After an attack by a swarm of locusts leaves Fone Bone lost in the mountains, he sets out to find his cousins, with a little help from a mysterious red dragon, a couple of talking bugs, and a pretty girl named Thorn. But with hungry rat creatures on his tail, will Fone Bone ever make his way back to Boneville?
User reviews: Mixed (25 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 15, 2005
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After an attack by a swarm of locusts leaves Fone Bone lost in the mountains, he sets out to find his cousins, with a little help from a mysterious red dragon, a couple of talking bugs, and a pretty girl named Thorn. But with hungry rat creatures on his tail, will Fone Bone ever make his way back to Boneville?

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP or Vista
    • Processor: 1.5GHz processor
    • Memory: 256MB RAM
    • Graphics: 32MB 3D-accelerated video card
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
This is a short game, and probably one of the first games that came out of Telltale Games. It's simple, short and a good adventure game for kids. The story is good, but not great and even the dialogue isn't something that will be very memorable. My kids enjoyed it and I enjoyed playing it with my kids.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 17
I dont write this as a review but more as information for those who dont know. This is the first game that Telltale Studios ever made, even though its old it has same gameplay with The Walking Dead and the rest of the Telltale series
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 25
3/10 amazing game here is why:
9th person shooter
click to point game
great music
just like the original radio show Bone!
having my gtx 970 makes it frogging amazing.
it is pretty cool cuz you feeel like you are actually a bone actor.
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28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2013
Positives: It's short, like two hours or under. The characters look about like you'd expect.

Negatives: It's tedious and boring, making it feel much longer than the short runtime.

'Bone' is one of my favorite books (graphic or otherwise) ever. It's a wonderful fantasy adventure. I also enjoy TellTale's games (though they aren't perfect). So I should love this, right? I wish.

Every task you're asked to complete is clearly busy work. None of the "puzzles" is truly driven by the story. They're just hoops to jump through in order to get to the next screen. The worst offender is when you're asked to guide Ted the bug across the river. Without a walkthrough, I never would have gotten across as the logic dicated by the pattern of his jumps breaks down when you get close to the other side. It looks like I should be able to make the jumps necessary as the stones are spaced just like rest, and I tried multiple spots to lead from, but there is only one single way to get across, and if you don't follow it, it won't allow you to make the jumps.

An additional crime, less painful but still aggravating, is the inability to skip voiced dialogue. I can generally read the text much faster than the voice actor will deliver it, and when I'm in the middle of an extended Q&A, I want to get it over with as soon as possible. But perhaps that's my impatience with the overall game. I just wanted to be done and wished I could speed up any little bit of it. This lack of skipability carries over into the end credits. They're slowly scrolled and, for some heinous reason, quadruple spaced. And you... can't... skip them.

To be fair, the early sections of the book are relatively uneventful, but maybe that should have been a sign to TellTale. 'Bone' would make a phenomenal animated movie, but videogames are an interactive medium, and that interaction needs to feel meaningful. The source material here, as much as I love it, doesn't bear the weight of player interaction.

Unless you're the most die-hard fan of TellTale's games, skip this one. Fans of the book? Stay away.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
From Jeff Smith's graphic novel to a telltale game chapter in the TTG bible. The story is three bone cousins Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone get seperated from each other and Fone discovers a vally full of crazy creatures. The game is amazing and the charaters in this game are memarable: Like Ted the Bug, The Great red dragon, and the Stupid, Stupid Rat creatures!! I give this game 9/10
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
With only a few dollars balance left on my account, I remembered back to my childhood when "Bone" was the most relevant and popular graphic novel out there. It had great characters, an interesting plot, and an expansive world and mythology. Now all these factors should translate well into a game, right? Sadly, Telltale did not live up to the comic with this game.

Firstly, it is a point-and-click game. While in theory this would work in favour, there is just not enough to observe in the enviorments. It's a rather empty game, lacking in atmosphere and inspiration. The dull voice-acting doesn't help at all. There are several moments where the game transitions to a sort-of "mini-game" mode, and these segments do not work at all. They're unclear, dodgy in response, and attribute nothing to the experience.

All in all: Stick to the comic-book. F&@k this game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Bone: Out From Boneville is a typical cartoonish Telltale game with no need for any prior knowledge of the Bone cartoon to appreciate. This game is no different from the other Telltale series (Sam n' Max, Strong Bad, etc.). The humor is abundant, and is appropriate for most age ranges (alcohol and tobacco use). The puzzles are intuitive, but not overly simple. The crisp graphics helps alleviate from tedious pixel hunting. The overall difficulty isn't too hard, and the game length is relatively short. I completed it in about two hours. There isn't any hidden bonuses like there are in Strong Bad. Very straight forward. A fun romp if you enjoy Telltale games.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
I will not recommend this as it doesn't match the greatness of the comic books. You should read those first. This game is possibly just for hardcore fans as it doesn't have great plot structure except for doing chores.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
As a fan of the books, it's interesting and sometimes entertaining to see Jeff Smith's characters running around on your computer. Unfortunately, Smith's artistic style didn't make the transition to the screen (Telltale's 'The Walking Dead' series is a great example of retaining the artist's style and tone). The characters and locations are here, but they don't feel genuine.

I'd recommend this only to die-hard Bone fans, or maybe children who have somehow discovered Bone but aren't old enough for the books yet.

