Title: The Book of Unwritten Tales
Developer: KING Art
Publisher: Nordic Games
Platforms: [Reviewed: PC]
Release Date: Jul 31, 2001
Languages: English, German
Rating: PEGI: 3+
The Book of Unwritten Tales, published by Nordic Games, is an adventure point and click game that tells the story of an elderly archaeologist, named Mortimer MacGuffin, who holds the dark secret of a powerful artifact. While a war is waged – between good and evil – over the artifact, four unlikely heroes find themselves drawn into the fight.
This game, for what its worth, is definitely an interesting find. It uses the same point and click methods as other mystery games similar tooit (though this game is by no means a mystery game). It’s a perfect game for kids that tells a fantastical story of castles, elves, gnomes and wizards all while wrapped up in a humorous steam-punk eqsue universe. This game relies on its humour to carry it through the story, from its fat hamster in a cage, to its very apparent stabs at games like World of Warcraft, The Book of Unwritten Tales is a cheeky little game.
That being said, this game is really annoying. When it comes to jokes, this game not only beats a dead horse over and over again, it introduces it to its kids, gives it a room in the family home, names it, feeds it a great meal, tucks it in to sleep then wakes it up in the middle of the night to “take it for a ride in the woods” only to return by itself, covered in blood and with a glazed over look in its eyes.
My steam account says I have played this game for 4.8 hours, which is exactly how long it took for me to absolutely never want to play this game again.
It starts out fun and swell, the mechanics – while not being my cup of tea – are easy to use and straight forward. The game has a built-in inventory-like system that lets you hold all your trinkets that you will need for later. It’s very logic based in that you have to see a puzzle and solve it to get clues and to gain another part of the story. The story is definitely based in fantasy, with ogres and gnomes, and the developers put a lot of time into creating it, but it loses its interest after level and level of what seems like busy work. Not to mention it starts out like a rip-off of Lord of the Rings.
If you enjoy puzzle levels where you have to find clues and put together random objects to reach a goal then you will enjoy this game. Perhaps it wont be a game you play for hours on end but every once in a while on a rainy night you will pick it up. If you enjoy a game with a story, however, don’t play this game. After 4.8 hours of playing this game, and honestly wanting to see how the story turns out, I lost interest simply because I felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere. I was still in what felt like the intro to the story.
Graphically this game is nice to look at. There are lots of environmental details in this game as well as little hidden treasures and laughs, but it’s definitely not an open world. The upside is that you can play this game with one hand. The downside is that you can play this game with one hand.
There isn’t much else to be said about this game as its features are less than rich and enthralling. This game feels to be the fantasy equivalent of Leisure Suit Larry; a game where you aren’t sure if it takes itself seriously or not because of all the bad jokes and obvious influence of culture it so adamantly pokes fun at.
This game is clearly made for children who won’t understand the film or game references, while trying to appeal to adults who may or may not be watching their kids play. Is it fun? In a passive, “I’m downloading something more important and have twenty minutes to kill but don’t feel like playing solitaire,” kind of way, yes. Nine times out of ten you will play something else if given the opportunity.
Overall Rating: 3/5