'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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (381 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 23, 2013

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"King Art's best work to date, and that's saying something."

Reviews

“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)
Helpful customer reviews
25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
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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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
La crème de la crème

After two playthroughs, and all achievements unlocked, I thought it was time for a review.

The game takes place in the 60's. An exhibition is undertaken in Caïro in Egypt in a museum where for the first time, two of the most expensive, or priceless jewels, the two "Eyes of the Sphinx" will be exhibited together. Unfortunately, one of the jewels, exhibited in the British museum has been recently stolen. A raven feather left on the premises, mark of the famous burglar, known as The Raven. He left one guard severely injured. The Raven is the most wanted thief all over Europe. A skilled, talented burglar whose every attempted burglary never failed. Strangely enough, The Raven never took the life nor wounded anyone and even less, never used anything like bombs. Plus, he's been shot a few years ago by the hands of the french inspector Legrand. Is someone trying to steal The Raven's indentity? Or is he The Raven himself? This would mean that fame brought to inspector Legrand for his incredible feat was wrongly attributed.

The Raven is an unuasual novel-like point'n click game in which you play a story from the perspective of three different characters, including two villains. Anton Jacob Zellner, Swiss policeman, the main character, has all the characteristics of an antihero. Old, fat, small, bald with an adorable yellow shirt (ironical). On the cusp of retirement, he grabs his one last chance to prove himself and when he heard about the renowned Inspector Legrand being in Switzerland, he just couldn't pass up. He then insisted relentlessly to join in the adventure but next to Legrand he just feels like being left out of the loop. Legrand just keeps rejecting his assisstance out of hand, just like he refutes what Zellner says about the New Raven not being the Raven, because of the modus operandi that doesn't fit the latter's.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=381969426

The Raven pay great tribute to the infamous and legendary writer Agatha Christie and her novels, as the game features Lady Westmacott (the name under which she wrote some of her novels) herself. Anton Jacob Zellner is Poirot's double, with the same characteristic moustache. Beautiful scenery that prompt warm nostalgia, setting choices that are great reminders of Agatha Crhistie's novels. And last but not least Lady Westmacott had a lifelong interest in archaeology. Not a coincidence that Lady Westmacott in the game is heading to Egypt. Thing you will see in the game by having her sitting before egyptian monuments in the museum in Caïro remembering the good old times with her husband. A valuable character for the wisdom she speaks. After all, SHE is the connoisseur, right?

In Agatha's novels, you only discover the criminal's identity at the very end of it. And you are misled all the way through. The Raven is no exception to that. Awesome plot twist and a lot of surprise. Rare are games that gripped me in such a way.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=382739344

Letting you go through the story from different perspectives was a great idea. As I paid a closer look to the details and how things were pulled together from the three different characters playthrough, I noticed some inconsistencies between them though.
Plus, while finishing the game you might even want to beat the game a second time, from a vantage point. Pay closer attention to the different dialogues, details, etc.

In a point'n click adventure game you need to run around interrogating people, and they have to be entertaining. The game deals with mature subjects. Rich background for every characters. I liked how they designed the different characters, midway between cartoon and reality, with exagerated features. The game is slow-paced, calm.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=381460369

Unfortunately, the game is flawed with a ton of bugs, programming bugs. Game mechanics are broken so are animations. Plus I don't like how they walked, their gesture quite a bit weird. Why didn't they take the time to iron out those awful programming bugs and rushed to release it. Besides, the annoyance may encourage players NOT to finish the game but the game has one of the best ending I've ever seen in a video game. What a pity when the game has incredible works put into it.

Music - Beautiful and memorable music (orchestra) . I just can't get the main theme out of my head.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m5Wytiawac&list=PLTSIqhWP1gKUzlU34OVrETlhBEIe1co3l

- The soundtrack posted by Shin4kuma on Youtube

Gameplay - Simple enough, as long as you can click on an object or someone, it means you still have to deal with it/him. Each collectable items will go right into the inventory. You may need them later and of course sometimes you can combine some of them.
Something I have noticed is you don't have to solve every secrets to keep progressing since some are optionals. Besides, every secrets solved earn you some points, which you can use to get hints. Something you really don't need. If you solve every single secrets though, you'll unlock the master detective achievement (steam). The game is not difficult and you won't need to check elsewhere than in the game as you won't get stalled.

Conclusion

The Raven will be a memorable game for a long time, at least for me and goes directly into my favorite games. The game provides very good storytelling with some funny moments, atmosphere and a lovely soundtrack. Otherwise, I would have not recommended the game, since it has many programming flaws. A great tribute to Lady Westmacott's work, one more reason to recommend it. Two of my best genre (detective/P&C) in one game, what not to like? If you can overlook those pesky bugs, go get it.

7/10
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Love the art, music, probbly the story if i can get through it

character movement drives me Crazy in the first act. there are also many bugs that makes me have to restart the whole game a start over if i dont save every 10 minutes, Come On, we dont pay 25 dollars for a game like this

i know you have relsed the game but its kinda broken, and no follow ups or any sort of patch to fix the known bugs, its been posted all over steam boards and the internet forums

please try to take a second look? and maybe fix it?

