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« on: 2011-10-30 13:33:10 »
Still pondering if this game is for you? Well, take a look at the reviews, to help you make up your mind.

In this thread, we will collect reviews of the game, that can be found on gaming blogs or websites.

English reviews

The Escapist
Rating: 5/5
"If you're going to try and woo a modern gaming audience with old-fashioned gameplay, you'd better be pretty special. The Book of Unwritten Tales is. It's smart, funny, well-crafted and has tons of heart."

GamingLives
Rating: 10/10
"The first smile came within seconds of the game starting and my first real belly laugh was within the first thirty minutes."

Geekscape
"From the beginning of the game flying on a dragon to the depths of the dungeon in the Tower of Evil, you will find it hard to call King Art’s adventure game anything but a visual treat for your eye holes."

Digital Noob
Rating: 9/10
"The Book of Unwritten Tales is a pleasant, whimsical jaunt back to the glory days of adventure games, packed full of experiences and characters who remind us why we enjoyed adventure games in the first place. Despite the archaic gameplay design, Book of Unwritten Tales manages to weave an interesting story full of refreshingly presented casual fantasy tropes and mechanics around it, turning an old and plain system into one that doesn’t warrant a second thought as you play. Fans of adventure games and fantasy stories will find a lot to love about the Book of Unwritten Tales–and so will anyone who picks this game up."

TheFancyPanda.com
"The Book of Unwritten Tales harkens back to the golden age of point-and-clicks and does a great job of it. Fans of the genre will love seeing a new entry into the genre that’s enjoyable to play. Other PC gamers may want to check it out, as even the puzzles don’t require a huge amount of thinking to solve."

XLC Gaming Network
Rating: 9/10
"If the Point 'n' Click genre ever needed a flagship title to get some attention in 2012 then The Book of Unwritten tales will do exactly that."

8Bit Envy
"It’s vital for an adventure game to have a strong cast, and The Book of Unwritten Tales has this in spades."

Front Towards Gamer
Rating: 8.5
"KING Art have excelled in nailing the funny bone and coming out an inch on the other side."

Virtual Inn
Rating: 8.4
"The Book Of Unwritten Tales [..] keeps us laughing and entertained with its quotations and a self-mockery that you wouldn’t expect from such a title."
 
Stevivor.com
Rating: 9/10
 
AbleGamers.com
Rating: 9.3
"From an accessibility standpoint, there are no precision issues as a simple point and click of the mouse is all that is needed. Players can also make use of the space bar to view hotspots. Subtitles are, by default, on and are highlight in different colors when different characters are speaking. The color of the subtitling is always in contrast to the background, so gamers with visual impairments or color-blindness should not have an issue."

The Examiner
"Unwritten Tales is a riot, and nothing at all is lost in the German-to-English translation. […] It would be easy to go on and on about The Book of Unwritten Tales but suffice it to say that this is one of the best games (not just adventure games—best games, period) you'll play this year."

Gamer.no
Rating: 8/10

Bag of Games
Rating: 8.0
"[…]thanks to some relatively witty writing, some lines of dialogue rival those of Guybrush Threepwood."

Digital Entertainment News
Rating: 8.5
"All games with good writing deserve attention, but The Book of Unwritten Tales shows that even by-the-book adventure games can deliver."

GripYaJoystick
Rating: 4/5
"This point-and-click type adventure is wonderful, not only for bringing this style live again, but for taking it to a more deep story and gameplay."

The Adrenaline Vault
Rating: 3/5
"Tales is also, hands down, the best-looking adventure game I’ve ever played. It’s amazingly colorful, with a level of detail that some non-adventure games haven’t managed to achieve. And composer Benny Oschmann’s score is a fine partner to the game’s visual excellence."

Gamers Haven
"Bringing hilarity to the point-and-click genre."

Koku Gamer
Rating: 9/10
"Anyone that likes a good old point and click adventure game, be prepared because “The Book of Unwritten Tales” is going to knock your socks off."

Gaming Illustrated
 Rating: 93%
 "The Book of Unwritten Tales pays the ultimate homage to the classic point-and-click adventure by honoring the genre’s conventions while also improving on them."

Pixel Perfect Mag
 Rating: 8/10
 "The Book of Unwritten Tales felt like one of the freshest titles I’ve played this year due to how it goes against the grain of the current big budget games, and has a real chance at becoming a cult classic."

Gaming Shogun
"I recommend this game not only to fans of the genre but to fans of pop culture in general.  This is a point and click adventure game that is smarter than the sum of its puzzles."

