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The Book of Unwritten Tales

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3.5
Windows
84
4.3
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Description

The war between the Shadow Army and the Alliance of the Free Races has been raging for ages in Aventásia. No side has been able to get the upper hand. This is about to change when a goblin archaeologist named Mortimer MacGuffin discovers a clue to a legendary artifact which could decide the fate of the world. Sadly, things go wrong from there. The forces of evil captured and tortured his delivery boy who was on his way to the arch-mage to tell him the good news. Now they are after MacGuffin. Luckily the female elf Ivo is nearby and manages to free him - at least long enough to give Wilbur, a young gnome, the One Ring in order to bring it to the arch-mage. Soon Nathaniel Bonnet and his mysterious companion join the party and it's up to the the four adventurers to save Aventásia.

The Book of Unwritten Tales is a classic point & click adventure with a big focus on humor and obscure references. From the obvious "One Ring" over a scarecrow looking like Indiana Jones to more subtle hints hidden in the various locations and the many multiple-choice dialogues, the game takes every chance to make fun of famous pop-culture elements and often even breaks the fourth wall by doing so. By controlling one of the four characters and switching between them either when the story dictates it or later in the game at any time, the player collects everything that isn't nailed to a wall - and sometimes even that - and talks to everyone he meets in order to solve the many riddles in the game and ultimately advance the storyline by doing so. The game even allows the solving of some riddles with different characters without forcing the player to use a specific one. While the outcome is, of course, always the same, the way to solving the riddle can be quite different.

To help the player progress, the game not only drops subtle hints on the next step during conversations but also shows all the hotspots in a location with the press of a button. In addition once a hotspot has been used up, meaning the character doesn't have any more comments on it or it has served its purpose, it becomes inactive. If the player selects an item from the inventory, the game only shows the one point where it has to be used. If the player hovers over any other hotspot, the game doesn't show any possibility of interaction. Also the player often has to interact or speak with a NPC multiple times before the next step is available to him.

Next to the game, the UK retail release contains:
  • Art book (36 pages)
  • Soundtrack disc
  • Double-sided poster

Screenshots

The Book of Unwritten Tales Windows Wilbur visits his bedroom.
The Book of Unwritten Tales Windows Ivo tries to rescue Mortimer.
The Book of Unwritten Tales Windows Loading Screen (with funny messages)
The Book of Unwritten Tales Windows Wilbur's family. He's the one that doesn't really fit into the picture.

Alternate Titles

  • "Книга ненаписанных историй" -- Russian spelling
  • "BoUT" -- Official abbreviation

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User Reviews

Fun for the whole family? Probably not, only most of them. Windows thud (88)

Critic Reviews

The Escapist Windows Aug 09, 2012 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GamingIllustrated.com Windows Jul 23, 2012 93 out of 100 93
Adventures United Windows Aug 08, 2009 92 out of 100 92
Calm Down Tom Windows Oct 24, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Eurogamer.se Windows Nov 29, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Destructoid Windows Nov 01, 2011 8.5 out of 10 85
Spazio Games Windows Nov 24, 2011 8.2 out of 10 82
GameSpot Windows Dec 01, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Nov 23, 2011 77 out of 100 77
Game industry News (GiN) Windows Nov 30, 2011 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Rating systems

When The Book of Unwritten Tales was originally released in 2009 it had a PEGI rating of 3+. The first English release in the United Kingdom in 2011 changed the PEGI rating to 12 with a Bad Language indicator.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2009 – Best Adventure of the Year

Contributed to by Sciere (291335) and Sicarius (61014)