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Bone: The Great Cow Race (Windows)

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3.5
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Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.2
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.4
Overall MobyScore (5 votes) 3.5


The Press Says

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91
Just Adventure
In summation, I highly recommend this game to anyone looking for a lighthearted adventure whether they’re fans of the Bone books or not. And while growing old between scene changes was a very real possibility, I’m only docking the game half a grade, since the rest of it was just so well done.
90
JeuxVideoPC.com
Forts du succès rencontré par le premier épisode, TellTale nous propose aujourd'hui la suite des aventures des trois cousins Bone.
89
Adventure Lantern
Nevertheless, reaching a verdict for Bone: The Great Cow Race, unlike the game itself, is child’s play. Buy it. You’ll thank me, and you’ll be prepared for the eagerly anticipated third installment of the saga. For less than 13$ (that’s 10 euros) you’ll get a beautiful, funny, innovative, engrossing adventure. And you get to look at Bone’s expressive eyebrows for more than a few hours.
86
IGN
Bone: The Great Cow Race is what it is. It's a very well designed, well drawn point-and-click adventure that harkens back to the days of old. It isn't even necessary to have played Act 1 to enjoy this one. Telltale Games' website has a short movie that will catch players up on all the action from Bone: Out from Boneville.
85
Game Freaks 365
Bone: The Great Cow Race is easily one of the best comical adventure games of the year. The game is cheaper than last year and the recent price reduction suggests that TellTale games an eventual trend of price reductions of games to come. All I can suggest to TellTale is to continue what you're doing: Continue to reduce the prices (to the 8-9 dollar mark), continue to lengthen the games (to the 9-10 hour mark), and continue to create this fun gameplay. As the Bone series progresses, the games can only get better. TellTale seems to be the developer that listens to its critics and delivers in spades.
85
2404.org PC Gaming
Bone: The Great Cow Race is a continuation of the episodic adventure series that is a direct translation of Jeff Smith’s popular comic books. I never had the opportunity to play the first episode, Bone: Escape from Boneville, but from what I have read Cow Race is much improved and also costs less.
83
GameBoomers
The culmination of the game brings together the humorous and menacing plot lines in a stampeding race to the finish line. Having read the graphic novel, I knew the race would make up a large part of the end game and I was ready for a typical racing game challenge. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the race was anything but typical. I did not have to steer or maneuver around objects. There was a distinct thrill as I dashed through the forest, trying to figure out what to do, but the series of steps that finally eliminate the competition were unusual. It’s one of those “you really have to see it to believe it” sequences. There were times during the race when I had to click on the right spot at the right time, but again I didn’t find these to be difficult and it’s possible to keep trying if you missed something when the moment to click arrives.
83
Adventurearchiv
The story, based on the comic strips, was skillfully converted, not least because of the strong characters, which act very expressive and 'human-like' thanks to their equipment with individual characteristics and emotions. You feel the fun while Bone is feeling it and also suffer with him the same way. The cute, harmless looking comic story wins increasingly suspense and game depth. Between the Bone cousins, humans and their enemies seem to be more connected than appeared before. Concerning the puzzles the second part of Bone is more difficult than the first, even if it's not yet for players, who prefer hard-boiled puzzles.
80
HonestGamers
A short but thrilling game from a company that seems obsessed with reviving a forgotten genre and doing a damn good job of it. The Great Cow Race is a step up from Out from Boneville in almost every way.
80
Factornews
Plaisant, mignon, marrant et bien foutu en plus d'être pas cher, adaptant avec talent un comic-book de renom, Bone: The Great Cow Race a décidément bien des qualités. Bien sûr, c'est pas très long, il y a encore quelques défauts et il ne faut pas être une quiche en anglais, mais quand même, ça vaut le coup. Oh oui.
80
Games Radar
Gameplay aside, Bone: The Great Cow Race boasts pretty, well-animated visuals, excellent voice-acting and a great musical score, especially for an indie title. It's still a little short and none too replayable, but it's a fun little quest while it lasts, and its charm and $12.99 price tag more than offset any negatives. If you're a fan of old-school adventures, you really don't have an excuse not to play this.
