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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 Possums
Bone: Out from Boneville Windows Ted's Big Brother
Bone: Out from Boneville Windows Meeting the dragon
Bone: Out from Boneville Windows Need to chop the wood

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Bone: Out from Boneville Screenshot
Bone: Out from Boneville Screenshot
Bone: Out from Boneville Screenshot


Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Way too easy and way to short Jaap Jansen (11) 3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars

Critic Reviews

Adventure Lantern Mar, 2006 80 out of 100 80
Adventure Europe Dec 02, 2005 72 out of 100 72
HonestGamers Sep 07, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Quandary Oct, 2005 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Avid Gamer Feb 27, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Adventure Gamers Sep 22, 2005 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
1UP Nov 04, 2005 6 out of 10 60
Bordersdown May, 2006 6 out of 10 60
Adventure Classic Gaming Mar 31, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Przygodoskop Jun 02, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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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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Jaap Jansen (11) added Bone: Out from Boneville (Windows) on Sep 17, 2005
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