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International Women's Day: Unravel Review

To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 and to show that when it comes to gaming there is no gender dominance, we reached out to some of our customers to ask if they could provide us with a guest review of their favourite games. 

Unravel Review

Ever since its announcement at the E3 press event last June, Unravel has been a game I have been greatly anticipating. Presented by its Swedish creator Martin Sahlin, who was memorable in himself for winning over the hearts of the audience just for being a genuinely down to earth guy, he introduced a new, charming puzzle-based platformer that had such gorgeous-looking visuals I was instantly drawn to it. Now it’s finally released, and if you didn’t think it would be possible to fall in love with a ball of yarn you are about to be proven wrong!

The game follows a heartfelt story about Yarny, a little creature made entirely out of yarn which slowly unravels as he embarks on an adventure re-connecting memories of a lost family. As he is made out of yarn, he can use it to swing through trees, climb steep surfaces, make bridges, and even hitch a ride from a fish! All of which use strategy to solve puzzles and complete levels. They don’t make this entirely easy though, some of the puzzles I found to be quite challenging, which lead to a little frustration.

You really need to get your thinking cap on to solve said puzzles and try out different ways (a lot of this includes retracing your steps) to progress. There are added foes and obstacles trying to stop little Yarny along the way (which some I found to be rather cute) such as an angry rodent, cockroaches, and good old water, to name a few. 

But be warned: your yarn is not limitless! As he unravels, Yarny becomes thinner and thinner until you find more to refill yourself, making the puzzles even trickier. Each level also has ‘secrets’ to find and collect, which could be located anywhere. Although there is no talking at all in the game, it’s surprising how much emotion Yarny expresses: he shivers in the cold, rubs his head when he has a fall, and gets startled by passing birds and butterflies. I love little details like this and just adds to the adorableness the character holds.

The environments are visibly stunning too, demonstrating life-like next-gen graphics brilliantly. You will trek though Swedish countryside, windy mountains, sunny seaside, and snowy fields. Combined with a calming, gentle soundtrack it all comes together rather beautifully. 

The controls feel smooth and easy to adjust to; it is a lot of fun swinging from branch to branch and grabbing onto things. As I played through, I found it to be very similar to the platformer Limbo, but way more light-hearted and far less creepy. The only criticism I have about the game is that it’s not always easy to find the secrets and if you miss one, you are unable to go back to that section. This means you have to re-visit levels, which can be a bit tedious.

Overall, this six-hour game is both a joy and a challenge to play. It’s perfect for when you want a nice break from killing zombie hordes and getting killed by annoying campers in Black Ops III. I found it a very chilled out and relaxing game to play, it certainly did not disappoint. Plus, Yarny is one of the most adorable characters around and I now want one of my own – and I’m sure you will too!

About International women’s day 

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialised world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. Find out more here


Edited On 01 Mar, 2016

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