The-Book-of-Unwritten-Tales-2-Preview The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 Preview

   27/09/2014 at 14:05       Alana Tapsell       0 COMMENTS.
 - King Art, Point and Click, Adventure, Beautiful, Steam Early Access

Following the excellent reception to The Book of Unwritten Tales and a highly successful bid for funding through Kickstarter, German developer King Art is back with a second instalment of what promises to be another fantastic point-and-click adventure game.

If you’re a fan of traditional, classic adventures such as the Monkey Island and Broken Sword series, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 shouldn’t disappoint. Beautiful graphics and stunning scenery set the stage for this excellent follow-up and, as with the first game, it is steeped in humour, as well as nice references and nods to other franchises, guaranteed to please the eagle-eyed gamer. 

The original characters are back for this anticipated sequel and through a series of puzzles and scenarios you are reintroduced (or first acquainted – the game is suitable for those who haven’t played the original Book of Unwritten Tales) to each of them in turn, along with a host of great NPCs along the way. Classic object combining, ingredient gathering and click-on-everything-until-you-work-out-what-on-earth-is-going-on brainteasers run throughout the game. There are simple puzzles for the less experienced, as well as more challenging conundrums to satisfy any point-and-click enthusiast. For those who aren’t so familiar with the mechanic, a handy tutorial at the beginning will break you in nicely.

One down side of the game is the repetitive music, which can be overbearing and seems to pick up at random times rather than to highlight poignant moments or correct choices. However, after some tweaking with the volume, this can be quickly resolved, allowing the dialogue and background sounds to come into the forefront. Another negative is unfortunately the price. At £24.99 on Steam, I feel this is a slightly high price to pay for an indie title and may turn some people off, and that would real shame if we are to reinvigorate this much-loved genre.

Despite this, King Art have done another great job of creating what a true point-and-click adventure should be. In a genre where many have tried but not quite hit the mark, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is almost up there with some of the greats (nothing will ever compare to using a rubber chicken with a pulley in the middle as a form of transport). And with fellow German developer Daedalic giving us some impressive titles including the witty Deponia trilogy and the beautiful Night of the Rabbit, I really hope this is a sign that classic point-and-click adventure games are here to stay.

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