Tearaway Unfolded | Review
The Good
  • + Adorable art design
  • + Engaging and inventive controls
  • + Customise characters with ANY image
The Bad
  • - A tad short

Start Replay: “Well-Crafted”

Want to look beyond the score? Check out the full review below…  

Have you ever had the urge to paste Morgan Freeman’s face onto an innocent looking squirrel? How about taking a picture of your face and making a snowflake out of it? If your answer is no to either of those questions then get ready to jostle free your creativity, because Media Molecule’s Tearaway is a brilliantly-crafted adventure and puts you at the centre of attention.

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Tearaway reminds me of why I play video games. Each time I enter its paper-craft world there’s a part of me that can’t help but squeal with joy. It takes me back to my childhood; a time in which I enjoyed gaming simply for fun and the smile it would bring on my face. Nowadays with the ever-present rush to play the big online shooters, it’s easy to get distracted from the more unique titles on the market. When I’ve got the chance to either shoot someone in the back or paste a silly picture onto a squirrel, I’d rather do the latter.

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Tearaway Unfolded is a spiritual successor to the original Tearaway on PlayStation Vita. Rated as one of the best games ever to hit the handheld, it combined charming art design with an engaging and creative control system. Carrying that torch of success to Sony’s more successful home console is a brilliant move.

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Despite the lack of the Vita’s unique control system, Media Molecule has utilised the PlayStation 4’s slightly more subdued interface, instead bringing to light the many different features of its controller. This time, instead of a handheld, it’s Sony’s Dualshock 4 that’s the star of the show. Add a PlayStation camera and you’ve got all you need to fully enjoy Tearaway’s tiny paper world on the big screen.

Using the controller’s touch pad allowed me to beat drums with a tap, press down and squash enemies or swipe with my finger to create gusts of wind. Hooking up a PlayStation camera mean’t I have my video feed featured as the moon or sun, plus you can use the PlayStation App on android or iOS to create more objects or post pictures.

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It’s fair to say that I turned into a complete child once I figured out how to post pictures. If I was tasked with decorating an elk’s coat, then I’d instantly load up the PlayStation App and start getting creative with Google images. You can be genuinely creative and make items out of coloured paper or, alternatively, you can tailor any picture you find online. Even if it technical breaks copyright laws, its limitless potential for tomfoolery is both addictive and exhilarating. If I could request anything to make it better, it’s that I wish there could have been a longer story.

Media Molecule’s talent for stunning design and fun-filled gameplay is a perfect combination. Add the fact that you’re always connected to the game world, and it’s quite a magical journey. Did you know that you can collect blueprints of each character and then print them out to craft in real life? Genius.



Bounding around Tearaway’s paper craft landscape is a joy to behold. If you didn’t catch it on Vita, then make it your mission to play it on PS4. A MUST BUY!

*Tearaway Unfolded was provided to Start Replay on PS4 by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe


About The Author

Joshua Ball

Meet Josh. As the head of Start Replay his overall objective is to keep things moving. Alongside ensuring that content is made on a regular basis, Josh loves attending and organising the many press events and expos that crop up. His favourite video games consist of the Arkham series and Metal Gear Solid, but there’s always room for a bit of horror. Follow Josh’s sparse tweets on Twitter or, alternatively, be sure to catch him in the crowd of the next big gaming event.

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