Enjoy a thrilling and hilarious point-and-click adventure in the fantasy world of Aventasia
User reviews: Very Positive (87 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 5, 2012
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September 8

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 Early Access version now available!

Dear adventure fans, dear The Book of Unwritten Tales community,

It is such a pleasure to let you know that The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is finally available on Steam as Early Access version.

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

Here is an extended gameplay presentation video which will show you a lots of information on the franchise and The Book of Unwritten Tales 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNA4Wbkd_uI

As it is an Early Access version, it is even more important as usual to collect your feedback, issues, thoughts etc.
For discussion and general feedback, please use this thread: http://steamcommunity.com/app/279940/discussions/0/616187203927495737/

For technical issues and bugs, please use this thread: http://steamcommunity.com/app/279940/discussions/0/616187203927561896/

And here are the Early Access FAQs on The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 which you can also find on the product page:

Why Early Access?
“To get feedback from the community and allow the fans of the first game to play the sequel as early as possible. We want to involve the fans of the series, as well as all new fans, to help us give the game that little bit of extra-polishing. We look forward to the feedback from the players in the Steam forum.”

How long will this game be in Early Access?
“From September 4th, 2014 until the end of January 2015, with a time gap of approximately one month between each chapter.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?
“During the Early Access phase we will release four of the five chapters of the game, leading up to the full release of the complete game end of January 2015. The final version will be polished according to the feedback of the community, in terms of difficulty balance of the puzzles, controller-controls, as well as general polishing of animations, sounds and graphics.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?
“Currently the first chapter is playable on PC, Mac and Linux, per mouse or controller.
Over the coming months the other chapters will be released.
Some of the extra content that was made possible through our backers on Kickstarter is not in the game yet and will be implemented via updates over time.
Though the game has already been thoroughly tested on several systems, there might still be certain compatibility or performance issues on specific configurations.
The controller-controls are still being polished, as we want to integrate the feedback of the fans here.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?
“We plan to have a higher price starting with the final release than now during the Early Access phase.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?
“We started involving the fans of the series early this year with a Kickstarter campaign and after this very positive experience we want to continue the dialogue between the fans and us and get their feedback about the game in general, particularly the difficulty of puzzles and mini-games, and about the controller-based controls.”

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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 – Game Over

"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

All brand new information on The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 can be found here - the Early Access version is now available: 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

PC
Mac
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
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
This game serves as a prequel to The Book of Unwritten Tales.

Pros: It appears that the developer used the same engine, so the interface is identical to the first game in the series. Beautiful backdrops, excellent animation, beautiful soundtrack, great voice acting, fun puzzles, lovable characters. They fixed the bug with inventory slow down. Steam achievements! Additional replay value with expert mode.

Cons: I LOVE having a story centered around Critter, but by the end I was quite annoyed by Critter's inability to comunicate in the common tongue.

Summary: I highly recommend both games in this series! I am also looking forward to the sequel, The Book of Unwritten Tales II.
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Game crashes
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11.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
If you like point and click adventures, you will love this game and the first episode, the book of unwritten tales :)
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Very funny, if short, prequel to The Book of Unwritten Tales. Try it on hard mode while waiting for TBUT2 to be released.

83:100
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
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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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
69.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
I actually enjoyed this more than Unwritten Tales... don't know why... just did.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
This wasn't really as connected as the first game. It's stand-alone, it doesn't really matter which one you play first. The puzzles in this one, however, are ridiculous. They're mish-mashed together and not intuitive at all. I found myself "cheating" (looked up the answers on Google) because I was annoyed, but wanted to finish the story line. It was really a slog. There were a lot of sexist "jokes", too, which fell flat and seemed forced. It wasn't as distracting in the first game. I get that the Nate character is this ne'er do well who turns into a hero despite himself, but it was just tedious.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
Great game but unplayable thanks to crahses
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2.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
From Games Fiends (www.gamesfiends.com)

In England, the vision of a “white christmas” as portrayed in films and TV programmes is a horrible lie. Even home produced TV content still pumps out fake snow during the Christmas specials despite us all knowing that it’ll only ♥♥♥♥ it down with rain.

So I was quite pleased that my assignment over the festive break was to review the snow heavy The Book Of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles. It’s a happy go lucky entry into the point and click adventure genre that’s full of warmth and good humour, if lacking in certain other departments.

