The stand-alone expansion to The Book of Unwritten Tales! Warning: This is not a sequel, it is a prequel, and it is a stand-alone expansion, in case we forgot to mention that salient little detail.
The Critter Chronicles tell the story of how adventurer Nate Bonnett and Critter, his hairy sidekick, first met, all set before their appearance in Wilbur's and Ivo's epic adventure in The Book of Unwritten Tales. Enjoy a thrilling and hilarious point-and-click adventure in the fantasy world of Aventasia. Travel from the Northlands to the Mage's Tower of Seastone and experience a tale that offers tremendous fun for seasoned players of The Book of Unwritten Tales and newcomers alike.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN, PEGI Rating: 12+ with Bad Language, Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP SP 3 / Vista SP 2 / Windows 7 SP 1 / Windows 8, Intel Core 2 Duo 3 GHz or AMD Athlon 3 GHz, 1 GB RAM, 6 GB free hard disc space, Direct-X 9.0c compliant video card with 256 MB RAM, PixelShader 2.0
Minimum system requirements (Mac): Macbook (mid 2010), Macbook Pro (mid 2010), IMac (late 2009), MacMini (mid 2010), Mac Pro (early 2009), MacBook Air (late 2010). Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled. NVIDIA or ATI graphics card required.
Posted on 2013-04-17 20:11:36 byKainKlarden:
...which probably should've just been a simple addition to the original. But more on that later. Let's start with the good things - this game, as the original, is fun and funny. It has a lot of cultural references yet manages to be unique and not loose itself in them. It looks fantastic. It mostly keeps puzzles fun and interesting - rarely too easy, rarely too annoying or needlesslyread more complex. Unlike the original, this game is pretty short, which could be a plus, since the game could have had little filler content in it. And it mostly did. Mostly.
However, I couldn't stop thinking, that the game was designed as a short expansion, which would either require the original or would cost less than it does, but then the developers realised that they need to sell it as a standalone game at a specific price, so they decided to "appropriately" fill it with more content. So the last third of the game feels needlessly longer than it should be. Cultural references and jokes become slightly lazier, puzzles require more pointless walking and figuring out what else the game wants you to do. And it's a shame, really, as the game starts very good, and the characters of Nate and Critter are good from the beginning till the end.
This should've been a cheaper expansion/DLC, with most of its last third removed in favor of not tainting the magic of the first two thirds of the game. But I'd still recommend it for those good parts.
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Posted on 2012-12-05 13:31:39 byashout:
this game is easy enough for veteran Adventure Gamers, the rest of us will undoubtedly have to use a walkthrough. the graphics are great, the charecters are amusing and fun, the jokes are hilarious. i recomend it.
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Posted on 2014-02-14 16:04:30 byHawkuno:
Well, to be fair, it's also a few other things where this game fell a bit flat compared to the first game in this series... But one of the things that made the first Unwritten Tale so great was the gnome with the German accent! I loved him. All video game gnomes should hereby have German accents! (I speak of actual German accents, mind you, not the stereotypical "accent" that Americanread more actors adopt when they're playing Nazis).
Apart from missing gnomes with Germans accents - WHY ISN'T HE IN THE GAME?!?!?! - the game also suffers from a couple of other issues. Like the original, any puzzles that's not about using things on other things are too few and far between. -Unlike- the first game, it's re-using the same area rather too much. And this area is a rather boring one, being mostly made out of ice.
Finally, much of the game is played with a character that doesn't speak intelligibly. I guess this was an attempt to obscure the puzzles by not having the character give hints on what one can do with each item... But what it mainly achieved was that I ended up doing more tedious trial-and-error style of gameplay.
All things considered, this ends up a perfectly average and adequate game in the point-and-click genre. But this is also a bit disappointing because there's a game in the series that already did things quite a bit better.
Oh, and where's that gnome?!?!?!
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