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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cableknitdragon
( 11.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
An enjoyable click and point puzzle game with lots of throwbacks to popular fantasy titles. The animation can be a bit aged especially if playing on higher resolutions but BoUT's is still a fun game!

My only (-) is that character movement can be a little slow, but feel free to grab a cup of tea and sip while waiting
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nikoTriceps #CSGORage.com
( 14.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
The Book of Unwritten Tales is a classic Point & Click Adventure. It follows the paths of the gnome Wilbur, the human Nate, the elf Ivo and the Critter on their journey to save the world after the archaeologist Mortimer McGuffin finds a powerful artifact, that can decide the war between the Army of Shadows and the Alliance.
The story sounds very clichee, but that is wanted, because the Book of Unwritten Tales is just one big parody of everything that has to do with fantasy, science fiction or adventure movies and is filled with many references to them. Even the music sometimes sound suspiciously close to some of Hollywood´s classics.
The design of the game is very good for a Point & Click Adventure and fits the mood of the game very well. The 60 locations all have their own feel to them so that the game does not get boring. The Book of Unwritten Tales also did not fall for the trap, that many Point´n Clicks cannot avoid to step in. There are no annoying and unlogical puzzles. After some thinking everything makes sense, so that you do not have to randomly combine items without a certain goal. All in all the Book of Unwritten Tales was a really nice experience, that took me about thirteen hours to complete.
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Mic
( 11.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
7 hours in and a mini game that cant be done unless you have good hand control. This game is old and had this problem from the start. You could send your save game in to get it solved but alas seems no more. How can they sell a game they know is broken, without a patch. Sadly ruined an otherwise excellant adventure.
11 hours in next chapter another known bug but alas once again you could send your save game in for a fix. Or as it stands now its game over there is no cure for this one. Maybe a patch here if your going to keep selling it.
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<™[-=> Cookiez <=-]™>
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
I love this game. The puzzles aren't as crazily difficult like the Deponia series but are solvable by using simple intuition and the Spacebar. I enjoy solving the puzzles but they are more of a "If you can't do this, keep clicking on any other available spot"

PROS
1. Good Graphics
The 3D is a step up from the cartoonish drawings of the Deponia Series.

2. Interesting World
Transport Dragons, Mummies, Elves, Gnomes, Orcs, Mages and Death himself.

3. Good Title
Book of Unwritten Tales. Very catchy.

CONS
1. Linearity
There is really only 1 way to solve a puzzle and your choices don't really matter at all. You are just solving one puzzle to get to the next.

2. Dead World
You can't interact with anything except what the developers want you to interact with. There is nothing that you can interact with for fun.

3. Colour Issues
When you make a potion, purple is not pink.

4. Number of Stirs
How do you count 3 stirs clockwise? Why is not stirring considered a foul?

SUGGESTIONS
1. Removing the Linearity
I would suggest referring to the Witcher series for examples on how to use multiple ways to solve one issue. Or the Osbourne kids' books.

2. The Mighty Card Game
It would have been great to have a real Mighty card game within this game.
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ezzellse7
( 13.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
I've had this game on my wishlist for a while until it went on sale and was not disappointed. Very engaging story and great characters. I loved the concept of being able to switch between them, though at times the process of switching was tedious (waiting for the character to get to the exact position the game requires just to trade an item real quick). There were a few issues with subtitles mismatching and lines going through the screen where action would later take place, but they weren't distracting. There was also one or two times where I could click on something from a previous screen, which was... interesting. Again, that didn't distract from the story and just made me chuckle and move on. There are some fantastic references that had me laughing and looking for others.

I only remember being frustrated with a puzzle twice, and both of them were simply because the solution was too specific and illogical (they may be references?). They didn't completely ruin the game, but they were the times where I had to consult a walkthrough which I do not like doing, but they frustrated me too much to find the real solution. Specifically When trying to get red paint - there is red powder that obviously needs to get wet: I came across 2 sources of water, the paladins spit and a giant tub of water in the caves, and neither worked, I needed the tiny puddle of tears that I completely missed in the crypt. Also, needed a gold coin for the phone booth teleporter. Ran up to grab some from the giant piles by the throne room, but nope, I need to get into that specific locked chest - actually didn't need a walkthrough for this one - it just seemed like a silly solution . In the grand scheme of the game, these are nothing, and like I said, may be references that I don't know/remember. All the other puzzles were well balanced.
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Mikhail
( 12.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
If you like point and click play this...

One of the best.
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Danny
( 20.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
A fine point and click adventure game. Definitely recommended.
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Cerdipotamo
( 11.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
I recommend it. I had a great fun time with this game. So many puns, jokes and references to everything! If you like point & click adventure games, and you want to smile while playing, this is your game!
On a sidenote: Changing characters can get a little frustrating sometimes, but it doesn't really intefere with the gameplay.
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Tsudo
( 14.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Hilarious and fun story!
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kmajor978
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Great point-and-click adventure game loaded with ludicrous tongue-in-cheek humour. The puzzles are challenging (maybe a little too challenging?)… so much so that I have no idea how someone could make it through the full game without taking a peek or two at a walkthrough (I sure did!). On one particular puzzle, the characters even looked over at the ‘camera’ and wondered out loud if they were being guided by a higher power (or a walkthrough). I’m not a big fan of the ‘fetch-quests’, but there was still enough variety to keep me going. I bought this one on sale in a bundle ($1.99) as a way to test out the waters before buying the Book of Unwritten Tales 2. The retail price is quite high for this type of game, but there’s easily 15-hrs of gameplay (20 if you resist the temptation to look up puzzle solutions). Gamplay:Dollar ratio is quite high. I put in a solid 5 hrs to get a good feel for it, and I think I’ll add the 2nd to my watchlist for any upcoming sales.
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sideswiped1time
( 14.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
Simple, with a corny humor that any age could grin at, if not fully appreciate.
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Ojou
( 17.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
I liked the game a lot. Characters are sweet, story is cool. Puzzles are not so hard.
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natharran
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
Pros:
- a lot of fun
- beautifull graphics
- very good voice acting and soundtrack
- a lot of content
- "realistic" riddles that are neither so hard they would make you stuck for a long time nor are they stupid
- gameplay is ok
- flawless run on Linux (CentOS 7)

