In a world torn by war, the aged gremlin archaeologist Mortimer MacGuffin harbors the dark secret of a powerful artifact.
User reviews: Very Positive (887 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."

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

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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
Helpful customer reviews
46 of 49 people (94%) found this review helpful
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
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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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
One of the best pont-&-click adventure's in my gaming history.
What's make this game of one best's - is that it's mirror most fantasy universe's (Lord Of The Rings, Avantasia, Warcraft and e.t.c.) and even Real Life in so sarcastic manner, so you can't just ignore it.

Puzzles and quest's grow in difficulty with every new chapter (but most's of them are not so difficult; I don't use "SPACE" to highlight all active object's untill chapter 4).

"Sam & Max" now have a really serious competitor ina face of thoose fellas.

Highly recommended for all who familiar with fantasy worlds (even a little) and have a deep lust of good laughing infront of monitor.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
I wasn't sure about this at first, as it's a little uneven in the early going, but the longer I played it, the more I enjoyed it. It's a fairly standard fantasy point-and-click adventure, where there's a big bad guy trying to get a powerful magic item, but it has a number of features that make it more entertaining than what you'd expect from such a generic situation.

One of the best innovations I've seen in a while is that hotspots will disappear after you've done everything possible with them. That really helps eliminate wasteful backtracking and double-checking of red herrings. You also switch around between three characters, all with totally different personalities and abilities. It's a bit reminiscent of older LucasArts games like Maniac Mansion and Zak McKracken. These two features help keep the game moving.

The other thing that sets this game apart is its excellent sense of humor. The game walks a fine line between meta-humor and camp while playing with genre tropes and expectations from RPGs and graphical adventure games. Fantasy geeks will appreciate all the jokes referencing other games, books, and movies. The voice acting is also very good, which helps with the delivery of a lot of the humorous lines.

The 3D graphics are mostly good, although there is some clipping and other weirdness here and there, and the cutscenes are only fair. Scenes are shown from widely varying angles to allow access to everything you need, which is appreciated.

It took me twelve hours to complete, and I feel like I went at a fairly steady pace, so I'd expect 10-15 hours for almost anyone to finish it. Overall, any experienced adventurers will enjoy the game quite a bit, and it's easy to recommend for such folks.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
The Book of Unwritten Tales

I personally had never heard of this little gem until I watched Jesse Cox's Fan Fr-aturday where he played The Book of Unwritten Tales 2, watch it here. During that gameplay, I found that the game's quirky comments, characters, music, and look was really entertaining. Of course, it was clear that there was some story involved, and having never heard of the series, I decided to play it from the beginning.

The game itself is a point-&-click puzzle rpg. Meaning, movement, interactions, even crafting, all just simply requires your mouse. It is set in a medieval fantasy-esque world where there are mages, dragons, gnomes, elves, bounty hunters... The world is very colorful indeed.

Visuals: This game was released in 2009, and the graphics are pretty evident of that. It is by no means an ugly game, it is very colorful and the characters all are very unique. The animated scenes are nothing to boast about, but it could be worse. Overall, compared to games that are out today, the visuals are in short, dated, and the characters look quite... odd. Especially the wood elf, Ivo. That being said, I still enjoyed the look of the game keeping it's age in mind.

Sound: The music is lovely, though, there isn't a huge variety of tracks. Still, the music fits the various scenes you are in, and, doesn't get annoying after listening to it over and over, especially if you get stuck in an area. The character voices are charming, and fit each of the characters. Sounds of the various items in the world and creatures, all good. No complains on sound at all.

Controls: As I said, this is a point and click game. So, you can pretty much toss your keyboard to the side and just sit back with a cup of tea in one hand, mouse in the other and have at it. There are some areas where the positioning of the various items you interact with are close to your "items" toolbar, which sometimes calls for maneuvering of the character's positioning, if possible. The item's tool bar goes into auto hide until you hover your mouse down over the area, then it pops right up like toast from a toaster. The cursor often changes to a orangey-red color when you are hovering over an item you can interact with, so if you get stuck, scanning around for intractable items is a good way to try to figure out how to move forward. Overall, I had no issues with the controls.

Story: The story was... well, broken up into four chapters. Each chapter taking you into a different area. There is no epic background story of the world and various characters like you would find in some rpgs. In fact, there's a war going on between an evil witch queen and her creatures verses the arch mage and the humans, dwarves, and so on. The mission is to prevent the evil queen from obtaining something that can shift the balance of the war, yet, it really felt the war was just a simple backdrop and most of the game was the characters bumbling about. The interactions between the characters are preciously adorable at times, and over all, it is entertaining.

Puzzles: For the most part, the puzzles were not too difficult. Some, easier than others. My problem was that I would already have figured out how to solve the puzzle, but, would be ten steps ahead of what the game itself has lined up. So instead of doing steps 1-5 in consecutive order, I would do step one, and see already how to complete step 5. Of course, that would leave me running around trying to figure out where the hell do I go for steps 2-4. The game is pretty forgiving, dialog options allow you to redo them if you selected the incorrect choice, and most puzzles just reset if you made a mistake.

Ending: The ending did feel a bit abrupt, and, while I felt that great sensation of completing a game, I felt that the ending was a bit rushed.

TL:DR

The Book of Unwritten Tales is a fun and witty puzzle rpg, of the point-&-click kind. The puzzles vary in difficulty, but to the perceptive and detailed oriented player, they should be no problem. Story is a bit short and unengaging, but it doesn't really matter for the game play. Characters are fun and unique enough, providing entertaining dialogues. Over all I'd recommend this game to anyone who is interested in the genre and isn't picky about the dated look.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
This was the most fun I've had playing an adventure game. It's not too difficult so you can usually figure out solutions on your own and the game and dialogue were really funny. You will not regret buying this game. Such a blast.
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