In a world torn by war, the aged gremlin archaeologist Mortimer MacGuffin harbors the dark secret of a powerful artifact.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,033 reviews) - 91% of the 1,033 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 31, 2012

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Reviews

“You'll have to go all the way back to 1993 until you can find a game that delivers this much fun. Telltale, this is how you should have done when you resurrected the adventure genre. Beware, you're not alone anymore…”
9/10 – Eurogamer Sweden

“The Book of Unwritten Tales is a top notch adventure game that any fan of the genre will appreciate.”
93/100 – Gamingillustrated

“Never in the past decade we've seen such a well-built comedy/ fantasy adventure game, filled to the brim with great narration, sense of purpose and feelings of joy and despair. An absolute must have for every "adventurer".”
9.5/10 – GameOver

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About This Game

In a world torn by war, the aged gremlin archaeologist Mortimer MacGuffin harbors the dark secret of a powerful artifact. Whoever calls this artifact his own, will determine the fate of the world.

While the Army of the Shadows sends out its best and most devious agents to discover the secret, the Alliance's four heroes find themselves involuntarily drawn into the crisis...

Key features:

  • Humorous Point & Click homage to the RPG and fantasy genre.
  • About 20 hours of gameplay in a massive game world with detailed graphics.
  • Multi-character gameplay: Play as Wilbur, Nate, Ivo, and the Critter - in turn or simultaneously - and use the skills of your heroes wisely.
  • Meet numerous crazy characters - from two-headed ogres and vegetarian dragons to good-natured zombies.
  • Solve over 150 mind-boggling puzzles and discover more than 300 items that can be used and combined.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP SP 3 (32bit) / Vista SP 2 / Windows 7 SP 1
    • Processor:Pentium IV 2 GHz / Athlon 2.4 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Direct-X 9c compliant video card with 128 MB RAM, PixelShader 2.0
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows XP SP 3 (32bit) / Vista SP 2 / Windows 7 SP 1
    • Processor:3 GHz
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Direct-X 9c compliant video card with 256 MB RAM, PixelShader 2.0
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS:Mac OS X 10.6/Mac OS X 10.7
    • Processor:1.4GHz Intel Mac Core Duo
    • Memory:1500 MB RAM
    • Graphics:Intel GMA-950-Grafikkarte with 64MB VRAM or better
    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2015
Great and charming point & click adventure game.

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It's not punishingly hard and is quite appropriate even for newbies into the genre (I count myself as one).
There may be few occasions when you have to use an iteam weirdly or combine two objects, but the game makes this easier for you, because you can just pick an item and then hover it over a place or another item in your inventory, and if there's something to be done you'll see the description of that action. So no useless clicking each item with one another only to get a "That can't be done" message.

Pressing 'space' shows you all active points on the screen (when it works, and it does in 99% cases). Plus, when you exhaust everything about a hotspot it ceases to be clickable so that it doesn't get in your way anymore.

The story is really nothing special, just a generic fantasy adventure one that serves to put you into interesting places and sets up jokes. There are plenty of popculture references in it, including Lord of the Rings and even Star Wars. That can be a pro or a con, depending on your taste.

Graphically the game is really stunning. Character models are high quality and backgrounds are truly beautiful. Animations may sometimes be a little wonky though, and the pre-rendered cutscenes are very compressed and look almost abysmal when you compare them with the in-game visuals.

English dubbing is very good, in some cases (Wilbur) I'd say excellent. The game is fully voiced.

Throughout the game you'll be controlling various characters, sometimes you'll have up to three of them to switch between so solve a puzzle. Here are my thoughts on those playable characters:

Wilbur Weathervane - Great VA only makes this already great character even better. A sheltered gnome thrust into an epic adventure, his naive and good-natured demeanor made him my favorite instantly.
Ivo - A generic 'hot female elf'. I'm neutral towards this character, there just wasn't anything standing out. Associates with an annoying character of the bird Tschiep-tschiep.
Nate - Shifty cheater and liar, but deep down a good guy. I liked him better than Ivo, but he doesn't really compare to Wilbur.
Critter - One character I really disliked. Doesn't speak, instead he (she? it?) makes noises and speaks in a nonsensical language. Would be cute once or twice, but got on my nerves soon after that.

The game is decently long, took me something over 10 hours to finish.

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Few negatives I've noticed:

The function of showing all active interactable places malfunctions few times. I noticed one occasion of the marker being in the wrong place and one case of it missing. Neither is a serious problem, because those items are not hard to see at all.

Cutscenes are of a really low quality compared to the actual game.

There's a stealth section that felt a little wrong in an adventure game. When you get caught you get escorted outside in an unskippable cutscene, however your progress in that section is saved which makes it bearable.

Animations may sometimes be not as good as the rest of the game, and are unskippable which can get annoying if you're re-doing something multiple times.


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Official rating of the Sloth Academy:
3 golden sloths
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2015
Solid PnC adventure game. Not the best you'll play, but definitely ranked among the good ones.

