'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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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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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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10.7 hrs
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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20.4 hrs
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.

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21.9 hrs
Posted: September 9
Loved it
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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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36.6 hrs
Posted: September 5
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22.7 hrs
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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11.8 hrs
Posted: September 3
This is a tough review to write, because I've only played through the beginning of episode two, and I'm already 8 hours in. (See edit below: finished it after writing this review.)

With that said, the game has two major flaws for me.

1) It's buggy. I'm frequently stuck in spots walking infintely, or unable to open doors (the triggers vanish). I'm forced to reload a prior save to sort this out, but this causes me to lose progress. Save early, save often.

Also, manipulating the inspector is like watching Austin Powers maneuver the cart at the end of the first movie. You'll click on a location to exit a scene and watch the inspector go forward, back, forward, turn, forward, back, then forward again like he's lost his mind.

2) It's boring. As said, I'm 8 hours in, and I don't care one bit about any of the characters. They all seem lifeless and interchangeable with one exception - the kid. You spend a lot of time backtracking and listening to people talk about the boring details of their life. There are some attempts at red herrings but they all fall a bit flat.

One other minor complaint is the animation. I'm not expecting photo-realistic graphics or skeletal rigging here, but when the characters talk, their mouths flap open and closed like ventriloquist dummies. It's very disconcerting. The worst was watching the American lady talk on the outside of the ship in the first episode - just one big hinged jaw and a gigantic mouthful of teeth flapping at me.

The game does have some things going for it. It's one big Agatha Christie homage, so if that's your cup of tea, it may be enough to overcome some of the other aspects of the game.

I'd like to finish the game to see how the plot plays out, but since it took me just over 7 hours for the first episode, I don't have the patience to put in a potential 14 more hours. I feel like the game does not respect my time, which is enough for me to press abort.

Not recommended, unless you really really like Agatha Christie homages and don't mind being disinterested for hours on end while trying to steer the shopping cart that is the inspector.

Edit: I finished the game today, after I wrote this review. Fundamentally, my opinion has not changed but I do have a bit more to add.

First, the game is - as far as I can tell - not able to be completed if you're using a gamepad. There are two parts in episode 3 where you will not get the proper interaction spots when using a gamepad. The first happens when you're in the ship cell area trying to hook a rope onto a hook. The hook prompt will not appear and I was only able to progress by switching to keyboard play.

The second happens outside the museum. You get no prompt to enter the museum. Again, switching to keyboard lets you enter and continue on. At that point, I stopped trying to use the gamepad.

Furthermore, I did run into two more cases where the character got stuck walking infinitely. The first was again in the cell portion of the ship, the second was - surprise! - outside the entrance to the museum. For both cases, I had to quit the game and relaunch.

So again - pretty buggy and frustrating experience. I did feel that the game picked up some interest once you start playing as other characters, but that is somewhat deadened by having to go through the same environments all over again.
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14.7 hrs
Posted: August 21
I have to admit something... I didn't finish this game.
I liked the first part, although it was glitchy and controls were very clumsy, mainly because of the story which I found interesting enough.
Once I got to the second and third part and realised that those are basically the same story from a different perspective I had given up. It is a shame as the scenes are quite beautiful but the lagging gameplay unfortunately ruins the experience.
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2 of 3 people (67%) 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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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):




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



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
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
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
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
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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36 of 40 people (90%) found this review helpful
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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32 of 35 people (91%) 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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30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
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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85 of 127 people (67%) 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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