The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 Review
Back before first-person shooters ruled the gaming world, point and click adventure games were king. They were full of humor, difficult challenges, and incredible stories. The Book of Unwritten Tales 2, developed by King Art Games, attempts to bring back all of those qualities to long time gamers, as well as new gamers.
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is the second installment in the critically acclaimed Book of Unwritten Tales series. When you first start up the game, you are controlling a Nate, who is falling through the sky. This brief introduction to the game not only introduces you to the controls, but also the light-hearted and hilarious tone of the game. As I mentioned before, the Book of Unwritten Tales is about 20 hours, so having a bit of comedy throughout it can really help the player get through any parts where they may be frustrated. I’d also like to mention frustration doesn’t happen often, but the nature of a point and click adventure game is that it may take a lot of trial and error to complete tasks.
One of the biggest concerns about console point and click adventure games is that they don’t translate well from PC. This is however not an issue. There wasn’t one time when I thought that I would rather have a keyboard and mouse to play the game. By making solid controls, King Art Games really opened up the accessibility to console gamers.
Players who have played the first game will recognize the four main characters: Nate, Ivo, Wilbur, and Critter. The characters have been updated and do look a bit better than their previous models. This doesn’t make or break the game, but it is nice that the characters have had some work done. Besides the characters being updated, King Art Games did a great job with the scenery. You may notice that all of the scenes are pretty much static, but that each part has a tremendous amount of detail. You will also travel to so many different locations that it’s really hard to ever feel bored with your surroundings, which is important because even though there are a lot of different locations, you do frequently visit them.
The worst part about the Book of Unwritten Tales 2 isn’t anything related to gameplay, graphics, voice acting, or anything else related to the actual game. In fact, the game is a solid experience. The worst thing is the odds weighing against it. In 2015, if you don’t have a point and click adventure game with the name Telltale on it, it’s going to be a tough sell. Pair this with the fact that it’s digital only and you may have two strikes against you in the eyes of gamers, but I’m here to tell you to give this game a chance. Not only will you be supporting a developer who seems to have a bright a future, but you will also get a true fantasy experience that you will not forget.
There are plenty of games out there that are worth your time and Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is one of them. I’m so lucky that I got to review this game, because I don’t know when I would have ever gotten around to playing it otherwise and that’s a shame. Do yourself a favor and put the Book of Unwritten Tales series and King Art Games on your radar, because I believe they are here to stay.
4.5 out of 5 stars
Thank you to Nordic Games for supplying the review code.