Cons:
- while solving a riddle, characters sometimes said something inappropriate that made me think there was a bug even though there wasn't any
- the idea of the main story isn't really original (however, I still haven't finished the game so I might be wrong about this) but perhaps the cliché is intentional
- really ugly almost naked Elf - what the ... ?!

Review (if you can call it that):

This game delivers so much intelligent fun so often that I laugh almost all the time I play it. It references many IT and game related stuff (movies, too) and makes a great fun of it (I really love the part with hairy server deamon).

The graphics are beautifull, the voice acting is superb as is the soundtrack.

Riddles are real riddles (not Skyrim-like would-be-riddles for everyone with IQ >= 80) but they're not so difficult that they yould make you stuck for too long. Also, every part of every riddle is only possible to solve once you have enough information to make that solution logical and reasonable. So you won't get anywhere by trying to just blindly put stuff together. You must gather data first or your character will only say something like "Why would I want to do that?" even though it might be the right solution.

And even though the main plot itself isn't really original in any way, there is a lot of content around it.

I also appreciate that devs took the effort and also made this game available for Linux users. And well enough, too. The single problem is that the first time the game starts, it doesn't get your desktop resolution but loads some weird default instead. If you want to change it, you must restart the game, but when you quit the game, the desktop resolution is that of the game. So you also have to restart you GUI. But that's just one-time problem and can be easilly solved.

Recommended.
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Annapox
( 30.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
This game is a point-and-click style fantasy adventure that's basically a parody of the fantasy genre as a whole. It's filled with pop culture references to famous fantasy and scifi fiction and tropes. The story is great. My only complaint is that one of the minigames requires very good timing. I had to find a savegame from right after someone beat the minigame in order to continue, but that was really the only problem I had.
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j0ny_brav0
( 10.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
A Good Game.
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happysuggs
( 12.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
At the time of writing this game is £17.99 full price. However I bought it on sale.
I do not recommend this game at full price.

It took me 12 hours to complete, using a walkthrough for one point. I found it a solid point and click adventure with a fun story, faintly amusing jokes and hat tips to other games/stories, and a mix of easy and difficult puzzles. The puzzles ranged from collecting things from different locations to figuring out how to sneak past things. There were no hidden object scenes and logic puzzles were very minimal.

However, there are some hefty flaws.
* As others have said, the characters move VERY slowly, so a lot of your time can just be sat watching them walk across the scene.
* The puzzles are frequently in the form of "go to this place and get this thing then return to a previous place to get another thing and put them together, now go to a different place and give the thing to someone who will give you another thing and then..." which was wearing. I would have liked to see a wider mix, and as a seasoned point and clicker I was disappointed.
* The ending baffled me with some odd time travel.
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ZloPseto
( 10.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
A fantastic, beautiful, lengthy, sometimes smart, even original (despite bursting with references to just about everything relevant within and outside the genre) modern point&click, that even manages to be funny here and there.

Sure, the movements are too slow and some animations are slightly strange/off, along with a meh-inducing puzzle or two, but this was a joy to play and a modern classic within the genre.
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Adventure Games
( 11.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
8/10

✔ Very pleasant presentation
✔ True to the genre

× Slow
× Sometimes rather too childish
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GreeN
( 24.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
These games get nowhere near the attention they deserve. This game, The Critter Chronicles and Unwritten Tales 2 are some of the best adventure games released in years. The production quality is enormous; the art, the animation, the voices and the soundtrack are top notch and the script and the characters are hilarious. The puzzles range from easy to tricky, but usually only if you're unaware of a reference the game is making towards another game or film. If you're a fan of silly adventure games then I cannot recommend this enough.
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7 of 7 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
These games get nowhere near the attention they deserve. This game, The Critter Chronicles and Unwritten Tales 2 are some of the best adventure games released in years. The production quality is enormous; the art, the animation, the voices and the soundtrack are top notch and the script and the characters are hilarious. The puzzles range from easy to tricky, but usually only if you're unaware of a reference the game is making towards another game or film. If you're a fan of silly adventure games then I cannot recommend this enough.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
8/10

✔ Very pleasant presentation
✔ True to the genre

× Slow
× Sometimes rather too childish
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
A fantastic, beautiful, lengthy, sometimes smart, even original (despite bursting with references to just about everything relevant within and outside the genre) modern point&click, that even manages to be funny here and there.

Sure, the movements are too slow and some animations are slightly strange/off, along with a meh-inducing puzzle or two, but this was a joy to play and a modern classic within the genre.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Such a clever and funny game :)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.9 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Such a great game. Certainly my favoriite point and click game ever.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
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8 of 8 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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6 of 7 people (86%) 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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12 of 21 people (57%) 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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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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