'The Raven - Legacy of a Master Thief' is a thrilling crime adventure in three chapters from the creators of 'The Book of Unwritten Tales'. Full of twists and turns, it immerses you in both sides of the story, combining thrill-of-the-chase whodunit with the risk and reward of a heist story. Paris, 1960.
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Release Date: Jul 23, 2013

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“This first chapter's characters, art, puzzles, and mystery get The Raven adventure trilogy off to an amazing start.”
9/10 – IGN

“The first episode of The Raven offers up a captivating story, intriguing characters and brilliant audio production to get the three-part series on track right away.”
4/5 – Adventure Gamers

“The Raven — Legacy of a Master Thief is not a book adaptation, but it is clearly a loving homage to both Agatha Christie and her books, and one made by people with some skill.”
88 % – RPG fan

Digital Deluxe Edition

The Digital Deluxe Edition includes:

  • Soundtrack
  • Story book (plenty of background info and artworks)
  • “Making of” booklet
  • Papercraft mask of The Raven (printable)
  • Digital poster (printable)

About This Game

'The Raven - Legacy of a Master Thief' is a thrilling crime adventure in three chapters from the creators of 'The Book of Unwritten Tales'. Full of twists and turns, it immerses you in both sides of the story, combining thrill-of-the-chase whodunit with the risk and reward of a heist story.

Paris, 1960. Europe is in the grip of the gentleman master thief The Raven. His burglaries are spectacular and he always emerges unscathed. Young hotshot investigator Nicolas Legrand stuns the public when he confronts the master thief and fatally wounds him.

London, 1964. An ancient ruby – one of the legendary 'Eyes of the Sphinx' – is stolen from the British Museum. At the crime scene: a raven feather. Is somebody trying to follow in the Raven's footsteps? – Legrand is back on the case. At the same time in Zurich a phone rings. Constable Anton Jakob Zellner looks up from behind a mountain of files. He has no idea what lies hidden in a bank vault, just a few hundred meters away from him. As he reaches for the receiver his life takes a crucial turn…

All three chapters are now available:
  • Chapter I: The Eye of the Sphinx
  • Chapter II: Ancestry of Lies
  • Chapter III: A Murder of Ravens

Key Features:

  • King Art's thrilling crime adventure – full of twists and turns – immerses you in both sides of the story, combining elements of classic whodunit and heist stories
  • Cinematic presentation with hundreds of camera angles and dozens of cutscenes
  • Optional puzzles and scoring system for adventure game veterans
  • Notebook and help function for adventure game newcomers
  • Breathtaking real-time 3D graphics in full HD

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP SP3/Vista/7/8
    • Processor:2.0 GHz CPU
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 9c compatible graphic card with 256 MB RAM and PixelShader 3.0
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    Minimum:
    • OS:OS X Version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3
    • Processor:2.0 GHz CPU
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series or higher/ATI X1600 or higher (Pixel Shader 3.0)
    • Not compatible with MacBook Air 2013
    Minimum:
    • Processor:2.0 GHz CPU
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series or higher/ATI X1600 or higher (Pixel Shader 3.0)
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Mostly Positive (550 reviews)
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missy2b4u
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Slower than a slugs slimy drippings
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willyboyJr
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
A great game
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Boiiiii
( 13.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Well, I can't say that the game is horrible because it's not although it's not great either. What IS horrible are the game mechanics, you will constantly find yourself angry at your character for walking one way then the camera changes and you will turn around and walk the opposite way of where you were going (makes sense if you play it). When it comes to the story itself, it's not great but it's enough to keep you playing the game. all in all i'd say only get this if it is under $5, I got it for i believe it was $2 so i'm not upset. 5/10
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gigarath24
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
It's a great who dunnit. If you enjoy Agatha Christie movies/novels, and Murder She Wrote TV series you will love this game. I don't see much replay value in it, but that's how most detective games are since once you know you don't really get excited as when you already played it. It's well worth the money, and I enjoyed it.
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raincurtsey
( 11.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
Good adventure, good story
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Sefu
( 12.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 30
Do you like Agatha Christi?

