A Cut Above the Rest
With all of the unique features that the PlayStation Vita hardware has, there's really been no game that has really delved into presenting each feature successfully. The launch title Little Deviants attempted this, but it was in greatly segmented mini-game form. Leave it to the amazing minds at Media Molecule, the same developer behind the awesome LittleBigPlanet series, to create an adventure that not only makes terrific use out of the PlayStation Vita's functionality, but does so in a way that has no stench of feeling shoehorned in. This adventure, Tearaway, is not just a sublime showing of the Vita's hardware, but it's also a fantastic, endearing, and charming game in its own right.
In Tearaway, you play as either Iota or Atoi, both messengers trying to reach the sun, which just so happens to use the Vita's front-facing camera to keep a visual of your face in the middle of it. The choice of which messenger you choose has no real bearing on the story at all. It's simply a choice between a male messenger or a female messenger. However, whichever messenger you play as won't have a trouble-free journey ahead of them. To add some excitement into Tearaway, mischievous little creatures known as Scraps are let loose into the world. These are the sole antagonists in the game.
|One iota of courage is all|
your messenger needs!
|Big brother's watching you, Iota!|
|This early puzzle requires you to|
use your finger to slide this platform.
|Who knew inanimate things like|
this level could have a crush on Iota?
|Through using the front touch screen,|
you can create these ramps with a swipe of a finger.
|I'm in a game!|
Ma, I've finally made it in life!
|Some NPCs just want their own mustaches.|
Is that really too much to ask for?
|In Gibbet Hill, you reunite this pumpkin|
with its body multiple times to spook crows.
|It's a killing field here!|
Iota is tearing all these Scraps a new one.
[SPC Says: 9.25/10]