Rolly Polly Protagonist
Manoeuvring around the world of Tearaway brings plenty of challenges and sights, but one of the modes of transportation available to the player is having their little friend curl up into a ball and roll all over the place like a cutesy version of Sonic the Hedgehog. Watching your paper pal curl up and tuck away into nooks and crannies calls back memories of Metroid, but the animation is a hundred fold more adorable.
Part of what makes it so cute to watch is the fact that rolling is tied to the same button as jumping, meaning that when you want to access ball-mode, there’s a little bitty hop right before Atoi or Iota crumple themselves up and roll to your bidding. It’s such a small animation detail, but it’s the little things in a game like Tearaway that really make it magical.