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?
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Very Positive (842 reviews) - 80% of the 842 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.

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.
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System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • 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.
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Insane Catalyst
2.1 hrs
Posted: September 22
Super fun story game to play with your friends. I've died in a gutter while my friend became a vampire emporess 10/10 would recommend
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Kiyoshmizu
2.1 hrs
Posted: September 21
A fantastic short indie rpg, I wish the devs did more like it or continued on from it.

The Yawhg is set in a small town by the sea, you have 5/6 days of activities for 1-4 characters, and something is coming. You cannot leave, so prepare, prepare for mystery and calamity.

A very fun party game, or even just solo to find all the endings. The possibilities are so vast they're nearly endless.

Worth the price, hours of fun, try it now.
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Xenos85
0.8 hrs
Posted: September 20
This game made me smile.
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foritxxar
2.1 hrs
Posted: September 7
I would recommend this game with a few caveats.

First, don't pay more than a couple bucks. The content is severely limited.

Second, this is not a game to play alone. The novelty will wear off very quickly.

Third, this is a simple game. Expect no depth.

So, with these in mind, why would I recommend this?

Simply: It's a fun way to spend half an hour with a small group of friends, brought us some laughs and giggles, and was worth the couple bucks I spent.

The game is essentially a "choose your adventure" in which each player is allowed to make a few decisions over the course of a session. At the end, everyone's choices create an outcome for them that's some shade of negative, neutral, or positive. Though each character's story is connected, they really only interact very loosely.

Think of it as a little board game to pull off the shelf when someone brings their kids over.
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Fevervignettes
0.7 hrs
Posted: August 24
Let me start by saying that this game is gorgeous and the music is great. I've played less than an hour and it's already too repetitive for me to want to continue. It's a game that you should get in a humble bundle, not a game you should spend ten dollars on.

Also, I've repeatedly had issues using a controller with it.
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Timn
4.4 hrs
Posted: August 22
Good But Runs out of replayability after a while, Really needs dlc or something to add alot more content.
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Rouge Anime Inc.
7.1 hrs
Posted: August 21
A very pleasant and entertaining game, at least the first dozen times. It get a wee bit repetive after many playthroughs, but is still fun to play with others.

Overall Rating: Pleasant for the eyes, entertaining for the mind, but a bit tiresome over time.
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Draco
2.8 hrs
Posted: August 20
This game would be perfect if it had online multiplayer
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NateTheNerdy
2.3 hrs
Posted: August 19
This is one of my favorite games. It's got a great art style and music, the way player's stories can intertwine can be hilarious, and a whole 4 player game can be finished relatively quickly. Great for playing by yourself or with friends.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
I am very confliced on recommending this game or not, even after an hour of playing which normally wouldn't warrent a review unless it was by Digital Homicide. The thing is that in the 1 hour of game time I have on here I've beaten the game several times. So I will give you a rundown on why I feel so mixed along with if it's a good or bad thing.

Pros:

The game itself can be beaten in around 10-15 minutes-
You pick 1-2 or maybe all 4 of the characters and build their stats
These stats affect in game things that happen along with the end
The gameplay is like a visual novel
The art work of the game is beautiful and refreshing
The music is amazing


Cons:
You can't really get attached to the characters so you don't feel anything at the end
Very little content even for a short game
$10 is a little high I would have payed maybe $5 for it
The game seems amazing at first but slowly becomes state as there isn't really much to it.
Not any real randomization. Go to the hospital oh no demon baby, oh no I got the swirly disease. etc.
No options meue so you can't play windowed or adjust the volume
Oh yeah ear ♥♥♥♥ from that amazing music.

I want to recommend the game I really do, but it' just not the best there is for choose your own adventure. The awe of the game wore off quickly. I began to grow borde of it and could only play one game at a time
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190 of 229 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 2, 2014
The Yawhg is absolutely beautiful for what it is, and it's a lot of fun, however, I really can't recommend it. It feels like a demo, or the introduction to a larger game. The entire game plays out like the character creation for a game that never happens. You spend six weeks making decisions that shape and define your character, each one including a small flavor text choice that lets you deepen your character choices, and then, when it feels like the game should be starting for real, all you do is pick a profession and see how good your character is at that profession.

I wanted to be a part of this world, I wanted to take my character out, to play a game with them. Who doesn't want that? This game is maybe worth a dollar. I wont say that I feel cheated, because I truly savor and enjoy the narrative, and the very novelty of a cooperative choose your own adventure experience was just enough to make me feel like at least I had gotten something interesting and beautiful, if lacking, but I would not recommend this for every gamer.

Be very aware, this game is extremely content light, and there is no campaign. Once your character is created after six weeks of character creation choices, that's the end of it. I really crave more, and am very disappointed in how little is here.
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210 of 273 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: February 22, 2014
For a more comprehensive review, please see my write-up at http://criticalindiegamer.com/2014/02/the-yawhg-review-pc/

What can I say? It is very, very good, but also a brief experience. With a few friends the tales you weave will cause fits of raucous laughter, but they will be short-lived. A play-through takes around 10-30 minutes, and the end phase offers no real-resolution.

A folk music style soundtrack interweaves the basic, but charming presentation of the game. Both are lovely, and compliment one another well.

The Yawhg puts me in a tough place because I really enjoyed it, but I question its worth at $10. I don't usually draw comparisons between price and longevity, but if I paid $10 I can't help thinking I would feel a little let down. There are multiple play-throughs here, but even by the second play you will be seeing the same situations again.