[There's also an inventory glitch that prevents you from progressing past Gran'ma Ben's farm. I don't know how frequent it is, but Telltale doesn't have a solution. This hasn't impacted my review other than expediting it.]
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2013
Personally,I LOVE the Bone book series.To have a Telltale game about it is absolutely amazing!It may seem like an old PC game with nothing but a bad story,but it is so much more!If you have read the books ar haven't even heard of Bone,it's still a great game to play!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Fantastic story that stays true to the book with a couple of added minigames
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Not a huge fan of TellTale Games mainly because I hate Point-and-Clicks but this was okay I guess.
Visuals are nice, the characters are pretty funny/interesting. but the mini games are pretty s****y.
Walking around is akward especially with the odd camera angles you can't adjust.
Had no idea what to do in-game so thank god for hints.
A very very short game with little story to offer, meh.
2/10
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2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
oh this brought me back to my childhood but it's not all that good. Seriously, as long as you don't lack common sense you beat it within an hour with very little satisfaction. I mean yeah you also get the great cow race with this purchase but that only totals it up to 2 hours of meagre simplicity. I would only recommend this to people who are familiar with comics and are able to buy it while it's on sale.
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1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Game isn't bad overall, but it's extremely buggy and you can be forced to replay the entire game at certain points due to bugged inventory code. Skip it.
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4.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
Well, i have always loved the Bone books by Jeff Smith. Jeff Smith wrote a five book graphic novel series of pure epicness. The games have a little smaller of a thrill. They are nowhere as good as the books, but they are still good. Bone: Out From Boneville follows the story rather well. My biggest complaint is that its too easy. I turned off hints because it wasn't that hard. I only got stuck once without the hints, and it wasn't even that hard of a thing, I just got confuzzled. Even the mini games in this one aren't too hard. Of course, there is also a locust chase at the beginning where you get caught in a swarm of locusts. You run away, and use basic monuveres by moving the mouse back and forth and left clicking to jump. You do the same game style later in the game when being chased by rat creatures. The dialogue tree things aren't that hard either. With your dialogue tree, you have basic conversation and its pretty obvious what to say, depending on what is going on and what character you are. In this game, being the first, out of the three main characters (Fone Bone, Phoncible P. Bone 'Phoney Bone', and Smiley Bone) You only get to play as Fone Bone and Phoney Bone. YOu also get to play as a talking, leaf-shaped bug named Ted for a mini game where you hop across rocks. It is too quick of a game. For me, seeing how I played it and beat it before I got it on steam, it only took me two hours to beat. FOr a newbie with a sensible head on their shoulders, 3 hours to 4 hours. Overall, it is a great experience. I'd recommend the game. I give it a 7 out of 10. It has some pros, but mostly cons.
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2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
If this should be recommended probably depends on the other acts of this series. As it is, Out From Boneville feels pretty unfinished, as if it didn't even make to the polishing phase. Altogether this seems to be more of a proof-of-concept adventure for the TellTale engine. From design (protagonists' models and movements are somewhat similar to Max's) and voice actors (e.g. main protagonist's voice is Sam's) I'd say this adventure was done to show the Sam & Max adventures could be done, which incidentially are what I would recommend everyone to play way before touching this game.

+ It's an adventure
+ TellTale engine: 3D world, camera 'following' the player
+ Good voice acting: David Nowlin (Sam) and other voices from TellTale's Sam & Max

- Way too short and still somewhat boring
- Story almost completely developed in introduction cutscene
- Awful controls in action sequences
- Skipping dialogue parts may skip more than can be read at the time

The story builds little momentum, mainly driven by the introduction cutscene and by some pieces of dialogue that appear disconnected at times. And the first act is over in nearly no time.
Puzzles are very easy. Basically it's combining the few things you find with the environment, the main obstacle here is finding items as they are not highlighted in any way (which I'm fine with). Other times your current objective is helped by dialogue.
There are three scenes with their own puzzle mechanics - labyrinth, hide and seek - which is nice.

Using items inconsistently makes the mouse cursor that object or the standard 'use' cursor.

There are two very bad third-person action sequences in which you have to escape whatever follows you. They are bad because your control options - jump, go left, go right (as opposed to turn left or right) - are executed with the mouse and the left-right movement control is nothing close to tight. There is no indication as to how far you just moved the character before it stops moving in that direction which can feel pretty long after you let go of your mouse and make you run into obstacles - not fit for reaction sequence. Both sequences are short but not short enough to not bore. Then again you can simply fail them after which the game offers to skip them.

Personal preference: I don't like it when the played character, one of two, behaves like a ♥♥♥♥♥, more so if that interferes in no way with completing objectives. Maybe that's why the 'protagonists' are from Boneville.

I may recommend this act after playing the next one as piece of the overall experience but I don't expect the second part to take it away.
For now, I don't recomment Out From Boneville.
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1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 4
One of the first point-and-click games to come out from the now-legendary Telltale Games. Extremely short but I enjoyed it.
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2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 20, 2013
Really Good Story Line
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1.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 23, 2012
I didn't like this game as much as other Telltale games. I have not read any of the Bone comics so that could have contributed to my difficulty in getting in to this game. It does have the nice style I have come to expect from Telltale but the puzzles did not seem as interesting as other games. The story is quite good but it cuts off in the middle which is disappointing. I'd only recommend this if you are a fan of both point and click games and Bone.
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0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 19
I decided to grab a bunch of old Telltale games during the sale to see their roots. So far their roots are not a good place.
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