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 (697 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."

Reviews

“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
33 of 38 people (87%) 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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22 of 30 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
The Yawhg has nice art and story telling. Unfortunately, that's all there is. About 10 minutes worth.

Right when I thought the game was starting, I was "Yeah! The Yawhg is finally here! I'm gonna kick his ♥♥♥!". After I assigned professions to each character, that was it. Ending was generated and credits rolled. That's it.

The whole game plays out like the beginning of a Fallout game. Answer a few questions and gain some stat points.

Your choices do effect the outcome and there are events that destroy locations on the map which is pretty cool. The one map you see on the screen is the only location in the game. After the Yawhg arrives, you assign positions to each character and the game generates an ending for each character based on their previous choices. Fade to black, roll credits.

While I like the art and story telling, there is simply not enough here to justify the price at all. I genuinly feel like I wasted money and I really didn't want to feel that way because I really wanted to like the game. There is simply not enough here.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
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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3 of 4 people (75%) 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
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Although very short, The Yawhg is an excellent game filled with beautiful art and amazing story. I have played it several times, and I still haven't gotten all of the stats or endings! High replay value just to see all pathways, similar to the Stanley Parable.
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