A prequel to the first game, The Book Of Unwritten Tales, you start the game as Nate, on the run with a questionably acquired airship before you are attacked by a bounty hunter seeking to return the ship back to its owner, along with yourself for punishment.

After a lot of back and forth across the same few screen locations and some relatively easy puzzle solving to rid yourself of your pursuer. The plan immediately backfires and you end up crashing into the cold tundra of the Northlands. It’s here that you meet the star of the show, Critter, and the rest of his tribe. As with the previous game, you can switch between both characters in order to solve the puzzles that will help you both escape from the frozen wastes.

the book of unwritten tales the critter chronicles image

Solving puzzles in Critter Chronicles was relatively easy, and that’s coming from someone who usually struggles with such things. I assumed briefly that maybe I was no longer stupid but sadly that is not the case at all. The ease of the game is mainly down to one the fundamental issue I have with it. The heavy and repetitive use of backgrounds and locations. Even by two thirds of the game through I think I could count the number of backdrops on one hand. There is a significant amount of location re-use that does mean you’ll never get too lost trying to solve puzzles, there are only so many permutations you can attempt before you stumble across the right one. The net result is that the game that feels more like a smallish DLC episode rather than a title priced at £17.99, so I’m not convinced about the entry retail price here. It’s questionable.

So what does it get right? Firstly atmosphere, the game world is beautifully drawn and realised, even though the human characters don’t shine quite as much as the their creature counterparts. The game has a warm hearted comedic tone that gave me a few good chuckles throughout. Whilst the first chapter was rather dry and plodding in nature, the introduction of the Muppet inspired alien Critter and his species really liven up the second and third acts. Playing the game as Critter made for some very amusing moments, particularly as eats and pulls out of his stomach all of the items you acquire, and his imitation of certain objects when you click on them. The game also features an ultra adorable baby critter and an ingenious use for penguins that could solve the world’s energy demands if harnessed on a large enough scale.

the book of unwritten tales the critter chronicles image

The voice acting features some lively performances that could have easily been lifted from a Saturday morning cartoon. However it can sometimes sound as though the developers have rounded up a local amateur dramatics society, with some of the acting sounding very forced, particularly with the lead Nate. The score that accompanies the game is also quite enjoyable to listen to and fits in perfectly with the light hearted fantasy world that has been developed.

Overall The Critter Chronicles was an enjoyable slice of point and click adventure. It has a warm heart and some lovingly realised characters. Ultimately though, much like the frozen desolate wastelands, the game feels too isolated from the world itself. A sparse cast of characters and repetitive use of locations makes the game feel very narrow in focus.

Whilst the puzzles are quite simplistic, that could be considered a bonus for those of you that enjoy the telling of a story more than the taxing of the brain. I wouldn’t hesitate to snap up this game and its predecessor, The Book Of Unwritten Tales, if you see them going for a good price on Steam.

6.5/10
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5.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
if you played the old lucasarts adventures, play these
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12.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Humorous and uplifting, engaging and enlightening, - everything you can wish from a good game.
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4.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
This game was not a disappointment from the orginal. Had a fun time playing it. The storyline can be pretty humorus at times.
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7.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Cute, but not great. "Click all the things!"-type game.
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23.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Not as fun as the original Book of Unwritten tales but a must play if you liked Book of Unwritten tales as you learn alot about Critter and Nate. Same fun humour as the the first game.

If you love all types of point and click adventures you will love this one. The puzzles arent the hardest but will give some challenge even for those with a lot of point and click experience.
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10.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Really nice prequel to fabulous Book of Unwritten Tales. It is a bit shorter, than original game, but there are still a lot of humour.

If you like nice, logical riddles, without eye / hand coordination ones this time you will love this game.

Recommended.
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23.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
This DLC is better than the original The Book of Unwritten Tales!

Pinguins and the dirty plant made me laugh!

P.S.: Waiting for the The Book of Unwritten Tales 2!!!
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7.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
Such a funny game! It's made of puzzles and it's really funny to solve then. It's also one of the most beautiful cenaries I've ever seen. I loved it!
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6.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Plenty of fun, well thought out puzzels. Not as much content as the first installment but definately worth while.

Cant wait for The Book of Unwritten Tales 2.
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