Enjoy a thrilling and hilarious point-and-click adventure in the fantasy world of Aventasia
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Release Date: Dec 5, 2012

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"Critter Chronicles is definitely one of the best adventure games in the entire world. It has a nice, simple story, fantastic dialogue, great sense of humor, exceptionally likable characters, excellent English dubbing and really pretty graphics."
9/10 – GRY Online

"Critter Chronicles took me about a dozen hours to complete, and I consistently found it to be enjoyable during that time. The puzzles work well and are sometimes challenging, the writing is amusing enough that the game is entertaining to watch as well as play, and the voice acting is once again terrific."
83/100 – {LINK REMOVED}

"A top shelf adventure game with great puzzles, a smart sense of humor, and penguins!"
4.5/5 – Gamezebo

About This Game

The Critter Chronicles tell the story of how adventurer Nate Bonnett and Critter, his hairy sidekick, first met, all set before their appearance in Wilbur’s and Ivo’s adventure in The Book of Unwritten Tales. Enjoy a thrilling and hilarious point-and-click adventure in the fantasy world of Aventasia. Travel from the Northlands to the Mage’s Tower of Seastone and experience a story that offers tremendous fun for seasoned players of “The Book of Unwritten Tales” and newcomers alike.

Key Features

  • Play as both Nate and Critter: You and you alone decide with whom you want to spend more time.
  • Meet new characters such as animal rights activist Petra, a schizophrenic Yeti, and the “Critters”.
  • Choose between two levels of difficulty: “Normal” (approximately the same difficulty as BOUT) and “Hard” (for true veteran adventurers).
  • Enjoy high-resolution backgrounds, improved animations and sounds!
  • Real-time lightning of 3d-models and objects (including volumetric lighing)
  • Soft raytraced shadows of real-time objects on the backgrounds
  • Support of all screen resolutions up to 1920x1200 and wide-screen support
  • Improved animations with facial animation and lip movement
  • Watch a beautiful and emotional tale unfold in about 10-12 hours of playing time.
  • Stand alone add-on to the highly acclaimed "The Book of Unwritten Tales"

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS:Windowns XP SP3, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor:2.4 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 9c compatible graphic card with 128 MB RAM, Pixelshader 2.0
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
    • OS:Windows XP SP3, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor:3 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 9c compatible graphic 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 10.8/Mac OS X 10.7
    • Processor:2.4 GHz Intel Mac Core Duo
    • Memory:1500 MB RAM
    • Graphics:Intel GMA-950-Grafikkarte with 256MB VRAM or better
    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
    • OS:Ubuntu 12.04 or above
    • Processor:2.4 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL compatible graphic card with 128 MB RAM, Pixelshader 2.0

    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
    • OS:Ubuntu 12.04 or above
    • Processor:3 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL compatible graphic card with 256 MB RAM, Pixelshader 2.0

    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2013
These guys just gets it. After playing so many "meh" adventures, and i'm an adventuregame lover, my favorites the last years is the "Book of unwritten tales" games. They do the pop culture thing soo right, and the humour is great, which others do alot in an excessive forced way, like Sam & Max, even though i like those one too. Graphics are great, voicing are great. This one, after just 20 mins after playing, i knew it was a GREAT adventure game. Really recommended it for adventurelovers.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles is a fairly amusing point-and-click adventure. Much of the artwork flows like an oil painting plus the animations give it an extra level of depth and personality. It is obvious the writers and voice actors had a lot of fun in their roles. The game puts several Star Wars parodies in the storyline as well as a few references to Portal. With two characters to control it's almost like playing two stories in one.

Overall, it's a mildly funny game that doesn't get overly difficult.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
I must admit, I approached this game with skepticism. I absolutely loved The Book of Unwritten Tales, but the Critter parts? Not so funny. I never really enjoyed controlling this non speaking character, always having to guess what I might be saying, after a couple of minutes I always got bored or irritated. But this spin-off (and prequel), The Criiter Chronicles? Don't ask me why, but it totally works.

The story is simple but entertaining, in this game we finally understand WHAT is Critter. Part of an alien race crashed on the planet, we have to help him and his mates get a crucial part of their ship back from the... evil, for lack of a better term, Munkus. We will also meet again some of the characters from Unwritten Tales, like Ma'zaz, discover how Critter became friend with Nate and visit many locations of the previous game. Dialogues are funny and full of pop culture references, puzzles aren't extremely hard, but a couple of moments may be really challenging if you don't pay attention to your surroundings. Plus, a Portal (as in the Valve franchise) based puzzle? Yes, please!

The Critter Chronicles is a solid game. Not extraordinary, but surely interesting and rewarding to play. Even if there are a lot of references to the previous game, it is completely possible to play one without having played the other, the two adventures are totally indipendent. Nice game.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2014
Although The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles was released later than The Book of Unwritten Tales, it's actually the prequel of the series. However, it's significantly shorter than its sequel. Nevertheless, I found its puzzles and story much better and enjoyable.

