[PlayStation 4] Unravel Two Review
Unravel Two is the successor to Unravel, which released two years ago on PS4, a charming tale that now continues in with a new journey. Learn more about this fun game in our Unravel Two review!
Unravel Two – Launch Trailer
When you cut ties to the past, new bonds form. In Unravel Two, create a Yarny of your very own. Then build relationships with other Yarnys in local co-op or as a single player, fostering friendship and support as you journey together.
Begin your adventure in a cold and imposing land, then watch your surroundings blossom with new life as you chase the spark of adventure. Dive into an immersive story filled with energy, exuberance, inspiration – even monsters. Approach every challenge with positivity and fearlessness to awaken the world around you, and discover an unbreakable bond between friends.
In Unravel, you follow a wool ball – a yarn – representing the love and bonds between people. Before you dive into this review, you can read our interview with Martin Sahlin about Unravel Two right here!
The first thing I need to mention is that this game isn’t directly linked to the first Unravel. As stated by Martin Sahlin in our interview, Unravel Two is more of a successor than a sequel – it uses the same theme, since yarn represents love and the bonds between people, but it tells a completely new story with new characters, new yarnies, and a new overall tone. Unravel Two can be played independently from Unravel, which was my case.
One of the most requested features for Unravel was being able to play the game with someone else, and Unravel Two gave us exactly that: you can now play in couch co-op with a friend or a family member, which I did as I took the game for a spin with my oldest daughter, and it was a particularly great experience! The game starts with a cut-scene showing a yarny stuck in a storm in the open water, and when he wakes up, he’s on a shore and sees another yarny like him that is blue. They link their wool together, and thus the story begins.
At first, you’ll have to complete some easy platforming levels which in fact serves as the tutorial for the game by explaining all the different moves that can be done with the two yarnies. The path is straightforward, but in case you don’t know how to tackle a section, a fairy shows you the general idea of how the segment should be handled. Then, as you get to the next level, the platforming elements become a bit harder, and you will need to stop and think on how to solve the puzzles by having the two yarnies cooperate.
One of the things I liked is that even though this one is presented as a two player game, its also easy to play alone since the two yarnies can be bound together at any moment, meaning you really only have to control one of them. Of course, you’ll have to separate them to tackle the different puzzle segments, but the way the game is designed makes it possible for both a solid single-player and a two-player experience.
You’ll have to solve the different puzzles you’ll run into by, for example, hanging one yarny on one side while the other holds the line, descending in a rappel-style way, or connecting two dots together to create a wool trampoline, thus allowing you to jump higher. As my daughter and I progressed through the different levels, we saw what looked like distant memories of the people that live in the different sections we are visiting. The greater meaning of the story is not told but rather shown without words and I liked this soft way of telling the story.
The presentation of Unravel Two is top-notch, giving us a gorgeous 2.5D game. The environments are excellent and look as if they were real-world locations. The yarnies can also be slightly customized, but the main point is changing to a different color from the different available presets. The soundtrack is very calm and sooting, complementing the game’s flow. The one complaint I have about the game is that, for some reason, the sound effects felt a bit off.
I liked playing through Unravel Two with my daughter, and if you’re into playing gorgeous couch co-op games, then you’re certainly in for a treat since this is a very good puzzle platformer. The game is roughly 4-5 hours long, and is fun to play with friends or family members, so I definitively recommend this release.
PSN Game Size: 6.50GB
This Unravel Two review is based on a PlayStation 4 code provided by Electronic Arts.