Unrest is a role playing adventure game set in a fantasy interpretation of ancient India that adapts to death, failure, and the choices you make. Play as ordinary people in a struggle for safety, freedom, and a chance at peace. Use conversation, manipulation (and rarely, violence) to achieve your goals.
User reviews: Mixed (71 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 23, 2014

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"Choice & consequence-driven "adventure RPG" based on Indian history and myth. Lacking in puzzles and statistically light, but strong in plot."
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February 2

Soundtrack updated with Steam music player support!

Hello players,

If you want to rock to the beats of "Voices of Bhimra", the Unrest official soundtrack from within the Steam Music Player, you can now do so!

You may need to go to Settings -> Music -> Scan Now, and make sure "Scan Steam folder for Soundtracks is checked. You will also need the Soundtrack DLC, of course.

Happy Listening, and stay tuned for more Pyrodactyl news!

- Arvind

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November 5, 2014

Our next game is an espionage RPG set during the Cold War!

Imagine a game with the moral dilemmas, narrative and all the other good things in Unrest - but this time set in the Baltic region during the cold war.

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Use your contacts, tools, and wits to stay alive in the midst of a dangerous historically-inspired conspiracy.

Revolution is brewing. With the right information, you can be the Soviets' greatest agent - but with the right reason to fight, you might just be their greatest miscalculation.

See you on the other side!

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“Ethical dilemmas reminiscent of Papers, Please.”

“Its heavy focus on the story does wonders thanks to some great writing, and almost every character you meet or play will have understandable backstories, motivations and traits.”

“Unrest is excellent [...] It’s not often that a game I’m reviewing hooks me so hard that I play it through twice.”
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About This Game

Set in a fantasy interpretation of ancient India, Unrest is an adventure RPG focused on story and choices. Play as five ordinary people who are struggling to get by in the famine-stricken city-state of Bhimra.

Brave poverty, disease, treason, political and social upheaval. Face unique burdens and gripping dilemmas as you struggle to survive in each chapter...but choices made to help one character may well make life harder for another.

In Unrest, there are no heroes of legend, there is no mystical quest, and fate has not chosen you.
You're on your own.

Key Features

  • Diverse Characters: Play as a peasant girl faced with an arranged marriage, a priest troubled by his radical temple, a slum dweller with a dangerous past, an ambassador from a militant nation, and a mercenary captain far out of his depth - all as part of the same narrative.

  • Reactive Storyline: Hard decisions made in one chapter have consequences in the next. A choice made as one character may well determine the fate of another.

  • No Right Answers: There are no fail states in Unrest - if a character dies or fails in their objectives, that becomes part of the narrative. You can play in Iron Man mode to ensure there are no second chances, or save/load if you wish (not that we recommend it).

  • Complex Conversations: Unrest's dialogues are organic, branching exchanges designed to offer an unparalleled level of control and involvement to the player. You'll always know exactly what you're saying and how you're saying it, and you'll be able to see how much the person likes, fears, or respects you as a result.

  • Violence is Rarely the Answer: Combat in Unrest is rare and always avoidable. When faced with the possibility of death, it's up to you to decide how much you're willing to risk.

  • Lush Art & Music: Unrest's hand-drawn sprites and environments call to mind a living canvas, while the classical Indian soundtrack perfectly echoes the narrative's emotional core.

  • Mod Support: Create and share your own worlds and adventures.

Notable Mentions

Unrest is a game that makes me think of Bede, of transience and loss...Unrest captures something of the lives of people rather than the bombast of heroes and protagonists.
- Rock Paper Shotgun

One of Time Magazine‘s games to watch for summer 2014

Pyrodactyl’s promises of deep interactivity and role playing freedom have, in fact, been fulfilled - The Cloud Monster

[Unrest] tells the kind of story that very few games are willing (or able) to tell... - New World Notes

