'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 (465 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 23, 2013

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Recommended By Curators

"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 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
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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34 of 42 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
Very Hercule Poirot-esc
At least for the first half, where you play like a wannabe Detective.
The second half, you play the same events again, but as the thief.
Full of action, mystery and traditional point-and-click puzzles.
It presents a great story.

An obvious problem, because the inventory pops-up at the bottom of the screen, when you need to go to a area that is achievable by going to the bottom of the screen you have to click in a specific place on the bottom of the screen.
There are also several graphical glitches and game breaking bugs, so save often.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
27.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Months after playing through, I still find myself thinking about this game every once in a while. Despite a few buggy mechanics, The Raven is a solid, memorable point and click mystery. Top notch voice acting and well designed puzzles guide you through a wonderfully written story that is both unique and an impressive homage to the traditions and tropes of the mystery genre. If you typically enjoy any of these elements, this is definitely a title to check out.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
The Raven was dead - or at least to begin with.
The career of the world famous "Gentleman Master Thief" came to an abrupt and unexpected end thanks to the intervention of a young, up and coming police officer by the name of LeGrand, and a several storey drop from the roof of a building that he was robbing at the time.
Flash forward a few years though, to 1964 and questions over his possible demise begin to be raised following an explosive heist at the British Museum, leading to the theft of one of the priceless jewelled "Eyes Of The Sphinx". Has the Raven returned from the dead, or is this just the work of a copycat? And why has his modus operandi changed to include violence, something which he avoided previously?

Inspector LeGrand, feted for his part in the apparent termination of the Raven previously, is put in charge of both the case and also of guarding the other Eye Of The Sphinx during its long and perilous trip from London to Cairo, where it is to be displayed, via The Orient Express and luxury ocean liner. However, you do not play as Inspector LeGrand, or even his eager sidekick from Scotland Yard. No, instead you are Constable Anton Jakob Zellner - an elderly, balding overweight Swiss policeman whose presence on board the Orient Express is the bare minumum of assistance that the Swiss government could provide and who hitherto has never done anything more exciting than walk the same beat every day of his working life - an extremely unlikely hero at first glance and which does make for a bit of a slow start to the game, with plenty of talking and very little action.
It is not until about 20 minutes in that you come across a character called Lady Westmacott, the expy of a certain other real life massively successful classic British crime author and you begin to understand that you find yourself in a lovingly constructed homage to the works of Agatha Christie. Constable Zellner is a huge fan of her work and it soon becomes apparent that he shares several traits with that of her most famous fictional detective "Monsieur Partout". He has a logical mind and a keen eye for human behaviour, and it is this that helps him get under the skins of his fellow passengers, one or more of whom may be a great deal more than they appear.

In contrast with the obsessed Inspector LeGrand, he is convinced that this Raven is nothing more than a copycat and in his own quiet way is just as determined to bring him to justice. He is also aware that this adventure may be his last chance to accomplish something worthwhile in his life, as retirement is looming and he is in poor health anyway. "If I don't do anything exciting I might have a few more years to live?" he asks, before dropping his heart tablets in the ocean while preparing to disobey orders and sneak onboard the SS Lydia to search for a stowaway. His adventures will end up taking him all the way to the catacombs of Cairo, while along the way he will save a young boy from a runaway train, survive being bombed, chloroformed, drugged and concussed (not necessarily in that order), solve the locked room murder of a Baroness on the high seas - which enabled me to live out my dream of gathering a group of suspects together before outlining my deductions - before finally unmasking the Raven.

However the game then abruptly switches narrative, changing its viewpoint to that of not one, but two different characters whose plots run parallel to that of the good Constables, overlapping with it at crucial junctures. The trouble was that by then I was really enjoying my time spent in the comfortable and soothing presence of Constable Zellner that this change of viewpoint was initially disappointing and, although it did explain more fully several key events, the game did lose some of its idiosynchratic charm in the process. One thing it did do well though is to shed new light on some of the games wide and varied cast. For example a character that is pretty much a one dimensional comic relief type in Zellner's playthrough is revealed as being old, tired and unwell and very much aware that his presence onboard ship is neither needed or particularly wanted by the crew he is supposedly in charge of, and another unsympathetic character confesses that they realise just how hollow their life is, that they are estranged from their family and that they keep their father's pistol on hand for when they want to end it all. All the separate plot strands then meet together for the climax leading to a twist ending that, while containing at least one giant plothole and relying a little too much on coincidence, was for me perfectly satisfying.

As for the gameplay, one thing I did like was the puzzles. While some of them may be a little obscure and it is worth mentioning that some of them require you clicking on an object twice as your protagonist may miss details the first time, they are for the most part logical and usually involve common objects that you would expect to find in the immediate surroundings. So while there is nothing here as brain melting as something you might find in the Sam And Max series for example, this can have the side effect of making proceedings a little too simple, there will be very few instances where you will be genuinely stuck. The score, provided by the Brandenburg State Orchestra is wonderfully filmic and, while the visuals can be workmanlike, the vocals are absolutely spot on, with the characters sounding exactly how you would imagine them to.

Now to the bugs. A quick scan of both the forums and other reviews of this game can soon unearth some real horror stories and to be fair all the glitches should have been sorted out months ago. I don't know if I was lucky or if the patches have done their job, but apart from difficulty moving from one screen to another in various spots and one instance where I clicked to perform an action and was then stuck in a loop of a character wandering round in circles until I force closed the game down I managed to get through ok. It is still worth saving regularly though, just to be on the safe side!
In conclusion then, a game with a few rough edges, but the strength of the writing and of the characters make it well worth your time. If it was an Agatha Christie novel, it wouldn't be a blockbuster like Murder On The Orient Express, but one of her lesser known yet solid efforts like A Mysterious Affair At Styles, perfect for a rainy afternoon's escapist fun.
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