Unpacking’s hidden ‘messy’ mode is a viral sensation

Unpacking, the zen puzzle game by Witch Beam, has a secret feature that many players are just discovering: a ‘messy’ mode that lets you throw things around and create chaos. This mode, called Dark Star, was teased by the developers as an April Fools’ joke in 2022, but it turns out it was actually real and accessible in the game.

To unlock Dark Star mode, you need to complete the game normally and then start a new game. When you reach the first level, you need to press a specific button combination on your controller or keyboard, depending on your platform. The button combination is different for each platform, but you can find it online or in the game’s credits.

Unpacking’s hidden ‘messy’ mode is a viral sensation
Unpacking’s hidden ‘messy’ mode is a viral sensation

Once you press the button combination, you will hear a sound effect and see a message saying “Dark Star mode activated”. From then on, you can toggle Dark Star mode on and off by pressing the same button combination. When Dark Star mode is on, you can throw items around with more force and speed, and they will bounce off walls and furniture. You can also stack items on top of each other and create piles of mess.

Why Dark Star mode is so fun

Dark Star mode is a fun way to explore the game’s levels and items in a different way. You can experiment with different combinations of items and see how they interact with each other. You can also create your own challenges and goals, such as making the biggest mess possible, or finding the most creative places to hide items.

Dark Star mode is also a great way to relieve stress and express your emotions. You can vent your frustration by throwing things around, or you can make yourself laugh by creating funny scenarios. You can also share your screenshots and videos of your Dark Star mode adventures online and see how other players react to them.

How Dark Star mode went viral

Dark Star mode was a well-kept secret for a long time, until a few players discovered it and posted about it on social media. Soon, more and more players started to try it out and share their experiences. The mode became a viral sensation, with many players praising it for its creativity and humor.

Some players also compared Dark Star mode to other games that feature physics-based destruction, such as Goat Simulator, Untitled Goose Game, and Katamari Damacy. They noted how Dark Star mode added a new layer of fun and replayability to Unpacking, which was already a highly acclaimed game for its relaxing and emotional gameplay.

Dark Star mode also attracted the attention of some celebrities and influencers, who tried it out and posted their reactions online. Some of them were surprised and amused by the mode, while others were confused and annoyed by it. Either way, their posts helped to spread the word about Dark Star mode and Unpacking, and increased the game’s popularity and sales.

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