Bone: Out from Boneville

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Bone: Out From Boneville is the first graphic adventure title released by Telltale Games, a company founded by former LucasArts employees. Out From Boneville is based on the identically named comic book created by Jeff Smith, and it's the first installment in the episodic Bone game series.

The game follows exactly the plot of the book, namely it begins with the introduction of cousins Fone, Phone, and Smiley Bone, who are lost in the desert after they fled their hometown Boneville. Their goal is to get back to Boneville, but due to several twists of fate their journey takes them to other places.

Using a traditional 3D point-and-click interface, the player must guide the three cousins through all quests, where they meet the red dragon, the rat creatures, Ted the bug, the possum kids, Thorn and Gran'ma Ben.


Bone: Out from Boneville Windows An overweight monster
Bone: Out from Boneville Windows Into the forest
Bone: Out from Boneville Windows A dark cave
Bone: Out from Boneville Windows Thorn

Alternate Titles

  • "Семейка Боун: Глава 1 - Путешествие Начинается" -- Russian spelling
  • "Bone: Wygnaniec z Kosteczkowa" -- Polish title
  • "Bone: Episode 1: La Foret Sans Retour" -- French title

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Way too easy and way to short Windows Jaap Jansen (8)

Critic Reviews Windows Jan 17, 2006 16 out of 20 80
Adventure-Treff Windows Sep 17, 2005 75 out of 100 75
Games4Mac Macintosh 2006 75 out of 100 75
GameZone Windows Jan 06, 2006 7 out of 10 70
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network Windows Nov 02, 2005 65 out of 100 65
1UP Windows Nov 04, 2005 6 out of 10 60
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov, 2005 60 out of 100 60
IGN Windows Oct 03, 2005 5.9 out of 10 59
GotNext Windows Oct 28, 2005 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Aventura y Cía Windows Nov 01, 2005 1.5 out of 5 30


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CD release

The packaged version on CD-ROM, released in January 2006, contains the game on CD in a DVD slipcase, the soundtrack and digital collector cards. If you had already bought the digital download version, you could order the game for only $4.99. This offer expired on 28th February 2006.

Director's cut

In December 2006, a director's cut version was released, free for all owners of the game, and replacing the existing version, developed in collaboration with the original creator Jeff Smith. Most of the improvements were made to the first episode.

Smith thought the ending of Out from Boneville was a little jumpy and confusing; so he tracked the scenes and wrote new material to explain where everybody was going and why.

The second type of change was to start setting up the larger Bone story to take place over the course of all the games. To do that, an atmospheric beginning called "The Prophecy" was added. It tells the story of Mim, Queen of the Dragons, and her battle with the Lord of the Locust, setting the stage for the Bone cousins' arrival. Things seen in the Prophecy are meant to reverberate throughout the series. There were no changes to the actual games or puzzles.

There are also technical tweaks, such as scalable resolutions and better game stability, and added dialogue lines to improve story flow and enhance character development. It also features updated voice acting and character model for female protagonist Thorn, to more closely resemble her characterization in The Great Cow Race.

Heather Logas made a movie version of the game for Smith. He was able to watch the game as a film and figure out where the weak spots in the story are. Based on this, parts were rewritten for the director's cut.


The entire soundtrack, composed by Jared Emerson-Johnson is available online. You can download the free 13 tracks here.

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