A puzzle platformer with cute animations and a complex, demanding game setup, Unravel Two is a game that has improved upon its predecessor incredibly. Its development was a massive effort and the result speaks for itself. With extremely well-developed graphics and intricate details put into the animation, the game is one of the most beautifully designed puzzle platformers we have seen, which earned it a nomination for “Family Game of the Year” at the D.I.C.E. Awards.
Story: The story is extremely ambiguous and is only told through cut scenes running vaguely in the background. It follows two teenagers who escape from a care home and run into danger. It is not very focused upon as it only involves the two playable Yarnys watching the story as it very subtly unfolds.
Play Style: The game has its foundation laid in the first edition in which the Yarny can swing, repel, ascend, manipulate objects, and use its yarn to form bridges, pulleys, and trampolines in an attempt to get across the puzzle laid down for the player. The addition of a second Yarny adds a lot of complexity to the game. Its use is not mandatory, but with a partner the puzzle-solving game gets more creative. The co-op feature is stressful but extremely funny to play. With a focus on split-second decisions, timing, and strategy, the puzzles are designed to be challenging. However, the hint system is there to save you if you are stuck. Mechanics are very responsive and the music sets a very joyous tone. The game follows 7 levels in various environments, with the total play time being around 3-4 hours.
Audience: The game is built to be demanding and makes you think both creatively and analytically. It is a real brain-teaser and tests your skills in puzzle-solving. If you are a fan of that then not only are you going to get the test of your gaming life, but will also be served one of the best aesthetics you have seen on screen.
Platforms: Unravel Two is available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Verdict: Even though the story of the game is not captivating or significant for that matter, Unravel Two has improved upon the original in every way possible. The addition of the second player character has taken the complexity of the game to a whole other level. With its immense depth and brilliant puzzles and problems, Unravel Two stood out to us here at Maverick IGS.