80
Quandary
In a nutshell, Bone: The Great Cow Race is a bundle of fun. There is a short loading period each time you change major locations but it didn't bother me. Once more it's an adventure that all the family can join in and play, kids and adults. Hopefully there won't be too many squabbles over the computer, although why not play as a team and share the fun?
80
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks
Telltale has given us not one but two good things that come in small packages, and I'd recommend this series to anyone who yearns for those glory days of adventure gaming. These won't quite fulfill your old-school needs, but they are about as close as you can get in these times when cookie-cutter games reign supreme in the adventure world.
80
Adventure Gamers
The best stories tend to start with a simple premise, and that is certainly true of Bone. Three cousins are cast out of their home, lost and alone in a strange, unfamiliar world, and trying to find their way back. The trio includes Fone Bone, the gentle protagonist, Phoney Bone, always ready to make money with a new scheme, and Smiley Bone, who takes everything in with the air of someone just simple enough to get into and out of a jam. And for thirteen years, people followed the cousins as their simple story turned into a tale of epic proportions. The fifty-five issues of the comic Bone were later turned into nine paperback volumes, splitting the large tale into its smaller story arcs while still tying the whole story together.
78
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Hield je van LucasArts Adventures en ben je inmiddels geen cynische brok steenkool geworden, dan is The Great Cow Race een leuk tussendoortje voor een zachte prijs!
77
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Нечасто встретишь такой прогресс. Конечно, разработчики — далеко не новички в своем деле, и за стремление нажиться на непритязательном продукте их стоило бы ругать долго и нещадно. Но сиквел почти оправдывает Telltale, выделяя профессионализм ее сотрудников. Кстати, продолжительность игры увеличилась минимум в три раза, а цена, напротив, упала до $13 (на оба проекта). Лучшей мотивации для покупки не придумать.
77
Adventure-Treff
Es gibt Adventures mit besserer Grafik. Es gibt kniffligere Adventures. Und es gibt natürlich auch längere Adventures. In all diesen Bereichen kann The Great Cow Race nicht mit der Konkurrenz mithalten. Das versucht dieses Spiel aber auch gar nicht erst. Stellt man Bone neben Spiele wie Fahrenheit oder Still Life, bemerkt man natürlich das deutlich geringere Budget. Was Bone 2 jedoch wieder bietet, ist eine einzigartige, detaillierte und fantasievolle Welt. Es macht einfach nur Spaß, Barrelhaven zu erkunden und sich mit den Leuten zu unterhalten. Die Inszenierung ist spritzig, die Dialoge sind schwungvoll und humorvoll. Wer bereit ist, ein Adventure mit genau diesen Ansprüchen zu spielen, erhält wieder ein echtes Juwel. Fans des ersten Teils können bedenkenlos zugreifen; alle anderen sollten zumindest den Demo-Teil anspielen.
75
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
Although it is still rather short and easy, The Great Cow Race is a definite advancement in quality over Out From Boneville. With some extra polishing and touch ups on its blemishes, the “Bone” series could go on to become a PC adventure classic that will fit perfectly with the games of the Sierra/LucasArts golden age!
73
Total PC Gaming
If the future of point-and-click adventures are in budget and episodic releases, then so be it. Bone is a great example of how to make a quality title at a very reasonable price.
72
PC Games (Germany)
Untätigkeit kann man Telltale Games in diesem Monat wahrlich nicht vorwerfen - auch wenn ihr CSI 4 enttäuscht. Zum Glück haben sich die Entwicker für das zweite Bone-Spiel einige Kritik zu Herzen genommen und gezielt an Schwachstellen des Vorgängers gearbeitet. So liegt die Spielzeit mit etwa fünf Stunden deutlich über der von Bone: Out from Boneville.
70
Eurogamer.net (UK)
Despite some moments of confusion, The Great Cow Race is definitely a marked improvement to Out From Boneville. With a much more solid, old fashioned return to the adventuring principles that we know and love, it's definitely worth a look for those of us still clinging onto the beloved notion that point and click adventures are here to stay. For the price, it'd be rude not to.