👍 Nice length (14 hours, no guide)
👍 Fun characters
👍 Comedy is enternaining enough, has a lot of meta-talk and reference to other games and to general pop culture
👍 Puzzles are fun to solve, and there are tons of them
👍 Nice cartoonish scenarios
👍 3+1 playable characters
👍 Full of flavor dialogue
👍 Nice system that helps you avoid doing the same thing over and over, removing red herrings after you've dealt with them

± Slightly easy (see the note just above this one)
± Music is ok, but forgetable
± Breaking fourth wall
± Story is decent, but just that

👎 More moving back and forth than I would've enjoyed
👎 A few non-game-breaking bugs (only a few missing dubs, texts, hotspot giving wrong indications, maps only partially functional... nothing big, really)
👎 Some characters are bit on the ugly side for my taste
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2015
I've bought the game a couple years ago (soon after it was released), but only had the time to play it now.

And it was a blast. One of the best adventure games I ever played. It has everything a good game of this genre needs to have: memorable characters, funny conversations, captivating story and logical puzzles. The visuals are nice too, despite some flaws in animation and a few graphical glitches.

Quotes from popular culture (LotR, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, etc.) are also funny and are always spot on. The game also occasionaly breaks the fourth wall and/or makes fun of the gaming industry (level 68 warriors with health potions) and MMORPGs is particular.

Overall, a very enjoyable experience. I will definitely be playing Critter Chronicles and The Book of Unwritten Tales 2.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2015
What a marvelous game - a new grand jewel of classic adventure genre. It has good story, sophisticated humor, awesome characters, beautiful soundtrack, etc.

The plot is hardly unwritten but it surely is very well told. The evil creature 'Mother' lurks in her heinous tower and tries to get her hands on a special relic with which she could take over the world. Game's 4 main characters get involved to events - whether they want it or not. Becoming from different parts of the world and having diffrent values their paths cross and will eventually become friends. Unlike in some other games of the genre - every playable character of The book of Unwritten Tales' is interesting and I always kept thinking that how they end up. Toast for the talented voice actors!

The puzzles are typical point&click. While writing this review no particularly annoying puzzle is reaching my mind - there was however one itchy stealth event at the midway which did not fit in the game so well, but provided some variation perhaps. Some people have claimed that the game is even too easy when pointing the places of interest for player, for example. On the other hand I can quarantee that this is still much more challenging than some of modern adventure games of Telltale.

The Book of Unwritten Tales has already proved its potential and the sequel has already been released! So if you have a thing with point&click and like adventure - Don't let this book to be unread! ;)
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Any game that uses "In The Hall of The Mountain King" (from Peer Gynt/composed by Edvard Grieg) as backgound music in a dwarf bar is already right up my alley (so to speak) humor wise. Of course all the parody lines from classic movies like Platoon, Stars Wars, and Lord of the Rings, plus the whole MMORPG and RPG bluffing parodies, a bit of 4th wall breaking and a few omages like Discworld's Death (Terry Pratchett), Raiders of the Lost Ark and Planet of the Apes (the original Charleston Heston version) make this game's blatant to subtle parody humor all that much better. The game, itself, is even better then its humor.

Storyline: Wilbur Weathervane, gnome, wannabe wizard, adventure day-dreamer, sometimes tinkerer, and full time employee at a dwarf bar gets the chance of his lifetime when Mortimer MacGuffin's (gremlim, archaeologist and chronicler) prison cage literally nearly drops on his head and hands him the ONE RING, before "quest" tasking him with delivering the ONE RING to the Arch-Mage Allister in Seastone before the Arch-Witch can get it. Mortimer, the gremlin, who had been "freed" by the wood elf, Ivo (incognito Princess and wannabe adventurer) is recaptured and taken to the Arch-Witch, who of course is the cause of the endless war since she wants to rule the world. Meanwhile, Ivo has also been given a "quest" task by Mortimer while she was freeing his cage from the cargo dragon. Ivo is to find and retrieve a book, which has directions to the amulet of ultimate power, from the gremlin's secret cellar and take it to the Arch-Mage Allister in Seastone. While all this is happening Munkus, the Arch-Witch's son is hot on the trail of finding the amulet of ultimate power so he can over-throw his mother and be in control of the world instead.

Gameplay: Point and Click adventure with a build and use inventory of items. The gameplay is easy to follow and the tasks/obstacles are very logical given the circumstances (and people involved). There are a few objects that are "well hidden" but if the gamer thinks for a bit, the object needed is easy to locate. (Careful searching will also accomplish the same task.) Any encountered character gives clues about the task at hand and the main character will basically tell the the gamer what needs to be done and often times what is needed to accomplish the task.

The gamer will eventually play as four different characters, all with their own perspective, personality and knowledge that each character would possess due to their background. In one area the gamer even has a choice of one of three characters to play, and each character solves the task at hand differently using their natural abilities.

There are 5 chapters total. During any chapter the gamer might play as a completely different character doing a completely separate task, once another character has finished their objective. There are also places when two (in one place three) characters are available to play at the same time by switching between them. In these areas one character is capable of performing certain tasks the other character is not. Also the knowledge each character possesses is clearly seen/heard. The characters must work as a team to complete the task, and often times need to talk with each other to share knowledge and to trade inventory items.

Overall, wonderful game, superb witty humor and and excellent story of unlikely heroes. Well worth full price.

Note: This is the first of two games and there are DLCs available.
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