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:
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Mixed (15 reviews) - 53% of the 15 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (847 reviews) - 79% of the 847 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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Mixed (15 reviews)
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Mostly Positive (847 reviews)
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Xander77
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Played two complete games in 15 minutes, with a lot of repeat events on the second playthrough. Game is hella short, is what I'm ever so subtly implying. You can basically go through most of the content in half an hour or so, including all the endings.

I guess it was advertised as a party game, but it doesn't have online co-op, and are you seriously going to invite people over to play hot-seat steam game?

The writing is just about "passably amusing" at that.
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safeday
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
The concept is promising, but that is the only good thing I can say about this game.

Game sessions is laughably short, there is no game options - you can't even adjust the sound volume.
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HAXMINATOR
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Great game for small groups
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ThatOneFishGuy
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
The Yawgh is a very good game. The sound track is enjoyable and the simple game play, can have anyone have fun playing the game. With all the good things about The Yawhg, there is one thing that isn't worth it's price tag: the length of the game. I would wait to buy the game when it is on sale.
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theFacialHerr
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
A strong and compelling story, a unique and beautiful art style, and a hauntingly pretty soundtrack come together to create an incredible storytelling experience in the Yawhg. I recommend playing with friends. Not your traditional couch co-op game, but sure to be a good time for serious story enthusiasts.
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birdingerman
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
Story driven and short experience.
The Yawhg is coming... I suggest spending your final days in the tavern.

There is something here if you have the patience to experiment through the game a few times.

I did not.
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Larkins
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
There is no option to change the resolution. If your monitor does not support the game, you are left unable to play.
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Mishums
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
A lot of people think this game is random - it's not. It's all based on your skill stats. If you work to raise your magic skill and no others, and something like a finesse roll comes up - you will fail that roll. The randomness comes in what skills are tested at each location. I worked to raise my mind skill at the hospitol and ended up continually failing physique rolls, and as a result ended up raising my magic skill and lowering my mind, leading to my picking the conjurer ending for that character. This makes it seems as though the game is random, but it's all ruled by your base stats.

That said, this game can be played in 10 minute intervals if you're killing time, or in longer stretches if you want to unravel more story lines. It's very rewarding getting the best endings, but even some of the worst plot twists reward your curiosity. I tried to play an evil character and stayed in the slums pickpocketing on every turn but ended up giving that character the best Robin Hood ending I could have imagined. Some endings seem great, but have a twist to them that ends up haunting you and bringing you back just to try to improve it. I reccomend playing with all characters out as that seems to lengthen the game time.

This game is quick paced (if you want it to be) and rewarding, and worth a play - or five or six or a hundred.

-Misha
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rafa444
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
It is a ripoff!
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rcs735
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
very fun
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
A lot of people think this game is random - it's not. It's all based on your skill stats. If you work to raise your magic skill and no others, and something like a finesse roll comes up - you will fail that roll. The randomness comes in what skills are tested at each location. I worked to raise my mind skill at the hospitol and ended up continually failing physique rolls, and as a result ended up raising my magic skill and lowering my mind, leading to my picking the conjurer ending for that character. This makes it seems as though the game is random, but it's all ruled by your base stats.

That said, this game can be played in 10 minute intervals if you're killing time, or in longer stretches if you want to unravel more story lines. It's very rewarding getting the best endings, but even some of the worst plot twists reward your curiosity. I tried to play an evil character and stayed in the slums pickpocketing on every turn but ended up giving that character the best Robin Hood ending I could have imagined. Some endings seem great, but have a twist to them that ends up haunting you and bringing you back just to try to improve it. I reccomend playing with all characters out as that seems to lengthen the game time.

This game is quick paced (if you want it to be) and rewarding, and worth a play - or five or six or a hundred.

-Misha
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Played two complete games in 15 minutes, with a lot of repeat events on the second playthrough. Game is hella short, is what I'm ever so subtly implying. You can basically go through most of the content in half an hour or so, including all the endings.

I guess it was advertised as a party game, but it doesn't have online co-op, and are you seriously going to invite people over to play hot-seat steam game?

The writing is just about "passably amusing" at that.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
There is no option to change the resolution. If your monitor does not support the game, you are left unable to play.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
179 of 216 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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209 of 270 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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163 of 228 people (71%) found this review helpful
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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53 of 59 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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72 of 98 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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48 of 63 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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43 of 55 people (78%) 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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