Unravel review

I’ll start this review the same way Unravel starts:

Unravel is a puzzle-platformer which sets itself apart using yarn mechanics. You play as Yarny, an adorable red creature who can throw the pieces of his body to grapple from place to place, tie knots, and build bridges in designated locations. But the real meat of Unravel lies in its heart.

Yarny treks across fields, seas, and biohazardous waste to recollect memories experienced by their family, and brings home a token after each level to commemorate the journey. The story is mostly vague, speaking more in life lessons than in actual plot points, but the tone, visuals, and story all come together at an apex which expertly conveys the importance of loving each other no matter what.

The game is not without its flaws; some of the platforming challenges are beyond frustrating, the controls could be quite finnicky, and it continues the time-honored, long frustrating tradition of bad water levels. But it helps to know that at any point, you can follow your string home to the people you love. They will be there when you are ready.

I’ll end the review the same way Unravel ends: fittingly quiet, and full of heart.

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