The Book of Unwritten Tales - Standard Edition

Third party DRM: Steam

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Description

In a world torn by war, the aged gremlin archaeologist Mortimer MacGuffin harbors the dark secret of a powerful artifact. Whoever calls this artifact his own, will determine the fate of the world.

While the Army of the Shadows sends out its best and most devious agents to discover the secret, the Alliance's four heroes find themselves involuntarily drawn into the crisis...


Key Features:

  • Humorous Point & Click homage to the RPG and fantasy genre.

  • About 20 hours of gameplay in a massive game world with detailed graphics.

  • Multi-character gameplay: Play as Wilbur, Nate, Ivo, and the Critter - in turn or simultaneously - and use the skills of your heroes wisely.

  • Meet numerous crazy characters - from two-headed ogres and vegetarian dragons to good-natured zombies.

  • Solve over 150 mind-boggling puzzles and discover more than 300 items that can be used and combined.

Customer reviews

95

This will be a classic in my book

rconstantinegmg | Nov. 7, 2013 | See all rconstantinegmg's reviews »

I hadn't played an adventure game since the '90s. I honestly didn't know if I would still like them or not, but I had fond memories of games like the King's Quest series and those from Lucas Arts. All of the games I choose, I try to choose for the story. This one did not disappoint.

The art is great, the music is too. The characters are very likable - maybe even loveable. The comedy is appropriate and effective. I definitely laughed out loud a few times. The puzzles aren't overly convoluted; you can figure them out.

I would really like a sequel (with the same characters) if they can keep up the quality of the story and puzzles.

My only complaint would be that I would have liked more fast travel options. A few spots can get tedious walking back and forth between places.

Still, this is an instant classic. Well done. Well done.

90

Charming adventure game

Desidiosus | Sept. 16, 2013 | See all Desidiosus's reviews »

The Book of Unwritten Tales is a 3D point-and-click adventure game set in a fantasy world. The game consists of 5 fairly lengthy chapters, although the last chapter was very short compared to the others. The page says the game has about 20 hours of gameplay, but it only took me about 11 hours, but I would consider myself to be an adventure game veteran.

The graphics are pre-rendered in 16:10 aspect ratio, which means that on other aspect ratios there will be black bars on the sides. I have a 16:9 monitor so there were a bit over 1 cm wide black bars on each side of the screen. Aside from that minor issue the graphics are good and the environment looks very detailed.

The story is good, although it's a pretty standard fantasy story. You must find a powerful artifact and not let the evil forces get it. The somewhat silly world and the charming characters make the story a lot better. For example there are 2 NPCs playing a fantasy RPG, in which they must fill tax forms and do other mundane real life tasks. The dialogue is also pretty funny and contains several nods to other games like the Monkey Island series.

I found the puzzles to be easy and simple. I never really had to look for any items as you could get almost all of them on the first time you entered that area. The interactable hotspots disappeared once you no longer needed them or if you had interacted with them for a couple of times. You also had to interact with everything once before you could pick it up, which I learned pretty quickly. That basically meant that all the hotspots remaining after going through them all would be used in a puzzle. The inventory system made everything even simpler as the game showed a text when you could combine two items.

The game is fully voice acted and I thought the voice acting was pretty good. The music wasn't that great, but it was often barely noticeable. There are subtitles available in the game, but they don't show during the few cutscenes the game have.

95

A game that will make you laugh when you're on a lazy day

Traldera | June 21, 2013 | See all Traldera's reviews »

This game is quite simply one of my biggest regrets, but only because I waited so long to buy it. Its a parody of fantasy in general, but concentrates mainly on WoW, which it tears to pieces in humorous galore!. The game itself is a simple point and click. Its not fancy, but its doesn't need to be. As I said, this is for your lazy days, when you want to be entertained rather than entertaining yourself. As much as I'd like to give you some of the epic quotes from this game, I dont want to ruin the surprises, all I'll say is make sure you click on things more than once if you can - that's where most of the gems are hidden!

88

Hidden gem

barniman | March 28, 2013 | See all barniman's reviews »

This is truly a hidden gem among modern point&click adventure, a must for fans of the genre. The first thing that grabbed my attention was the graphics, it's absolutely gorgeous, which is not something i was used to with this genre, since most of the classics were released in the '90s. But luckily it's not just nice to look at, but actually great to play. The puzzles are interesting and although not too hard occasionallyyou'll get stuck for a couple of minutes (or more). The story is basically a mockery of other fantasy films/games/comics and they managed to do it in a really humorous way. If you're looking for a serious adventure this is definitely not for you, but other than that give it a shot, the game is a fun distraction.

90

Nice

captainstark | Jan. 27, 2013 | See all captainstark's reviews »

This is a fantastic classic adventure number with spectacular presentation and very few flaws. Among these would be a few visual and sound glitches namely desynced audio and animations that don't fit well with the background, and the often mentioned lack of pre-rendered cut-scenes after the beginning. The script is funny throughout, each of the environments are simply marvelous and the characters well-designed with great voice-acting (although they could use better textures and lighting to fit in better). This is a game that you should own and that you should use to try to get new gamers into classic adventure gaming.