The Yawhg is a one-to-four player choose-your-own-adventure game that randomizes a unique story every time you play. The evil Yawhg is returning. How will the town’s locals lead their lives in the meanwhile, and what will they do when the dreaded Yawhg finally arrives?
User reviews: Very Positive (483 reviews)
Release Date: May 30, 2013

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"The perfect party game for those who enjoy story driven adventure, where your choices not only affect you, but the outcome of your friends adventures."

Reviews

“The Yawhg manages to be one of the freshest experiences I’ve played in years – multiplayer or otherwise.”
5/5 – Gamezebo

“The Yawhg is a gorgeous adventure that's likely to amuse and move you in equal measure.”
8.8/10 – CultureMass

“What elevates The Yawhg from other interactive fiction games is that the writing displays charm and humor that's never mawkish or contrived.”
7.5/10 – Destructoid

About This Game

The Yawhg is a one-to-four player choose-your-own-adventure game that randomizes a unique story every time you play. The evil Yawhg is returning. How will the town’s locals lead their lives in the meanwhile, and what will they do when the dreaded Yawhg finally arrives? The fate of a community hinges on the characters’ actions, and the decisions of their players.

Features

  • Stories which can be played alone, or with friends.
  • A fully fleshed-out world, where actions can have dire consequences.
  • A randomly generated story that's different every time you play.
  • Gorgeous artwork by the award-winning Emily Carroll.
  • Over 50 unique endings that can happen to every character.
  • A haunting soundtrack by Ryan Roth, sound designer for Starseed Pilgrim.
  • A s͎e̝̬̠̭ͅn̬͉̪͕͇s̜̝̮͔͈e͓͎̻̦̣͔͉͢ ̺̰̫͜o̧͚̹͉̰̬͍̲f̛̟͉͈̥̠́ ̢̙̫̖̙̱͠i̺̰͉̟͎͟͡m̺͈̟͚͜͡ͅp͘͝͏̝̲̲͚̤e̵͈n̸̙̮̺̥̩͖̩̤̙ḓ̤͖̀i̛͇̖̞̺̲͈̲̠͟n̸̡̜͜g̴̛̲͙̙̪̳͚͎̼̹͙̮̲̻͓̀͘͞ͅ ̵̷̢̙͍̣̖̭̪͚̻͎̤̞̙̖̰͕͕͞d͝͏̣̝̫̱̱̥̹͇̹̺̮̤͉ͅó̷̯͕̙͔͚͙̳̳̮̣͈͍͚̟̬̟͎̖̕͘o̵̴҉̢̙̬͇̖͉̜͠m̵͏͉̲̠̱͙͉̳̻̖͉̟̦̩͙͉̯͢͟ͅͅ.̷̸̵̧̬͍̙͕̫̝͖̞̩̥̩̣̙͍̗̱͓͈͚͇̣̤͜

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: A resolution of at least 1280 x 720.
Helpful customer reviews
18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
I don't normally write a negative review for a game just because it's short. And I don't write negative reviews for such beautifully illustrated games either. But this game looks incomplete. The developer obviously had a good idea, and it could have been turned into a superb game by adding more text (still with the same amount of images) and a better and less repetitive music, but unfortunately it feels like the game is still in the form of an idea.
Posted: September 26
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
First things first. I must issue an apology to Gone Home, for it is not the most overrated game of 2013. That title belongs to The Yawhg.

I'll try and start by saying some nice things about it. The art is lovely, and the music is appropriate and enjoyable. Oh, and it doesn't overstay it's welcome. It took me all of 12 minutes to finish my first playthrough.

And it's a good thing my following playthroughs also lasted 12 minutes each, because that allowed me to better understand just how mechanically shallow this game is. You (and maybe some freinds) take control of two to four characters living in a villiage that's six full weeks away from being sacked by the titular Yawhg. You spend each week engaged in one of 16 different activities at one of eight different locations. These activities will reward the character with stat upgrades, followed by a Visual Novel style scenario with two choices that can either grant additional stat points or take points away. The scenarios themselves vary from day, but aren't very deep or engaging.

Sadly, no matter what you do, the Yawhg will level your hometown, forcing the survivors to rebuild. This is where your pre-Yawhg stat-building comes into effect. Each player character now has to take a role in rebuilding the town, and their performance in the choosen role is dependant their stats and other pre-Yawhg actions. A character who built up a large magic stat will perform wonderfully as a conjuror, while someone with an abundance of charm will make a natural leader. After a brief epilogue, the game ends.

And that's it. That is all 12 minutes. The game justifies it's existance by billing itself as some sort of multiplayer party game, with four players taking turns at the hotseat. There's some replayability to be had, since certain events are dependant on the outcomes of other player actions, but these rarely effect the outcome. In fact, barely anything affects the outcome. The Yawhg smashes things up no matter what you do, and all your efforts amount to is how soundly the rebuilding effort goes. The Yawhg is a Multiplayer Visual Novel that lacks both the gameplay mechanics for a deep multiplayer experience and the emotionally charged story of a good Visual Novel.