Play this to the end. Trust me. That is all.
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RoseVonMassacre
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 19
This game won the Bored To Death achievement from me.
I'm a huge Agatha Christie fan and I love tributes but this felt more like a bad rip off than a tribute. It's a mix of a bit o' dis book a bit o' dat novel, they didn't really make an original story.
I thought the finale was cute, but after an unbearable amount of bugs, movement impairments and slooooooooooow walks I rushed to the end and was so relieved to get to it, I didn't enjoy it properly.
The game isn't difficult at all, you can't go wrong: there's such a small amount of objects in such little space and almost no puzzles that it almost feels like a movie (one that you could swear you've already watched), more than a game.
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Gwidhw
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
Oh my, is this game cheesy.

If you like Agatha Christie books/stories, familiar mystery tropes, and goofy, blumbering protagonists with a good heart, then you'll like this game.

If you hate the fact that the game is terrible at changing camera angles/placement to put you into a different area, forcing you to fight with the Constable to get him to stop staring out the damn train window (or walk in circles), and just simply walk down the hallway into the next train car, then, well, you'll get a good laugh and be inevitably ♥♥♥♥♥♥ off at the same time, yet still enjoy the overall experience.

There's really only one type of person who will appreciate this game.
======

Do I recommend?
Sure. It's fun.

But nothing to write home about.
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Clamato Shlamato
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 7
Even with choppy framerates and odd pauses. An incredibly well made game. It does suffer from the odd pixel hunt for an item but most things make sense.
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trustylemon
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 27
Pros:
+ Good story with the 'legendary' Raven figure and the police man who's been hunting him for ages
+ The characters are likeable and the voice acting is superb
+ The gameplay is mostly fun and well done
+ The score is fantastic and occasionally I actually just sat there listening to it, it was that good

Cons:
- It's glitchy. The animations don't alway work out, characters walk on the spot, randomly materialise at the other end of the room, etc.
- The walking is sometimes a major pain. I have spent several minutes trying to enter or leave the room and it's a nightmare. At one point, I may have cried.
- The story starts strong in the first chapter and drops after that very quickly. Literally NO ONE cares to see the same exact events from 3 different angles. Major minus point.

Overall, I really liked it. Anyone who's into detective games like me should give this a try, but I got it on sale for like 5 bucks or something and I wouldn't pay the full price for it any day. It's too glitchy and only halfway enjoyable for that. As for the plot...

MILD SPOILERS MAYBE

I figured out who the Raven was about... 5-10 minutes into the game during a very specific conversation that made me instantly suspicious. The game sends you on a wild goosechase with faints and double-faints and does its best to throw you off, but to the bitter end I was convinced (and actually disappointed with the presented alternative solution) and I was right. It might be a bit annoying to constantly go "oh it's that guy- nope, nevermind. Perhaps this one- no." as it comes off as lazy. Good concept, good characters, decent game, but seriously don't pay full price, it's never worth that much.
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shiv_379
( 16.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 19
A great first chapter followed by two that lack the detail and richness of the start of the game. By the end of the third chapter I found myself a little disengaged, however the ending is worth reaching :)

I particularly liked that there were parts of the game that did not have to be fully completed to progress. Side quests if you will. Unusual in story driven point and click adventure games like this!
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SpookyTengu
( 18.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 11
"The Raven: Legacy of A Master Thief", a point-and-click adventure game with a great story. The story is the best part of the game. Taking a page from the "Arsene Lupin" short stories, the game's main antagonist is 'The Raven', a mysterious gentleman thief. You play as Constable Zellner, a veteran Swedish police officer whom gets caught up in a grand adventure/mystery while escorting some very valuable cargo. I won't go any further as to avoid spoilers, but if you play this game for one reason it should be the story. Also, allow me to mention the soundtrack. I found it to be very charming and found myself humming the main theme far after I turned of the game.

The drawbacks to the game a few but glaring. The first being the camera angles, transtioning from one part of a room to another, that is not on screen, is frustrating. The second being the audio/video sync for the character models. Weather you play the game on it's lowest or highest setting the sound does not always sync properly and it takes you away from the immersion. Last, and certainly least, is the overall stiffness that the game has. I know it's a point and click game but the animations are just so lifeless and boring. If they patched these issues in an update I know it would be appreciated.

