Back when it was released on Playstation Vita, Tearaway was a charming platformer which had a very unique atmosphere. It had been developed with all the features of the hardware of the console in mind, so when Tearaway: Unfolded was announced on PS4, we started wondering how well the title would translate to a home console. After being able to play this new version with added content using new mechanics (like the control of the wind via the touch pad of the DualShock 4), it is safe to say that it works really well overall. Some features felt a bit more natural on Vita, like the drums/trampolines you had to activate with the back pad (on PS4 you need to press the touch pad), but with the added use of the light bar, the fact that you can now use a tablet/phone (or the PS Vita itself) as a second screen, and a few other things, you can tell Media Molecule put a lot of effort in this new edition. As usual, the full review is on the French side only, but our verdict and the videos are inside.
With Tearaway Unfolded, the bet is to appeal to PS4 owners with a game that was designed around the features of a handheld. If you are the cynical type, you'll say it's all about the money, as for us, we prefer to see the creative approach Media Molecule decided to take to adapt their game to a home console. Sure, you'll find some similarities as it is after all the same game, but they have managed to build around the original game to include new features and levels which don't feel out of place. The only problem really might be the price itself, as it is a bit more expensive than the Vita version back when it was released. For many people, paying more for a two-year-old game could be an issue, despite the new content added since then. If you want to experience a quite unique platformer though, this is definitely worth a look, especially if you've never played it before. That being said, we're not too sure this new version has much to offer to those who have already played Tearaway on Vita.
On the plus side
+ A charming world to explore
+ Superb original soundtrack
+ A pleasant game to play from beginning to end
+ Evolutive gameplay, solid mechanics overall
+ More content
+ Good use of the DualShock features
+ Tablets or phones serve as a second screen to create things and take pictures which can be used in the game world
On the down side
- The camera gets in the sometimes
- Some features worked better on Vita
- Occasional frame drops (but rare)
- The new content might not be enough for Tearaway players
- Box version might be a bit too pricey for some