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Unravel is a yarn-spinning platformer; one of the prettiest things EA are publishing right now


If there’s anything that’s allowed Wii U players to lord it over their PC counterparts, it’s our dearth of Kirby-likes. Until now, Nintendo had the yarn-based platformer market all to themselves. Unravel puts an end to that.

“I wanted to make something more personal, something with more impact,” said creator Martin Sahlin. “The game didn’t have to change the world, or even try, but it had to be genuine, it had to have a deeper meaning. It had to have heart.”

Limbo appears to be the primary touching point for the scripting-heavy 2D navigation in Unravel, with an exquisitely-animated beaver in place of the spider, and actual colour in place of the none-more-goth black and white.

Watch the trailer, and you’ll likely fall for its intoxicating mixture: near-photorealistic countryside and childlike enthusiasm for inanimate things brought to life.

Sign us up for thread-as-grappling-hook and kites-as-transport, too. Ideas to spare, this one. You into it?