"The Raven: Legacy of A Master Thief" a game worth playing. My final thought is that this game is a good introduction to point-and-clicks and you should give it a try.
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cy
( 17.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 4
Pros:
+ engagind story
+ nice graphics
+ some good music
+ decent voice acting
+ action elements that give an illusion of a fast-paced movie

Cons:
- linear
- got me stuck once or twice expecting somewhat crazy solution
- repetitive music

The game is rather rational and logical but can get you stuck now and then with a puzzle that doesn't necessary fit into the rest of the gameplay. It's a nice, Agatha Christie style story of a thief and a capturer where player plays both sides and gains both perspectives. I can tell I enjoyed it a lot, there were, however, some aspects typical for most of the point & click genre that can throw off a casual player. I'd give it 8 out of 10 points if it wasn't that damn long - you can feel the story was stretched in a very artificial manner to split it into several episodes; could easily be squished in one. Overall: 6/10.
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ilydowa
( 20.0 hrs on record )
Posted: January 31
This game is glitchy as hell, but I'm still going to upvote it nonetheless, cause the story was really entertaining, the characters were really loveable and the mystery was good.

I think getting the game on sale is totally worth it, especially if you like this agatha christie feeling.

The voices sometimes crack like mad, if bad audio is one of your petpeeves, then this game is not really for you.
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SaculAtakav
( 17.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 31
Very great adventure game. Almost no stucks and if there is one, you can use clue or tip. No useless things in inventory, only those you can logically use to one of objectives. Pretty easy though, there could be more puzzles.

8,5/10


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Shameful Display
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: January 29
Great story and puzzles.
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Communist "Joseph Ballin" Layton
( 10.0 hrs on record )
Posted: January 15
In the beginning, The Raven seems like a fantastic little adventure game. The characters are interesting, from the Hercule Poirot-like main character to the various passengers you'll interact with, including a genre-savvy mystery novelist who may as well be Agatha Christie (it's easy to tell where their inspirations came from), and the mystery and intrigue that the first episode builds up seems like it's going to be a great time. But then episode 2 strolls along, and the story ends about halfway through it - the entire rest of the game, including all of episode 3, is essentially a recap detailing the events from the perspective of two other characters. Everything after the middle of chapter 2 is just a downward spiral, both in the storytelling and in the actual game stability, with episode 3 being a rollercoaster of moments where you can get stuck in a walk cycle and have to force the game to close. The reveal of the villain isn't just uninteresting, it's practically insulting; at one point in the game, while talking to the mystery novelist, the main character is discussing her thoughts about the culprit and she replies "This isn't one of those cliche mystery novels where the culprit is someone who isn't introduced until the end - it's likely someone you already know well!", and yet that is exactly what happens. The game has little side-puzzles and optional things you can do throughout it, but none of them matter because despite being episodic the game doesn't actually link the episodes like most do; you have to start a new game and choose a new episode for each one. The Raven showed a lot of promise initially, but underneath its mask there wasn't a master thief, just disappointment and regret.
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orioncthulhu
( 11.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 8
Amazing story with very competent voice work, but riddled with animation bugs

The puzzles were relatively easy, so they did not get in the way of the story development.
If you are looking for a challenge you might need to look elsewhere, but if your main interest is the story, you are in for a treat.

As for the gameplay itself, it is a fairly standard point-and-click adventure game. There is a built-in hint system and there is a button that highlights the clickable objects in the scene, although you can still breeze through the game without using them. There was some degree of pixel-hunting, but it was rarely excessively annoying.

The most frustrating aspects were the camera angles, since sometimes it was not clear where was I supposed to click to go to a neighbouring scene. Moreover, the character animations were far from smooth and there were lots of "jumps" in the animation. I got the impression that, near the end of the game, it got even worse, with a character being able to pass through another and characters getting stuck in front of objects only to jump instaneously to another location. I also thought the characters walked a bit too slowly for my taste. I don't know if these issues happened only for the Linux version (I am using a notebook with Ubuntu 14.04). Either way, it shows it either a lack of polish or a lack of care for Linux users.

Still, if point-and-click is your cup of tea and you favor story over puzzles, there is plenty to enjoy here.
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amyannfoster
( 12.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 8
This game was excellent and i really enjoyed it. The story was very clever and I enjoyed playing a mix of characters. Hower the bug in the game which invoved been unable to exit a room was really frustrating and at one point made me want to through my computer across the room. I see from forums that many people have complained and I think it unacceptable for the bugs not to be fixed by now.
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gustafson.martin
( 17.0 hrs on record )
Posted: January 8
I started playing this game and really liked it. However, after a few hours of playtime the game suddenly would no longer launch. I've received no support from neither Steam nor the Kingart in regards to this issue which appears to have been existing for over a year according to the forums. It's disgusting business practice to keep selling a game as bugg riddled as this one and incomprehensible that the developer can't care less about addressing the problem. For your own sake, don't waste your time getting into an otherwise entertaining story only to find yourself unable to finish it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
Oh my, is this game cheesy.

