Tearaway Unfolded

Tearaway Unfolded Review

A stationery tale

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a PlayStation 4 on

ESRB Everyone rating

In an age where 3D platformers are scarce, Tearaway is back to fill the void. Although this iteration is a remake of 2013's PlayStation Vita version, there's plenty of innovations that'll make you fall in love with it all over again.

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Now that's one party I definitely wouldn't want to leave

It's immediately evident upon observing any screenshot or gameplay footage clip that Tearaway is one of a kind when it comes to its presentation. In a colourful world where everything is crafted from paper, our hero with an envelope for a head is on a journey with one purpose: to deliver you (that's right, you) a message. There's a tear in the sky and you're behind it looking in on the world of Tearaway as the hero traverses many different lands filled with obstacles just to meet you. Doesn't that make you feel special? This imaginative premise set in such a breathtakingly intricate world allows for one unforgettable adventure to develop. By the time you're done with it, you'll want to start it all over again just to take in all the wonder one more time.

The basics of the gameplay are like any other 3D platformer where you run and jump, but Tearaway sets itself apart by its use of unique mechanisms and augmented reality. You're constantly introduced to new elements throughout the adventure that ensure the game never becomes tiresome and always feels fresh and dynamic. An example to illustrate the extent that these elements go is being able to trap a critter in your controller by having the hero throw it at the screen. Then, you can pet it with the touchpad while it appropriately responds through the controller's speaker. By flicking the touchpad, you can use it as a weapon to launch at an enemy. Other features include using a companion app on a mobile device to take pictures that end up in the game, speaking into a microphone to provide a voice for a character, tilting the controller to move platforms, designing clothes for characters to wear, and aiming the light bar to remove obstacles. In the end, it's nothing short of awe-inspiring what you can do in the world of Tearaway.

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Atoi stylishly flies into town on a paper airplane

As you can already tell, there is a lot to see and do in Tearaway Unfolded. Not only is the main adventure rather lengthy for 3D platformer standards, there are loads of secrets to uncover and collectables to find. Besides gathering all the confetti lying around, you can take photos of solid white objects to unlock printable papercraft patterns, carry out side quests to bring joy to several different critters, and uncover some Easter eggs including a cameo from Media Molecule's Sackboy placeholder YellowHead. Going back to discover all the treasures that you missed will compel you to spend quite a long time with your little messenger well after you complete the game.

Although there are a couple of negative points to discuss, they are so insignificant that you shouldn't even read this paragraph. First of all, the journey is undoubtedly gripping from start to finish, however there really aren't any parts that substantially stand out. This is due to the fact that there are no boss fights or events that differentiate themselves enough to break out of the standard gameplay segments. Of course, the gameplay itself changes up with all the distinct elements that slowly get introduced and there are many memorable quirky moments, but if there were times when you took on a massive enemy or tackled an ostensibly insurmountable feat then the overall gameplay would have felt more complete. Besides that, sometimes it's difficult to remember all of the controls since there are so many. However, this isn't annoying for long since a helpful squirrel will pop up to assist you whenever you're stumped.

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This is just one of many meta moments that's sure to make you smile

Tearaway Unfolded is a must play game for anyone who loves 3D platformers, cute characters, and creativity. If this isn't already a part of your gaming library then what are you waiting for? Someone has an urgent message with your name on it!

  • + An unforgettable journey portrayed through a charming presentation in an imaginative world
  • + Rewarding dynamic gameplay
  • + Loads of fun things to see and do
  • - It doesn't hit any substantial high notes
  • - Remembering all the controls can be difficult
9.0 out of 10
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