In a world torn by war, the aged gremlin archaeologist Mortimer MacGuffin harbors the dark secret of a powerful artifact.
User reviews: Very Positive (580 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 31, 2012

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"An actually funny and lovely point & click adventure game. Definitely among the best in recent years."

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September 8

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 Early Access version now available!

Dear adventure fans, dear The Book of Unwritten Tales community,

It is such a pleasure to let you know that The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is finally available on Steam as Early Access version.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/279940/

Here is an extended gameplay presentation video which will show you a lots of information on the franchise and The Book of Unwritten Tales 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNA4Wbkd_uI

As it is an Early Access version, it is even more important as usual to collect your feedback, issues, thoughts etc.
For discussion and general feedback, please use this thread: http://steamcommunity.com/app/279940/discussions/0/616187203927495737/

For technical issues and bugs, please use this thread: http://steamcommunity.com/app/279940/discussions/0/616187203927561896/

And here are the Early Access FAQs on The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 which you can also find on the product page:

Why Early Access?
“To get feedback from the community and allow the fans of the first game to play the sequel as early as possible. We want to involve the fans of the series, as well as all new fans, to help us give the game that little bit of extra-polishing. We look forward to the feedback from the players in the Steam forum.”

How long will this game be in Early Access?
“From September 4th, 2014 until the end of January 2015, with a time gap of approximately one month between each chapter.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?
“During the Early Access phase we will release four of the five chapters of the game, leading up to the full release of the complete game end of January 2015. The final version will be polished according to the feedback of the community, in terms of difficulty balance of the puzzles, controller-controls, as well as general polishing of animations, sounds and graphics.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?
“Currently the first chapter is playable on PC, Mac and Linux, per mouse or controller.
Over the coming months the other chapters will be released.
Some of the extra content that was made possible through our backers on Kickstarter is not in the game yet and will be implemented via updates over time.
Though the game has already been thoroughly tested on several systems, there might still be certain compatibility or performance issues on specific configurations.
The controller-controls are still being polished, as we want to integrate the feedback of the fans here.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?
“We plan to have a higher price starting with the final release than now during the Early Access phase.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?
“We started involving the fans of the series early this year with a Kickstarter campaign and after this very positive experience we want to continue the dialogue between the fans and us and get their feedback about the game in general, particularly the difficulty of puzzles and mini-games, and about the controller-based controls.”

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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

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2

All brand new information on The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 can be found here - the Early Access version is now available:http://store.steampowered.com/app/279940/

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
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
If you're a fan of the Point-And-Click adventure genre, Or even if you're not this game might be for you! The setting and game is chock full of humor. The fantasy genre, MMOs, Fiction and all manner of things get deliciously skewered in the story. Unlike other such games however, This game reards the observant. All the puzzles and interactions aren't too hard to figure out for the most part, But looking at things around you or in your inventory or talking to a person near you always reveals even a subtle hint as to what to do next, And if truly stuck one can hold SPACE at any time to see what interactive spots are near you at any time. For an indie offring, This is a game both beautiful and functional. At the very least, IT will provide a fun story!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
So! You are a fan of point and click adventure games, but long gone are the days of Guybrush Threepwood, Roger Wilco, and purple tentacles. So, naturally, you've left games like that to the past, and whenever anyone tries to make a new one, it's all focused on graphics, never on story, never on humor, and certainly never the old 'combine these things to make this new thing to solve this puzzle'.

Well, I can say that if that is what you are looking for, The Book of Unwritten Tales is for you. The humor is a good blend of clever, self-aware, and just plain groan-worthy. The puzzles are not too simple and not too complicated. Well...ok, maybe a BIT too simple. Most of them were actually pretty basic, though a few stood out as clever.

My only complaints about this addition to the genre were fairly minor. One of the more classic moments in these types of games was in The Secret of Monkey Island where there was a whole string of events that happens outside of your control and everything occurs off screen with you just sitting there reading the text and listening to the sound effects. A direct homage to that happens in this game, but then a couple more times things similar to it happen....once was funny and a nice tribute, but multiple times sort of makes it feel like lazy writing or a way to advance the story when there's no logical way to tie two events together.

The other issue I had with this was one of...I don't know...dialogue trees? Programming? I am unsure what it would fall under but on multiple occaisons I would find an item and go 'Oh...I wonder if person X would like this items...' and so I go to check and they respond with 'Oh, hey, thanks for getting me that thing I asked for, here is the item I promised in return.' Except that none of that dialogue happened. It skips it entirely. It's not really a PROBLEM, but it certainly breaks the scene a bit and makes you kind of annoyed that you missed what might have been some funny moments.

