The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is a fantastical click-and-point adventure game set in the world of Aventásia. The game features an ensemble of quirky characters, including four main playable characters, and a host of geeky references that’ll have you excited to keep exploring through twenty plus hours of gameplay. Featuring a click-and-point system rather than the modern action-oriented RPG systems, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 happily continues down the successful trail that its predecessor started. You walk in the shoes of Ivo, Wilbur, Nate and Critter as they try wind their way through an intricate plot of wonky personalities and stranger happenings.
Developer KING Art has stayed true to their vision for the first one, creating a game that is easy to open up but sometimes immensely challenging to get through, managing to appeal to a wide range of gamers in the process. On the way you’ll find an array of meta references to cultural touchstones you might love: Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, TES: Skyrim, and other fun stuff. In the first chapter you’ll meet an Ent who enjoys smoking his own moss. In another, Wilbur must figure out how to teach at a magic school not too dissimilar from Hogwarts, and I could hardly stop laughing when Ivo comments on the strange land in the north, where men shout at dragons.
All this and more makes for an immensely fun puzzle game, where looking for the solution becomes so much more. Soon enough I wasn’t just looking for ways to advance the level, I was clicking everything that looked familiar to see what the characters had to say about it. Ultimately this can cause a few frustrations if you get lost and don’t know what you forgot to check out, but that minor inconvenience is easily forgotten.
In addition to the brilliant world that KING Art has built in Aventásia, the characters are also immensely fun and yet retain their credibility instead of devolving into mindless caricatures or pointless tropes. They walk a fine line, but they do it well. Ivo’s difficult relationship with her mother, characterized by her mother’s insistence at the beginning that Ivo marry some handsome prince, is given depth through interesting dialogue options with her even stranger father. Not only did I find myself very amused, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 also manages to create very human moments, even for (and sometimes more so, because of) its less human characters.
Ultimately, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is a visually attractive point-and-click adventure that will keep you going for hours to come. The only way I could fault it would be if I made a fuss about character control being a little sub-par at times, but honestly the issue is so minimal that it can only be mentioned for the sake of being completionist. All in all I would recommend you pick this up on release and get ready to spend quite a few hours playing: my first session I started, not quite knowing what to expect, at 1 AM and wound up not going to bed ’til 6 AM. Be warned, and have fun!
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2
Gameplay - 9/10
Visuals - 10/10
Plot - 9/10
Characters - 10/10
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 provides a fun, challenging, occasionally frustrating adventure through the world of Aventásia. Take your quirky main characters out to defeat the bad guys, or wander around trying to see all the references to the things you love: whatever you wind up doing, you'll have a blast.