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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"An actually funny and lovely point & click adventure game. Definitely among the best in recent years."

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February 19

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is now available!

Dear Adventure fans,

we are so glad to announce that The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 has left Early Access status and is now available.

We have also added a new Collection as well as a special Almanac Edition (and an Upgrade Option for Standard Edition/Early Access buyers with the exact pricing difference between Standard and Almanac Edition - so no disadvantages involved)


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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

Mac OS X
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
I really enjoyed playing the game. It has clever story and dialogues. I laughed a lot.
The four protagonists are adorerable. But not only them. I thrilled with the idea of inverse worlds(you are in a world where you can meet gnomes, dwarves, dragons etc and humans play a game which takes place in real world ).
The riddles were not so difficult. The answers are mostly obvious (you do not have to guess what the creator want me to do). If you have what you need in your inventory then the answer is clear.
I strongly recommend it.
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
I hate adventures!
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Ok, not really. I would love to love them is a better term. But they are so boring.
Riddles because someone thought of them. Not because they make sense in the story.
Characters which are too cool or smart to be true.
Simply said, adventures are not fun.

I know of three exceptions currently:
  1. Blade Runner - 1997 -
  2. Culpa Innata - 2007 -
  3. The Book of Unwritten Tales - 2009

I played through "The Book of Unwritten Tales" in two days, ca. 16 hours (Blade Runner took me 32 hours non stop), and it was fun.
Really fun.
Sitting in front of your computer and laughing loud out, I don't do that very often.
I like the characters, I like the music, I like the voices very much (dragon anyone?) and I REALLY like the riddles.

Sometimes I searched for answers in the internet, but somehow I failed to find all but the first riddle. And even that was totally logically, I should have thought a bit longer about it.
That is the funny thing here. You don't have to try to combine every item with every other item.
Most of the time, you already have an idea what could/should work and just work in that direction.
Only sometimes you look at what you have, then you look at the problem, then you say: NO, and try it.

The game tells a story, the riddles are not riddles but there are problems in the game and you solve the problems. I hope you get my point? It is less "oh my god, again a riddle" and more of "yes, of course do I need to do that somehow, how"?

The game is just great.
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4 of 4 people (100%) 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
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
If you're a fan of the Point-And-Click adventure genre, Or even if you're not this game might be for you! The setting and game is chock full of humor. The fantasy genre, MMOs, Fiction and all manner of things get deliciously skewered in the story. Unlike other such games however, This game reards the observant. All the puzzles and interactions aren't too hard to figure out for the most part, But looking at things around you or in your inventory or talking to a person near you always reveals even a subtle hint as to what to do next, And if truly stuck one can hold SPACE at any time to see what interactive spots are near you at any time. For an indie offring, This is a game both beautiful and functional. At the very least, IT will provide a fun story!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
Good point and click game, though not very challenging. The story is entertaining and spoofs fantasy/sci fi stereotypes from Tolken to Star Wars.The characters are endearing and laugh-out-loud funny. I would say this is a perfect starter point and click for kids but for some (very little, actually) "strong" language. The graphics are good with the details in the scenes finely rendered. The characters are detailed and well voiced (though the voice effect for one character grated on my nerves). If the puzzles were more of a challenge I would rate this as a must buy. As it is I'd say its a must buy on sale.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
This game is incredible! I love games that play with some cliches of video games, and this do that indeed!

It is a lot of fun, play it!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
Nice point-and-click adventure. Won't blow your mind but it's a charming little game. Lots of beautiful, painterly artwork, and the voice acting does a good job of bringing the characters to life. It's not without its flaws, though. It can be a bit too much of a hidden-object puzzler at times, so get used to sweeping the mouse over the screen looking for that 25-pixel hotspot you missed the first 4 times through the room. And it's not nearly as funny as it thinks it is... lots of clumsy breaking of the 4th wall that just fall flat. Still decent in balance, though!
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
Pretty and polished game, but too short and the humour is too childish for me. There are some references for the mature public too, but it just sounded odd to me due to the rest of the atmosphere. The characters move very slowly too, and that can be annoying sometimes. The voice acting is great though.

The game is either far too easy, or just makes no sense:
To distract a monkey, I rarely think "Eureka, all I need is a jar and a bunch of bettles!"
Luckly you don't have too many possibilities to try on, so this is not a showstopper. Objects are pretty much always right there on the screen, and not hidden in a shady corner, which is a plus. The spacebar (that highlights clickable objects on the screen) is rarely (or never) needed.

The graphics are quite good, and I've encountered a few glitches (Linux here) but they went away by themselves, so it didn't bother me too much.

If you REALLY want this game, I'd recommend waiting for a sale. Its not all that fantastic.

IMPORTANT: If you don't find this review useful, I'd be happy if you comment below why you think so. Just going "Oh I like the game and I want this review to fall into the oblivion" is quite of a immature behaviour. Thank you.

