The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (Switch) Review
Release date: Feb 5th 2019
Developer: KING Art
Platforms: Switch (Reviewed), PC, PSN
Price: $30 on Switch and PC, $20 on PSN
Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is the kind of game we need to see more of. It's a nice throwback to the early PC adventure games from LucasArts or Sierra. The big question is how does it play? Will new fans of the genre like the game?
The game is all about the point and click adventure. Players will be interacting with environments, objects, and characters. Gamers will get to play as a gnome mage, a human, and an elf princess named Ivodora. Each of the characters has their own quirks and interesting backgrounds. The goal is to save the world of Avantasia from doom and peril. Even if gamers haven’t played the first game they can jump right in.
There are 5 chapters over some diverse locations. People have mentioned it's up to 30 hours long. The cartoonish graphics give the game a a fun style and this along with the music help shape an fun and interesting experience.
The writing of the story and dialogue are pretty good. There is a lot of parody of traditional fantasy genre. But sometimes the comedy falls a little flat. Some of the puzzles are a little hard but most gamers should be able to get through them. KING Art has done a good job overall with capturing what gamers enjoyed from classic adventure games.
A few knocks on the game. There is autosave system, but players cannot save manually which may be an issue for players. The characters move very slow and are tough to maneuver. Some gamers might be looking for something a little faster paced. The controls are also awkward at some times. The touch screen cannot be used in handheld mode. If we could use the touchscreen it would be like playing an adventure game back in the day. My other grip with the controls is there are no options to use the joy-con as a pointer. Gamers will have to make due with using the analog sticks to cycle through options and interact with the game.
Overall if you are a fan of this genre and like a humours adventure game check this out. Anyone who has played LucasArts adventure games such as Monkey Island will really enjoy this game. If you have a PS4, the game is $20 right now on PSN and that is a great price.
Thanks to the publisher for letting us review the game
-Fun Adventure game
-Lots of humor
-Controls can be odd