NZGamer.com
Rating: 8.4
"What makes it interesting, innovative, and engaging is not its mechanic, but its charm."

411mania.com
Rating: 8.1
"The Book of Unwritten Tales harkens back to the golden age of point-and-clicks and does a great job of it."

The Controller Online
Rating: 8/10
"If you were looking for a modern take on the classic adventures you remember from days gone by, The Book of Unwritten Tales will not disappoint. Basic gameplay is backed up by an entertaining story, captivating visuals and fantastic voice acting. This one is worth a look."

Broken Joysticks
Rating: 8/10
"The Book of Unwritten Tales is a stimulating look at the fantasy adventure genre that gives the player a great story which is thick with parody that will give any fan of anything remotely fantasy sore sides from the quick witted and well placed humour within this fantastic title."
"The Book of Unwritten Tales is one of those rare gems of comedy in video games and that we are at long last getting an English translation of this German jewel is a sign that this is something truly special and is a title that should not be ignored."


Thirteen1
Rating: 11.5/13
"This is a beautiful game that oozes charm and won’t hesitate to draw out many a chuckle from you. […] Aesthetically the game is flawless and for a company who has solely made browser games in the past, it’s a triumph that all adventure and non-adventure gamers should play."

Gameboomers
Rating: A
"This is an excellent adventure game - one of the best I've played in many years, and definitely deserving of a rare top grade, for Wilbur's lovely Welsh accent, if for nothing else!"

BrainLazy
Rating: 9.9/10
"The most thoroughly masterful combination of humor, gameplay, art, and story I have played in years."

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
"It definitely is one of the best adventures in years. [...] An adventure this long is such a rare treat. One this enjoyable at the same time is almost unheard of."

Calm Down Tom
Rating: 9/10
"The game is absolutely great and just a warning – you will be better of with somebody around you when you play as it is so hilarious at times that I literally stopped playing to go and try to explain the joke to somebody."

God is a geek
Rating: 9/10
The comedy-adventure genre made popular by such titles as Monkey Island and Discworld finally has a successor, in King Art Games, and long may they reign.

Hooked Gamers
Rating: 8.7/10
"A tale to be cherished and never forgotten."
“As I found it very hard to stop playing and was absolutely gutted when my preview copy came to an end, it is imperative for me to say that The Book of Unwritten Tales shines as bright as the best in its genre. [...] To be honest I have not played a game quite as on par as Broken Sword or Monkey Island for years, but this pretty much is, and that is saying something.” (from the preview article)

Adventure Gamers
Rating: 4.5/5
"It took a while to be told, but The Book of Unwritten Tales holds an epic adventure between its pages, bringing to life a gorgeous, multi-dimensional, quest-laden world of glittering seas and fiery mountains, and filling it with some of the most endearing game characters of all time."

Destructoid
Rating: 8.5/10
"[...] the strong writing, elegant design, quality voice acting and beautiful visuals should keep you compelled to carry on."

Cheat Code Central
Rating: 4.4/5
"This is, in short, a real gamer's point-and-click game, an "adventure" in the fullest sense of the word."
"The dialogue is amazingly well-written, and the voice actors have terrific comedic timing. Here, the developers didn't just make the best of a tricky pitch; they knocked it out of the ballpark."


JustAdventure
Rating: A-B
"Everything about The Book of Unwritten Tales deserves an A, if not higher. Even the puzzles are smartly executed."

Beef Jack
Rating: 8.3/10
"A wonderful surprise. King Art’s genuine passion for adventure games past and present is clear in this brilliantly delivered adventure, which is bursting with subtle humour and solid puzzling."

A Hardy Developer's Journal
Rating: 4/5
"I’m always a bit anxious to see if it really is. Well, in this case, it is, very much so. Most of the humorous lines just clicked with me, being a bit of a Discworld fan."

Alternative Magazine Online
Rating: 9/10
"Many adventure games struggle to hold the player’s interest nowadays, but The Book of Unwritten Tales succeeds admirably at entertaining whether you are in control of Wilbur, Ivo, Nate or Critter. The developers are obviously huge fans of the genre and their passion shines through. A lengthy, high quality point-and-click adventure game full of fun exploration, genuine laughs and well thought-out puzzles."

Expert Reviews
Rating: 4/5
"The puzzles are great, the sound and graphics excellent and the protagonists are a surprisingly personable bunch. It’s also longer than many modern adventure games and only gets better as it goes along."