If you like Agatha Christie books/stories, familiar mystery tropes, and goofy, blumbering protagonists with a good heart, then you'll like this game.

If you hate the fact that the game is terrible at changing camera angles/placement to put you into a different area, forcing you to fight with the Constable to get him to stop staring out the damn train window (or walk in circles), and just simply walk down the hallway into the next train car, then, well, you'll get a good laugh and be inevitably ♥♥♥♥♥♥ off at the same time, yet still enjoy the overall experience.

There's really only one type of person who will appreciate this game.
======

Do I recommend?
Sure. It's fun.

But nothing to write home about.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
This game won the Bored To Death achievement from me.
I'm a huge Agatha Christie fan and I love tributes but this felt more like a bad rip off than a tribute. It's a mix of a bit o' dis book a bit o' dat novel, they didn't really make an original story.
I thought the finale was cute, but after an unbearable amount of bugs, movement impairments and slooooooooooow walks I rushed to the end and was so relieved to get to it, I didn't enjoy it properly.
The game isn't difficult at all, you can't go wrong: there's such a small amount of objects in such little space and almost no puzzles that it almost feels like a movie (one that you could swear you've already watched), more than a game.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2015
Short version: 91%
If Agatha Christie would have written a heist thriller, it would have probably been a lot like The Raven: an interesting whodunit wrapped in an exciting jewel thievery, all presented as a three-part, solid point ‘n’ click adventure game with a clear, comfortable interface.

Long version:
Playing through The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief is like sitting down to watch ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (the ’74 one), which miraculously transforms into ‘The Italian Job’ (again, the original).

The story even starts on the Orient Express, where we meet our first protagonist, Constable Zellner, an obvious Poirot homage (we even meet this world’s Agatha Christie). He eventually manages to get mixed up in an investigation against the Raven: master thief who plans to steal two Egyptian jewels.
From this point on, we are treated to both a classic English style whodunit murder mystery on-board a cruise ship (a smaller homage to ‘Death on the Nile’), and a heist thriller where many people are not who they seem, and several well-crafted plans are at work at the same time, directly opposing each other. This is also the point where the story introduces the other protagonists, a young burglar couple.
Not only the plot is great, but the characters as well. All of them have detailed, often tragic backstories, just like the best Christie novels. And they are played by talented English actors.

Since the story tries to imitate Ms. Christie’s work, the puzzles are also straightforward and realistic, aided by a simple interface. Don’t expect an easy game though, because progress usually requires carefully examining every possibility before the game lets the player choose the correct one. The characters cannot run and many tasks are divided into dozens of small steps, yet the pacing is so good that the game never feels boring, and the 12-15 hours of play time just flies by pretty fast.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2015
I don't often write reviews, much less to recommend people not to buy a game but Raven - Legacy of a Master Thief is a game that annoyed me enough to take the time to write a negative review.

It has a lot, and I mean a lot of technical issues. It's playable but you will encounter many critical bugs, such as being unable to transition between places because the KB+M control scheme doesn't work properly. You can end up stuck in one scene if you go back an area, unable to return. Animations are very jerky, with many characters looking like ugly puppets when they talk. Movement is slow, tedious and your character sometimes gets stuck into movement or going the other way around than the direction where you clicked. I had to swap to a gamepad control scheme a few times to transition between some areas and then go back to KB+M, because it's even worse than KB+M. For some reason, my game stopped adding new saves after 7 pages of it, which meant I had to manually erase old saves. Naturally, the game doesn't inform you of this upper limit, you get to find out the hard way it stopped recording your saves. And Alt+Tab can crash your game or leave it in a state where the only thing you can see is a dark screen.

Next are some gameplay annoyances, some of which are unforgivable for a mystery adventure game. Your character has to walk to switch areas, instead of the standard double click for an instant area switch. When you click something, you can't cancel your movement midway. And since your character moves like a slowpoke, it's pretty irritating. Want to highlight what objects you can click? That'll cost you points, which you can accumulate by solving mysteries and advancing the story. Oh, and it only highlights for like 1-2 seconds. So you better have eagle eyes and a good visual memory because otherwise, you just wasted those points for nothing.

