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Unsubscribed: The Game Review

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Unsubscribed: The Game completely and utterly fails at everything it sets out to do. It fails at horror, it fails at gameplay, and it fails at entertaining the player in any sort of way.

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Bmc Studio, after failing to revolutionize the superhero genre with Dabwoman, tries their hand at horror with their new title Unsubscribed: The Game. Unfortunately, the development team forgot to add any semblance of fear, polish, or even gameplay.

Unsubscribed: The Game Review

A spoof on the 2014 found footage flick Unfriended, Unsubscribed: The Game follows four different friends that talk to each other via the Skloopy app. Dio, Yoda, Fergunson, and Steve are a rowdy bunch, yelling out “reeeee” and “yeet,” making offensive jokes, and dropping F-bombs aplenty. If one could not tell from the homophobic or tasteless remarks, this is one immature title.

After a few minutes of play, one would think this full motion video title is just four teenagers goofing around on their webcams, but there is an underlying plot to be found. Steve wants his friends to subscribe to his brother Timmy’s MyTube channel, but as it turns out, Timmy is actually a demon. As a result, when his friends put up resistance, they begin to die off one by one.

Don’t be mistaken though – there is nothing frightening about Unsubscribed: The Game. Those hoping for something with any semblance of horror will be sorely disappointed. Rather, all deaths in the game simply have people pretending to have their leg bitten, or pretending to die from a heart attack. You hear some fake grunts and then watch them fall off-screen, never to be seen again.

This lack of effort is apparent throughout the title. The UI of the chat interface was crudely drawn in Microsoft Paint, video is grainy and blurry, and there was no effort to add any sort of setting to each environment. It’s not uncommon to see characters drink out of Minion mugs or get a clear view of a teenager’s bedroom.

One could say there is gameplay in this title, but even that is stretching it. Rather, there are only three choices one can make. With such riveting options as “Pay Him $100 to Subscribe” and “Do Something,” there’s not much players can accomplish. We were able to make it to the end of the game just fine by choosing the first option of all three, and were rewarded with the characters telling us to leave the game a positive review.

If that’s not enough, there is a completely non-interactive segment that occurs after the game is over. Following the exploits of an unknown character, players will spend a good amount of time with him in the kitchen as he makes something completely inedible. One can see that this is a chance to watch him goof off – his combination of salt, chips, a rotten banana, and bubbles is unappealing and serves no purpose. Between the poor recipe and the gratuitous camera tricks, this also proves to be a waste of time.

Unsubscribed: The Game completely and utterly fails at everything it sets out to do. It fails at horror, it fails at gameplay, and it fails at entertaining the player in any sort of way.

This review of Unsubscribed: The Game was done on the PC. The game was purchased digitally.
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Casey Scheld

Casey Scheld has more than 15 years of experience in the gaming industry as a community manager, social media director, event specialist, and (of course) gaming editor. He has previously worked with gaming start-ups like Raptr, publishers like Konami, and roller derby girls at PAX West (check out Jam City Rollergirls)! Gamers Heroes is a passion project for him, giving him a chance to tap into the underground side of gaming. He is all too eager to give these lesser-known heroes of the indie space the attention they so rightly deserve, seeking out the next gem and sharing it with the world. Previously making appearances at events like CES, GDC, and (the late) E3, he is all too happy to seek out the next big thing. For those that want to talk shop, send over a tip, or get an easy win in a fighting game of their choosing, be sure to check out his social media channels below.

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