PS: There are some references to MMO RPGs in this game that got me a little bit uncomfortable, as I am a big fan of the genre. Devs seem to imply that they are repetitive, meaningless, and alienating, the main character commenting "...that's the silliest game I've ever heard of". The critiques go on in the trailer of the sequel of this game too. I don't know if they wanted to criticise a specific MMO or the whole genre, but the later sounds like an utterly equivocated idea. Not cool.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
Just finished the game and here are my thoughts.

The story was interesting enough to keep me playing.
Voice acting was decent.
Puzzles made sense.
I LOVED the artwork!
Characters were pretty good.

Animations were quite horrible.

Overall, I enjoyed it thoroughly. Very solid point and click adventure!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
I am a pretty big fan of Point & Click Adventures so of course I would happily play this.

The game starts out with a Gremlin called McGuffin (Not just a name) being captured by an evil army as he has knowledge of a magical artefact that can end an on-going war. He manages to give a ring to Wilbur, a Gnome who wishes for a greater purpose in life, between being freed and immediately recaptured by a dragon. Cue the adventures of Wilbur the Gnome and Ivo the Wood Elf as they attempt to save the land from the Arch-Witch Mortroga.

This game is OK. From the beginning it has a clear idea of what it wants to do which is poke fun at multiple fantasy tropes with World of Warcraft seeming to be made the most fun of (Wilbur's first area looks incredibly like Dun Moragh for example) but still tries to keep up with its story. Later it seems to get rather cofused and some parts and character descisions make little sense such as Nate (a selfish scoundral interested in his own wealth) suddenly decides to want to save the land instead of ensuring his own safety and wealth. It is a rather odd character descision that comes out of nowhere much like other certain plot devices.

The worst part is pretty much the end. Which decides to solve the worlds troubles with a convuluted plot and then ends rather abruptly with no real explanation of what just happened.

It's not a bad game. The story does get rather sporadic and non-sensical towards the end although it may just be that the game feels more compelled to tell jokes rather than a story. Try if you want, Don't expect anything spectacular though.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
So! You are a fan of point and click adventure games, but long gone are the days of Guybrush Threepwood, Roger Wilco, and purple tentacles. So, naturally, you've left games like that to the past, and whenever anyone tries to make a new one, it's all focused on graphics, never on story, never on humor, and certainly never the old 'combine these things to make this new thing to solve this puzzle'.

Well, I can say that if that is what you are looking for, The Book of Unwritten Tales is for you. The humor is a good blend of clever, self-aware, and just plain groan-worthy. The puzzles are not too simple and not too complicated. Well...ok, maybe a BIT too simple. Most of them were actually pretty basic, though a few stood out as clever.

My only complaints about this addition to the genre were fairly minor. One of the more classic moments in these types of games was in The Secret of Monkey Island where there was a whole string of events that happens outside of your control and everything occurs off screen with you just sitting there reading the text and listening to the sound effects. A direct homage to that happens in this game, but then a couple more times things similar to it happen....once was funny and a nice tribute, but multiple times sort of makes it feel like lazy writing or a way to advance the story when there's no logical way to tie two events together.

The other issue I had with this was one of...I don't know...dialogue trees? Programming? I am unsure what it would fall under but on multiple occaisons I would find an item and go 'Oh...I wonder if person X would like this items...' and so I go to check and they respond with 'Oh, hey, thanks for getting me that thing I asked for, here is the item I promised in return.' Except that none of that dialogue happened. It skips it entirely. It's not really a PROBLEM, but it certainly breaks the scene a bit and makes you kind of annoyed that you missed what might have been some funny moments.

Those gripes are minor, however, and I recommend this game a lot, even if you've never really played point and click adventures before as there isn't quite as many gaps in logic as you find in many others.

P.S. My favorite character was the dragon.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
The Book Of Unwritten Tales is a very nice and fun adventure to play! The story is about the classic fantasy cliche about an ancient and powerful artifact, and the mission to recover it and save the world. You'll guide 4 main characters, sometimes together, sometimes alone.
The puzzles, all mainly based around collected objects, are not difficult at all, and the ending is a bit rushed out, but all the rest represents a great tribute to classic adventure games of the past, from Monkey Island to Legend of Kyrandia, from Day of the Tentacle to King's Quest.

Graphics and art are really beautiful, locations come to life and are very well characterized. There's a subtle but well played soundtrack and voice recording just nailed perfectly each character. Humor comes out from every single line of text, there are also a lot of fun quotes from mainstream games and movies, like The Lord of The Rings and Mission Impossible.

It's thanks to small but passionate developers like King Art, but I also think to Daedalic and Wadjet Eye, that we're still able to play adventure games like this one nowadays. Playing TBoUT was like returning back to mid '90s, and I surely hope to see more adventure developers to take the risk and the challenge to reinvent and innovate the genre, keeping the good from the past.

