'The Book of Unwritten Tales'
ESRB rating: Teen
Review rating: 4.0 stars
Point-and-click adventure games sure have come a long way in the last 15 years. Although most of them coddle to casual players and rarely break from the mold, "The Book of Unwritten Tales" stands out as a different type of point-and-click game. It's smart and funny and features great voice acting, challenging puzzles, a wide variety of locales and gorgeous visuals.
Instead of playing as one character throughout the game, players take on the role of several spirited characters, including: an old gremlin, a sneaky elf and an annoying sea captain. It's up to them to stop the evil Arch-Witch from retrieving a valuable artifact that can help her rule the world. I like the story, but I really love the witty banter between characters that pokes fun at conventional fantasy games. Everything from MMO addiction to laboriously crafting countless copper pots to increase one's blacksmithing level is raked over the coals.
Although "The Book of Unwritten Tales" strays from the norm, there are no action elements to this game. Players enter small areas where they can click on several items that either let them interact with the item, learn information about the item, and/or take the item. Some items can be combined with others to create useful tools, such as a pickaxe and a bow, which are then used in other areas.
It can be challenging to figure out how to use some items, but just remember that everything that can be clicked on is useful in some way. It also really helps when you figure out that holding down the 'space' key displays every item onscreen that players can activate. Sadly, this isn't mentioned in the game.
"The Book of Unwritten Tales" is a great fantasy-themed alternative to action-packed, over-the-top blockbuster games.