Heartcore Gaming
Rating: 85/100
"When starting this game, be prepared to be bombarded with references to fantasy literature, movies and (video) games. The fourth wall will also have no more bricks left standing by the time the credits roll. The well written way the game presents its situations and characters however, makes it all very entertaining and it did manage something very few games do these days: it made me genuinely laugh out loud!"

OMGeek
"It’s no secret that KING Art Games set out to rebottle the kind of magic that games like King’s Quest and Monkey Island offered by the bucketful long, long ago. Have they succeeded? I have to say yes. It’s not a perfect game, but it shines in all the things that count."
"if Skyrim can captivate the average gamer for hours on end, The Book of Unwritten Tales can effortlessly do the same thing for anyone who’s adventurous enough to give it a chance. Try it. You’ll probably love it."


GamerCast
"When the beautiful graphics are combined with the absolutely flawless audio, something miraculous happens, and you’ve a selection of living, breathing and more importantly humorous characters in a world that you simply do not want to leave."

D22 Zone
"If you’re an adventure kind of gamer and you like to immerse yourself into a long storyline, then I thoroughly recommend you give The Book of Unwritten Tales a go."


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« Reply #1 on: 2011-11-09 19:11:56 »
8.5 out of 10 for The Book of Unwritten Tales from the Spanish game website MeriStation!

"Exciting, funny and visually overwhelming. No, we're not talking about Uncharted 3,  Battlefield 3 or Batman: Arkham City, but The Book of Unwritten Tales, one of the most beautiful adventure games of recent years that finally leaves his native Germany."
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« Reply #2 on: 2011-11-11 16:41:12 »
An A rating for The Book of Unwritten Tales by Gameboomers!

"This is an excellent adventure game - one of the best I've played in many years, and definitely deserving of a rare top grade, for Wilbur's lovely Welsh accent, if for nothing else!"

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« Reply #3 on: 2011-11-14 14:30:03 »
8 out of 10 for The Book of Unwritten Tales by Eurogamer Italy:

"The Book of Unwritten Tales is [...] able to convey a message that goes far beyond a simple fantasy tale where good always triumphs over evil, acting as a subtle metaphor for life and its gait."
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« Reply #4 on: 2011-11-16 11:00:24 »
4 out of 5 by Old Games Italia:

"The puzzles, though easy, are extremely logical and follow each other seamlessly [...]""The Book of Unwritten Tales is certainly among the candidates for the title of  adventure of the year for 2011 and once again confirms that Germany is perhaps the leading nation for the genre."
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« Reply #5 on: 2011-11-17 14:52:29 »
11.5 out of 13 by Thirteen1

"This is a beautiful game that oozes charm and won’t hesitate to draw out many a chuckle from you. […] Aesthetically the game is flawless and for a company who has solely made browser games in the past, it’s a triumph that all adventure and non-adventure gamers should play."

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« Reply #6 on: 2011-11-22 17:08:36 »
The reviewer of the Serbian blog Igrorama even put aside Skyrim to play our game. :)

"The people from KING Art wrote a wonderful story with strong and unique characters, a genuine sense of humor, riddles and environment that are interwoven with the action, all in a very good production."
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« Reply #7 on: 2011-11-22 17:09:43 »
4 out of 5 from Expert Reviews.

"The puzzles are great, the sound and graphics excellent and the protagonists are a surprisingly personable bunch. It’s also longer than many modern adventure games and only gets better as it goes along."
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« Reply #8 on: 2011-11-22 17:10:49 »
85 out of 100 by Heartcore Gaming

"When starting this game, be prepared to be bombarded with references to fantasy literature, movies and (video) games. The fourth wall will also have no more bricks left standing by the time the credits roll. The well written way the game presents its situations and characters however, makes it all very entertaining and it did manage something very few games do these days: it made me genuinely laugh out loud!"

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« Reply #9 on: 2011-11-22 17:15:16 »
9 out of 10 by Alternative Magazine Online

"Many adventure games struggle to hold the player’s interest nowadays, but The Book of Unwritten Tales succeeds admirably at entertaining whether you are in control of Wilbur, Ivo, Nate or Critter. The developers are obviously huge fans of the genre and their passion shines through. A lengthy, high quality point-and-click adventure game full of fun exploration, genuine laughs and well thought-out puzzles."

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« Reply #10 on: 2011-12-07 21:38:37 »
Have you seen the review on Gamezebo?
4.5 out of 5  stars
http://www.gamezebo.com/games/book-unwritten-tales/review
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« Reply #11 on: 2012-02-13 16:30:57 »
OMGeek wrote a review too.

