Enjoy a thrilling and hilarious point-and-click adventure in the fantasy world of Aventasia
User reviews: Very Positive (196 reviews) - 84% of the 196 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 5, 2012

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Buy The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles Collectors Edition

Includes 2 items: The Book of Unwritten Tales: Critter Chronicles Digital Extras, The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles

Buy The Book of Unwritten Tales Collection

Includes 6 items: The Book of Unwritten Tales, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 Almanac Edition Extras, The Book of Unwritten Tales Digital Extras, The Book of Unwritten Tales: Critter Chronicles Digital Extras, The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles

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Reviews

"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

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2

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

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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2015
A prequel to The Book of Unwritten tales that is, mostly, not as good as the original game. It tells you more about Critter and how he met Nate. It's a bit under half the length of the first game.

On the positive side..
- Critter was my least favorite character in the previous game, and the prequel did redeem him in my eyes somewhat.
- No more terribly compressed cutscenes, everything is crisp.
- Animations may have been better, but I'm not 100% sure about it.

But,
- Puzzles made much less sense this time and I'd not recommend the game to a casual adventure game player who's trying to avoid peeking in a walkthrough a few times.
- Absence of Wilbur, the most charming Book of Unwritten Tales character.
- In some places (Arch-Mage's tower) the item swapping mechanics really made the game tedious, as you had to go across 5 or 6 screens to swap an item between the characters, and then go all that way back. And this could happen few times in a row.

If you'd like to get into this series, I'd probably recommend starting with the first game because it was a lot better overall, even though this one is a direct prequel story-wise.


Sloth Academy rating: 4 silver sloths.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2015
Great inbetweener before Unwritten Tales 2. Solid 8 hours of gameplay and a nice tie in between stories. I really love this series and hope Nordic carries it on.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Not super bad but definitely below average.
Lots of badly designed puzzles in the last chapters which force you to use walktrough.
Writing is quite subpar and too meta, not very enjoyable experience overall.
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