In a world torn by war, the aged gremlin archaeologist Mortimer MacGuffin harbors the dark secret of a powerful artifact.
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Release Date: Jul 31, 2012

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Includes 6 items: The Book of Unwritten Tales, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 Almanac Edition Extras, The Book of Unwritten Tales Digital Extras, The Book of Unwritten Tales: Critter Chronicles Digital Extras, The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles

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“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

Mac OS X
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people 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 buffing 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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2015
A must-be-played by every adventure point-and-click enthusiast and everybody who wants to be some.

This game takes place in a wonderful world, well a fairy world. Where there is magic and dragons and warriors.... and many more. Throughout the game you will control several characters. Depending on the current scene you can control only one or many.

There are so many side references to other games, be it single player, multiplayer or even MMOs. Even references to movies can be found.

Artwork is very cute. Don't hesitate to buy and play, even if it's not on a big discount. Worth every penny.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Very well-made point and click adventure that really sets itself apart from other games in the genre by featuring highly detailed and animated areas as well as great voice acting.

Book of Unwritten Tales claims to be full of humor through parodies to well-known fantasy material. You'll notice more than enough references to Tolkien's Lord of the Ring, plus a bit of Terry Pratchett's Discworld, Harry Power, Indiana Jones, Doctor Who, and of course RPGs or other geekery in general. I wouldn't say the references are all that humorous, nor are they even a decent attempt at humor. The vast majority of the jokes are, "Hey players, look at how we are obviously referencing ______ here!" The jokes fail to be funny on their own, so if you are not familiar with each and every reference, most of the dialogue will seem to be nothing more than idle chatter. Even if you are familiar with the references, you probably won't find them funny.

The puzzles are not particularly challenging to figure out, especially since you're pretty much guaranteed to succeed so long as you interact with all available objects. This becomes quite the chore in the larger areas as you have to sit there and listen to the dialogue for every single item on the screen. You could of course skip the dialogue, but for an adventure game, if you're going to skip the dialogue you may as well not even play the game. Chapter 4 becomes particularly tedious as you are required to trek back and forth across the map numerous times. To make that even worse, two of the puzzles can only be solved with trail and error, so you may be making the same trek multiple times. Pressing the space bar reveals all interaction points in your current area, so it is never a challenge to find everything. Sadly the use of the space bar is almost a necessity because there is nothing to indicate what you can or can't interact with as you play.

This all combines for a game that is okay enough to play in short spurts but not something I'd really want to play for long periods of time. For a 15+ hour game, this is definitely not a good thing. I often found myself quickly reading the subtitles so I could click through the dialogue, really doing anything I could to speed the game along. The game starts off well enough, but by the end I found myself wondering why I even bothered to finish. Chapter 2 has the best characters and best script. Chapter 3 is by far the best chapter in the game in terms of puzzles. After that, though, the game really takes a nose dive on the enjoyment scale.

I do not recommend this.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2015
Haven't finished yet but I'd say it is a fantastic game. Not that hard for point&click genre newbie-which is me. Graphic is beyond my expectation. Dialogues are very amusing, I can't stop laughing when l hear 'em. Mind you I am not a native English user so I can surely say you won't miss the most of laughing points even if you are not fluent in english as I am. This game really worth a try.
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