cute aesthetic, makes for a game that doesn’t take you too far from Unpacking while still offering a lot of new stuff! To play Cats Organized Neatly, you can buy it on your nearest Windows PC.

5. Venba

Venba

Alright, time for a cooking game! Who here hasn’t been through a whole phase of playing every cooking game you could find on Miniclip? Those were the days. In this game, you play as a young woman named Venba who’s on a journey to learn how to cook traditional dishes from her grandmother. Along the way, you’ll explore colorful environments, interact with quirky characters, and of course, cook up a storm!

What I found really unique and cool about this game was the attention to detail and cultural authenticity. The game features a wide range of ingredients and cooking techniques that are unique to South India (South Asian gamers represent!), and it’s clear that the developers did their research instead of doing a lazy recreation of what they think it’s like.

Venba is the game you go to when you’re tired of organizing everything neatly and want to make a storm instead! You start by chopping some onions, but instead of dicing them perfectly like Venba, you end up with uneven chunks that make you cry even more than usual. As you try to salvage the onions, you realize that cooking is hard! And that’s when you get the Unpacking bug back in your brain and switch back to it, or maybe you stick with the chaos. That’s what I think is the most lovable part about Venba, and you can discover it for yourself on Windows, PS4, Xbox One, and of course, the Nintendo Switch.

6. Assemble With Care

Assemble With Care

Assemble With Care is a charming little game that has stolen the hearts of many players. Let’s do a bit of roleplay! Imagine you’re a restorer, and you get to repair all sorts of nostalgic items, from old cameras to vintage radios. You play as Maria, a traveling antique restorer who arrives in the quaint town of Bellariva, and you’re sent here to restore people’s precious belongings, one item at a time. It’s the perfect kind of quirky storyline that I love!

I also loved the way this game is divided into chapters, each of which revolves around a different object that you need to repair. You’ll meet various quirky characters along the way, each with their own unique story to tell, and you’ll get to know them better as you repair their belongings and uncover their memories.

Compared to Unpacking, I kinda felt that this game was more close-ended. While in Unpacking, you can choose where to put each item, and you have a lot of freedom to decorate your new home, Assemble with Care is more structured and tries to guide you where to go, which isn’t a bad thing!

This game is perfect for anyone who loves puzzles, vintage objects, and heartwarming stories. Plus, it’s available on various platforms, so you can play it on your phone, tablet, or PC. Give it a try, and I’m sure you’ll fall in love with it, just like so many others have!

7. The Shape of Things

The Shape of Things

I love that the theme of all of these games is relaxing, and The Shape of Things is yet another great addition to this list. Here, you’re going to be abandoning all the action and adrenaline of typical games in favor of a relaxing atmosphere where all you have to do is solve puzzles! Just picture it, you’re sitting in your cozy chair, you’ve got the game running on a thin and light laptop instead of a desktop PC, and you’re just taking things at a relaxed, fun pace.

The puzzles in The Shape of Things are small, and they’re 3D, and the neat part is that you’re pretty much turning everyday ordinary things into collectible gachapons. Like a Rubik’s Cube, it can be a bit challenging to learn at first, and you’re also going to be solving the puzzle in a similar way to the Rubik’s cube; by rotating and aligning things. However difficult as it may be, you’ll never have to worry about a timer or challenge; it’s just you, your puzzles, and your own pace.

As an Unpacking fan, I’m sure you can already guess where the appeal of this game comes from and why I think it’s such a good alternative – it’s all about fun, cute puzzles! Instead of unpacking and setting things up, this game has you rotating and aligning things to make them 3D collectibles, but it’s the same Zen-like concept that’ll make sure you’ll never have to feel stressed while playing this game. To try out The Shape of Things, you can get it on your laptop or PC via Steam.

8. Monument Valley

Monument Valley

This game is unreal. All the more so given it’s made for mobile! Monument Valley is a minimalistic puzzle game in which you have to solve 3D puzzles in a valley by rotating the landscape and making things align! It’s hard to describe, but wow was it amazing! The very first time I figured out I can move the literal level design to connect a set of stairs with an overhang and solve the puzzle, it’s out of the box thinking that you just don’t find in many games nowadays.

While Monument Valley and Unpacking may seem like two fundamentally different games at first glance, they actually share some similarities when it comes to spatial organization and attention to detail. In Monument Valley, you’ll navigate through a series of surreal landscapes while manipulating the environment to solve puzzles.

It’s like moving and rotating a bunch of M.C. Escher paintings until they mysteriously connect and it all comes together (seriously, you have to look him up, it’s insane). It’s here that you’re going to find the essence of Unpacking, as you have to pay super close attention to the details in the platform and then make everything align perfectly, which we all loved first, and I know you’ll love in Monument Valley, too! You can find it on Android and iOS, of course, but it’s even available on Windows if you prefer a larger screen to play on.

9. No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home

If you love to flex your creative muscles, you’re gonna love this game as you build and decorate your own dream home from the ground up! Progressing through the game, you’ll unlock a ton of new items and materials to help you create the ultimate living space that’s uniquely yours, which is hands-down the most lovable part of it for me.