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
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 points positioned ways off from the actual item and the game has a bit of bugs when you try to move your 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Excellent adventure game. A few areas are challenged by items that are hard to see (and therefore hard to discover) and a few times, you have the inevitable "oh, really, I was supposed to figure THAT out?" series of interactions, but overall a great game with a spectacular story. Execution is good to "above average" with two serious bugs encountered, but otherwise a smooth experience.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
25.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
All 3 episodes were fun to play. The characters were pretty good and their presence in the game believeable. The graphics were decent for this style of game. The only downside I would give was that it was sometimes difficult to find exactly where to click to get a chcracter to leave the scene and go to the next screen on.
But all in all this was a good effort by King Art's and for those that have never played the game I would recommend it. If I was going to give this a rating out of 10. If I was comparing this to a triple A title then of course it would score low but if I compare it to other games I have played that are similar to this one then I would give this a solid 7 out of 10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
Um point and click episódico com 3 eps, alguns bugs na mecânica, o que atrapalha bastante na fluidez do jogo, e sérios problemas com suporte para o controle. Chega de detalhes técnicos, sobre plot, enredo, e desenvolvimento o jogo poderia ter sido bem melhor, a história possuia um potencial para ter sido um mistério bem mais elaborado, também a substituição de personagem na metade do jogo dificulta ao player se afeiçoar pelo novo protagonista, porém isso forneceu uma visão interessante sobre o jogo. Finalizando um jogo com dois primeiros episódios interessantes e, apesar de lentos, divertidos porém com um terceiro episódio de conclusão um pouco previsível e decepcionante com algumas pequenas parte aproveitaveis. Nota 6,10 para apreciadores de point and clicks clássicos e de experiências um pouco diferentes em desenvolvimento de enredo.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Interesting sherlock holmes-y story, great voice acting, charming artstyle.
Movement and animations janky as f.uck.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
286.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
If you like Point n Click Adventures then i would definitly recommend this. The environment and characters may be a bit childish, but nevertheless the game has some great aspects and decent graphics. The soundtrack and the atmosphere it creates are just phenomenal. It somehow took me back to my childhood made it feel like a crimestory with a strong touch of a Disney fairytale. As cons id like to mention a few bugs (rare but unpleasant) and although i liked the story, maybe it could have been a bit longer (my actual gaming hours are like 20h). The riddles are pretty fluent and easy but you should expect that just by looking at the game design. But in the end i have to say GOOD JOB!! I WANT MORE!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Worth every penny.
All doe the game play can sometimes be boring and you are stuck with fixed camera angles despite the 3D environment the story is very complex and manages to surprise you every time you think you know what's going on.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
I wasn't expecting much from this game when I bought it but I can now say that it's become one of my favourite graphic adventures.

It's hard to find games with plots that don't take you for an idiot these days, and in that way The Raven took a risk. The plot is in no way complicated but it is above what we usually see in videogames. The characters are all likeable and the strings it pulls are darker than I expected for a mystery story with a thief main antagonist.

The weakest point of the game is the gameplay, which doesn't bring anything new to the genre and is buggy at times. It is hard to navigate comfortably through the environment, and I had to use a guide after being stuck for a while only to discover that I had encountered a bug instead of a puzzle.

Sadly, the character animation and modelling isn't as good as it could've been, and detracts a lot from the enjoyment of the game. It does it's job but better art direction and animation could have easily turned this into a masterpiece, but it still remains an overall excellent game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
I'm a big fan of adventure games, but this game runs into all the pitfalls of the genre. A plodding, clumsy story, and arbitrary, poorly communicated puzzles. You can safely skip.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
The Raven, a classic feeling point and click game that takes you on a journey to find a gentleman thief.

The story is slow in the beginning, but picks up shortly after the first chapter. It will bring you to think deeper about what is going on around you and to think about what every character is doing, and how they are involved. Very sow paced, the movement of characters, the dialogue, the questioning, the stories.

It makes you use logic to figure out both hard and easy puzzles, from opening secret passage ways to attaching a light bulb to wires to light up a room, its a very fun and interesting experience.

The movement I found was slightly annoying on computer. The angles of the camera made it really hard to see different doors and items at some points. Some rooms would even be pitch black, making to scan the whole screen with your map (unless you wanted to use your detective points, reducing your overall chapter score at the end)

Fun twists and characters that you can enjoy, good and bad,

Personal Score 3.5/5
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 15, 2014
This is a lovely, traditional point and click made as a homage to Agatha Christie, and the references are delightful for fans. The graphics are good, the voice acting good and the music absolute perfection.

This isn't a hard game, but you can skip entire side plots by rushing. I both like and dislike that, and in the end I reloaded from an earlier save to experience that part of the game. So be aware, and listen carefully to what characters tell you. It isn't however important, but sad to miss parts due to scene triggers.

I would recommend this game as a solid title without convoluted puzzles and with steady story progression - all aboard the Orient Express!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2014
Finally a point'n'click with a not-dissapointing end. I enjoyed this game very well and the ending was also good enough, what is very unique in p'n'p adventures.
My only problem was, it's impossible to play on 4:3 monitor. The settings accept my resolution and didn't transform the picture, but cut the both side. So I cannot find every hotspot. But later I set the resolution to 16:9 and then everything went fine.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
49.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
It's a great game, Intelligent and complex. The plot and characters are interesting, and theres no annoying puzzles.
highly recommended.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2014
LOVED IT. Fun puzzles, not too hard plus an amazing twist ending.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2014
I've been on a point-and-click bender, lately. I don't know what sparked my intense nostalgia, but I'm pining for an experience like the old Lucas Arts classics. I'm jonesin' for some Indiana Jones or Grim Fandango. The Raven, unfortunately, was just lame and tedious. Really underwhelming. If P&C is your thing, it's worth a try, but this entry is probably not for a casual fan of the genre.
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64 of 72 people (89%) found this review helpful
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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54 of 57 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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