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.
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.