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Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Amazing, creative adventure melds real and virtual worlds.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about puzzle-solving, creativity, and paper-craft art in this clever and highly original 3-D platform adventure. Players get to use their understanding of how things like paper and glue work in the real world to solve the game's simple puzzles, unspooling rolls of paper to create paths or peeling back flaps to open doors. They then can build dozens of the game's clever paper objects by printing out schematics and instructions. Tearaway is a wonderfully inventive game that will let kids explore their creativity in ways both digital and physical. 

Positive Messages

This game is about discovery, exploration, and creativity. Players get to experience the thrill of discovery as they use their fingers to unwrap digital presents and craft with virtual paper. Then they can download printable files of objects and characters they've seen and recreate them with real paper.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Iota (Atoi, if you choose to play as a female character) is a paper messenger attempting to deliver an important message and understand his place and purpose in the world. He gets into a few fights with paper monsters and minions, but mostly he only wants to explore, learn, help, and create. 

Ease of Play

The basic controls for movement, jumping, and camera control are pretty much identical to those of any 3-D platformer. Things get a bit trickier when it comes to using the rear touch panel and the front touchscreen, which can require some nimble finger gymnastics. However, players have unlimited lives, and checkpoints generally occur every few seconds.

Violence & Scariness

Players need to stomp on, roll into, and throw fantastical paper characters to defeat them. The occasional paper skeleton of long gone paper creatures can be seen gathering dust in the environments.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tearaway is a 3-D platform adventure game starring a little paper messenger. Although there's a bit of combat that sees the protagonist hopping on, rolling up against, and throwing various papery minions, the focus here is much more on exploration, discovery, and, especially, creativity. Players get to create and customize objects within the game, take photos, record their voices, and interact with the world in unusual ways. They also can recreate the characters and objects they see in the game by downloading dozens -- and dozens -- of printable paper models and their corresponding instructions, which are unlocked while they're playing. It's a great outlet for creativity both on and off the gaming console.

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Teen, 17 years old Written bysaibhandari January 3, 2015

Fun game!

This game promotes creativity as well as hand eye co-ordination! It's a very sweet game but manages to be entertaining at the same time and even when it fi... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bywillman72 December 2, 2013

my favorite vita title

this game is a fantastic vita franchise using all of the vita a highly recommended game

What's it about?

TEARAWAY is a colorful paper-craft adventure that tells the story of a small paper person journeying through a fantastical, three-dimensional paper world to deliver a message to you, the player, who appears to the paper people as a god-like entity in the sky. Available only for PlayStation Vita, it makes use of several of the system's interface features. Players can touch the console's rear panel to poke their fingers through into the game world and interact with objects. The front touch screen is used to interact with shining silver paper, which shows up as bows that can be pulled off presents and paper paths that can be unrolled. It also can be drawn on and used to cut out pieces of virtual paper to customize objects. Players use the console's motion sensors to shift things in the game world into place and the microphone to record their voices, which get played back to them at key points in the adventure. The rear camera is used to take pictures that appear on certain surfaces in the world or to capture textures that get applied to various paper creatures. The game also employs the front camera to project the player's face into the world -- for example, making him or her appear like a face within the sun. What's more, players can take pictures of creatures and objects to unlock their schematics, which they can then download and print, allowing them to recreate scenes they see in the game in real life.

Is it any good?

Tearaway is very likely the most original, daring, and just plain entertaining game yet released for PlayStation Vita. Everything in its beautiful paper world stays true to the game's paper theme, from glue-coated walls that give Tearaway's hero the ability to walk along them to virtual currency made of confetti. The three-dimensional adventure, filled with memorable characters in need of the messenger's help, is a delight from start to finish. Even more remarkable, though, is how players can capture pictures of characters and objects with the game's camera and then download their blueprints and instructions so they can print them out and build them in the real world, recreating specific scenes from the game or creating their own. It's a terrific and wholly unique melding of the real and virtual worlds that acts as a terrific bit of added value and will ensure players young and old never forget this one-of-a-kind adventure.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about paper-crafting. What sorts of things have you built out of paper? Did this game provide you with new paper-crafting ideas? Is there anything in the game you wanted to build but for which you couldn't find and unlock instructions?

  • Families also can discuss the game's unusual meditations on message and story. What do you think is the "message" referred to throughout the game? Whose story do you experience while playing, yours or that of your little paper messenger? 

  • Have you played other games that are equally creative?

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