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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“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
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Chrury
( 14.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
14 solid hours of fantasy adventure goodness. A few polish issues here and there (subtitle errors, animation clipping) but nothing too distracting.
Not that this is a game has to worry about immersion anyway. Book of Unwritten Tales knows full well that it's an adventure game and loves to poke the player and itself for laughs.

Highlight: Buried Death alive and he quite enjoyed it.
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sgbeal
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Summary: a fantastic story hindered considerably by sub-par controls.

There are already over a thousand reviews, mostly positive, so i'll just recap a few points (some of which are specific to Linux):

- notable video resolution detection/restoration problems on linux. Workaround: set up the game to run in the same resolution as your desktop does. Anything else is likely to Cause Grief.

- the controls are annoying at times, e.g., you can't select any inventory items while you're waiting on a current speaker or animation to finish (and it's not always clear when animations are finished). There are many superfluously long animations. A good half of the clickables in any given scene have no game effect, they just drag out the story.

- though the space bar can be used to show activatable/investigatable zones, this is horribly unconfortable for a game which is otherwise playable with a single hand. It "would be nice" to have a toggle option which turns (and leaves) this display on/off.

- activatable/investigatable zones sometimes overlap with the inventory activation zone (bottom of the screen), making them nearly impossible to activate (one has to fight for a while against the inventory list, which pops up automatically when the mouse hits the botton of the screen). That's is, i dare say, an epic failure.

- whether or not an item/zone can be activated cannot be determined via mouse-over while an animation/speaker is ongoing. You've got to wait until they're done before checking. Clicking bypasses a speaker, but you then risk missing important information. Which reminds me...

- the inability to pause it during speaking sequences (in particular, the early-game ones can be effing long) is problematic when the telephone rings or the neighbor decides to mow his lawn right outside your window, interrupting your game (with no way to repeat what you just missed). Another major usability fail.

- a "hint" button would be a big help. Apparently there is no way to bypass being stuck without reading a walkthrough, but....

- the game only runs in full-screen and alt-tabbing out of it sometimes corrupts its awareness of the mouse, making it impossible to click on anything when returning to the game. In such cases, only Alt-F4 (close window) helps.

- having to click some activation zones multiple times to get to the point is tremendously annoying. e.g. the first click might just tell you what it is. The second click might tell you more about it. The third click might actually let you do something with it. This causes a lot of repeat clicking on items which do _not_ require multiple clicks, as we are forced to click multiple times in order to determine whether multiple clicks are needed for that specific item. Aaarrrggg.


If the story wasn't so entertaining, i'd have stopped playing by now because the quirks of the controls are so frustrating.
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FruityPlays
( 25.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
Such a clever and funny game :)
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Obas Ruet
( 19.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
It was fun and enjoyable and met my expectations for the type of game that it is.

My only complaint is the number of times I had to use a walkthrough to figure things out. I wish there was a way to figure out all the places you can click. It really was the small stuff you didn't see that kicks your butt from moving forward. I understand it's hard to make it all clear, but it is frustrating.

Still, if you like this kind of game, play it. I'm glad I did. I do recommend it.
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to_alex_77
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27
The game is totally uplayable on Linux: mouse hangs, inventory is unreacheable and inability to go in windowed mode is the icing on the cake.
So, if you plan to play on Linux, stay away from this game and save your money.
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solnechnushka
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25
A friend who's also into adventure games recommended this to me, and I've gotta say, I was sorely disappointed. In an adventure game, I look for fun dialogue, interesting puzzles, and a satisfying story arc--and unfortunately, each of these was missing in this instance. The dialogue was uninspired, the puzzles were facile, and I actually didn't understand the ending until I read about it afterwards. Thing suddenly sort of 'stop', with little to no explanation, and zero resolution for each character's story line. It also drove me crazy how slow the characters moved about on the screen--and that time spent in the mines, my god, it was excruciatingly boring. Would not recommend.
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OpelxFrost
( 11.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 15
Solid PnC (Point and Click) adventure game that occassionally breaks the 4th wall to communicate with the player

Pros
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Similar to traditional PnC adventure game with the addition of spacebar to reveal clickable location (no more click-fest issue like in traditional PnC game)