The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles is definitely not even close to a masterpiece but it's still a quite decent point-and-click game.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
24.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2015
There's at least one critical crash bug in this game which can prevent you from progressing, and which hasn't been fixed despite being reported on the Steam forums (http://steamcommunity.com/app/221830/discussions/0/846947320671653509/#p1) and the King Art game forums (http://forum.kingart-games.com/index.php/topic,11586.0.html) for a long while now. Clearly the publisher Nordic Games and/or the devs are not proactive in seeking out problems and helping players.

Regarding the game itself (I eventually managed to get past the crash point), I didn't enjoy it as much as the original TBoUT. Puzzles are more difficult and felt more far-fetched, and I had to use a walkthrough several times, whereas remember having to use one maybe once for the original. On top of that the main character is unlikeable and overstays his welcome, and some of the jokes felt cruel or out of place. In the end it was kind of enjoyable to play with some funny moments, but definitely not a top-notch experience like TBoUT.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 30, 2014
A terrific humorous adventure, with graphics sort of like finely detailed blown glass (though they do look considerably coarser when zoomed in, which isn't often). The puzzles are quite a bit harder than the original Book of Unwritten Tales (which is welcome since it was a tad too easy), but this one has the same great writing and humor that made the first game so dang lovable. Critter Chronicles is a lot shorter, though, but that's to be expected since it is more of a side story than a full game.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 30, 2015
I am a big fan of the the original Book of Unwritten Tales and Critter Chronicles is certainly not a terrible game as adventure games go, but the thumb indicates whether I recommended it (not that it's an outright bad game!) and I unfortunately I just can't recommend Critter Chronicles - mainly due to the puzzle quality.

The original game keeps a nice balance between the puzzles being relatively intuitive, yet not quite so blatantly obvious that there's nothing to it. Generally I could always figure out what needed to be done once I found the right items, without resorting to much trial and error. Critter Chronicles, however, strays a bit too far into the territory of some of the more egregious 90s adventure game leaps of logic where the solution is stumbled upon only by exhausting all possible options. More than likely at some point will need to resort to the process of trying to use every item on every other item and hotspot - which is made even more frustrating by having to rather slowly transfer items between two characters, one at a time.

Forgetting the puzzles, the game still retains much of the charm of BoUT. It's still well acted (though Critter's "dialog" did start to grate on me as the game went on) and nice to look at, but the cast and overall scope of the game is much reduced compared to BoUT. It comes out feeling a bit thin as a result.

To a certain extent it seems perhaps a bit unfair to hold it up to the standards of the excellent original BoUT, but that's naturally what one would compare it against, since Critter Chronicles is presumably meant for fans of BoUT. The bottom line is unfortunately that all but the most fanatical of BoUT fans could safely skip Critter Chronicles without feeling like they missed out. I don't regret playing the game, but knowing what I do now, I wouldn't regret having skipped it either.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 2014
Very funny, if short, prequel to The Book of Unwritten Tales. Try it on hard mode while waiting for TBUT2 to be released.

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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2015
TLDR: Get it if you liked the previous game, but only on sale

The Good
The game is cute and funny with likable characters.
It shows the backstory of how Nate and Critter met.
There is a hard difficulty mode if you want to make the puzzles a bit harder

The Bad
It's short.
Very few screens, so there is lots of backtracking between the same screens which gets annoying.
Most of the puzzles are unintuitive, forcing you to go the route of clicking / talking / combining everything until something moves you along.
The character switches and passing inventory between them is poorly executed. This was done better in Day of the Tentacle back in the 90s. The makers of Critter Chronicles know about DOTT, since there is a reference to it in the game.
Speaking of, there are way too many pop culture references in the game, replacing actual humor and not really fitting in with the setting established in the previous game
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2015
Let me start by saying that I like both "The Book of Unwritten Tales 1" and TBoUT2 a lot and wholeheartedly recommend them both. However, that is not the case with "TBoUT: the Critter Chronicles" which feels like a failed experiment, prior TBoUT2, for testing various game concepts.

The two difficulty options "normal" and "hard" causes far too complicated puzzles on the harder setting. Other puzzles gets harder by having all spoken clues removed. The normal setting is playable but sometimes a puzzle just "ends" without any visible progress feedback since the "hard part" has been cut.

The gibberish speak from Critter itself overstays its welcome fairly rapidly and I quickly tried to maximize the playtime using captain Nate. The other two playable characters from TBoUT1/2 Wilbur Weatherwane and Ivo, are unfortunately not present.

Essentially the Critter Chronicles feels much more unpolished and rushed in comparison to TBoUT1 and 2.
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8.2 hrs
Posted: October 26
I really enjoyed the Book of Unwritten Tales, but I'm sad to say this sequel doesn't live up to its predecessor. Almost all the puzzles are the "How was I supposed to know that?" kind, and even the humour is off. The first act is ok, but it goes downhill from there.

