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 (650 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."

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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
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: A resolution of at least 1280 x 720.
Helpful customer reviews
30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
The Yawgh is coming. You have 10 days!

A story with interaction that goes beyond a click and choose interface. You can actually increase the stats of your character in order to make a choice at the "end" of the game when the Yawgh arrives.

The bottom line with this game is that it's meant to be a hot-seat game you play with your friends. It's not really that much fun to play alone since you can see just about every choice in a couple playthroughs. But, with friends it'll take a bit longer to get through.

So, if you like a story that can have some humorous turns or some dramatic fallout from seemingly simple choices, then this might be a fun game for you.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
I was apparently terrible at being a mage and ended up burning all my hair off at a party. Complete laughingstock. But then I became a werewolf, a crime-fighter, and a gladiator, rebuilt the town after the Yawhg wrecked the place, and ended up becoming a friendly lumberjack.

I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay.

Next, I became a powerful mage who could level buildings with a word and conjure magnificent supplies ot rebuild the town.

But that couldn't save me the heartache of losing contact with a dear friend.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
A very fun little game, get a group of you together via local play or even stream it via Steam and play like that.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Best party game we have played in awhile
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
This is a petite cup of coffee. While the guitar strums and vocals intrigue, four characters prepare and live their lives to the end. The mechanics while intuitive, do not insult and the esthetics entertain - each time. Had my first 'cup' in 15 minutes - liked it so much I had to have another. Dark and a touch bitter.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
At its best, this is a hot seat choose-your-own-adventure for at least 2 players that can run as short as 15 minutes per session. It's also an easy game to share with friends or partners that don't normally play games (but you may wonna screen it a few times before you play it with younger children, there is some darker content there). It has funny and bleak moments, good writing, cute images, beautiful music, and it's good at what it sets out to do: It crates an interesting scaffold for player driven stories, and plays DM at the decision making moments. Which also means that most of the enjoyment comes from what you put into it.

Because your characters start off as completely blank canvases, the fun will be very short-lived if you are just trying to "win". Instead pick a backstory or at least an archetype for them, and invest them with some motivations. This further serves to make the (moderate) amount of content feel much more expansive. There are frequent skill checks dictating the outcome of choices and events, but the developers have managed to allow for some entertaining "arbitrary" results, where the game succesfully imitates a sometimes benevolent and sometimes evil DM punishing or rewarding the players and pushing the game in different directions.

And yes, there are many branching and converging paths with fun (or horrid) unexpected results down the line, but even within an hour of playing you will start running into repetitions. Which matters little if you are playing with friends and roleplaying different characters, but will probably become boring fast for one person playing alone.

In short, if you're with a friend trying to decide what to do for the evening, and if you like a bit of roleplaying, this is a good (and much cheaper) alternative to going out for a movie. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, and plan to invite more friends to accidentally poison the town's water system with mutating substances, teach the king how to satisfy the queen and become addicted to strength poisons, all before the Yawhg arrives.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
The Yawhg is one of the best games I played in 2014. It's a rather simple game, on it's face- you have between two and four characters. They have stats. You take them places to do stuff. Stuff raises or lowers their stats. There are eight locations to visit, and two things to do at each location. There are also scripted(but randomly chosen) events that may or may not happen at each place. For example, if you play Mr. Moss and go to the Arena and fight, you may encounter an ex-girlfriend who is dating one of the new fighters. If you handle the situation well, you get a boost in mind and charm. Every event is written impressively well (with a few minor typos here and there) and illustrated really well.

It's very easy to want to just dive in, play all four characters, and experience everything in a single run. I've done that twice nown and each time I feel like I missed out something. I recommend if you truly want to experience this game, play two characters at a time and really take your time with it. Contemplate your decisions, from both stat-centric and a roleplay-centric points of view.

In general, I highly recommend it. It's rare to me that a game shines in every aspect- concept, design, execution. 9.5/10. would buy again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
The music, the art, the sense of story, the beat, flow, experimentation, and playfulness of this game all amount to a roleplaying experience that is wholly unique. I only wish all my characters could anticipate and prepare for the return of a nightmare monster of unknown proportions by doing nothing but drinking. Alas, the game is not perfect.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
It's like an RPGish board game thing but on a computer so it's way easier to play. The writing is clever and funny, and the art is really pretty!

Also a small detail that I really like: it lets some people share controllers in case you don't have four controllers (all turn-based games should do this).
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
10/10 loved it so much, and great with frends
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Quite a few play throughs for such a small price. If you can get a group of people together (or even just 1 friend) this is a fun story game. I played it with 2 other friends over skype with one person "running" the game. Since it is so simple it was an easy enough work around to the "couch co-op" only problem. I had so much fun I had to buy it for myself.
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149 of 179 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.0 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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208 of 266 people (78%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 22, 2014
Pre-Release Review
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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161 of 223 people (72%) found this review helpful
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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48 of 51 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.0 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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69 of 92 people (75%) 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.

(full review over here )
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58 of 81 people (72%) 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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31 of 36 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 2014
I played the Yawhg a couple of times, and I must say it is quite an amusing game. It's all pretty straight-forward: you and/or your friends each choose a character (you can also choose characters yourself and play the game on your own) and choose a location you wish to go to. Each location has a couple of options on actions you can perform, such as cutting wood, tending to patients, and yes, even getting drunk! But beware: each choice you make might positively or negatively affect your stats. After a couple of turns, the mysterious Yawhg happens and each person will have to choose a role which fits their character's stats best (or you can do the opposite, and watch the outcome!), after which you'll get to know whether your town survived, and -more importantly- how your characters pick up their life again afterwards.

The Yawhg is a funny little game which you can play with friends. The graphics are all really fitting and nice, the music is simple, yet suits the game and the absolute highlight of the game is the amount of choices you can make, and the randomnized events you'll encounter. However, the game is VERY short. Almost too short. And that, in my humble opinion, is the only thing where it falls short, for me personally. However, the replay value is very big.

Get it during a sale, or if you like experimental choice-heavy little games like this one.

All in all, 7/10
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
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.
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26 of 32 people (81%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 14, 2014
Really fun game to get a group of friends to play with. Have fun with some narration, get a backstory going for each of your characters and then learn their fates. A little repetitive sometimes, but still fun to listen to each others' reactions as the story unfolds.
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