"It’s no secret that KING Art Games set out to rebottle the kind of magic that games like King’s Quest and Monkey Island offered by the bucketful long, long ago. Have they succeeded? I have to say yes. It’s not a perfect game, but it shines in all the things that count.""if Skyrim can captivate the average gamer for hours on end, The Book of Unwritten Tales can effortlessly do the same thing for anyone who’s adventurous enough to give it a chance. Try it. You’ll probably love it."

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« Reply #12 on: 2012-02-28 15:46:12 »
9/10 by PlanetaJogos (Portugal)

"Any true fan of the genre has to take the plunge into this "book", leafing through it with dedication and enjoy one of the best adventure games of recent years."

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« Reply #13 on: 2012-07-31 16:01:02 »
New reviews added in the first post, regarding the Steam release of "The Book of Unwritten Tales".

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« Reply #14 on: 2012-08-13 13:46:12 »
A huge bunch of new reviews with great ratings:

Geekscape
"From the beginning of the game flying on a dragon to the depths of the dungeon in the Tower of Evil, you will find it hard to call King Art’s adventure game anything but a visual treat for your eye holes."

Digital Noob
Rating: 9/10
"The Book of Unwritten Tales is a pleasant, whimsical jaunt back to the glory days of adventure games, packed full of experiences and characters who remind us why we enjoyed adventure games in the first place. Despite the archaic gameplay design, Book of Unwritten Tales manages to weave an interesting story full of refreshingly presented casual fantasy tropes and mechanics around it, turning an old and plain system into one that doesn’t warrant a second thought as you play. Fans of adventure games and fantasy stories will find a lot to love about the Book of Unwritten Tales–and so will anyone who picks this game up."

TheFancyPanda.com
"The Book of Unwritten Tales harkens back to the golden age of point-and-clicks and does a great job of it. Fans of the genre will love seeing a new entry into the genre that’s enjoyable to play. Other PC gamers may want to check it out, as even the puzzles don’t require a huge amount of thinking to solve."

XLC Gaming Network
Rating: 9/10
"If the Point 'n' Click genre ever needed a flagship title to get some attention in 2012 then The Book of Unwritten tales will do exactly that."

8Bit Envy
"It’s vital for an adventure game to have a strong cast, and The Book of Unwritten Tales has this in spades."

Front Towards Gamer
Rating: 8.5
"KING Art have excelled in nailing the funny bone and coming out an inch on the other side."

Virtual Inn
Rating: 8.4
"The Book Of Unwritten Tales [..] keeps us laughing and entertained with its quotations and a self-mockery that you wouldn’t expect from such a title."
 
Stevivor.com
Rating: 9/10
 
AbleGamers.com
Rating: 9.3
"From an accessibility standpoint, there are no precision issues as a simple point and click of the mouse is all that is needed. Players can also make use of the space bar to view hotspots. Subtitles are, by default, on and are highlight in different colors when different characters are speaking. The color of the subtitling is always in contrast to the background, so gamers with visual impairments or color-blindness should not have an issue."

PC Dome (Hungary)
"The Book of Unwritten Tales is one of the best, funniest, craziest and certainly most original adventure games of the past ten or twelve years."

The Examiner
"Unwritten Tales is a riot, and nothing at all is lost in the German-to-English translation. […] It would be easy to go on and on about The Book of Unwritten Tales but suffice it to say that this is one of the best games (not just adventure games—best games, period) you'll play this year."

Gamer.no
Rating: 8/10

Bag of Games
Rating: 8.0
"[…]thanks to some relatively witty writing, some lines of dialogue rival those of Guybrush Threepwood."

Digital Entertainment News
Rating: 8.5
"All games with good writing deserve attention, but The Book of Unwritten Tales shows that even by-the-book adventure games can deliver."
 
Analizando Mac (Italy)
Rating: 4.5/5

GripYaJoystick
Rating: 4/5
"This point-and-click type adventure is wonderful, not only for bringing this style live again, but for taking it to a more deep story and gameplay."

The Adrenaline Vault
Rating: 3/5
"Tales is also, hands down, the best-looking adventure game I’ve ever played. It’s amazingly colorful, with a level of detail that some non-adventure games haven’t managed to achieve. And composer Benny Oschmann’s score is a fine partner to the game’s visual excellence."

Gamers Haven
"Bringing hilarity to the point-and-click genre."