…seems really cool. I’m so thrilled that [Unrest] even exists – Jesse Cox

Special Edition Content

  • The Unrest OST, a 12-track instrumental album inspired by Indian classical music. (Preview)
  • A novella set in Bhimra, written by Rutskarn of Chocolate Hammer. (Preview)
  • High-res digital posters, including a concept map of Bhimra
  • Behind the scenes developer footage
  • Concept art & Design documents

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP SP2 or newer
    • Processor: 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible graphics card with 1 GB memory
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Monitor resolution of 1280x720 or greater recommended
    • OS: OS X 10.7 or newer
    • Processor: 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 compatible graphics card with 1 GB memory
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Monitor resolution of 1280x720 or greater recommended
    • OS: Only 64-bit Linux OSes are supported at the moment
    • Processor: 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 compatible graphics card with 1 GB memory
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Monitor resolution of 1280x720 or greater recommended
Helpful customer reviews
40 of 46 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
I got this game in a bundle, and was really excited to play it because I love story-driven games with multi-faceted consequence/decision trees.

If you like immersive, narrative-heavy games with a good level of consequence/decision trees, then you will enjoy this game.

The aesthetics are good, the backgrounds and artstyle can be fairly charming. The storyline seems to be pretty fluid, changing in the most subtle nuances depending on your choices - definitely warranting at least a few playthroughs. After playing the extreme let-down known as Postmortem, Unrest really, really satisfied my consequence-based gameplay hunger. The music and sounds are very good, and I left the audio on for the entirety of my playthrough.

The controls are very simple, you mostly walk around and converse with different people. There are maybe one or two combat instances, which are also easy to play through. There isn't really a tutorial, however, learning the mechanics of the game is not challenging; the learning curve is minimal to moderate. Understanding and realizing the consequences of your actions, however, may take some time (and even one or two playthroughs).

Something that really interested me was the pacing of the game - as you develop a connection with your character (I am a very immersion-oriented gamer), you will find yourself put into the perspective of a new person as the story progresses to critical moments. As a psychology research assistant, one theme my lab likes to look at is bias - and something very, very interesting is experiencing the biases as you jump from character to character. I try to play RPGs as true to how I believe I would act (meaning I usually go for evil playthroughs first), but as I jumped to different perspectives, making decisions became very difficult, knowing that the consequences would most likely affect the very first character I played as. When I realized playing this way would be difficult if I did it for each playable character, I decided to take a different approach - I made a backstory for each character and played them using those stories as references. This made the experience much more enjoyable. Eventually, I also had to pick which characters were my "main" or favorite characters. This game made me better appreciate how George R. R. Martin, the author of A Song of Ice and Fire series (Game of Thrones), must feel when deciding which characters to kill/make miserable.

The different character POVs allows you to really get a more complete scope of the overarching story, and the presentation of everything is refreshing and well-done. Overall, a satisfying experience if you are the least bit interested in this type of gameplay.

If you enjoy consequence/decision trees and story-driven games, you must give this game a try.

Highly recommend!

DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
The most enjoyable part of this game was the story. It was really interesting and inventive.

The most regrettable part of this game was that one's choices didn't really change the story much. Only very small details can be changed, but the overall story will remain the same no matter what choices are made.

Despite its flaws, the game's choices are still good to have, because they cause the player to question their morals a bit. There are people who want to help others and there are those who don't. The former have the more taxing decisions to make, because sometimes it isn't clear how to help people most efficiently.

Because the story changes perceptions from one character to the next, the player gets to see various different sides to the story, not just one character's point of view. The player could hate the sound of a character they've heard about, then later end up liking them because new information has come to light. A character could sound villainous at first, but then end up being a decent person when the player witnesses their part of the story. I really liked this concept of the game: seeing things from different perspectives of different characters.
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26 of 34 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
Review will contain mild spoilers: Please be wary.

This game is an RPG based entirely on dialogue choices. You can also move around the map outside of dialogue. This is how the game plays and some people may not find that fun. I, personally, did enjoy this system. I didn't want fancy mechanics, I wanted a story and this system was a brilliant way of doing that.

