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SCARF REVIEW

Devoid of clear creative direction, Scarf starts unravelling.

(Image: © Uprising Studios)

NEED TO KNOW

What is it? A 3D puzzle platformer featuring a scarf
Expect to pay: £12.49
Release date: Out now
Developer: Uprising Studios
Publisher: HandyGames
Reviewed on: Ryzen 7 5800, RTX 3050, 16 GB
Multiplayer? No
Link: Official site

Many developers are influenced by other games, but no one’s made their homage quite as obvious as Uprising Studios did here—one look at Scarf’s titular piece of wool, and it’s impossible not to feel reminded of Journey. While Scarf goes for a similar mood, it’s absolutely its own thing, for better and worse. More than just some magical thread, this garment is a sentient being, and the key to the game’s puzzle-platforming gameplay.

Scarf starts with your unnamed character coming into being: a little blue person with a funky haircut, anime eyes, no mouth and a black hole right in the middle of its chest. The scarf comes to them in the (very rough) shape of a Chinese dragon, calling them a hero, and saying that they, as a being of light, have been chosen to fix the scarf’s mother. None of this introduction makes sense, and yet it will be the last time Scarf will attempt any sort of explanation, opting instead to tell its story mostly non-verbally.