Announced and released during EA’s E3 presentation today, Unravel Two is a follow-up to 2016’s Unravel. Whereas the debut title was a single player-only experience, Unravel Two lets you bring a friend along for the ride.
If you played Coldwood Interactive’s Unravel, its sequel will look and feel instantly familiar to you. Yarny is back for another adventure, but this time it’s designed to be played in pairs. He’s got a blue friend along for the ride, and in the style of Brothers, both woolly friends need to be controlled in order to solve puzzles.
Two by name, two by nature
Like Brothers, you can play in single player, switching between the two characters to move them as necessary, but it’s clear that Unravel Two was meant to be played with two players. The clue’s right there in the title: Two. Not just a sequel, Unravel Two feels more like a more refined expansion of the first, redesigned with that co-op slant in mind.
It’s a shame, then, that Unravel Two can only be played in local co-op. If you have a sibling, partner or friend nearby, it’s a game that will be wholly enjoyed together, requiring you to communicate effectively in order to figure out the game’s puzzles. Whether an online mode will be added in at another point remains to be seen, but it’s a shame that co-op play is limited in this way. It’s still enjoyable in single player, no doubt, but switching between characters as a solo player slows down the pace of the game and could easily become frustrating.
Yarny and his buddy are tethered together by a piece of string, and this acts as the main tool for making your way around the game’s beautiful environments. Just like the first Unravel, you can use your string to create a lasso, move objects, make bridges and swing from ledges. But the new tether between the two characters means you can now swing from each other and help each other pass through larger gaps. It adds a new dimension to the puzzle-solving, and it’s all the better for it.
We at GameSpew loved the first Unravel – our reviewer scored it a 10, in fact – but I personally found it a little slow, with controls feeling a bit clunky and unresponsive at times. Unravel Two, in contrast, is buttery smooth. Working as a pair means that quick responses are more important than even, and thankfully the game responds to every input flawlessly.
And just like its predecessor, Unravel Two is stunning to look at, with a gorgeous soundtrack to boot. Environments are photorealistic; whether you’re travelling through urban environments or dense woodlands, it’s constantly awe-inspiring. We’ve only tackled the first couple of levels so far, but can’t wait to see what else Yarny and his new chum have in store for us.
Unravel Two is available right now on Xbox One, PS4 and PC for £17.99/$19.99. Check back early next week for our full review of the game.