Through the duration of the game you will play a handful of different characters at different sections in the story. The story is broken up into several scenes and you will play one character until it is finished at which point both the scene and the character you play will change. And, unless the character is Asha (the princess of the human kingdom), you will never play as them again.
The way you end the scene, and the things you do during it, will effect future scenes in what characters appear (I have only noticed one instance of this but there are probably more) and characters will reffer to what your character did. For example you can run away from your marriage as a peasant girl in a farm village and the owner of the farm will mention that she has had trouble with a peasant running away in a later scene.
There are alot of examples of this that I could give which is wonderful. I love feeling that my choices mattered.

However I didn't get that feeling. I once tried to refuse to do something as one of the characters and the game pretty much said, "It is plot essential that you don't refuse so you did it anyway." In a game like this having control taken away from your character is pretty much the worse thing you could do.
The core selling point of this game is that the choices you do matter and if the moment you try to do something that will significantly alter the narrative of the story the game takes away your choices and forces you down a path then something has gone wrong.
The amount that your actions affected the world would be sufficient for a more combat-oriented game (in fact I would love it there) as the subtle strokes are so nice sometimes. But for this game it doesn't cut it.

But perhaps the worst feature of this game, the one that made me hate this game, was the lack of a suitable ending. In fact I thought I was still playing the game (the ending is done through dialogue between your character and another) and then it cut to credits. In this ending I learnt almost nothing about anything but the fact there is still tension between the humans and the naga; in every 'ending' that I got. (Even in my most naga-friendly playthrough it said, "The naga army may march on the humans." or something similar)

To summarize:
It was a neat idea about civil unrest and allowing you to play as characters who influence the story but I felt as though I had little impact on the narrative.
There was no closure on the stories of any of the characters (except for maybe Asha; but even then it is still weak) and I felt punished for being invested in them.
And the 'ending' was poorly executed and uninformative.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
I enjoyed this for what it was, but it wasn't what I expected. Rather than one epic, sprawling story with a single protagonist you play a few vignettes, important moments in the lives of people from all the social strata in a conflicted, starving Indian city. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I went in expecting the first kind of story and was surprised that I didn't get it, so future buyers do be aware of that.

Similarly, while the game is definitely not short on choices, moral dilemmas and intrigue, and while your choices in one section do affect the situation in later ones, the consequences are perhaps a little more abstract than immediate. This is sometimes helped and sometimes hindered by the switching PoVs; it's interesting to see what the decisions you make as a noble or captain of the city guard do to the poor people and, though more rarely, vice versa.

One playthrough took me about 4.5 hours on Ironman Mode, which I recommend, as even with save-scumming, since the consequences of your actions aren't always immediately obvious you won't often have a save far back enough to go and change something in your current game - you might as well just play one way then replay another.

In summary, this is a great, talky-choosy RPG with almost no "gameplay" or "mechanics" as such. You walk and make choices and that's it. If you love that aspect of Bioware-y RPGs you'll enjoy this game, but with the caveat that you'll have to be satisfied with sometimes vague and abstract "consequences" experienced by characters who didn't make the choices. I don't know if I'd recommend buying it at full price - I'll come back and edit this review once I've finished another run. It definitely deserves at least two, possibly more, so I'd estimate at least 8 hours worth of content.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
Brilliant game. Essentially, it plays like a choose-your-own-adventure, but the situations you're placed in, and the decisions you have to make, really make you think. It cleverly has you playing a variety of characters on different sides of the unrest, making what appear at first to be black and white issues to be complicated dilemmas.

Games are usually about feeling powerful. The characters you play in Unrest are often powerless, or struggling to make a difference. It's taken me just over 3 hours to complete, and in that time I've felt helpless, I've made decisions I've regretted, and I've done things against my will for the sake of others.

