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.
- Семейка Боун: Глава 1 - Путешествие Начинается - Russian spelling
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Average score: 66% (based on 38 ratings)
Average score: 3.4 out of 5 (based on 19 ratings with 1 reviews)
It's great to see the Bone comic transformed into a 3d Graphical adventure. Telltale has produced a nice looking, and great sounding product, with a nice storyline!
Unfortunately it was way too short, and too easy. You can easily finish the game for the first time in 2 hours. (which doesn't justify its price: at least $20, depending on taxes) Furthermore, they tend to be very strict to the original comic book, and therefore for people who've read the comicbook there isn't really anything new in the game. Two different action sequences (locust & rat chase) were repetitive, and two puzzles involving Ted's brother were almost identical.
The Bottom Line
It is a graphical adventure game of extremities: - Very nice acting - decent graphics but -way too easy -way too short
Windows · by Jaap Jansen (57) · 2005
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.
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.
Related Sites +
The official European Bone games website
Bone: Out from Boneville (Director's Cut)
An interview with <moby developer="Jeff Smith">Jeff Smith</moby> about the director's cut of the game.
Telltale Games - Bone The Game
Product page on the developer's website
Welcome to Boneville!
Official website about the comic.
- MobyGames ID: 19189
- Steam App: 8310
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Game added by Jaap Jansen.
Macintosh added by Sciere.
Game added September 18th, 2005. Last modified September 18th, 2023.