Finally, the only somewhat redeeming element of this game is its story. Sadly, while it starts strong, with your main character being a constable that seems to be based on Poirot. The quality of the story goes down the drain in the second and third chapters, as you switch to new characters, which are considerably worse and then you have to go back through the same story, except with a different POV. It felt like a chore. If I wasn't a perfectionist, I would have given up on this game during chapter 2. Also, it breaks a huge mystery rule, but I'll refrain from saying which because it would spoil the disappointing twist they had at the end.

Recap: Don't waste your money on this, there are much better options out there when it comes to mystery adventure games.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2015
I enjoyed this game very much, but the controls are a bit clunky at times. Sometimes the game didn't transition to the next screen when it should and I had to walk back and forth several times before it would move on. It's an absolutely wonderful story, I've found myself humming the theme song on several occasions and the artwork and voice acting are good, definitely weaker than the music and story, but not something that ever bothered me while playing.

Story: 9/10
Music: 9/10
Voices: 8/10
Artwork: 7/10
Controls: 5/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2015
As a huge fan of Agatha Christie and of classic point'n clicks I just had to get this game and I loved it!

There are some minor animation issues but those are forgettable and don't taint the pleasure.
The Raven provides a clever and compelling story full of allusions to Dame Agatha Christie and some of her most noted works. In three chapters set in very well chosen locations the game entertains not only with a thrilling plot but also with several interesting and coherent characters, fine graphics and excellent voice acting and soundtrack.

I'd recommand The Raven to all fans of classic point'n click and vintage murder mysteries.
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2015
The game would be lovely if it wouldn't for the unusable controls. And it looks like one of those games which will never receive a bug fix update.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
In the beginning, The Raven seems like a fantastic little adventure game. The characters are interesting, from the Hercule Poirot-like main character to the various passengers you'll interact with, including a genre-savvy mystery novelist who may as well be Agatha Christie (it's easy to tell where their inspirations came from), and the mystery and intrigue that the first episode builds up seems like it's going to be a great time. But then episode 2 strolls along, and the story ends about halfway through it - the entire rest of the game, including all of episode 3, is essentially a recap detailing the events from the perspective of two other characters. Everything after the middle of chapter 2 is just a downward spiral, both in the storytelling and in the actual game stability, with episode 3 being a rollercoaster of moments where you can get stuck in a walk cycle and have to force the game to close. The reveal of the villain isn't just uninteresting, it's practically insulting; at one point in the game, while talking to the mystery novelist, the main character is discussing her thoughts about the culprit and she replies "This isn't one of those cliche mystery novels where the culprit is someone who isn't introduced until the end - it's likely someone you already know well!", and yet that is exactly what happens. The game has little side-puzzles and optional things you can do throughout it, but none of them matter because despite being episodic the game doesn't actually link the episodes like most do; you have to start a new game and choose a new episode for each one. The Raven showed a lot of promise initially, but underneath its mask there wasn't a master thief, just disappointment and regret.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Pros:
+ engagind story
+ nice graphics
+ some good music
+ decent voice acting
+ action elements that give an illusion of a fast-paced movie

Cons:
- linear
- got me stuck once or twice expecting somewhat crazy solution
- repetitive music

The game is rather rational and logical but can get you stuck now and then with a puzzle that doesn't necessary fit into the rest of the gameplay. It's a nice, Agatha Christie style story of a thief and a capturer where player plays both sides and gains both perspectives. I can tell I enjoyed it a lot, there were, however, some aspects typical for most of the point & click genre that can throw off a casual player. I'd give it 8 out of 10 points if it wasn't that damn long - you can feel the story was stretched in a very artificial manner to split it into several episodes; could easily be squished in one. Overall: 6/10.
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91 of 109 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2015
I initially bought this game at full price due to the positive early reviews (which were mostly based on the first chapter).

Unfortunately, the game is severely broken for many users and the developers have done little to fix these issues since the game's release. These are not only minor bugs or annoyances, but critical game breaking issues.

I usually love these types of adventure games, but in this case, I have been unable to progress beyond the first chapter (disregard the deceptive amount of hours on record; I have left the game running in the background on several occasions while running errands, sleeping or looking for solutions to the problems I've encountered). It is unlikely that I will get a refund as I bought the game long before Steam's refund policies were changed. Instead, I want to warn future potential buyers of the problems they may encounter.