Those gripes are minor, however, and I recommend this game a lot, even if you've never really played point and click adventures before as there isn't quite as many gaps in logic as you find in many others.

P.S. My favorite character was the dragon.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Very Good game..

Very easy for me.

Good Story. To be right a normal fairy tale.

Really fascinating game with modern graphics and design. Sounds good.

Negative part only the videos as much LOST HORIZON. For modern games I thought that HD video is a MUST. But here we have very bad video quality anyway.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Very enjoyable, fair gameplay puzzles and humor. 8/10

If you like point and click games like the journey down, syberia or longest journey you will enjoy this one.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
52.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Solid Point and Click Adventure Game. Voice acting was superb and the scripting was spot on.
Loved 4th wall references, the story & dialog.
Great game! Only downside would be how the game 'quickly' wrapped up near the end. Almost didn't make any sense.
9.5/10.
Highly recommended! I look forward to the sequel.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
This game is really fun. The beginning is a bit slow and the animation of the characters is not really nice, but the story is nice and very funny. It contains a lot of references, especially to Discworld and Monkey Island!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
A fun adventure game with good art, voice acting and a fun and interesting story.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Buy it.
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
It was funny and witty and, aside from some minor monotony, generall good fun. The ending was absolutely horrible and uninspired, however - unlike the rest of the game. Just for that I wouldn't recommend it.
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
I didn't find anything new or interesting here. The characters are bland and the quality of writing all round left a lot to be desired. My sence of humor is dry so the humor completly missed my funny bone.
2/5
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11.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
One of the best point and click adventures I've played in a long time. I have avoided The Adventure Company games in the past because their puzzles used to require the character in the game to perform enough actions to "reason out" the solution to the puzzle you were working on, and I usually had the solution sorted well before that, but would not be allowed to combine the items to solve the puzzle until I spoke to the appropriate person that the character needed to in order to reason it out themselves. Combining challenging puzzles with a plot is a difficult task, and since LucasArts stopped making point and click adventures, very few companies have been able to do this well. The Book of Unwritten Tales was excellent start to finish, with an absolutely BRILLIANT final chapter.

The only criticism I have is that some of the items you can interact with are very difficult to notice, and sometimes you need to interact with them several times before you get what you need out of them (like a box you need to check twice in order to get both items, but the character gives no indication that it contained anything else the first time you check). Pressing SPACE to highlight the interactable items on screen helps this, but to me it feels like a spoiler to do this. I got this game as a gift, and wouldn't have bought it myself, because I had so little faith in the publisher, but they really won it back with this one.
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12.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
This is a solid point'n'click adventure game, with lots of jokes and pop culture references. The puzzles are not too hard, and you can press the spacebar to see all the interactable objects on the screen. You can get through the game pretty quickly, but it's more fun if you explore all dialog options and item descriptions.
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14.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Nice atmosphere, good voice acting and a story that makes sense most of the time. A pleasant journey.
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8.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
This one was interesting in ways I hadn't expected...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkuoK3QDtpE
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11.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
A great game with a great story and fun gameplay.
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11.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
A clever and very fun little game. Fans of point and click Lucas Arts adventure games won't be disappointed. The interface could use some improvement (switching characters is slow), but the dialogue and voice acting is great enough that I was interested in hearing what the characters had to say. In a world where story is something to click through to get back to killing things, Unwritten Tales stands out.
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7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
It's a cute game!
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10.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
A fun, not too hard and annoying, point n click -game. 'Nuf said.
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14.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
A fun but short game. Like most point and click adventure games, The Book of Unwritten Tales has intuitive puzzles and witty story telling. This game makes reference to a plethora of stories and concepts of the modern and geeky genres. This game presents nothing new in terms of story telling but in terms of wit it gets five stars. Recomended for those new to point and click adventure games, because of its simple puzzles and short stories.
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19.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Easily one of the best adventure games I have ever played. The story is great and really funny, the puzzles are easy, so don't expect something Deponia - like, but they fit well in to the story and some of them are hilarious too

- Story 10/10
- Humour 10/10
- Graphics 8/10
- Voice acting: 10/10

If you love point & click games with a bit of pixel hunting (don't worry, you can just press space to highlight active points), grab it without a second thought
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