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 (447 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
19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
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
Posted: June 26
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
I don't normally write a negative review for a game just because it's short. And I don't write negative reviews for such beautifully illustrated games either. But this game looks incomplete. The developer obviously had a good idea, and it could have been turned into a superb game by adding more text (still with the same amount of images) and a better and less repetitive music, but unfortunately it feels like the game is still in the form of an idea.
Posted: September 26
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 14
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17 of 27 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
I loved the art but I wish the game was a little longer or be able to skip over the credits.
Posted: June 22
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
It's a simple enough concept of a game. Four people go about their lives for 6 weeks, visiting up to 8 locations and choosing one of two actions at the location they choose. Each choice will provide a bonus to the character's stats, and there will be a secondary event. After 6 weeks, the town will be destroyed and you choose a role in order to help rebuild.

That is the gameplay in its entirety. The genius of the game comes from the varied events, how those events can lead to other events, and the beautiful resolution as you're told what your character does with his/her life. Also, the music is well-thought out. I think there's only three separate songs for the six weeks, and they all use the same theme with an increase in tension as The Yawhg approaches. The final song, however, is amazing and I don't think I'll ever grow tired of hearing it. Whether it's $5 or $10, I insist that you pick this up, sit down with some friends, and live life inside of The Yahwg.
Posted: June 29
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206 of 261 people (79%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: February 22
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