In the meantime, I'm looking forward to try this game's prequel, The Critter Chronicles, but even more its true sequel, the just released second chapter, which from what I read is going to be even more good!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
Best adventure game I've ever played, really. If you ever have been put off by some obscure adventure game in the past and decided to avoid the genre all together, give this a try. I think you will change your mind.

What's so awesome about this game?

The script and writing are simpy terrific! Fantastic sense of humour, hilarious ideas and really nice 4th wall breaking. I've lost count how many times I laughed and chuckled. Yes, the story involves you saving the world again, but there are couple twists along the way and it's not easy to predict what will happen next (especially taking into account adventure game logic ;). Characters are likeable and have strong personality. Their adventures usually involve finding themselves in absurd situations, facing ridiculous obstacles and solving problems in most unusual way. So adventure gaming in its best classic comedic edition.

During the course of the game you control different characters and there are times when you can switch between them on demand. The puzzles are fun and with subtle hints from conversations and item descriptions you always know what you need to do. You find and combine some items, execute actions in right order or say right things to right people. One of the highlights is preparing a magic potion, where you need to follow closely a recipe and add ingredients in correct amount, order and at right moment. There were times I missed an object (I only found out later that you can press 'space' to see all interactive objects on the screen) and walked around a bit, but in the end I found a solution by myself.

Voice acting is top-notch. I went through every possible dialogue option and clicked on every item to hear every single sentence. As is expected from adventure games, the game is pretty to look at. It's 3d graphics with locked camera, but it does have handdrawn vibe and charm.

It all comes together perfectly. Great game. I'm glad they are doing the sequel.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
Pros: The art is not pixel graphics! Beautiful soundtrack, excellent voice acting, descriptive narration for the world and its items/inhabitants. The story has a complete ending.

Cons: The animation of the 3D models seems a bit clunky and rigid. I experienced a bug where the game slows downs tremendously when accessing the inventory. No Steam achievements.

Summary: When I see a game from "The Adventure Company," I roll my eyes and expect drivel. This game was actually quite fun, so I definitely recommend it to fans of the point & click adventure genre.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
One of the best games I have ever played. For me this game has become a cult game and it is a must-have if you like adventure games.
The plot is brilliant, the characters are amazing and the puzzles are cool, not difficult but very creative in my opinion.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
I have been playing adeventure games since graphics were something you imagined from text descriptions and this is without doubt one of the best, at least the equal of the best seirra ever made in story and gameplay and with graphics .... we could not even have imagined back then, and a real sense of humour with great little pop culture easter eggs and references that really add to the epic feeling of the plot.
Whats more - it has those rarest of things - puzzles that actually are entirely logical, i only cheated a couple of times in 20 hours of gameplay and it was always something i had looked for and missed. (my only criticism - it could have been clearer on the controls - I spent half the game wishing space showed hotspots before figuring out it did lmao - if i had realised i would have taken less time and not needed help lol). Thats not to say they the puzles are easy - I have great grades in university engineering, math and physics and found them a challenge. But they all make sense, unlike too many adventures today.
If adventure puzzle games are 'your thing' then this is a must play.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
Good game, just wish it had achievements and cloud sync like most other games. I guess #2 will have those though.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
This is a pretty great point-and-click adventure game. It's rather long, the puzzles are for the most part reasonably straightforward (I didn't do too much random-clicking-to-see-what-happens), and the humor is often extremely well-done. The voice acting is also top-notch, which is a nice feature.

There's a few annoying technical issues if you're on Linux. For one, the "Settings" menu crashes the game unless you manually swap out one of the game's bundled libraries. For another, I couldn't find a way to set a windowed mode, or consistently set a windowed resolution, without hex-editing the main binary. (Editing the generated config files in ~/.bout achieved nothing for me.)

Additionally, anyone who's concerned about the representation of women in video games nowadays will find plenty to complain about in this title.

Still, the good parts far outweigh the bad, and IMO the world could use more adventure games of this caliber. I'd certainly recommend it to any fan of the genre!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
Just completed the game...its 3.30 in the morning...couldn't stop playing...lots of fun. Well thought out puzzles, a little difficult in places but not overly so. Well designed story, interesting characters. With a good splice of humour and cultural references galore. It felt like a labour of love from people who love adventure games. Which is kinda what i want from a these sorts of games. To top it off though, it plays nicely, looks good and has some amusing voice acting.

My grumbles though come in the form of the animation cycles. You can get stuck in them and have to wait for it to finish and when you switch between chars you have to wait for the character you were using to move into their waiting spot before you gain control of the next one. but this problem was few and far between. I experienced one game breaking bug, which basically happened when i tried to put wilbur and nate into the same doorway. they both kinda locked up. Other then that, no issues.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
52.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
Solid Point and Click Adventure Game. Voice acting was superb and the scripting was spot on.
Loved 4th wall references, the story & dialog.
Great game! Only downside would be how the game 'quickly' wrapped up near the end. Almost didn't make any sense.
Highly recommended! I look forward to the sequel.
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