2/10
Posted: September 26
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Honestly? It's not a bad game. If it were a tabletop game.
Posted: September 25
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Because 20 minutes was too long.
Posted: September 28
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
An arthouse "game". I've never been so conflicted about whether I would recommend something or not. If you're interested in storytelling it's certainly worth a look, but I couldn't seriously recommend it as a *game* to anyone. This is the kind of thing you find in 400-level college courses, not on someone's Game of the Year list.
Posted: September 25
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Seems very short. It asks 4 questions of each character, then you choose a role.
Posted: September 26
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Unique, fun and hilarious game.
Posted: October 14
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Very good game, Interesting story with some random elements and alot of choises. There are so many different endings to this game that you can play through it over 30 times and still come out with a new outcome each time 5/5
Posted: October 18
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
It is a nice game to play with a group of friends. It can get borng quite quickly because of that the events are often repeated.
Posted: October 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Telling stories around a campfire might seem antiquated, but The Yawhg replaces both the fire and the stories with its own tales of a civilization on the brink of the collapse. You and three friends take roles in the town just a week before ensured destruction. Attend a ball, clean a hospital, or even fight crime. The Yawhg presents imminent danger and allows you to forge a healthy backstory and stat sheet in only a few days. The real treasure is seeing how these actions affect your friends or the town itself. Once the town is overcome with darkness, it's up to you and your friends to triumph or despair with your experiences.

It's a superb bit of storytelling.
Posted: October 9
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Gah. So. Good. Don't honestly know what to say about it. Play it with friends. You'll see.
Posted: October 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Very underrated game! Great to play alone or with others! PLAY IT!
Posted: October 11
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
The Yawhg is a great story-telling game with a interesting plot, especially for first time players who have no clue as to what the Yawhg is. The game is quite replayble due its multiplul possible endings, based on your decisions, If you enjoy "choose your own adventure" games, then this is definetley for you.
Posted: October 13
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
For only a small amount of coin, ths game can make you feel good all night!
Posted: October 3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
This game is horrible and overpriced :(
Posted: September 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
It's pretty short but it has similar feel to "Long Live The Queen", however this game is much more forgiving. You raise your characters stats by picking various tasks to do and choosing from choices in various situations. The game is short and only lasts a few minutes but to see how your life after the Yawhg and do you save/recover the land after the Yawhg makes each playthough exciting. Sometimes the things you do can haunt you or hurt your characters that might not have been connected at all. Doing the little things can have a huge impact positive and negatively.
Posted: September 29
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Played for 8 minutes and finished the game;
- no menu, at all, what-so-ever
- multiplayer enforced, min 2 players/chars
- The Yawhg doesnt matter or isnt really a factor since all your stats dont go towards defending the town but rebuilding it, inherently there is no failure state only lessening degrees of success/ your characters story
- your characters story doesnt matter since the game is only 8mins long, actions are more stat-ups than creating a story & the story is basically the same every time

Would not buy outside of a bundle or <$1 sale
theres not even any achievements

tl;dr, ironically, your forced to play with 2 characters
actions consequences dont matter
the story is basically the same every time
and the yawhg destroys the town no matter what, so, sense of impending doom => out the window
Posted: September 27
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Looking for choose your own adventure? Up for some hilarious storytelling? Want to fight and/or run away from multi-legged bright pink wildlife that you may/may not be the cause of? Then you shall not be dissapointed!

You can play with up to four people (or run multiple players by yourself) through a varity of situtations. When disaster hits it is up to you to save the town or leave it to ruin.

Fun drawings, great music, fairly short. Best with friends.
Posted: September 26
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Supprisingly more interesting than I thought it would be when I got it on humble bundle. It is very simple in gameplay and style, but it leaves me wanting to play more and succesfully finish the game.

Here's how the game works. The Yawhg is a storm that comes in 6 weeks from the start. You are given choices on where to spend a week of time before the Yawhg comes. The characters don't know that it is coming, but you do. In order to survive or rebuild you need to train the characters according to the needs of the town after the Yawhg. It definitely has replayabitiy.
Posted: October 1
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
I worked hard at all the tasks I performed in my life. Be it landscaping the park, chopping wood in the forest, or fighting in the arena, I labored hard to succeed. Through hard work, I was able to sharpen my mind alongside my body; leaving me prepared on the fateful day in the arena. The great demon was fierce, but my self-confidence was fiercer. With one mighty blow, I ended what my companion could not.

But, now, I am not so sure I ended up the victor. The public hails me as a hero that banished the demon, but I am no longer confident the demon was truly banished. I suspect the struggle has only begun.

I may not have the strength.
Posted: September 25
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