It did end suddenly, but in a way it fits with the game that there's no definitive conclusion. I'm left with both the sense that things could have gone very differently, but also that perhaps what happened was inevitable.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
I was unsure whether to recommend it or not but then I remembered that I did enjoy the game, it was interesting, so I decided on a thumbs up. The artwork is, so to speak, so-so and it has a very sudden ending, it felt unfinished to me, we haven't been given the chance to witness the result of our numerous choices and negotiations. Did the kingdom prosper or did it fail? I guess we'll never know the answer to this question. Why I gave it a thumbs up, you might ask? Well, because I enjoyed it, all the dialogues and options were interesting to read and I wanted to see what would all my choices inevitably lead to. Also, the price, it's pretty affordable for 7 hours of gameplay. I wish the artwork was better and the game didn't have to rely on good story/dialogue alone, and I wish it had a better ending.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
Very interesting and engaging throughout. It is, however, extremely text heavy and is more an interactive novel than a game. In addition, the game itself only lasts a couple of hours - unless you intend to play through it multiple times to see what changes with different choices, it may not be worth $15. In addition, the ending leaves something to be desired. That being said, it is interesting and well thought out for what it is. I recommend playing the demo first to make your decision.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
I recently finished playing the game, and I must say, it was very enjoyable. I, while not a fan of multiple perspectives, did happen to like this games take on it. It was implemented and written well throughout the game. I loved the charecters to, they were just written so well. The game will take about 5 hours to finish, yet you will be able to play it diffrently to have difrent outcomes. I would recommend this game to anyone who loves games with a story.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
This isn't going to be a comprehensive review, others on this page have put it better than me. If you're into dialogue-based games that make you think about the world you are experiencing, this is definitely worth picking up (even though it's short this is a reasonable price and it'll be on sale soon enough again).

I adored the dialogue in this game; it was thought-provoking, it was nuanced, and it was definitely this game's strongest point. With such a low budget, I think the aesthetic was still surprisingly consistent and I think the game looked quite pretty. As a lot of people pointed out the ending was a bummer: the real worth of this game lies in exploring the world and forming opinions and not in following a linear story but even then it was sort of disappointing. If these people had a bigger budget they could make some truly amazing narrative-focused games.

This is definitely something worth checking out if you're like me and play BioWare games solely for the story. Looking forward to their next title!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
This game has a charming, story-intensive style, but it's very hard for me to consider it an RPG. Really, it's little more than a choose your own adventure game with an overworld in each of the individual sections. There's nothing inherently wrong with that, but it is definitely NOT an rpg by most modern standards.

Beyond that personal peeve of mine, the dialogue and the story itself, at least at the start, are fairly interesting and captivating, painting a unique picture about the current state of the world and the troubles it's going through. However, avoiding spoiling anything, the ending feels incredibly lackluster; it doesn't feel like a satisfying conclusion to the interesting story it finishes. The manner in which it happens, too, just seems boring.

Overall, the style and background to this choose-your-own adventure game is praise-worthy, but the gameplay itself is very limited and the actual conclusion to the game leaves me wanting. It's a bit disappointing, as someone who followed the game for a while before it came out.

That said, I think it's worth the current sale price (about 4 bucks), but my lack of recommendation is for the normal price.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
[Indian] A wonderful text heavy narrative portraying ancient India in a fantasy setting that's let down by not having a better presentation and polish.

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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
overall it was a good game , i expected more of an ending to it that just wasn't there , its story was good while it lasted tho so i'd still recomend it long as your not expecting too much from the ending.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
Looks great from my first play through. Lots of depth to characters initially at least. I wish there were more games based on the Indian culture and lore, there is a lot of variety that can easily make a great RPG experience in the setting.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
Aside from the "animated trees" making the game unplayably laggy, this was a nice, tight little game.
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9 of 18 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Has a very interesting concept, but the game goes very quickly. I was finished in less than 2 hours. The game also ended very abruptly - I wasn't even sure it was the ending at first. It feels very unfinished and I feel gypped out of my $10. ):
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
actually enjoyable little indie title!

will be finishing it atleast even if i never replay!
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119 of 139 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 27, 2014
Overall, I enjoyed my experience with this game, but it did end up disappointing me by the end. It basically plays as a Bioware game (Mass Effect, Dragon Age, etc.) without the combat and item management elements. You walk around an enviroment talking to people, picking up quests, and making decisions. You switch to playing various characters thoughout the story, which allows you to see the complicated state of affairs from different sides as the story unfolds.