Cons
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Voice acting is sub par (lack of emotion from the voice actor)
Spacebar reveal of clickable area sometimes in the wrong location (NOTE: i was using a very high resolution, you probably won't get this bug in lower resolution)
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Pakkidis
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 14
Rating 9/10
Overview: Point and Click Adventure

This is a fantastic point and click adventure game that should be played by anyone who is a fan of the genre. The setting is fantasy, a beautiful artstyle with some great characters and well written dialogue. The comedy elements are also pretty decent. This is a fairly lengthy adventure ranging anywhere between 10-15 hours depending on skill level. The puzzles are not terribly difficult and find the right balance between fun and challenging. Strongly recommended.
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Menzagitat
( 24.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 14
A nice game. The puzzles are not very difficult. A good game for a weekend.
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middaydelusion
( 21.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 12
One of the best point and clicks I've ever played. Nice story and funny jokes.
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IrishMetal
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 10
Pretty entertaining game so far. Story is funny at some times and mildly annoying at other. The scavenger hunt / puzzle blend mixed with pertinent conversation choices make for a fun challenege give these games a shot.
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Veseran
( 14.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
Such a great game. Certainly my favoriite point and click game ever.
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Tirco
( 11.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 8
This game has lovely humor and is an excellent homage to the RPG and fantasy genre!

This point and click puzzle game has plenty of references to stuff you might be familiar with, as well as it has a humorous story.

The downside of this game is its difficulty, as I found myself having to use a walkthrough several times. That however does not take much away from how amazingly fun this game was!

I also recommend picking up the sequel!
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Corvus-corax
( 10.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 5
Really good Point & Click Adventure game! Not really complicated with nice story and has a great sense of humor!
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Tiggum
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 4
So, I watched the rather lengthy intro cutscene, in which a cartoony-looking goblin dude gets menaced by some orks or whatever, and then we cut to the actual gameplay in which I'm playing as some woman who, at first glance, seemed to be wearing crotchless underwear. And I'm out.
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Jet Jaguar
( 17.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 3
If you're looking for an epic funny adventure game then look no further - play The book of Unwritten Tales 2!

Seriously though, what this game lacks the sequel makes it up for and it's superior in many ways.

This game however starts out good, is ok in the middle and ends pretty lame. The only fleshed out character is Wilbur the magical gnome and he makes it all worth while. The other two I just couldn't care for. Nate is your typical snarky pirate type of guy and Ivo the half naked elf princess has the depth of a floppy disk (and a really annoying bird as companion). Luckily they both get proper character boosts in the sequel (unfortunately the annoying bird remains annoying).

But because their weak character in this game I only really enjoyed the sections where we get to play as Wilbur. Although it feels like we mostly get to play as Nate, but maybe that's because there's a certain chapter with him that feels twice as long as the others (if you played it you will know what I'm referring to).

The puzzles are rather easy if you compare it with other point & click games, especially if you compare it with classics. The story is.. well, it too is rather bland. The ending left me with more questions than I had during the whole game. It felt kind of rushed.

Basically, what I'm trying to say is you should ignore this game and only get the sequel if you just want a thoroughly enjoyable p&c game.

So why recommend this game?!
I don't really recommend it, but I don't dislike it. It's just meh. It has some good parts and lots of stupid humour. You know, the type of humour that makes you facepalm, sigh and roll your eyes? Yeah. These games live and breathe that.
So I recommend this game if you have a bad sense of humour and like adorable gnomes.

3/5 get the sequel instead.
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wizcreations
( 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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cptryd
( 15.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 28
Beautyful Point-and-Click adventure game that draws you in for a few hours (or days in my case). Backgrounds, character anymation and voice acting are just perfect. Puzzles are always logical and not all too hard. There's a lot of funny references to popular fantasy and science fiction movies in there as well!
The game is not without a few bugs though. Some scenes suddenly slow down to a crawl - the only fix was restarting the game. Further the end scene and credits completely lost sound and music... might be a mac only problem, who knows?!

Anywho... clear recommendation!
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archimedez
( 25.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 21
Creative, entertaining, with lots of good fantasy art.
Surprising amount of content, though it is reused quite a bit during the end.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
14 solid hours of fantasy adventure goodness. A few polish issues here and there (subtitle errors, animation clipping) but nothing too distracting.
Not that this is a game has to worry about immersion anyway. Book of Unwritten Tales knows full well that it's an adventure game and loves to poke the player and itself for laughs.

