The Book of Unwritten Tales was a fantasy point-and-click adventure that came out a couple of years ago. Its story was well-received, which prompted KING Art Games to create a sequel. While it took the German developer another couple of years to create and complete the sequel, they decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year to garner more funding. It succeeded in meeting its goal, hitting its target of $65,000 in 30 hours, and went on to surpass it by an additional $106,563. With plenty of funds to enhance the game further, KING Art has set out to make the sequel bigger and better than the original with more side quests, unique outfits, and a live orchestra.
The complete version of The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (BoUT 2) will be out for Windows, Mac, and Linux early in 2015. This month, King ART Games released BoUT 2 in chapter-by-chapter basis via Steam Early Access. We were able preview the first two chapters, and what we have seen so far is very impressive.
The environment is detailed very well.
Fans of point-and-click adventures like King’s Quest and Space Quest may find BoUT 2 to be like an updated version of these classic games. The world is three-dimensional and the colors are vivid. KING Art Games merges the 2D static backgrounds well with the 3D environments. The characters are well defined as well; emotions show clearly in the characters’ faces when they are happy, mad, annoyed, etc. The characters definitions really add on to the voice acting and the story.
Facial expressions really show the characters’ emotions.
Speaking of which, the story of BoUT 2, at least the first chapter, is set a little after the events of the first game. The elf princess, Ivodora Eleonora Clarissa, finds out she is pregnant and tries to sneak away to a neighboring land to learn more about her pregnancy. KING Art Games states that BoUT 2 will follow the adventure of four protagonists from the first game: Ivodora, Wilbur Weathervane, Nathanial Bonnet, and Critter. While KING Art Games state that playing the previous game is not a prerequisite to fully understand the game, there is obviously a point of reference gap if you haven’t played the first installment in the series. BoUT 2, however, does a marvelous job in telling you the backstories when needed.
The game features four protagonists from the first game.
The gameplay of BoUT 2 is just like any other point-and-click adventure games: solve various puzzles by interacting with the world to progress the story. In the first chapter, Ivodora, nicknamed “Ivo” for short by her loved ones, has to find ingredients for a medicinal potion to figure out what exactly is the cause of her sickness (i.e., pregnancy). While the game does not tell you which items in the environment Ivo can interact with, it does allow for holding the space bar to give the players an overview of which items can with magnifying glass icons. Items that can be picked up can be further examined within the inventory bag, which procures more items.
Inventory items can be interacted inside the bag to produce more goodies.
BoUT 2 requires a lot of attention in regards to the story to progress. The interactions between characters gives players an idea of what to do next, and they also provide hints. New interactions between characters and objects come about after certain events have happened, so backtracking is often essential.
How many well-known games are paid homage to this scene?
BoUT 2 will surely be a success, just like its predecessor. From the preview of the game and limited knowledge of the previous one, the storytelling is compelling and lighthearted. Fans of the series should really pick this game (or subscribe to its Steam Early Access). Those who are into point-and-click adventure games will find it refreshing.