Unleaving is out NOW

Unleaving is available now on Steam for PC & MacOs

Unleaving is coming to Epic Store soon!

We're thrilled that orangutan matter and ID @ Xbox has partnered to bring Unleaving to Xbox soon!

"The power of the art and the music to bring me to such emotion...in a video game? This game certainly hit me in ways that I don’t recall experiencing before" ~ Marc, The Gaming Outsider
"Great game. The artwork is awesome. I cried at the end. The music is incredible." Game_Emotion

When everything seems hopeless a child is awakened by the whispers of the last leaf, drawn into an imaginary world.

Unleaving invites the player into a narrative-driven puzzle platformer, where each challenge unfolds within a hand-painted landscape, exploring metaphors and the elusive boundaries of perception and meaning.

Solitary reflection


Unleaving takes its title from Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem:

'Spring and Fall: To a Young Child.'

It opens with the lines:

'Márgarét, áre you gríeving Over Goldengrove unleaving?'

In Hopkins' words, as the seasons change, 'Goldengrove' loses its leaves, is a metaphor for the transient nature of life. Unleaving is a metaphorical game crafted through illustrations and puzzles context.

"Unleaving isn't just a game, it's an immersive masterpiece that will leave you wanting more. From the hand painted artwork to the music, moments of story telling and inspirational quotes, it was just so beautiful." Rinka on Steam

Art Experience

Unleaving is as much a video game as it is an extended series of multimedia paintings and drawings.

  • Every frame is a hand-painting, seamlessly integrating pencil and graphite puzzle elements.
  • The visuals come to life through traditional painting animation.
  • Embracing a commitment to originality, each scene is new, with no repetition.
  • Each chapter is based on a specific theme that guides the mood, emotion, and story and, by extension, influences the colors and style.

Story Driven Puzzles

Through the gameplay featuring puzzles and skill-based challenges each tightly knit into the story's fabric, players are invited to immerse themselves in this emotional experience.

You can get Unleaving

behind the scenes - the making of Unleaving by sura Karnawi - hand painted art
"This work by the indie game studio 'Orangutan Matter' based in Toronto, Canada, expresses the depth of human emotions through art. The animations made by layering drawings and the brush-stroked, textured backgrounds are so beautiful you can't help but stop and gaze. 😳It was an artistic experience that made you feel like you were inside a painting." ~ Kaori Writer on Steam Reviews

Image Caption: Behind the scenes of making Unleaving

reflecting on a stormy scene

Image caption: Unleaving is an emotional puzzle platformer.