One of the main similarities I could see between this and Unpacking is both games love challenging your spatial organization skills and ask for attention to detail. In No Place Like Home, you’ll need to carefully consider the placement of every item and decoration, making sure they fit together perfectly like puzzle pieces! Coming from Unpacking, this part will make you feel right at home (literally).

Oh, and did I mention the sheer amount of satisfaction that comes from seeing your hard work pay off? Whether you’re creating your dream home or organizing your living space, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishment that comes from seeing everything perfectly in its place, and both of these games do that better than anything! You can try No Place Like Home only on Windows for now, but it’s easy to run, so you can do it on your nearest Windows PC.

10. Florence

Florence

Everyone, take a seat, please; it’s time for an emotional journey filled with lots of love and beauty in Florence. Florence, as in Florence Yeoh, the main character, not the city, of course! This game follows the story of a young woman named Florence Yeoh as she navigates the ups and downs of life and love.

I found the gameplay of Florence to be relatively simple yet deeply immersive at the same time. You’ll be taken through a series of interactive vignettes that represent different moments in Florence’s life, from her mundane daily routine to the excitement and uncertainty of new love.

Along the way, you have to complete a variety of small tasks, such as assembling puzzles, sorting objects, and completing mini-games, all while experiencing the story of Florence’s life unfold. If this all sounds serene and beautiful, trust me, it is every bit these things as you’re thinking it would be!

The devs also kept all platforms in mind when they made this game, so you can go ahead and get it on Switch, Android and iOS, macOS, and Windows. Wait, I think they forgot the console, but you still probably have a phone at the least to play it on!

11. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

I absolutely adore Animal Crossing, and New Horizons has to be one of the best things to ever happen to it! The game is all about creating your own little slice of paradise on a deserted island, complete with adorable animal neighbors and endless possibilities for customization and creativity. And who doesn’t love cute little animal characters? Animal lovers represent! (Wait, not furries, please, I didn’t mean it like that).

One thing that I’ve always found super cool about Animal Crossing is how it lets you express your personal style and make your island feel like home. You can decorate your home with all sorts of furniture and decor and even design your own clothes and patterns. Comparing to Unpacking, you’ll find a shared love for organizing your personal spaces in pretty ways, which is honestly the only similarity that matters, in my opinion.

Now, while they share similarities, the overall gameplay of Animal Crossing and Unpacking is quite different. Animal Crossing is a more open-ended game where you can explore and interact with your environment in all sorts of ways, and Unpacking is more narrative-driven. Either way, they’re both really fun games in their genre! Try Animal Crossing today on Nintendo Switch, which is the only option you have for now (unless you’re tech-savvy enough to run an emulator on your PC).

12. Viridi

Viridi

Have you always wanted to try your hand at gardening but never had the space or time (or willpower) to do it, like me? Well, fear not because Viridi is here to save the day! This awesome game lets you grow your own succulent garden right on your computer or mobile, as convenient and easy as it gets.

In Viridi, you start with a tiny pot of soil and a few cute little succulent plants. From there, you get to the water and care for them as they grow and thrive over time, and it was almost as satisfying for me to see my little plants grow bigger and stronger with each passing day as in real life! There’s also no pressure to rush or complete any specific objectives. It’s all about enjoying the experience of tending to your own garden and watching your plants grow. It’s like taking a mini-vacation to your very own virtual greenhouse!

Comparing to Unpacking, there isn’t that much of a similarity, but you’ll note that both games need you to be super careful. In Unpacking, that meant making sure everything was very neatly organized and put in just the right place. In Viridi, attention to detail is found in the amount of water, sunlight, and nutrients you have to give to your plants. So, if you’re ready for a gardening extravaganza that’ll take you back to the days of Plants vs Zombies, try Viridi today on a Phone, Windows, Linux, or macOS!

13. Lemon Cake

Lemon Cake

Alright, picture this: you’re in the kitchen with all the ingredients and tools you need to create the most scrumptious cakes you’ve ever had, and that’s your only task for the rest of your life. That’s what Lemon Cake is all about! You get to choose the recipe you want to bake and start gathering the necessary ingredients. Then you mix, bake, and decorate the cake to make it look and taste amazing!

If I could actually taste the cakes I made in this game, I would be a Type-1 diabetic by day two. What I found really fun about Lemon Cake is that, just like in Unpacking, attention to detail is key! You have to organize and place each ingredient in the right spot to create a mouth-watering cake. Plus, just like Unpacking, you need to pay close attention to the measurements, timing, and decoration details in order to make a perfect cake.

As you progress in Lemon Cake, you’ll get more recipes, ingredients, and tools to create even more elaborate and delicious cakes. You can even customize your cakes with different colors, flavors, and of course, decorations to make them look unique and special! Lemon Cake can be found on PlayStation, Switch, Xbox, and Windows.

That’s all we have for this list of games like Unpacking, there was certainly a lot to unpack (Okay, I’ll see myself out)! What do you think about these games, do they hit the spot like Unpacking did the very first time you played it? Let us know your thoughts below. We hope this has been a helpful read for you; thank you for your time, and happy gaming!

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