The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles

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Rating by Antrax posted on Sep 15, 2013 | edit | delete


The Critter Chronicles falls short of its predecessor due to technical issues, heavy asset re-use and some very silly puzzles.

Overall, it’s not a bad game. The graphics are pretty, voice acting is adequate and there are some good jokes. However, the game confuses obscurity with challenge. As a very experienced adventurer, I feel comfortable in asserting some of the puzzles in this game make absolutely no sense. A good example is a costume-making puzzle, which is a pretty neat reference to a classic game, but there’s really no way of predicting what your actions are going to result in. In many cases, you do things because they’re thematically “right” - the game clearly expects you to. It would’ve been much better to have character explain their difficulties more clearly, since often they just shrug and you have no idea why they’re not doing what you want them to.
The co-op puzzles are also problematic. You sometimes have to walk the game by the hand, and sometimes instead of letting you do what you want, you need to get the characters to figure it out, instead of acting out your intent by controlling the characters.

Critter is a pretty awful character, like in the first game. He speaks in stupid gibberish, and on several occasions you have to exhaust a nonsense conversation for something to happen. It’s like a dialogue puzzle, except without making any sense whatsoever. He’s also used as an excuse to get away with blatant asset reuse, since he has several noises and animations he uses over and over again.

The interface is not well thought out. If you’re controlling Nate and need something Critter has, you need to switch to Critter, give Nate the item, then switch back. That’s way too many clicks and unskippable animation for something as simple as using an item another character is holding.
There is one sequence which is like an expanded version of the alchemist’s maze from TLJ. However, its bizarre geometry confused the game engine, and forced me to replay a section when Nate’s position got de-synched and he started clipping through screens and his inventory became inaccessible. It was also pretty ill-designed, with one obstacle having no organic cause whatsoever, just to prevent Nate from reaching a certain screen.

All in all, at its core it’s a good game. However it has far too many issues to get a higher mark. It’s also rather short, clocking at a little under 6 hours including the time wasted on exhausting the same four screens over and over again. I estimate about five hours of pure gameplay, which is not enough for the price.

Time Played: 2-5 hours

Rating by Houie posted on Nov 24, 2013 | edit | delete

Great sequel! Although not as good as the first one.

Great Length although much shorter than the first. Great Humor. Amazing visuals. Amazing voice acting. Great story, although not as nearly as good as the first. Very very good puzzle designs - some very unique ones. Character design is good, but not as good as the first one. Playing as different characters also serves as a great innovation to gameplay.

A great sequel to the first. However, the first game set the standards very high, and the sequel simply is not as good as the first. That being said, still a very great game.

Time Played: 10-20 hours

Rating by maffye posted on Aug 9, 2013 | edit | delete

we want more

Games -with The Book of Unwritten Tales - that reopen the excellent gameplay, quality and sense of humor of Lucas art epoca.

Time Played: 10-20 hours

Rating by Icko81 posted on Feb 23, 2015 | edit | delete

+ Critter is a likeable character
+ lovely art style

- - - bland story and (mostly) insipid humour
- - some frustrating and nonsensical puzzles
- a lot of clicking to pick things up or switch characters
- listening to Critter’s comments quickly becomes tedious

Bottom line: I enjoyed the Book of Unwritten Tales. This one was overall dull and more frustrating than not. I hope BoUT 2 has not picked up a lot of things from it.

Time Played: 10-20 hours
Difficulty: Hard

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