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Video GameUnravel (Series) Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson, Rich Adams and Ben Kendall.

OverviewOverview

Unravel and the two-player Unravel Two are a pair of jumping and swinging platform games where you control a character made out of wool. As well as making him look super cute, the wool is used to swing around and interact with objects.

As you progress through the landscape with your handmade character, you learn about the house he came from. You visit places and moments that were significant in the homeowners' lives, and discover their memories about the places. The starts bright and happy but has sad and darker moments too like one memory that reveals that the old woman's husband died from a heart attack.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 09/02/2016, updated in 2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Coldwood Game (@ColdwoodGame)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 6 hours and 9 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game. Unravel 2 is a little shorter than the first game, although being able to play with another person extends its value considerably for families. One player can take the lead, but both need some skill to negotiate the levels and puzzles.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Unravel was rated PEGI 7 with violence against fantasy or mythical beings and creatures. Players need to navigate obstacles, solve puzzles and stay clear of environmental hazards. Environmental hazards will include anything from real life animals to pools of acid. When Yarny is caught by one of the animals, he is trashed around rather violently and the screen will fade to black.

There are slightly creepy settings in this game such as dark caves and thunderstorms. In one sequence Yarny almost gets hit by a car, this is a rather abrupt scene that can startle players.

Rated for younger players in the US.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need some good timed button pressing skill. There are also puzzles to solve that require lateral thinking. Playing with a more experienced person can open the door for younger children to enjoy this.

CostsCosts

Unravel usually costs £3.49 to £24.99.
 

Unravel

Unravel 2

Steam Store PC £3.49

Unravel Two

Unravel Yarny Bundle

PlayStation Store PS4 £24.99
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Unravel Accessibility Report documents 20 accessibility features:
While for a lot of the game you won't need to have quick reactions, there are some actions, such as using the yarn to swing across chasms, where you'll need to be able to react quickly. If you're struggling with this, you can use the Slow Motion function to help you. While each level can take quite a long time to beat, there are regular checkpoints where you will start once you resume the game should you need to stop halfway through a level.

With its strong emphasis on visual storytelling, the game has very little text in it, but what there is is high contrast, but fairly small and not adjustable. The 2D platforming style of the game makes it easy to understand where to go next, and interactive objects often have a shimmer to them to highlight them. Additionally, a glowing orb indicates the direction to go by going ahead of you or pointing out key items.

Some pats of the game can be quite dark and low in contrast, and your character's colour can make them blend in as well. To combat this partially, you can adjust the colour of your character, choosing from a range of preset colours that contrast to any background.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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