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Unravel – Yarny Animates Today

The ties that bind.

Quite integral to happiness and comfort, relationships are often the underscore of the human life, without ever being truly explained. We might find ourselves attached to those we’d never expect to, perhaps leaving us pondering how these mysterious bonds of empathy come into being. And today, Unravel takes us closer to this ethereal, intensely human process.

ColdWood Interactive’s Unravel sees the player as Yarny, an endearing woolen construct that animates to explore regions beyond the confines of an elderly woman’s knitting basket. Yarny traverses nostalgic beaches, gurgling riverbanks and frost-bitten forests of pine. There’s an essential nostalgia to be had in Unravel’s quaint little worlds; a reflection that inspires thoughts of what the player themselves holds dear.

Yarny enters these realms via a series of photograph frames ornamented throughout the old woman’s house; transporting to the time and place at which they were taken. Unravel’s cherished, whimsical adventure is centered around those precious, fragile moments humans seek to contain forever, and it’s captured all through the desperately innocent eyes of the game’s inquisitive knitted protagonist.

The high-definition beauty and the crystal chirrupings of gulls as Yarny explores inviting beaches isn’t just impressive to look at; these places form a natural basis that is open to inspire the player’s own reminiscence. Despite directly overseeing the past of an old lady, these photographic memories and the appealing naturalism of the landscapes prompt very personal interpretations, and aside from the innovative yarn-oriented puzzle platforming involved, Unravel really possesses a potential strength in that.

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Charlie is a platforming romantic from England, that still speaks in a fashion that died with the Elizabethan era. Having been gaming since the days of Crash Bandicoot, he champions the Playstation, and is only a little bit embarassed that Super Mario Land keeps spelling his defeat.