In a world torn by war, the aged gremlin archaeologist Mortimer MacGuffin harbors the dark secret of a powerful artifact.
User reviews: Very Positive (755 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 31, 2012

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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.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/279940/

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)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/346230/

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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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The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is out now! http://store.steampowered.com/app/279940/

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
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!
--- end of review ---

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 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blade_Runner_%281997_video_game%29
  2. Culpa Innata - 2007 - http://store.steampowered.com/app/12310/
  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.
8.5/10

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

Cons:
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
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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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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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
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
What do you get when a point and click adventure game is fully aware that it is a point and click adventure game? You get this nifty game, where the right combination of self-referential humor, 4th wall breaking, and beautiful set design manifested in a thoroughly pleasant game.
I had no idea I have had this game in my steam library, and I have no idea what it is, or how it become one of the 600+ titles. But if I obviously paid money at one point to get it, and that was perhaps the best financial decision i've made this year(this being a particularly bankrupt year in terms of positive monetary decisions for me, but I digress).

The Logic:
First of all, when you play an PaC Adventure game, you have to have a very eccentric sense of logic. You can't just simply find a ladder to get a cat down a tree, but you have to cobble together a solution that involves a rubber mouse that you find on the surface of uranus, a piece of string woven from the nosehair of a troll you put asleep with the duck's tears potion from the dungeons, and finally a makeshift fishing rod from a wand you found while rummaging through a witches knicker drawer. This game is fully aware of that, and in its awareness, makes the logic to be a perfect balance of adventure game logic and simple item association. Sure I got stuck a few times, but It was mostly due to me missing an key item among the clutter of the scenery. Of course, this is partially due to a particular gameplay flaw that I will touch on later.

Gameplay:
PaC games are generally very easy. You hover your mouse cursor over everything in the scene, until it changes into either a grabby cursor or a magnifying glass, and you keep doing so until you have found every item and every interactables in the scene. The items are in an inventory in the bottom row, and you start mashing them together until you get what you need to solve the puzzle at hand. This method of brute force have served me well for many logically redundant PaC games, and I have applied this method a few times in this game as well... that is, until I discovered the SPACE BAR! The space bar button highlights every item and every interactables in the scene. Such a batvision upgrade seems to made the game easier, and would of course benefit many times where I had mouse scanned everything in a scene for a missing item. Such an control input would serve well to be explained in game at the beginning, instead of being accidentally discovered 2/3 through my playthrough. But overall, I found that the game seems to composite all the important elements in obvious places, and the UI is pretty intuitive for all the interaction of a PaC game.

Artwork and Animation and Sound:
I put these category together because… Well mostly because I’m lazy, but also the combination of all 3 together creates immersion for the game, and this immersion stool will immediately topple if one of the three legs is taken out.
I've have my hand hovered over the screenshot hotkey for majority of the game. The scenery are beautifully rendered, the characters are very well characterized, and most of the dialog match with the animations. A few sound seems to be out of sync with the animation, but the dialog are so expertly written and enacted that I’ve been willing to let a few negs go. Animation seems to be the weakest leg of the stool, many animations seems slow and unresponsive, especially when you have to repeat an action multiple times, it seems almost unbearably mechanic. These are times when I teeter precariously on this stool of immersion, but the rest of the gameplay is engaging and the dialogs are humors enough to compensate for my sore bum.

Conclusion:
I was really tempted to end this review on the word “bum”, but I have to be considerate of all those who skipped ahead of my long-winded rants to ask:
SHOULD I BUY THIS GAME?

HELL YES.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
Despite an impressive production and jokes that actually put a smile on my face, most of the game dragged on due to slow unskippable walking. 90% of playing time is spent watching your character walk. That and countless tedious "3 tasks" quests around a shallow story almost made me quit, and I played on out of stubbornness, already decided on a negative review. Fortunately, the game picked up quite a bit in the last chapter, and I'm left with slightly more reasons to recommend it than not, so a close-call thumbs-up here.

Pros:
- Great art, great music, great dialogue writing, great voice acting.
- The jokes and references are really well done.
- Last 20% is better than the rest.

Cons:
- Character movement is painfully slow! Any walking sequence becomes an unskippable maddening slow drag.
- Not too much of a story.
- Too many tedious "complete 3 tasks" puzzle quests.
- Too many linear dependencies where the solution is to try something again that wasn't working before.
- No way to pause the many long cutscenes and conversation sequences. Really sucks if you're interrupted.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
I bought this game because the videos where just so funny! It was a lot of fun playing it, but i didn´t expect the effect this game had on my girlfriend. She doesn´t like computer games but when she saw me playing it she took over! Now i had to buy all the other adventures from nordic games and she finished them in record time! So dear male gamers, DON`T let a girl see this game - they will banish you from your own computer and take over!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
A point and click puzzle adventure where the adventurer never dies. Totally low stress game but sometimes aggravating when you are trying to search for things to click and can't find them - I didn't find out until late game that space bar reveals to you potential areas to click. Would have saved some time and frustration in early game. Lots of punny, funny stuff in here for the true fantasy/scifi/gaming nerd. Lots of good easter eggs and the game kind of mocks itself (and sometimes the player) as it goes. Overall great for the casual gamer or for a game to pass time without too much investment.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
Magnificent.
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
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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