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By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Poetic platformer with themes of family, friends, aging.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 7+

This title has:

Great role models
Easy to play/use
age 8+

A true piece of art

The game and art are beautiful and the music quite emotional. Some parts are a bit more complicated to play but this is a game full of empathy.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Some games are fun to play, and some are mediums for provoking messages, but rare are those that are both at the same time. Unravel manages this tricky feat by making its character and his abilities a big part of the message. Yarny, a creature made entirely of wound fibers, is a walking metaphor for the threads that bind families and friends together. He's also an allegory for time and aging; his trailing thread connects him to his past, while his leading end can be used as a lasso to draw him toward the future. And since he's constantly unraveling as he travels from one checkpoint to the next, we can see the frailty that comes to him -- and us -- over time.

All of this is wonderfully clever, but what makes Unravel even better is that Yarny's thoughtful abilities can also be appreciated on their own, apart from any philosophical musings. Using his thread to swing across gaps or as a rope to manipulate machinery is just plain fun. And riddling out the answers to contextual puzzles by combining Yarny's abilities with objects found around the environment -- such as grabbing a piece of garbage on a conveyor belt -- can prove enormously satisfying. That it's perhaps the prettiest 2-D platformer yet made is just a bonus. Simply put, this is one platformer you probably won't want to miss.

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