The story is pretty good, and I liked how it constantly pits you up against morally ambiguous dilemmas. More than once I actually found myself questioning the principles I had chosen to stand by. I was engaged in the dialogue pretty much the whole time, even when speaking to side characters who didn't contribute much to the story.

I think, in the end, I just expected more from the game. There's a lot of build up with not a lot of payoff, and a lot of things that I expected to matter just didn't matter at all in the end. Most of the choices you make don't come back to you, longterm, in any way. I doubt that this would be different with a different playthrough, the game is just too short. Characters will aquire traits based on the decisions you make, but these don't seem to have any effect on subsequent dialogue or decisions. They're badges, basically. The opinion, admiration, and fear you get with characters through dialogue doesn't seem to affect dialogue or decisions either, and it doesn't come back to haunt you or help you later on. Most characters don't get more than one playthough, so you don't get to follow up on their story. As it stands, I can only get but so emotionally invested in them.

For what it is, this game can still be fun for the right kind of person, and I'm happy to support games like this as they have so much potential. I can see myself recommending it to a few people I know, but knowing what I know now, I doubt I would have bought it for myself.
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82 of 97 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 23, 2014
Pre-Release Review
So I wasn't sure what to expect when playing through this game, I went in completely blind, but I was pleasantly surprised. The game is heavily text-based, so be wary of that before purchasing, it's not your typical modern RPG.

The closest thing I can compare it to is Heavy Rain. And that's a good thing. You have a lot of freedom within the choices you make and all of those choices can have heavy consequences. You play as multiple characters, and you can see the effects your choices from one character has on another, albeit never directly interacting.

The main game took a good 2 or so hours to complete, however with the amount of branching dialogue choices and I imagine endings too, that's pretty impressive. There's a lot of replayability here, especially with the mod support.

Closing words would just be to try the demo, it's there for a reason. If you like what you see, then the game will deliver!
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62 of 70 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 30, 2014
An interesting game idea regarding execution (you handle nearly all the game via dialogues and choices) as well as for the scenario (indian setting, mixed with a bit fantasy) .

Throughout the game you play different persons, which are all in some way involved in the troubles of the kingdom, your way will lead from the poorest to the highest and you can lead them to different ways how their life and the future of the realm will play out.
This way you also get to see the conflict from different sides.

The stories and choices regard many problems, beside the main problem of unrest in an old kingdom. You have a priest which has to decide between idealism and beiing a father to his kids/ a daughter between following the path her parents choose for her or striving for freedom and so on.

It´s hard to categorize the game.. maybe a mix of adventure and visual novel, for an rpg, there is a bit too few interaction imo. You have an inventory but rarely use it, the same for the characteristics your actual character develops.. they are more for story than doing anything.

As a warning for everyone, Unrest has no remarkeable graphics, and the sounds/music are, while quite nice, not that various.
Also as mentioned you have to read through the whole game and just choose how your actual character will response. This may be too boring for many people, but i enjoyed the storyline and the concept.
Also the writing is good enough to carry you through the story.

Last but not least the game is not very long.. you can complete it in about three hours and while the end is a bit sudden, you get enough disclosure.

So maybe check the demo first or wait for a sale, but i liked it and would glady see more from the developers.
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61 of 77 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 23, 2014
Pre-Release Review
Unrest is a story-driven, text-heavy adventure set in a fantasy version of India. You play as a group of different individuals, each with their own stories and problems in the world, and the choices you make greatly affect how each tale plays out. As you walk around and interact with the people around you, you'll learn information and make decision, which will ultimately lead each of your protagonists down good or bad paths.

If you're not the sort of person who likes text-heavy games, Unrest probably isn't going to win you over. If you do like your story games, though, this is well worth a punt. Note that the game does suffer from some technical issues, with stuttering and crashing, but not enough to take away from experience. You can watch my playthrough here: http://youtu.be/UVJUl4_jTxs
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