Thank You So Much for ‘The Book of Unwritten Tales’.
In a genre that seems to have been dying in the last few years, you have done something that Paulsen, Stevenson, Wyss, Kipling, Doyle, and Haggard (to name just a few) have done in the past. You have managed to immerse the reader into a fantasy world to the point of ‘forgetting’ that they are just reading a book or playing a game.
It is a rich, well written, story driven adventure that somehow just pulls you in from the beginning to the extent that you can’t wait to see what happens next.
You have magically achieved that very fine balance that lets the player become so involved in the story that they soon forget they are playing a game.
There are two little parts, unfortunately, that snap the reader/player out of that infusion. The arrows on the keyboard and the arrows in the archery contest:
The keyboard thing was just plain ridiculous…period.
The 81 steps to the archery contest wouldn’t have been So Bad if you didn’t have to go through the S-L-O-W process of completing the mission as soon as you realized what you had to do.
But don’t get me wrong; those two minor imperfections were just a blip in the almost 20 hours of pure enjoyment this work gives. To give you an idea of how wonderful the software is, when you come to these little ridiculous parts you’ll find yourself saying: “OK, I just have to get through this foolishness so that I can Get Back To The Story.”
That is how intense and rewarding this game is!
Obviously, if you are reading this, you Love Adventure Games so I have to be fair. The genre of Adventure Games is somewhat difficult to categorize but they basically are broken down to two:
Puzzle Driven.< Sometimes the puzzles are so ridiculous that no one in their right mind would ever even think of some of the ‘off the wall’ solutions that the programmers made up.
Story Driven.< This is the model that is the most captivating but, unfortunately, most software writers don’t have the ability or freedom to write a good story that seamlessly melds rational puzzles into the adventure.
The Book of Unwritten Tales not only does this, but perfectly blends in just the right amount of humor.
We absolutely Loved It and just wanted to say Thank You.