Prepare to experience one of the most emotional puzzle games so far as Unravel will keep you tied to your chair while you try to connect the knots and find out the story that leads to the weaving of Yarny.
Unravel is developed by ColdWood Interactive and published by non-other than Electronic Arts. It is compatible with Xbox One, PC and PlayStation 4. The puzzle game is also not that pricey at a retail price of only $20, but seeing as it was published by EA, there may be some DLCs on the way.
The story of Unravel begins with a touching scene in which an old woman is looking at some framed photos in her home. The scene is actually a clue to the feeling of nostalgia that will dominate the entire game. While the woman prepares herself to walk up the stairs, a small ball of yarn falls down from her basket. This is how Yarny comes to be.
The animated figure is quite cute. It is small, slim and with pointy ears, or horns, depending on the imagination of every player. Its reddish color also evokes nostalgia as it looks exactly like the sweater that your grandma used to knit you on Christmas.
Yarny uses different pictures to travel to the beach, the forest and many other areas that are not as sunshine-filled as the beach, but that are abundant with deep feelings and sentimental tokens that Yarny picks up and brings back home.
In his voyages, the little yarn boy finds pictures of a family fishing, hiking or simply enjoying themselves in nature. The photos that he collects are brought back home by Yarny and attached to a sort of book. You must play the game in order to find out the story behind the game.
The game is greatly focused on the mood. The player will experience a great array of emotions while playing it. The story is a bit confusing sometimes, and it feels like there are some loose ends that need further explanations. But if you look at it from an emotional point of view you realize that it actually mimics life better than expected since it is filled with various feelings from joy to sadness to nostalgia, and also a slightly erratic plot. Because life isn’t linear, or clear.
As for the game itself, Yarny has some basic capabilities like walking or jumping, but also some unique ones like using the string from which he is made to create lines across holes or even swing himself from impressive heights.
The main idea is that the little yarn-born boy must complete puzzles in order to reach the next levels. The puzzles are not very complicated and their main purpose is to let Yarny find a way to advance in the story.
Even if you’re not the biggest fan of puzzle games, Unravel will keep you tied to your chair wanting to find out more, to feel more. It’s the yarn version of Pinocchio and you are Gepetto.
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