Highlight: Buried Death alive and he quite enjoyed it.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
Rating 9/10
Overview: Point and Click Adventure

This is a fantastic point and click adventure game that should be played by anyone who is a fan of the genre. The setting is fantasy, a beautiful artstyle with some great characters and well written dialogue. The comedy elements are also pretty decent. This is a fairly lengthy adventure ranging anywhere between 10-15 hours depending on skill level. The puzzles are not terribly difficult and find the right balance between fun and challenging. Strongly recommended.
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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
Recommended
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
Recommended
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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.
Recommended
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2015
ONE OF THE BEST! (IMO)

After playing more than a fair share of (point & click) adventure games in my life from all the way back in the beginning (in the 80's) up to present time, I have to say that this goes right in amongst my all-time favorites. It is a fantastic blend of humor, lovable characters, amazing artwork, intriguing puzzles/tasks to solve and excellent writing. It pleasantly breaks the 4th wall and shower us with references to games and movies alike that especially speak to the ones of us that has grown up with these types of games. I had many many "Laugh Out Loud" moments playing through this game, and it felt proper lengthy as well.

The difficulty level was a bit up and down, and there was a handful of pixel hunts, plus quite a bit of running back and forth, but it didn't ruin the experience at all. There was so much fun going on when doing all those things that it didn't matter.

The voice acting had me a bit worried at first as it seemed a bit flat at the very beginning, but it quickly escalated and felt proper good. The Welsh English dialect seem to suit this setting very well, as it did in Ni No Kuni. The sound effects and/or animation was a bit off at times, but easy to look past that.

I can easily recommend this game to anyone who's into adventure games, or I'd actually go as far as call this a must have for any adventure fan. It would also be a good choice for people not familiar with these types of game and want to try one out. It is well worth the money.

Rated 9/10

Happy gaming!

J3ST3R
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2015
I enjoyed this game very much. It has great humour: many pop culture references and pokes fun at itself, and some breaking of the fourth wall. The characters are interesting and have unique personalities. Puzzles are generally easy, but a few don't really make sense. The ending felt a little rushed though. And the switching of characters could be done better, it's too slow and I have to wait for them to walk into position. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
King's Quest, Space Quest, the Indiana Jones and Monkey Island games were what I grew up with. Point and click, adventure and lots of jokes and humor. It has been a long time since I have found a decent and fun game that connects me to those enjoyable games from my childhood. Well worth the buy and playthrough. The only thing it lacks is a decent amount of challenge. The most challenging thing about this game is trying to find everything you need which is not as exciting as it could be.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Very much reminded me of the old Monkey Island/Lesuire Suit games. Love the humor and that everything can fit in my pocket.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2015
Fights with a gnome over a chair until he refuses to speak to me again.
Hands down, best game ever <3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
It was a great adventure. Loved the mummy.


10/10
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66 of 68 people (97%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
The Book of Unwritten Tales is a 3D point-and-click adventure game set in a fantasy world. The game consists of 5 fairly lengthy chapters, although the last chapter was very short compared to the others. The Steam page says the game has about 20 hours of gameplay, but it only took me about 11 hours.

The graphics are pre-rendered in 16:10 aspect ratio, which means that on other aspect ratios there will be black bars on the sides. I have a 16:9 monitor so there were a bit over 1 cm wide black bars on each side of the screen. Aside from that minor issue the graphics are good and the environment looks very detailed.

The story is good, although it's a pretty standard fantasy story. You must find a powerful artifact and not let the evil forces get it. The somewhat silly world and the charming characters make the story a lot better. For example there are 2 NPCs playing a fantasy RPG, in which they must fill tax forms and do other mundane real life tasks. The dialogue is also pretty funny and contains several nods to other games like the Monkey Island series.

I found the puzzles to be easy and simple. I never really had to look for any items as you could get almost all of them on the first time you entered that area. The interactable hotspots disappeared once you no longer needed them or if you had interacted with them for a couple of times. You also had to interact with everything once before you could pick it up, which I learned pretty quickly. That basically meant that all the hotspots remaining after going through them all would be used in a puzzle. The inventory system made everything even simpler as the game showed a text when you could combine two items.