Perhaps the most eloquent indicator is that I was in the middle of the second chapter when I last played, and that was 8 months ago. Time to uninstall. :-(
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0.5 hrs
Posted: October 24
I like point and clicks and I like puzzles (Sam and Max FTW), but this is an exercise in figuring out what rediculous method the creator had in mind for you to use and not in a good way. Ever play myst, riven, or obduction and think "Hmmm, a cripple could step over that boundry and push that button, but i cannot."? It's like that only much, much worse. for me it just feels so artificial and contrived that I cannot appreciate the game play. The goofy antics may entertain others, but apparently I'm terribly jaded.
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6.6 hrs
Posted: September 10
I really liked the original game and, while it's a bit smaller, with less locations, Critter Chronicles delivers the same experience with great comedic writing making fun of all of those fantasy worlds you know and love, with some extra winks to famous SF properties thrown in for good measure.

Great if you love old school adventure games, but beware, some of the puzzles can be a bit on the esotheric side.
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11.4 hrs
Posted: August 15
Short but fun. A walkthrough guide is needed.
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1.6 hrs
Posted: August 8
Product received for free
It's funny.

Oh and did I mention that you start on an airship that your character has no idea how to control?
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7.6 hrs
Posted: June 29
Point to objects, click on the objects, trick orcs, talk to ships, even a yeti who is a scientist, annoy penguins, and also a PET(R)A associate, make a painting, make friends with furry creatures, defeat a toad. Like, how can you not love this game?


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9.9 hrs
Posted: June 29
Overall, I like playing the book of unwritten tales games. I enjoy the puzzles and the stories. The voice acting could be a little better, but its passable. Some of the puzzles in this particular game are frustratingly illogical or require a tiny object that you just can't seem to find on screen because its so small or small AND next to another interactive object that you don't notice its something separate.

Critter however, is one of the most annoying animated creatures ever conceived and would be happy if he never ever, ever appeared in a game again.
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13.4 hrs
Posted: June 27
While I loved the the other games of this series, this game crashes, then abruptly closes.... at a part which I need to complete to advance. My system is more than capable (Alienware 15, Win 10, Intel I7 6700 HQ, 12GB RAM, GTX 970) More wasted $$ on a poorly coded game. I am not the only one this has happened to, it seems. Obviously the developer does not care enough to put out a fix..... :-(

Contacted the developer, who claimed this was a known bug in the game and promptly sent me a work-around to correct the problem. YAY! I now can recommend this game !
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10.4 hrs
Posted: June 24
If you have played the previous game in the series, all I can say is that you won't be disappointed if you buy this one.

It has better graphics and arguably more humor than its predecessor, and more importantly, it will probably make Critter a much more adorable - or at least much less annoying - character for you.

As to those who haven't played the series yet, well... it's an old school point and click adventure game, and this game faithfully reproduces both the good and the bad characteristics of a typical game from that genre.

It means you will get tons of witty remarks, hilarious moments, and some clever puzzles while playing this game. But you will also find that the most of the gameplay involves walking back and forth between limited set of places, while moving your mouse cursor all over the screen with frustration, hoping to find some missed hotspot.

For a modern title, it pays notably little attention in mitigating such typical problems which pervade point & click adventure games.

So, if you feel like you are stuck, I'd like to suggest to try combining items in random manner or scrubbing the whole screen thorougly with your mouse, because there are number of not very logical puzzles, and very hard to find hotspots throughout the game.

But still, I have to conclude my review by assuring you that it's one of the better made classic adventure game you can get these days.

And the at very least, it also has PENGUINS and THE TENTACLE (yes, that purple one you remember from the old days). What can you expect more from an old school adventure game?
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5.7 hrs
Posted: June 9
Funny and interesting, though I do get the feeling that this one was a tad bit illogical. I've tried the other 2 Tales and I can see the logic behind the puzzles after I solve it even if it is not apparent, this one is a bit strange. Despite the fact that the game is linear, I enjoy it. I hope to see more TBOUT in the future. Wonder how the Scepter of Time will comeback in the story?

1. Wonky Story
Love the crazy Yeti scientist chasing his own shadow, Munkus' submarine, Mary. Much better than The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (that one copied Harry Potter wholesale).

2. Hidden Dirty Jokes
F-r-r-r-o-p? Or farp? That was funny. Add more in the future.

3. Mage's Tower in Seastone, Aventasia
Loved it. Relativity by Maurits Cornelis Escher. A pity it took too much from Harry Potter and Portal.

1. Illogical Puzzles
Giving the penguin brandy? Are you sure penguins don't die instead? The Lab Rat (Pinky and Brain) and the Asthmatic (Don't know)? What's the Tentacle's link to Munkus? Apple Trees?

2. Bugs & Glitches
Quite a few that I found.

3. Bad Pathing AI
Sometimes, when Nate or any character is made to move to a certain position, he takes a strange route which results in a small delay.

4. Copying Ideas
Portkey? Living Paitings? Aren't those from Harry Potter again? Originality please.

1. Osbourne Puzzles
I wonder if the developers have played the Osbourne book puzzles. Perhaps, they could incorporate that in future versions?

1. Ideas From
Let me see if I can list the Easter Eggs.
a. Portal (The portal holes)
b. Harry Potter (The talking paintings, the magic rooms)
c. Ctulhu (Critter is Itaqua)
d. Borat (Green Swimwear)
e. MC Escher (Relativity)
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