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The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles is a prequel to The Book of Unwritten Tales and tells the story how Nathaniel Bonnet met his furry friend, the Critter (or the eponymous Vieh in the original German version). The premise is that Nathaniel won a flight ship during a poker game, but he has no idea how to fly it and the previous owner hired an assassin. After the inevitable crash he finds himself in an icy area where the story unfolds.

During the first chapter the player controls Nathaniel, in the second the Critter and after that he can freely switch between the two which is also used for puzzles. Those are mostly grounded on finding and combining inventory items, but there are also some dialogue and logic puzzles. Dialogues and texts are humorous and there is a second hard difficulty level with expanded puzzle chains. A help function can be activated to show all interactive items on the screen.


The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles Windows Intro sequence showing the game title and Nate's airship Mary.
The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles Windows The chapter loading screen shows a scroll with a representative drawing. It features amusingly twisted status reports on the progress bar.
The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles Windows Ma'Zaz, an orc bounty hunter
The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles Windows Inside the Critters' spaceship

Alternate Titles

  • "The Book of Unwritten Tales: Die Vieh Chroniken" -- German title

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Adventure Classic Gaming Windows Jun 15, 2013 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GamingXP Windows Sep 21, 2011 90 out of 100 90
Adventure-Treff Windows Oct 05, 2011 86 out of 100 86 Windows Sep 22, 2011 85 out of 100 85
spieletipps Windows Sep 27, 2011 84 out of 100 84
Gameswelt Windows Oct 10, 2011 82 out of 100 82
Game Captain Windows Oct 05, 2011 80 out of 100 80
Looki Windows Sep 27, 2011 80 out of 100 80 Windows Oct 06, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Przygodoskop Windows Jan 31, 2013 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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The game was originally meant to come out shortly after The Book of Unwritten Tales as a add-on sized game to tell the background story of the Critter who proved to be popular with the game's fans. Shortly before release the publisher HMH Interactive filed for bankruptcy and the release was delayed.

Later JoWood acquired the game, but shortly after they also had to file for bankruptcy . Again, the developer was without publisher and could not release their game. Finally Crimson Cow released the game two years after the original release date. In the meantime the developers kept working on the game and brought it to full-game size.

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