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Tearaway Unfolded (2013) is an adventure game where you explore a folklore-filled fantasy world that's made entirely of paper. You play by moving around the world, running, jumping and collecting items to unlock doors and fight enemies. It stands out for how it combines hand-made visuals and intriguing gameplay with Algonquian North American native folklore.

Originally on the PlayStation Vita portable system and later coming to PlayStation 4, it's a game that invites you into a paper-craft world. As you explore the world you collect scraps of paper that let you bring life and colour back to each area. Along the way, you fight a range of enemies to unlock new ways forward and complete your collecting.

As you progress you can take pictures of objects in the world to colour them in. This also unlocks related papercraft sheets on the game's website that you can download, colour and fold into the exact creatures you found in the game. It's a unique way to cross over from imaginative screen-based play to creativity in the real world. It also uses the PlayStation controller's unique motion controls, speaker and lights to create novel ways to interact with objects in the game.

The result is a story that on the surface is a simple folklore adventure. This is enriched not only by the tactile paper-based gameplay but a narrative that takes players on a journey of identity and bravery. The protagonist seems to be somewhat insignificant in the face of the world's challenges. However, you are destined to deliver a crucial message to the source of life - a message that is the journey you had in getting there.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Tearaway Unfolded 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 5 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Traversal game with Creative, Narrative and Platform elements. This is a single-player game. A second player can use a related app to collaborate on the moments in the game where you design items.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 9 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Fear.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10 for Mild Cartoon Violence. Damage is indicated by small comical yelps; enemies disappear in bursts of confetti when defeated.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. There are some moments that require more skill, but Tearaway works well for young players. Playing together with one person using the app to draw and the other using the controller is a good way to start younger children on the game. You need to be able to explore and navigate the game world. Finding items and carrying them to where they need to be is also important.


Tearaway Unfolded usually costs £7.99.

Tearaway Unfolded

PlayStation Store PS4 £7.99 Free

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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 22/11/2013, updated in 2015

Out Now: PS Vita and PS4

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Traversal (Creative, Narrative and Platform)

Accessibility: 19 features

Components: 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made

Developer: Media Molecule (@MediaMolecule)

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