The Book of Unwritten Tales

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The Book of Unwritten Tales
The Book of Unwritten Tales
Cover art
Developer(s) King Art[1]
Publisher(s) HMH Interactive,[2] Crimson Cow, Lace Mamba
Platform(s) Windows, Mac OS X, Linux [3]
Release date(s)
  • DE April 2, 2009
[citation needed]
  • UK October 28, 2011
[citation needed]
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

The Book of Unwritten Tales is a point-and-click adventure video game created by German developer King Art. A prequel called The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles was released in 2012. A sequel, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2, is to be released in 30 January 2015.[4]


In a world torn by war, the aged gremlin archaeologist Mortimer McGuffin harbours the dark secret of a powerful artifact. Whoever calls this artifact its own, will determine the fate of the world. While the Army of Shadows sends out its best and most devious agents to discover the secret, the Alliance's three heroes find themselves involuntarily drawn into the crisis...


The game challenges the player with a series of puzzles and brain teasers presented as a traditional point and click adventure game. The puzzles are embedded in an adventure story that will take most players an average of twenty hours to complete. There are 60 locations to explore with a total of 40 non-player characters and about 250 interactible items.

A notable feature of The Book of Unwritten Tales is that the player takes control of four different characters. In some scenes it is possible to switch between two or three active characters. Making explicit use of this mechanic some puzzles require the playable characters to exchange items or otherwise cooperate.


  • Wilbur Weathervane
Unlike other gnomes, Wilbur shows no particular enthusiasm for technology and machinery. His heart belongs to the world of magic and adventures. Wilbur works as "chief cook and bottle washer" at a pub of a dwarf bastion in the Whitcomb Mountains. When he is given a strange ring by the gremlin archeologist MacGuffin, he receives the order to bring it to the archmage of the humans.
  • Nathaniel Bonnet
Nate is a human adventurer. His attitude is very cocky and narcissistic. He doesn't want to help Ivo and Wilbur at first, but they save him from a bountyhunter and so he joins their party. He is accompanied by a furry pink creature, which he only refers to as "Critter".
  • Ivo
Ivodora Eleonora Clarissa, Princess of the Silver Forest Realm, normally does not meddle in affairs of "the mortals". She witnesses the abduction of an old gremlin professor by the Shadows and in the attempt to save him she's drawn into their affairs.
  • Critter


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 83[5]
Review scores
Publication Score 5/5[6]

The Book of Unwritten Tales has received wide critical acclaim in Germany with an aggregated score of 87 from 100 by 24 different reviews[7] and an 83 on Metacritic from 100 by 31 different reviews.[5]


  1. ^ "Book of Unwritten Tales - KING Art Games - Computerspiele-Entwicklung, Design und Programmierung für PC, Browser und online". Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  2. ^ "de beste bron van informatie over hmh. Deze website is te koop!". Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  3. ^ "The Book of Unwritten Tales". Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  4. ^ "The Book of Unwritten Tales 2". Kickstarter. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "The Book of Unwritten Tales". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  6. ^ Arendt, Susan (2012-08-08). "Book of Unwritten Tales Review". Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  7. ^ "The Book of Unwritten Tales (PC) - Alle Tests, Rezensionen, Wertungen // critify". 2009-02-26. Retrieved 2012-08-21. 

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