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 (789 reviews) - 80% of the 789 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 30, 2013

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“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.


  • 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.
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System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: A resolution of at least 1280 x 720.
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
I don't think a game has ever made me feel so conflicted on its value.

I'm not sure I can justify spending money on this game. Even $1 seems like a high asking price. The game has beautiful art, relaxing music, and the writing is amusing or even heartwarming at times. The way the game maintains continuity over a single playthrough is nothing new for video games, but in a "board game" it might lend it a small air of novelty.

But, frankly, there's almost no gameplay. It's pretty much a very short, interactive, multiplayer visual novel. A match will last around 8-10 minutes per player. There are 6 turns, and they amount to picking one of eight locations, then making two binary choices at each of these locations to somewhat randomly gain or lose stat points. These points will affect how successful you are at succeeding the second binary choice each turn, depending on what, precisely, the choice is. With a very small number of art assets and almost no gameplay, the game survives entirely on its writing. At a maximum of 40 minutes per game and low variety per playthrough, you are unfortunately likely to get more value out of riffing on a movie with friends than The Yawhg.

I really want to recommend this game, but its brevity and shallowness just keep me from being able to justify saying anyone should spend money on it. The experience was enjoyable, but there's just not enough there.
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25 of 38 people (66%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2015
Insanely short and repetitive, not enough gameplay to justify the $10 I spent. Went into this epecting something along the lines of Arkham Horror, ended up with something that feels like a newgrounds-era dating sim.
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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
The Yawhg's main draw is the art and stories of Emily Carroll. I liked her comics and so bought the game, but was honestly disappointed. The 'game' is nothing more than a collection of Carroll's stories told in a branching narrative fashion. The game functions by having you choose what each character is doing each week but results are unpredictable and seem arbitrary. Each game of The Yawhg is very short, not allowing for any sense of attachment to develop with the characters you're controlling. Ultimately, you're just clicking around to see what pops out next. While I love the artwork and scenarios that occured, I can't help but feel this really should have just been a series of webcomics rather than a video game. Overall it left me wanting.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2015
The fact that it is possible to complete this very halfassed game in 10 minutes is pretty much the reason you should not spend the 10 buck asking price for it. Are they kidding? What on EARTH makes them think a random game with little gameplay involved is going to be worth 10 dollars?

Here's the game. You pick anywhere from 1-4 characters. You send them to a random location, get a random stat increase, which, considering there is no battle system whatsoever, is merely to decide how successful you are at future random stat increases... then 6 turns later, you choose a profession for your character(s), and the game decides if you were lucky enough to merit a happy or sad ending. Pretty lame, huh? Control wise? If you alt tab out of the game to lower the volume because the music gets really dull after awhile, the game crashes. And there is no option to mute in game. In fact, no option menu at ALL! You can play it, or play something else. This game doesn't WANT to be muted or windowed or any of that. That is frankly, an insult to gamers. I should be able to reduce the loud volume of your game. That's just standard practice, you terrible programmers you.

Look, for further reasons not to get this game? Zoe Quinn is listed in their thank you section when you complete the game. If that isn't a reason to run far the hell away from this game, I don't know what is. Don't even bother to wait for a sale, no amount of money makes this worth a look. Even at a 90% discount, you're still looking at a buck for this, and a buck is like 99 cents too expensive for a 10 minute reading exercise. It's not even worth the trading cards. Skip this with extreme prejudice.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
The kind of tainted fairy-tale spectacle The Yawhg promotes sadly fades all too soon, despite the whimsically strong writing and the playful art that often hints at a slightly darker edge. For all its subtle melancholy and inventive storytelling, there’s only a small window of time when all these things mesh together to create something special. After that, it’s more about rediscovery and rehashing in the futile hopes that relevance can be found by combining the old and worn.

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