Bone: The Great Cow Race

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Bone: The Great Cow Race
Bone - The Great Cow Race Coverart.png
Developer(s) Telltale Games
Publisher(s) Telltale Games
Designer(s) Dave Grossman
Heather Logas
Composer(s) Jared Emerson-Johnson
Engine Telltale Tool
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
  • NA: April 12, 2006 (Retail)
  • EU: May 18, 2007
  • NA: June 17, 2008 (Steam)
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single player

Bone: The Great Cow Race is the third video game endeavor by Telltale Games, and the second episode of the Bone adventure game series. It was released in April 2006 after approximately seven months of production. It is based on the second volume of the Bone comic series by Jeff Smith and follows the adventures of cousins Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone.


Bone: The Great Cow Race screenshot, where Phoney Bone (left) is with a cow.

The game starts up where Bone: Out from Boneville left off, with the Bone cousins' arrival in Barrel Haven just in time for the Spring Fair and annual Cow Race. In this third-person game, the player gets to control all three Bone cousins (using a technique similar to the one employed in the LucasArts adventure game Day of the Tentacle). Fone Bone, smitten with the lovely Thorn, must find a way to impress her. Phoney Bone cooks up a scheme to swindle the townspeople out of their hard-earned eggs during the Cow Race, and enlists help from his happy-go-lucky cousin Smiley. Little do they know, the Rat Creatures are lurking nearby. Eventually, the Rat Creatures chase Fone on the race, and Phoney has no choice but to reveal his plan, as the Rat Creatures are gaining on them. In the end, Phoney is punished for his crimes, and the two Rat Creatures imply the next episode.


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 77.68%[1]
Metacritic 76/100[2]
Review scores
Publication Score C[3]
Adventure Gamers 4/5 stars[4]
Eurogamer 7/10[5]
GamesRadar 4/5 stars[6]
GameZone 7.5/10[7]
IGN 8.6/10[8]
PC Format 78%[9]
PC Gamer (UK) 55%[10]
PC Gamer (US) 85%[11]
PC Zone 67%[12]
The A.V. Club B[13]

The game was met with a more positive reception than the first title in the series, Bone: Out from Boneville. GameRankings gave it a score of 77.68%,[1] while Metacritic gave it 76 out of 100.[2]

Comic Book Resources gave it a positive review and called it "a nostalgic romp".[14] GamesRadar gave it a score of four stars out of five and said that the game "boasts pretty, well-animated visuals, excellent voice-acting and a great musical score, especially for an indie title. It's still a little short and none too replayable, but it's a fun little quest while it lasts."[6] PC Zone gave it 67% and called it "a cheaper, slightly longer and certainly more rewarding slice of saccharine silliness than before. Still not perfect, but very, very cute. [12]


  1. ^ a b "Bone: The Great Cow Race for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  2. ^ a b "Bone: The Great Cow Race for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  3. ^ Green, Sarah (2006-09-05). "Bone: The Great Cow Race". Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  4. ^ Michaud, Rob (2006-04-13). "Bone: The Great Cow Race review". Adventure Gamers. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  5. ^ Reed, Kristan (2006-04-10). "Bone: Act 2 - The Great Cow Race". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  6. ^ a b Reparaz, Mikel (2006-04-21). "Bone: The Great Cow Race review". GamesRadar. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  7. ^ Hollingshead, Anise (2006-04-20). "Bone: The Great Cow Race - PC - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  8. ^ Krause, Staci (2006-05-17). "Bone: The Great Cow Race". IGN. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  9. ^ "Bone: The Great Cow Race". PC Format (187): 97. June 2006. 
  10. ^ "Bone: The Great Cow Race". PC Gamer UK: 91. August 2006. 
  11. ^ "Bone: The Great Cow Race". PC Gamer: 99. July 2006. 
  12. ^ a b PC Zone Staff (July 2006). "Review: Bone: The Great Cow Race". PC Zone: 74. Archived from the original on 2014-12-10. Retrieved 2015-07-05. 
  13. ^ Dahlen, Chris (2006-05-10). "Bone: The Great Cow Race". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on 2006-05-11. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  14. ^ Goldstone, Jeremy (2006-04-28). "Review: "Bone: The Great Cow Race" Game". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 

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