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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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

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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.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people 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.


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

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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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
I don't get this game, I guess. So if there is much more to it. Please do not consider my rating.

On the one hand the idea to have some kind of text RPG adventure sounds interesting. But on the other hand this was just plain boring. I clicked myself through the text within 10 minutes and it was finished.
I mean the game does not even have Steam achievements.
I bought the game in a Humble Bundle for like nothing. But this game costs 10 EUR on Steam. Sorry, this is too much. But maybe I am just missing something and I am completely mistaken.

I can not recommend it.
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193 of 233 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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211 of 274 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: February 22, 2014
For a more comprehensive review, please see my write-up at

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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57 of 63 people (90%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
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 ( 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 231 people (72%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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74 of 101 people (73%) found this review helpful
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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52 of 69 people (75%) 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, 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.

- 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...).

- 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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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
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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0.5 hrs
Posted: October 17
The Yawhg is a choose-your-own-adventure visual novel with RPG aspects from Damian Sommer and Emily Carroll. Lets’ get rocking.

The Good

The art is nice. It has a classic, storybook feel to it and the color palette is pleasingly subdued.

The music is also well done. It crops up every now and then and is, by no means, omnipresent when it doesn’t need to be.

The game has multiple endings for each of the four characters that can be played. This is a nice touch, but, it’s not enough in the end.

The Bad

Normally, pricing issues would land in the “Meh” category, but I really don’t think that this game should be priced at $9.99. Not for what it is.

I know there are multiple endings for the characters, but the story is always going to be the same for each play through and you’ll eventually start repeating the same side stories that get you to the end game.

The Meh

At the end of the day, there just isn’t much (if any) replay value to this one.

Verdict: Nay

If you could get it for next to nothing or, better still, for free, it might be worth your time to pick The Yawhg up and put in a playthrough. Apart from that though, I’d take your money and your time elsewhere.
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2.1 hrs
Posted: October 16
its very boring and bad
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0.5 hrs
Posted: October 14
Its worth the money. Charming, with a great art style and music. There is a lot to the game, with good replayability for the money, you just have to figure it out. I'd classify it as a puzzle RPG.
The story will lure you in, and make you want to learn more. Each game is short, but the point is to try different angles.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: October 11
Pretty as a rose.
Full of wit and wonder.
Gameplay on the shallow side of shallow. With good intentions.

A lot of experimental stuff never resonated with me. Most walking sims make my brain hurt. The Yawgh delivers something fresh. I feel very rewarded for trying it out. Your enjoyment may vary. You like episodic stories and new ideas? Risk it!
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0.8 hrs
Posted: October 10
The Yawhg,

A wonderful 15 minute visual "Stat builder", this game has decent ambient instrumental but falls short with the vocals.
$10 is a steep price to pay for something with virtually zero replayability after you win.
Do not be decieved by other reviews, this game gives almost zero instructions, but you should not look at guides. Go right in and play, pick a story for each character, choose who they are and decide for them their life for the next six weeks.

This game is a great two runs, 15 minute play through, all in all, for a small semi-visual game like this, 7/10.
Improvements could be a much lower price point, and more randomness factors.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: October 10
As a simple choose your own adventure stat manipulator the game is a little lackluster. Any illusion of multiplayer is if people want to spend 10 minutes doing this as a group activity around the computer.

As a more articulate reviewer noted it's impossible to invest in characters when the game is done in ten minutes and it's impossible to be upset on how you did because there is literally no investment of time. You did well, so what, you did terrible, who cares?

I'm just not sure when I would want to spend a lot of time playing this game.
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2.2 hrs
Posted: October 10
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.
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1.8 hrs
Posted: October 8
The Yawhg is an interesting game. This review will have small spoilers for gameplay stuff, as there isn't much to spoil in the story as it is different every time you play. I won't spoil specific events that can occur, but I will talk about the general flow of the game.
It IS a text heavy game. It consists of reading text, then choosing how you will respond to a certain event, and then reading the effects of that choice before moving onto the next character. After doing this for each character playing, you move forward 1 week

You spend 6 weeks with 2 - 4 characters living their life. You as the player know a monster called "The Yawhg" is coming, but the characters in game don't. Each character does one action for a week, then a transition to next week occurs with a bit of information about why The Yawhg is scary. You repeat this for 6 weeks, then the Yawhg comes and you choose how the characters react to the aftermath, followed by seeing the fate of the town, and your characters. After that the credits play and a new game starts. I won't go into the specific of what can happen, as that is something you will have to discover that for yourself. I recommend you do, as it is a very interesting game.

As of writing this, I've completed 3 playthroughs and feel there is a lot of game left to play. I've gotten a couple of very different endings and very excited to see more of them. If you get a dark, bad ending the first couple of times, don't worry that is normal (at least for me) just keep trying to make things turn out better.

In conclusion, I'm not going to call this game "good" or "bad" or give it a rating. Because, in my experience they never really matter. I recommend just buying the game, and experiencing it for yourself as it is well worth the price.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: October 8
This game is short - I played with 3 friends and we went through it once in about 30mins (we went a moderate pace). That being said, it's a light little RPG that shouldn't be played alone and that can add some laughs to a party if you have a group willing to get into it. The writing isn't atrocious and the choices are interesting - while you still have some to discover. I recommend getting it on sale and playing without high expectations. Just enjoy the ride :)
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Possibly gay Abraham Lincoln
1.8 hrs
Posted: October 7
I wouldn't recommend this game for 10€.

I most definitely liked this, but it's not worth 10€. I've enjoyed every second I've spent playing this, but I can't even imagine playing this for a long time.

One round takes about 15 minutes or so, and the story is almost the same every time (it's pretty good though).

Definitely worth buying when it's on sale, but not worth the full price.
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