In a world torn by war, the aged gremlin archaeologist Mortimer MacGuffin harbors the dark secret of a powerful artifact.
User reviews: Very Positive (585 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
3 of 3 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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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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0 of 4 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 5 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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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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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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17.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Awesome point&click adventure!

Mainly the puzzles are pretty easy, but there's also some quite challenging ones ;)
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7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
It's a cute game!
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13.9 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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22.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Very nicely done adventure game, funny references, puzzles with reasonable solutions.
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17.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Very funny, goes a bit too far with fantasy references, but only a bit.
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21.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
so this game was fun now its not working i had to re do chapter 3 cuz i sent the wrong person in side an now its not letting me do the slides to let the people do the floors they are stuck on :( i was all most done with this lvl now it ♥♥♥♥ed up on me an i was starting to really like this game
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15.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Short version: 91%
If you ever wished for a beautiful and engaging 3D adventure game that also gives you more than a dozen hours of pure entertainment, then Book of Unwritten Tales is that wish come true.

Long version:
The Book of Unwritten tales is a masterfully crafted point ‘n’ click adventure game which knows exactly what the essence of this genre is: the storyline, the presentation, the visuals and the puzzles. It takes place in a world where classic D&D fantasy is mixed with the modern laws of capitalism. This paradox, along with the constant fourth wall breaking, is one of the main sources of humour, a strong suit of the game, and very reminiscent of the classic LucasArts titles.

Thanks to the Ogre rendering engine all scenes are lush and highly detailed, but the animation is prone to a lot of clipping and there are no facial expressions. These are compensated by the very slow character movement and an excellent British voice cast (who, I must admit, give a lot of class to the game).

The story is fun and engaging, but it would be hard not to notice that it suffers from deadline syndrome, where the first half is much more detailed in design and in execution than the second one. The main sore point is the ending: the plot, which ran a slow and steady pace, suddenly makes several seven-league leaps, only to tie up everything in less than a minute and roll the credits. Thankfully there is a prequel and a sequel to remedy this mistake.

As for the puzzles, they are fun and varied, and they have one wonderful feature: every time you move an object over another object or scene element that it can interact with, the cursor changes. It doesn’t mean the game holds your hand, only that it completely eliminates the frustrating part of the try-everything-with-everything scenarios, making it even more perfect and fun to play.
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60 of 62 people (97%) found this review helpful
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
What the hell was I doing in 2012?

The Book of Unwritten Tales is an old-school fashioned point-and-click (P&C) adventure which essentially catches you off guard right from the beginning. As the story unfolds from a simple quest in finding and retrieving a secret powerful artefact before the forces of evil in the vein of The Lord of The Rings, its strong and well-written narrative creates this deep and intriguing light-hearted story that always makes you wonder what is going to happen just around the corner. Not only that, but as the story progresses in its artistically breathtaking environments, it genuinely gets better and better throughout its impressively 17+ hours long story. While admittedly it is not the most original story on the surface and some of the animations can break the immersion at times, its rock-solid narration easily makes up for them.

To my surprise, the game features some of the best memorable and likeable casts I have seen in a very long time, with plenty of exceptionally written witty humour which mocks (and pays tribute to) almost every single fantasy and video game trope out there, enough for a handful of genuine laugh-out-loud moments. Whether it is J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels or World of Warcraft, you name it -- the game most likely covers it somewhere. Imposingly, the cast also features excellent voice acting accompanied by a fitting soundtrack when, well, when it feels like playing a soundtrack.

What has kept this generation from embracing P&C nowadays could be partially blamed at the inconsistent difficulty-curve caused by illogical and lack of inspiring puzzles in similar games, but The Book of Unwritten Tales fixes almost all of that. The puzzles here are logical and generally easy to solve throughout the game since it encourages you to explore all the hotspots without the game holding your hand along the way. Apart from the second last chapter in particular, the puzzles here should be solved by literally anyone who is willing to explore every single detail out there, and this game has an abundance of small, yet rich, details in places. Plus, there are plenty of interesting (and humorous) dialogues and the hotspots are indeed descriptive. More importantly, there is a constant flow of momentum when solving the puzzles, something I have not seen in many games like this in years, and that is brilliant. There is never that fear of being punished and getting stuck for long periods of time for a poorly implemented puzzle. To my enjoyment, a few of the puzzles were rather genially designed thanks to a character-selection mechanic which allows the player to pick which character they want to perform certain tasks. While most of it comes down ultimately to a specific character being able to perform the certain task, it is a satisfying experience to see everyone working as a group to solve a puzzle, although I strongly feel like this is where the game missed an opportunity to expand on this mechanic.

Just when the game seems to hit the nail on the head in every single aspect of a classic P&C adventure game (and beyond?), it drops the ball really heavily just at the end in one of the most abrupt endings I have seen since Dreamfall, without any sense of climactic fulfilment. It is clear that the ending was left open for a sequel, yet it was poorly executed -- causing more questions than answers. The last five minutes, including the final cutscene, felt more like the developers ran out of time and had to release the game as soon as possible, with little time spent on writing a conclusive and plausible ending. It painfully feels like the story ends halfway through the chapter, subconsciously knowing there has to be more. It is rather sad because everything up to this point was meticulously and well executed. You would honestly be surprised by how such ending can instantly change you from an enthralling mood to a pokerface the moment you see the credits rolling. That was very, I repeat, vey underwhelming.

Conclusively, The Book of Unwritten Tales is the closest thing to a Monkey Island experience in my book. While it does not blatantly rely on nostalgia and references from past classics to suck you in, in fact, it does have its own charming personality. It basically takes almost everything that worked in the past and improves it, or more fittingly modernising the formula, while still keeping that old-school feel of the golden-era of LucasArts/Sierra games and at least trying to break the status quo set by those classics. I can easily say that this is one the best accomplished modern adventure games I have ever played in a very long time and can also say that it will stand the test of time as far as P&C games are concerned. It just falls slightly short from a masterpiece status thanks to its unjustified ending, but The Book of Unwritten Tales is a prime example of how P&C should be tackled for new and old audiences in times like these where military shooters and other saturated AAA-titles seem to take the spotlight in the media. There is more passion and product value in this than in many titles out there and I am glad I actually got to play this, eventually. What an unforgettable and delightful experience all around.

Like I said earlier, what the hell was I doing in 2012? I shall not repeat the same mistake in 2015 when the sequel will be released.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
This is an awesome throwback to the days of Kings Quest and Quest for Glory. I love the humor and excellent writing. Puzzles take some thought but not enough to make you frustrated. Graphics and Voice acting are top notch for this style of game as well. I see they are making a part two. Cant wait!
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