'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: Very Positive (316 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

PC
Mac
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
3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
I'm sure a lot of good people worked really hard on this... but it just doesn't come together. :(

The good:
Some nice environments and decent character design.

The bad:
Stiff, laborious dialogue. I played it in English with no subtitles, it's a German game so perhaps the original German is better...
Stiffer presentation (characters stand and talk to each other for what seems like FOREVER without a camera change)
Illogical puzzles. I can't even begin to describe these 'puzzles'.
For a detective/investigation game, the player does absolutely no figuring out of anything.
Very little interactivity - just click and listen to characters talk for minutes.
Tonnes of false positives everywhere - everything that looks interesting or pick-up-able isn't and the interactive stuff is a few pixles, either hidden by the main character, hidden by another object or sometimes NOT EVEN ON SCREEN. ?!?
A plot which moves at a snails pace and, instead of mystery and intrigue around every corner, is a snooze fest.
Un-economical writing which prattles on and on, with little characterisation or style.
Terrible sound mixing, you have to adjust the sliders in the menu otherwise you can't hear what anyone is saying, far too much bass on the dialogue...

I could go on, but I won't. According to Steam I've played this for 4 hours, but it feels like an eternity.

2/5 for the somewhat pleasant graphics. No idea how this got 74 on Metacritic. I can't even force myself to finish the first Episode. Avoid :(
Posted: September 28
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Very poor game unfortunately. Clunky controls. Graphics leave much to be desired. Puzzles are similar. Not a lot of player freedom. I usually really like Nordic games, not sure what happened with this one.
Posted: September 29
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
LOVED IT. Fun puzzles, not too hard plus an amazing twist ending.
Posted: September 26
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13.1 hrs on record
It's a masterpiece. Don't know what else i could say. Sometimes it's a little bit hard to change the scenery and some animations are glitchy, but all the flaws are covered by the brilliant story and good voice acting. The Puzzles are rather a searching game, than a challenge where you have to think. But they aren't annoying, the objects are not too hidden and it's still entertaining to solve them.

This game is something for you, if you love to play story rich, classic adventures, which progesses fast and doesn't have puzzles which take days of thinking (or try & error) to solve.
Posted: September 28
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7.2 hrs on record
Great story and well-acted. The only downside is navigating to areas off the bottom of the screen, as there isn't a clear place to click and often it becomes frustrating to move in that direction. If you like whodunits and are looking for a great story, it's well worth your time and money, especially if you can get it during a Steam sale.
Posted: September 28
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2.1 hrs on record
Fine detective-adventure in the spirit of classic crime-novels.
Posted: September 28
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1.0 hrs on record
The game has fantastic visuals and the story as well as the game play are just awesome!
Posted: September 30
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24.9 hrs on record
Really enjoyed this little game. A fairly uncomplicated, unfussy point-and-click adventure that is relatively short and not hugely challenging (compared to some absolutely evil puzzles that can be found elsewhere in this genre) but nonetheless, the story is interesting and fun to try to solve as you go along, the voice acting and scripting is really good and the soundtrack is great too. There's an occasional glitch here and there when the characters are walking around and get temporarily stuck on their surroundings which gets a little tiresome, plus the controls aren't the most intuitive, but since the game is so charming overall, I put it down to being a quirk.

I'd recommend sticking this on your wishlist and getting it when it appears on sale - my opinion is that, despite really enjoying The Raven, I think £25 is a little steep for what is a casual, lightweight point and click adventure. I picked it up when it was 75% off and I think I got a bargain.
Posted: October 1
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11.6 hrs on record
Enjoyed the game, but found that the 'twist ending' actually messed the story up for me a little. When you're role playing a character, it's annoying to then suddenly lose all control of who that character is and what he's doing. I felt like I had control of the characters and could choose who they were - at least to some extent - and the ending felt more than a little forced. Nonetheless, I did enjoy the game. The voice acting was really good for the most part, and the story was entertaining. It also had the unique quality that you felt like it could actually happen, almost. Most games like this rely on fantastical magical boxes that couldn't ever actually work. This game really stuck to the 'real world' even though the crime was of the complicated fiction variety.
Posted: October 3
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13.9 hrs on record
Very enjoyable game! I thought I didn't enjoy crime/mystery stories all that much, but this story proved me wrong. Really enjoyed the beautiful backgrounds and classy 60's interiour. The puzzles are relatively simple, but you can always get clues or press enter to see all clickable spots.
Posted: October 3
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10.4 hrs on record
I have just finished the game (Linux version), and I can say that it is a really decent point and click adventure. The first episode sets the mood and a really high bar, that unfortunately it is not met in the second or third episode. The game is full of bugs that can be quite frustrating sometimes (freezen, characters that get "stuck", items that do not show up on screen), but you can nevertheless complete the game and enjoy the plot.

Overall, an enjoyable point and click adventure, with some good moments. Fantastic vocal actors, beautiful graphics and a nice plot (at least on the first episode), with some unexpected twists along the way. If you are looking for a challenging game, this will not be for you though. The puzzles are extremely easy, but the plot makes it rewarding to continue exploring.
Posted: September 26
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13.7 hrs on record
the story is fun, the music is great but omg the controls make me scream at the monitor sometimes. clunky don't cover it, I found myself switching between the controller and the mouse to get things done a lot. it is frustrating but the game is good enough that I keep playing. I really enjoy the game its a good game but be prepared to get mad at the clunky controls at times.
Posted: October 11
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20.1 hrs on record
This is the best game ever made by mankind.
Posted: October 23
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25.3 hrs on record
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
Posted: October 25
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32 of 35 people (91%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 21
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 12
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
The game is corrupt on my mac. Cannot play it despite playing ££ for it, and reinstalling does not help. Greatly disappointed with the product that on the face of it sounded like fun game to play.
Posted: September 11
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11 of 20 people (55%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
As a fan of adventure games, this game looked very intriguing. The story has a nice build-up with classic British mystery elements, however it all falls flat in the final chapter with a very anti-climatic conclusion. It felt like a cop-out to go that route. Other videogames have done this and it just does not sit well with me. It ruined the otherwise decent experience. As far as puzzles go it has some nice moments. Some frustration when you can't find an item you need to progress, but that's just part of the genre. The characters have nice personalities and voice-work. The game does control very clunkily, sometimes it's confusing to find out where to click to change screens etc.

Overall it's a decent adventure game, but since this is a mystery game I had high hopes for the story. Unfortunately, this disappointed me so much that it left a bad taste in my mouth and leads to my negative recommendation.
Posted: August 19
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
I had a lot of fun playing this game, I've played a good handful of detective-style games and this one was one of the most entertaining, of course the gameplay is slow like all detective games, but its not so slow and boring that it becomes uninteresting. I'd love to see even more in-depth detective games.
Posted: August 23
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
First of all I want to say that I hate games, chapters in which are released separetely. Let me explain why. The first chapter in such games usually is good. All who want to play this game buy it at this point. And developers gain major portion of profit at this point as well. As a result the second chapter of such games is released on a relaxed note and not as good as the first one. At this point flow of money generally almost stops which leads to devil-may-care attitude of developers to the remained chapters. And this is what we see in this game exactly. Really good and long enough 1st chapter, mediocre 2nd chapter and terrible, full of bugs and illogical puzzles 3rd chapter. This game is still worth of playing, but not for the full price.
Posted: May 26
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