70
Bordersdown
As with the first episode, The Great Cow race is still an immensely difficult title to rate. Though the same engine-based problems remain, the much more intriguing dialogue, and better flow of story and puzzles help culminate in making this second episode an even brighter prospect than the first. If the series continues to progress in the same manner, it could find itself remembered as one of the better examples of the genre. At the moment however, there’s still a considerable amount of polish required to reach that accolade. A definite step in the right direction, though still a distance from the true greats of the genre.
70
Adventure Island
Vergeleken met de vorige Bone episode is deze ietsje beter. De achtergronden zijn nog steeds vrij saai en het verhaal wordt een beetje haastig verteld. Maar ondanks dat is de gameplay heel fijn en zijn de puzzels leuk. Er zit een stijgende lijn in, ik hoop alleen dat die stijgende lijn iets sneller omhoog gaat, niet dat deze spellenserie pas bij deel 8 echt goed worden. Ik kijk in ieder geval wel uit naar deel 3.
70
Gamekult
Le petit univers créé par le dessinateur Jeff Smith se montre décidément plus convaincant dans ce second chapitre, toujours aussi classique mais d'une durée et d'un contenu satisfaisants pour un tel prix de vente (13$), surtout que les deux épisodes sont désormais disponibles en bundle à 25$ environ. Les fans d'aventure ne passeront pas à côté.
70
GotNext
It was clear from the first episode that the potential was there. It's encouraging to see that Telltale has learned from their mistakes and have come closer to making this series what we all hoped for. The longer, more substantial, and more enjoyable quest, coupled with the lower price point ($12.99) makes it much easier to recommend The Great Cow Race to adventure gaming diehards and fans of the comics alike. Hopefully Telltale continues to make steps forward with each episode, and the future for Bone could be bright.
70
CanardPC
C'est l'été. Et en été, les bons jeux se font rares. Alors, on pourrait vous tartiner des pages d'Ultimate Duck Hunting ou de Schlacht der Kannibalenkartoffeln die von ausser Raum gekommen sind. On pourrait, oui. Il se peut même qu'en dernière extrémité, on soit obligé de le faire. Mais pour l'instant, on préfère encore retrousser nos manches, exhiber nos gros avant-bras, durs et polis comme du marbre, et vous trouver un ou deux bons jeux disponibles uniquement en téléchargement sur l'Internet Multimedia. En téléchargement payant, bien sûr, ne soyez pas vache. Tout travail mérite Salers. Bne est une bande dessinée de Jeff Smith, plutôt du genre conte de fées dans lequel trois cousins, bonshommes rondouillards et blacns comme neige, se perdent dans un royaume plein de dragons rêveurs et de paysans bougons.
64
GameCola.net
Technically, Bone: The Great Cow Race is a step back for the adventure genre as a whole—which means it's a step in the right direction. We're finally getting away from what adventure games weren't meant to be, and we're getting back to what made them fun in the first place. While I can't completely recommend a purchase of Bone: The Great Cow race (even its lowered price of $12.99 per chapter seems a little steep for around five hours of gameplay), if you like this style of games you should check it out.
50
Aventura y Cía
Poco hay que no se haya dicho al respecto de la compañía Telltale Games. Actualmente están en boca de todo aventurero y no hacen más que generar noticias relacionadas con nuestro mundillo semana sí semana no. Bone: Out of Boneville fue el debut de estos exintegrantes de la otrora prolífica (en términos de nuestro género) LucasArts, y el sabor de boca que dejó en todos los que lo probaron fue bastante amargo, aún a pesar del fútil intento por parte de muchas publicaciones afines a la compañía a la hora de disimular sus más que evidentes carencias.
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1UP
The dialogue and puzzles are fun for casual gamers looking for a break from bashing aliens, but the game design itself poses a problem. Not just the minor stuff (like the long black pauses between scene changes -- not present in the first game), but the long-term story plan. The Bone games are designed to be short and episodic&but dividing the game's story (the best thing about both the games and the books) into brief chapters doesn't work too well, because, by the time you start having some real fun, it's over. It's fine for gamers who don't mind waiting months between episodes, but if you want to get the real charm of the story and art, it's best to just read the comic book.