Take a look at the forum posts below:

Bug thread (13 pages so far): https://steamcommunity.com/app/233370/discussions/0/846959998013346908/

Save games disappearing (this is my biggest issue at the moment, as you can see by my posts to the below threads):

https://steamcommunity.com/app/233370/discussions/0/594820656460543503/

https://steamcommunity.com/app/233370/discussions/0/540734168144496448/

https://steamcommunity.com/app/233370/discussions/0/34095131971716840/

Linux/Mac issues (there are too many of these threads to list them all):

https://steamcommunity.com/app/233370/discussions/0/540736320066916724/
https://steamcommunity.com/app/233370/discussions/0/540732596570915707/
https://steamcommunity.com/app/233370/discussions/0/540734792154348290/
https://steamcommunity.com/app/233370/discussions/0/540736780877897495/
https://steamcommunity.com/app/233370/discussions/0/846959875998907603/
https://steamcommunity.com/app/233370/discussions/0/846959876007904035/

Etc.

More examples can be found on the game's discussion page and I recommend reading through it. These issues have NOT been fixed, despite the game having been out for two years now.

This leaves the game unplayable for many people; whether you are going to be one of these people depends on your luck and on your operating system. Mac and Linux users seem to have the most issues. As the game is listed as being compatible on these operating systems, this is inexcusable.

As for the game itself (or the little I have been able to experience of it), the story is an obvious homage to Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot. The first chapter starts off slow, but quickly builds up suspense once the titular "Raven" makes an appearance. I have heard that the second and third chapters are a bit of a let down compared to the first chapter's conclusion. The puzzles are alright, but nothing memorable comes to mind. They mainly seem to revolve around using the right object in the right location. I didn't encounter any logic puzzles or truly creative solutions. There is some pixel hunting involved, which I found annoying in the initial train sequence (although it is possible to reveal hot spots in the game by using up "points", this locks certain achievements from being accomplished). The animation and movement in the game is frankly awful, but I was able to ignore it for the most part. It does not really compare well to contemporary medium-high budget games, and as such the standard asking price is a tad steep. I would write more about the game itself, but my save games were erased three times in a row and I have given up on making any progress beyond this chapter.

Basically, if you play on Mac or Linux: DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!

If you play on Windows... buy at your own risk. The first chapter seems decent enough; I can't personally comment on the final two chapters, but many reviews online seem to paint them in a rather mediocre light. Even if you do not encounter the technical issues that apply to Mac or Linux users, the game is still rife with random bugs which can impede your progress. I'd wait for a sale, or hope that the developers finally take notice of these issues and release a patch.




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61 of 65 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2014
The Raven is one of the more enjoyable P&C adventures I've played in the past few years. And probably the best P&C mystery/detective adventure I've ever played. I really enjoyed Testament of Sherlock Holmes as well, but this was better done, in my opinion.

Many, many video games seem to be built by developers, programmers and artists, and then have a story sort of try and glue the pieces together loosely for an enjoyable experience. There is nothing wrong with that. There are a ton of really fun games out there with this formula.

In the case of The Raven, it felt like a team of writers (or maybe just one, I dunno) put together a fine story, and then built a game to wrap around it. For me, this was a departure from the typical game formula and a breath of fresh air. BUT, it won't be for everyone.

You get to play three different characters in the game (two male, one female) as you both try to unravel a mystery, and become a deeper part of it at the same time.

The game play is fairly typical P&C, with a few treats in regard to "repeat performances" at very specific "crossroads" in the game (I won't spoil it).

The game isn't without flaws. There are inconsitent commands when it comes to character movement, occasionally sloppy pixel area matching (when your mouse cursor can either click on an object well outside the object, or not at all). Audio sometimes cuts out, and the cutscenes occasionally get wonky. The game crashed on me a handful of times in the 14 hours I spent playing it. It has some warts when it comes to gameplay mechanics and execution.

But all that being said, it was STILL a joy to play. The character development is among some of the best I've ever experienced in decades of gaming. Dialogue that seems nebulous at times ties in wonderfully by the end of the game. In fact, SO good, that you'll even chuckle at the end at encounters that occurred earlier in the game when you realize the full context of the conversation later.

