Tearaway Unfolded is an extended PS4 remake of the earlier Tearaway PS Vita title. Rather than being just a graphics update, it converts the control scheme to take full advantage of the PS4’s interaction possibilities.
The story begins as the player takes control of a paper doll character that takes on a mission to deliver a message to a portal in the sky. Simultaneously mysterious bird-like creatures that want to replace everything colorful with boring newspaper are attacking the game world, also built totally out of paper cutouts. Towards the end, the narrative wonders into more metaphysical directions. Advancing in the game is quite straightforward, however there are constantly collectibles and additional challenges to explore.
In the beginning the character doesn’t even know how to jump, but gradually more and more actions become available. Most of them require creative use of the controller. For example, the player is often asked to draw shapes with the touch pad, which are then added permanently to the world. The companion mobile app and camera are also supported but not necessary.
The playability is generally good, despite some camera problems and occasional bugs. Fighting monsters is often more annoying than fun, though. In later levels, the focus is luckily more on simple platform puzzles. The environments are imaginative and the creative use of the controller keeps the playing interesting. Unfortunately the characters are paper-thin also when it comes to their personality, and the story doesn’t really take off. This keeps Tearaway Unfolded from fully reaching its potential.
Platform: PlayStation 4
Developer: Tarsier Studios, Media Molecule
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Release Date: September 8, 2015
PEGI rating: 7