When Electronic Arts bring us a new game it’s very rare people would class it as a beautiful title, appealing to all ages and amazing value for money, but in Unravel that’s exactly what we have.
You control a loveable ball of wool that takes shape as a small being called Yarny, having watched their owner age, Yarny set’s on an adventure to discover the memories and values of the years gone by, and believe me, this is one adventure you wont want to miss.
Straight away, you’ll be impressed by the graphics and most of all the attention to detail, grass flows in the wind, the house looked aged and cosy, with the garden slightly overgrown, Yarny looks on in awe of butterflies, and hedgehogs and get’s startled when a magpie takes flight, exploring the back garden and beyond you quickly get to grips with the pretty simple controls.
Movement on the left stick with ‘A’ performing a jump. You can Lasso your yarn forwards with the right Trigger with the Left Trigger allowing you to use the yarn behind you to climb back to higher ground, ‘B’ allows you to move objects with ‘X’ tying off your wool to create bridges and trampolines.
It’s all pretty straight forward which means you can easily recommend gameplay to all ages.
Yarny certainly has an aura of innocence and while there’s no voice, the actions and animations alone give you a feeling of relation to the discoveries along the way.
The first level alone gives you a good insight into gameplay and introduces you to managing your yarn, as Yarny progresses, leaving a trail of wool behind, you’ll notice the body dwindle until he cant go any further. Find a mass of wool and Yarny up once again to continue on the journey.
These little details really give Yarny and Unravel an adorable personality which are further highlighted by the great soundtrack playing along in the background but forming quite a central point of the adventure, whether its the bright and nostalgic soundtrack to your early steps outside the house, or the dark and moody theme to later levels, both the music and visuals do a fantastic job of showcasing Yarny’s quest but sadly it feels like there’s something slightly lacking, with no narration, voice or major storyline, you’re left to fill the gaps yourself. This works well to an extent and the underlying ‘meaning of life’ comes through from time to time, but it almost feels like we should have Stephen Fry narrating the early sections, or at least a little more direction between the various pictures and levels you’ll encounter over your 7-8 hours journey.
AS you progress through each level, you’ll collect a small yarn token which will be placed back in the kitchen, within the book you;ll find extracts about life, memories and things gone by. These points don’t quite carry the weight they’re intended to, however a few will certainly make you think.
It’s difficult to be too critical of the fairly simple core mechanics, and while the physics will sometimes leave you guessing, you can almost forgive every slight negligence because of the beautiful world created and the scope of gamers that will appreciate Yarny’s travels.
Whether your 5 or 50 Unravel is a beautiful game that YOU can enjoy, and while so many games aim for such a small target audience It’s great to see something that’s appealing across the board.
An 8 hour campaign certainly isn’t a bad experience, and there’s not many games that I can honestly recommend you play through to the end, however regardless of how impressed you are of the early visuals, the atmospherics and snow in the second half of the game make the play through worth every second.
Best of all at only £14.99 Unravel is a fantastic bargain, and those on EA access save a further 10%.