There is subtle and mature humor in just the right places when you've had enough serious dialogue. There are extremely mature subjects that are covered, and conversations that really pull you in if you've lived for longer than a few decades on this planet. And when I say "mature" I don't mean an ESRB version of it. There's not much in the way of sophomoric language or gratuitious violence. But there are very adult themes that many of us become sadly familiar with (or can laugh about) when we get older. And some we'll never laugh about.

The bottom line is that this is a true adult mystery with several wonderful twists, a killer storyline, some fun (but typical) P&C mechanics, and some fun and mostly logical puzzles.

If you enjoy a strong story in your games (or at all), or enjoy mysteries, or generally enjoy P&C adventures, I can recommend this. If you enjoy all three, then I think this title is a "can't miss" and even a bit underrated.
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68 of 77 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2013
For a point-and-click adventure game, the main character is endearing, the overal scenery graphics are movie quality (there are weird glitches with the character though), and while it was fairly predictable, it was still good old fashioned fun! The music really fit this game as a time piece, and the dialog was well put together, if not a little long in the tooth.

I gave the entire 3 part series of the Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief a 4.25/5.0
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51 of 58 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2013
This is a classic old-school style point-and-click adventure with some quality graphics, superb voice acting, and a brilliant orchestral soundtrack. It has a strong nostalgic feel of a Poirot / Pink Panther whodunnit.

My one criticism is that the puzzles are pretty simple - sometimes you feel you are just clicking things for the character to reveal the story. However, the atmosphere and superb voice acting will keep you hooked in, and it's worth sticking with it to the end to reveal the true identity of the "The Raven" - the mysterious, shadowy character you chase through the game.

The pace is quite slow - but in a nice gentle way. It's a perfect chillout game for the mature adventure gamer on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
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37 of 38 people (97%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 18, 2015
Just finished the game and have to give it a good recommendation. The game has a lot of atmosphere for a very good story that is not transparent. I enjoyed the game very much, the graphics were well done and fit the time of the story very well. It's a pretty simple point and click adventure game, although sometimes it can be difficult to figure out how to advance in the game. Some thinking is required. The voice acting was done very well in my opinion and the music through out the game was also very well done. Most of the schievements are pretty easy to get, one is difficult and you may need to find some help to get it done as it is a tricky one to get for most. I have over 20 hours in the game but 3-4 hrs of it were AFK time. It is an enjoyable game without being to stressful so it's fun to just sit down and play it and see what you can figure out and enjoy the story. The only minus I can really give the game is some times the UI can be a bit clunky and getting your character to walk where you want them to can sometime be frustrating but not to the point it wrecks the game. 7/10
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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2014
As someone who enjoys good point-and-click games, this was an averagely good one, though it wasn't an awesome one. As someone who's read and loved Agatha Christie, the constant references to her books, character and herself are simply adorable.

Things I liked about it:
  • The plot felt like a tribute to Agatha Christie's mystery novels, even in certain apparently far-fetched plot twists. There are also nods to what became the "classic" plot in mystery novels. I loved it when one of the characters said something like "what do you think, we're going to come up with new surprise characters?" or similar. Even the cheesy romance that flourishes in the midst of adversity sounds like a nod to Christie's novels.
  • The music is very nice and goes well with the game.
  • NO PIXEL HUNTING. No extremely absurd combinations of inventory items, like "oh, let me glue cat hair to a baby rattle to make a crossbow".
  • The voice acting is not outstanding, but it's good enough to keep you in the atmosphere.

Things I didn't like about it:
  • There are several bugs. You get stuck walking but not moving, characters disappear in the middle of dialog, you disappear, objects disappear from your inventory, then they magically reappear. Sometimes you just have to restart from a previous save.
  • The graphics looked unfinished. Sometimes I could see the eyeball through the angle of the eyelid, details like that.
  • The movements were very awkward. Sometimes you arrive somewhere and have to examine an item, and for that, the character stops, turns left, stops again, turns a little more, stops again, then you have the animation of the character examining. Then, a pause, then the character's comment about it, then a pause, and then you can continue. It's not too bad, but it gets annoying after a few hours.
  • There aren't enough puzzles, though it's probably fair to say that I don't count as puzzle using a key to open a door, even though sometimes these things can be considered puzzles by others. The very few puzzles are generally too obvious, especially with all the help you get. Sometimes you examine an item, and the character comments something like "Oh, that would be useful to do this or that...".

