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A freel trial version of Unravel is now on Origin

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Unravel 2016 03 03 16 46 48 248

The yarn-based puzzle-platformer Unravel exists in that murky, grey area typified by 70/100 review scores: Probably not quite as good as you'd hoped, but still interesting enough that the urge to give it a shot persists. It's not super-expensive—the price tag is $20, currently on sale for $15—but twenty bucks is twenty bucks, as they say. What's a curious but not not especially deep-pocketed gamer to do?

That question now has an easy answer: Try the demo. A trial version of Unravel is now available on Origin that offers ten hours of play in the game's first level. And that's ten hours of actual playtime, not a straight countdown, so you can put it down and come back to it as much as you want. If you dig it, you can buy the full game and pick up from where you left off, and if not, you've managed to satisfy your curiosity while spending zero dollars. That's a win in my book.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.