Buy it if you are looking for a fun, memorable experience to play with your friends, and don't mind the longevity issues.
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56 of 62 people (90%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
Playtime and Time/money
After playing through the game 3 times with a friend at a moderately slow place we pretty much exhausted the game of unique encounters within 3 hours, however, this being said. I really enjoyed what time I was playing the game.

I can't say you should buy this game for only one reason, and that is that the game is too short for the few bucks you'll be spending on it.

Exactly what is this game?
The choose your own adventure game has about 100-200 encounters, (and yes I looked in the game files for this number range) However being that you can hit about 20 per character it's not extremely hard to start seeing repeats in playthrough two. Along with that though I give the game credit where it's due, the game has a very open file system where you can modify... the whole game. Not only can you modify it, but so can anyone else, if you look on the discussions I'm sure you can find a player made extension or a whole 'nother story, which is great! that looks to be more play time added on to this game. Final note on the game itself, it is a LOCAL Co-Op/single player game, however me and my friend used Teamviewer (http://www.teamviewer.com a free screen sharer, that's easy to use) and we played the game as if we were both in the same room.

;-; #forever alone #Screw that I don't want people in my house.

Overall yeah you should get this game if you can nab it on sale or if you can get it in a bundle, I can personally only recommend playing this with a friend, so be sure to grab 2 (or a DRM free copy)
.... not saying that there are any maybe in the humble bundle...


So now the standard game rating:
  • Story: 10/10 (Enjoyable, Fun, Ridiculous, everything a good sit-down-and-play game should be)
  • Gameplay: 3/10 (I can't give good marks here for a game that uses only U/D/L/R/Enter, but it passes by my personal standards.)
  • Presentation: 9/10 (The game has a nice art style and feel about it.)
  • Soundtrack: 7/10 (I'M SORRY WHAT WAS THAT?! I had to turn mine down to 4% just to hear my friend, no in game slider, and doesnt save sound settings after closing. Other than that it's fine, fitting music.)
  • Replayability: 10/10 (I'm just waiting for that free content DLC that was mentioned in a thread somewhere, that or I'll go and download someone elses.)
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166 of 232 people (72%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 27, 2014
What a great game. A few beers, sit around and yell about how magnificent you are. And it goes fast, so even better for drinking. What I'm trying to say is, this game is gorgeous, it sounds great, and it gets me drunk. Really good and drunk.

10/10, would drink again.
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73 of 100 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 27, 2014
If we follow Sid Meier’s definition of a game as “a series of meaningful choices”, then The Yawhg is indeed the gamiest of all the games. It is all about the choices you make. Still, there might be people out there who will think that there’s not enough, uh, game in this game.

In the end it doesn’t really matter though, I have no problem whatsoever with thinking of this as a “mood piece”. I enjoyed it immensely. Sometimes it is rather straightforward, sometimes it is deliciously dark and twisted. It is an astonishing, unique thing and I am very glad that it is out there.
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51 of 67 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 3, 2015
I really want to be able to recommend this game, but...it just doesn't feel like a complete game. It's short. I have, what, nearly three hours of playtime on record? I think I've played 20 or so games in that time. You have 2-4 characters, there are six turns, and for every turn, you decide what stats your character will improve. At the end of the six turns, every character picks a profession and then you see if you managed to rebuild or not after the Yawhg leaves.

Pros:
- Absolutely beautiful
- Great music
- Two male characters, two female characters, always a plus
- Great for when you have a little time to kill
- Most weeks you'll have an "event" happen to you, anything from deciding whether to pick up a rusted dagger to dancing with a dryad to giving sex tips to the king. These were cool (at least, the first few times...).

Cons:
- Repetitive. The events that pop up during the week are the same thing over and over and over and OVER and unless you happen to have the exact right stats, the results of whatever you choose don't realy differ.
- Only three endings. The good, the bad, the ambiguous.
- Absoutely not even remotely worth $10. It's worth like $1.
- There's just not much gameplay or variation, and that means there's not much reason to play this beyond a few hours time total.
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44 of 58 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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49 of 68 people (72%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 28, 2014
The whole game is only six turns long. The number of events that can happen in that time seem very limited. In four-five play throughs i had the same things happen pretty much every time. The music is nice but there is no menu option anywhere so you cant turn down the volume or resize the screen or anything. In addition it managed to crash a couple of times which is just rediculous in a six turn game. It would have been a really good game if there was a decent amount of content but sadly as it is its only good for a few minutes.
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59 of 86 people (69%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 27, 2014
This is a visual novel in the same style as Monster Loves You. The game involves choosing where to go each turn, then responding to the randomized event that happens there. The event and your response to it will have positive or negative effects on one or more of your character's stats, which in turn influence later events and the end of the game. It's sort of like a dating sim, except instead of trying to get the girl, you're trying to survive the apocalypse.

The music and the writing are top notch, which makes the game a joy to play through several times over. Events are randomized to give the game more replay value, but they also interconnect with each other in surprising and delightful ways, so you're likely to see something new even on your tenth time through the game. Each run only takes about ten minutes, so finishing it multiple times is more fun than frustrating.

Though enjoyable as a solitary experience, the game really shines when used as a party game. Grab a few friends and try to stave off The Yawhg together - or don't, and see if your character can fare better than the others after the apocalypse.
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