In general, it's fairly entertaining and I enjoyed it, probably because the continuous references to Agatha Christie kept bringing a silly smile to my face. If I had to grade it, I guess it would be 7/10, though I'm not sure I'd grade it like this if I hadn't been a Christie fan.
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29 of 33 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2013
A series packaged in (the now common) monthly Chapters has finally reached it's conclusion. Fans of Poiret and Agatha Christie Novel style games should pick this up. Or if you simply enjoy good detective stories done well. I enjoyed the puzzles and the voice acting was strong in places but weak in others. The enviroments repeated themselves often as you played similar events from different points of view but it was done in a way that didn't feel lazy or some rehash. Achievments for perfect scores are broken which annoyed me as I wanted to do a clean hintless run but it takes nothing from the game. Considering this was made during some downtime from The brilliant Book of Written tales you have to give it credit. Over the 3 Chapters you play as various protagonists and antagonists to unravel the mystery of "Who is The Raven?" You get bonus points for paying attention and accuising them in the game so its worth uncovering all the clues. Slow paced but understandibly so.
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81 of 122 people (66%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 22, 2014
Not worth your time or money.

I really enjoy point and click games, but this game is really boring, slow paced and nothing left for your own imagination. You are a detective who has to solve the riddle about the masterthief 'The Raven' which has stolen a jewl that is suppose to be shown first time in a Egyptian museum.

A long the way you learn a lot about different characters; their porblems, dreams and what they do in general. I thought this was important at first, since I followed every little detail about everyone in case it would be important to ultimately resolve who was the master thief, but no ... The criminal are shown to you near the end, so no guessing and no need to go through the evidence.
The game also makes each object you pick so obvious of where to use it. If you pick up a toothpick he's actually saying where to use it, "I can use it to open the lock to ...", thus leaves nothing to the imagination.
Do not make me start on the animation. You want your character to walk a direction, but first he has to make a 360 degree turn and take like 5-10 steps on the spot before he manage to walk forwards.

This is truly a point and click game, and nothing more. With a lot of bugs that seems not to be fixed, and may ruin your game experience.
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2013
The Raven is a well-presented adventure game with endearing characters, intriguing and enticing story arcs. I found myself exploring every bit of dialogue just to learn more about them, without regard to progression of the story. This game does suffer from sometimes awkward character movement and pathnoding, as well as stilted facial animation, but this is easy to get past and doesn't present much of a problem.

Fans of adventure games should definitely purchase this game.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2015
A solid adventure mystery. Story and soundtrack are top-notch. Also contains what is possibly the best lock-picking puzzle I've ever seen.

Game is brought down by a few standard adventure game issues. Some required hotspots are really small or not unlocked until the story allows it or, annoyingly, both. And a handful of scenes have terrible walking triggers, making exiting really frustrating. I frequently had to walk backwards a bit to go foward.

There were also a few standard adventure game graphics issues; characters sliding, popping, and the like.

But really, those are minor quibbles. The story should be why you're playing this and the story is well worth it.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 23, 2015
Review of The Raven - Legacy of a Master Thief

"An Epic Legendary Thief. A Thrilling Adventure. And a Surprising Ending."

The Raven - Legacy of a Master Chief is one of the best detective games you should really play. The story is profound and unique. The puzzles are not that hard that you won't fallout of the story plot. The ending actually surprised me. I really didn't expect it. The Raven is your usual point and click game but instead of just clicking items and picking them, The Raven focuses more on investigating every detail. It means that you have to examine each item in the game many times until you exhaust all that could be examined.

You start as Anton Jakob Zellner, a Swiss Police officer, assigned to assist and accompany the famous inspector Legrand as you guard and protect the two jewel eyes that are to be exhibited in a museum in Cairo, Egypt. Your role is mostly what detectives (well, police officers) do in every crime scenes, INVESTIGATE and ANALYZE each situation along with the items available at the moment. The game offers some hints but if you want to be a master detective, you don't need to rely on those things. The game is divided into 3 chapters with each can be played independently from one another.

Some Negatives:
The only negative I could find is that the game sometimes have some bugs. Some click point areas are positioned ways off from the actual item and the game has a bit of bugs when you try to move your character through a narrow room. There are also times that your character can get stuck.

The game is quite pricey but I bought mine on a 75% sale and it was totally worth it.

My Personal Rating:
Gameplay: 7.0/10
Story/Plot: 10/10
Graphics: 9/10
Music: 10/10

Overall: 9.0/10
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