Unravel is an adorable, physics-based puzzle platformer from Swedish developer Coldwood Interactive.
In it, you play as a small creature made from yarn called, appropriately enough, Yarny. A yarn string, which trails endlessly behind Yarny, can be affixed to certain points in the environment, allowing you to jump higher, cross gaps, affix yourself to a floating kite, and more.
- An Aesop: The entire game can be considered one for coming to terms with the death of a loved one, but "pollution is bad" is also the main theme of a couple of levels in a construction site.
- Androcles' Lion: Yarny helps a magpie trapped by a collapsed fence. In return, the magpie carries him to one of the scrapbook pieces.
- Badass Adorable: Yarny is quite the adventurous little yarn thing.
- The deadly lemming deserves a mention. While it can brutally rip and beat you to death in a blink of an eye, there's something adorable about the way it coughs, sneezes and chokes on mushroom spores.
- Creepy Cockroach: Roaches infest the abandoned offices in "How much is enough?" They nest among the shredded documents and will swarm and kill Yarny. Fortunately, they scatter when Yarny shines a bright light on them.
- Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: If you die, no matter if you drown, get beaten by an angry crab, ran over by a log or dissolve in acid, you respawn at the nearest yarnball. And they're not exactly far apart.
- Disney Death: Yarny, who accidentally unravels himself while trying to collect the last piece of the scrapbook. He's rescued by a visitor.
- Feathered Fiend: With the exception of the magpie mentioned in the Androcles' Lion example, birds are often out to get Yarny.
- A raven makes off with a scrapbook piece at the end of "Down a Hole" and Yarny has to steal it back at the end of "How much is enough."
- Ravens infesting the fields of "The letter" will divebomb and carry off Yarny unless he hides behind cover.
- Fun Size: Yarny, of course. He's smaller than a seagull.
- Giant Enemy Crab: Mundane crabs are this when you're a tiny woollen creature.
- Hollywood Acid: Averted. While the acidic substance Yarny encounters is the usual bright glowy green, part of the puzzle challenge is that many things actually do not dissolve in it immediately. One particular level is pretty much all about finding enough plastic bottles and other materials to safely traverse the pools.
- Hub Level: All levels are accessed through picture frames in the old lady's house.
- Instant Knots: When Yarny throws a length of string it automatically attaches to branches and ledges.
- Kite Riding: Yarny hitches a ride on a kite during one of the levels.
- Mouse World: Yarny isn't exactly very big; a single angry lemming is a deadly threat to him.
- Mundane Made Awesome: The whole point of the game is to show you a mundane world through an enchanting change of perspective.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Yarny, who resembles a little kitten-like creature made of red string.
- Scenery Gorn: The few levels taking place in a desolate former mining site, with dangerous chemicals spewn around and old machinery left to rot. The fact that a simple storage shack is looming over you like a skyscraper is helping, too.
- Scenery Porn: The background art for this game sure is gorgeous from seashores to forests to snowy fields.
- Seldom-Seen Species: The angry lemming encountered in Mountain Trek.
- Silence Is Golden: The story is told without words.
- Snow Means Death: Defied trope. The two snow levels that come after the toxic spill are intentionally upbeat, jolly and optimistic, with playful achievements for obssessively breaking ice sheets and knocking snowpillows off branches. They serve to cheer you up after a particularly depressing part of the game.Later played straight with the penultimate level of the game, which has Yarny fighting a deadly blizzard, forcing himself through deep snow, to recover the final scrapbook piece. It takes place at a cemetery.
- Super Drowning Skills: Yarny can be submerged for a couple of seconds, but that's about it. Justified, considering how abhorrently heavy wool gets when it soaks in enough water.
- The Many Deaths of You: There are so very, very many ways Yarny can die, and they're just as lovingly illustrated as the rest of the game.