The game is fully voice acted and I thought the voice acting was pretty good. The music wasn't that great, but it was often barely noticeable. There are subtitles available in the game, but they don't show during the few cutscenes the game has.

I thought the game was good and recommend playing it, if you like point-and-click games.
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66 of 69 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2014
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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49 of 52 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 20, 2015
Point-and Click Adventure re-vitalised and re-thought

The Book of Unwritten Tales was the first game by the German development studio King Art to be released internationally, in 2012. It put this adventure games-developer firmly on the map, and has been praised for adding a unique feel to the classic point-and-click adventure genre.

For me it has been a long time since I last played a game like this. Actually, it was only since the adventure games by Telltale Games that I was redrawn into the genre, having played several of the classics many, many years ago (think 90's stuff). While the Telltale concept of adventure games focuses on a new kind of storytelling in combination with some action scenes, King Art completely stays within the boundaries of the classic adventure genre. Literally the only thing that needs to be done to complete this game, is pointing and clicking - the keyboard nor any other action is necessary, apart from pressing "spacebar" in order to see which objects are interactable with.

While this may feel like a somewhat all too classic an approach for a game in the 2010's, it actually still works pretty well. Of course, just like any moint and click adventure game, The Book of Unwriten Tales has a lot of puzzles, but these don't feel like being tucked onto the game in order to provide a challenge or prolong playtime. The puzzles in this game form an organical part of it: they arise out of the situation, and most (if not all) of them can be solved by just thinking, not by gratuitously pointing and clicking all over the place (so it could as well be called a point and think game).

That a classic adventure game like this still works nowadays, is mainly due to the interesting storyline, which drew me into the game pretty quick, helped by the amazingly original and beautiful artwork. The soundtrack too is top-notch and strikes the perfect balance between providing some background music and yet helps in painting each scene. The music even drew me into the game in an emotional way: it helped me to identify with the characters. Even more helpful in this respect is this gorgeous voice-acting, which draws the playable and non-playable characters out as men, women and monsters of flesh and blood (or of bones or anything else).

Playing for a large part as the young Welsh gnome Wilbur Weathervane (www - just one of the many small puns) made me identify with this smart an witty character very soon, even more so since young Wilbur looks at life in a refreshing, sometimes naive way. Later in the game other characters come into play as well, providing some welcome contrasts, but it always felt like coming home whenever Wilbur was the one I was in charge of. The game does tend to "let go" on this strong point near the end, when Wilbur disappears more or less into the background.

While all these qualities help to make a game of good to very good quality, the one element that differentiates The Book of Unwritten Tales from lots of other games, is the humour and even the irony with which the game looks at itself and at the entire world of games. Describing individual scenes from this game is difficult without resorting to spoilers, but when at a point quite early in the game I had to shut down a "server" for a "rpg machine" in order to rid two side-characters from their "game-addiction", I laughed out loud. The entire game is full of these sidekicks at the gaming industry, complete with wondrous quotes and one-liners. When a very depressed Death himself at a certain points says "This is an adventure game, nobody is supposed to actually die here", you know you're in for a treat.

Besides the poking at different games and genres, The Book of Unwritten Tales also makes fun or rather poses some questions about the entire fantasy-concept. It does so by obvious references to The Lord of the Rings, but also by turning some conventions from the fantasy-genre upside down or inside-out. All in all, this is a game into a lot of thinking has been put, without interfering with the actual fun of playing it. I can only recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone even remotedly interested in adventure games. And for all of you who have forgotten how a classic point-and-click game should look and play like, don't look any further. They don't come any better than this one for the time being.

Overall score: 9/10
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26 of 26 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2013
Another great point-and-click.

What's great about this game is that it's comedy gold. From the dialogue, the references, and the charming story, the game will just make your day even better.
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26 of 27 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2013
The Book of Unwritten Tales is without doubt one of the greatest adventure games I have played :)
It is funny, has a nice difficulty with logical solutions to puzzles and it even has a great story :)
Combine all that with great voiceacting and epic music and you have a really nice game :)
Its a must play imo :)
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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 14, 2014
One of the best modern p&c adventures out there.

Highly reccomended.

Day of the tentacles was my favorite p&c adventure, this one made me feel like 14 again.
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