'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

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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
it's decent for a German game, although the controls are terrible and the game itself is very buggy.
There are three chapters available, but only the first and half of the second episode are enjoyable.
The thing that annoyed me the most was the ending.

spoiler alert

How dare you to fool me game! I thought I was playing a good Swiss police officer the whole time and at the end you are telling me he is the Raven(bad guy)? That is unforgivable!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
I love puzzle games. Finding clues and putting them together to achieve your desired goal is what I love to do. The Raven: Legacy of the Master Thief does just that, but it can be frustrating at times.

As with most games, there are pros and cons.

Pros:
- The graphics are well done.
- The voice acting, although not top notch, is decent.
- Once a object has been clicked on or used, the hot spot goes away letting the player know that there is nothing more to it.
- There is a great plot twist in this story.

Cons:
- Some of the clues are intentionally hidden from view. So you will be pixel hunting for the entire game.
- You must click on objects several times to get the full story.
- Although the graphics are good one thing that isn’t is the animation. It’s very clumsy and buggy. At one point my character became stuck moving from point A to B. When the animation is in motion there is not way to stop it. I had to do a hard shutdown which I hate.
- The solving of many of the puzzles is much to rigid.

Let me give you an example: At one point, you must uncouple the engine from the rest of the train. You MUST do everything in order or the puzzle won’t work, even though you know you‘ll have to use the axe on the door to the coal tender. You have to pull the emergency brake first (which won‘t stop the train), then open the door to the coal tender using a wet (which won’t work either), then you must use an axe to open the door (which will won’t work either… at first). That’s the other thing I don’t like, there are several puzzles where you have to the same thing twice. What the hell for? What’s more, there are several

This retail price of this game (at the time of this review) is $24.95 which is much too high giving all of the negative points I just went through (thankfully, I got it on sale). This game should sell at about $4.99... Tops.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
This game is embarrassingly bad. Not only it's extremely boring, filled with inane dialog and ridiculous plot, but also riddled with bugs. I had to force close the game because the character was stucked in an animation loop in chapter 3 (and by the way, animations are so bad they're almost hilariously funny). Unfortunately I can't force myself any longer through the boredom, so I guess I won't see the ending. Chances are I'm not really missing anything at all.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Fantastic! This game had me completley immersed in the story. The game is long which was great and unexpected. My heart hurts a little now the adventure is over, I hope they make another! You HAVE to buy this great mystery adventure game.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
The blanket got caught on the nail!!!

Dull boring and uninteresting game, if this was an animatied movie, it would've been fantastic!

anyway if you really love point-click adventure games then buy this game, and don't pay more than 5 $ for it.

4/10
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109 of 129 people (84%) 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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70 of 75 people (93%) 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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69 of 79 people (87%) 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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52 of 60 people (87%) 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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41 of 43 people (95%) 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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truben
7.7 hrs
Posted: September 27
Good:
- Locations
- Characters
- Graphics
- Long game

Bad
- B U G S! Major one!
- Pixel hunting
- Unengaging story
- Hotspots are sometimes actives, sometimes not. It means that you have to scan the locations with your mouse every time something has happened in case a new hotspot is active.
- Some meaningless puzzles
- Animations

Bottomline
Love the setting and characters, but the story is sadly quite unengaging, and the game has A LOT of bugs. Save often!
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memi
13.4 hrs
Posted: September 27
Point & click adventure game with a nice story line, but with a lot of technical flaws (sounds sometimes drops, characters move really slow and constantly bump in to objects and/or get stuck, terribly slow loading of scenes etc.). There's a lot of conversation to go through but you can speed that up by reading the subtitles and left clicking your mouse which will make it jump to the next line. There's no challenging puzzles and use/combination of inventory items is reasonably easy. This probably doesn't sound like a thumbs up but I approve of the game anyway, since I got it on sale and I would prefer an average true adventure game over all the FPS, simulator, hack-and-slash etc. games any day.
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ic3creamsandwich
9.6 hrs
Posted: September 22
Oh, what a story!

Let's get this out of the way: the technical side of this game is pretty bad. Glitches, frustrating layouts, audio failures -- it's all here. It is a particular type of torture to traverse this game: everyone walks soo slowly and the loading screens take forever. Oh, and there's a mini puzzle in the middle that doesn't fit, is completely unfun and unskippable.

But it's totally worth it. If you buy this game and get frustrated and feel like quitting: don't. I found the pacing, characters, and story utterly compelling. The twists and turns of the story were the most effective I've seen in a mystery game. And the player feels a part of the action -- there's not much player agency but enough to keep things interesting.

So what if it's a little cheezy. I loved this game, flaws and all.
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RollingStonePT
21.9 hrs
Posted: September 9
Loved it
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nicovanbelle
10.8 hrs
Posted: September 6
DISCLAIMER>> I'm at chapter two now, so I have not yet finished the game.

What I can say thus far is that the game is verry enjoyable. Nice scenes and characters, a good story and good writing.
If you are a die-hard adventure player I cannot recomment the game. It is far to easy in a sence that there are not many puzzles to solve.
I have not looked at my notebook once and the items found should hardly ever be combined.
But because I'm not an adventure player (I get nervous from going back and forth over and over again just in search for that 1 missing piece of the puzzle) I really enjoy this title.

Just a note; I read a lot of bad reviews of Mac players complaining the many issues the game had with the OS, but I had none so far.
Some minor bugs and glitches not related to the OS but nothing too big e.g. when pressing 'Continue' in the main menu the latest autosave is loaded, even if you have a newer manual one.
All in all I give it a 7/10 thus far.


UPDATE: I finished the game by now and I must say that there are more puzzles and they get a bit more challenging in chapters 2 and 3. I had good fun playing it.
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Wolf of Damnation
36.6 hrs
Posted: September 5
:D
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