The Book of Unwritten Tales 2

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The Book of Unwritten Tales 2
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 cover.jpg
Developer(s) King Art Games
Publisher(s) Nordic Games
The Adventure Company (consoles)
Director(s) Jan Theysen[1]
Composer(s) Benny Oschmaan
Engine Unity 3D
Platform(s) Linux, Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U
Release
  • Windows, OS X, Linux
  • February 20, 2015
  • PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
  • September 18, 2015
  • Wii U
  • June 7, 2016
Genre(s) Adventure, Comedy
Mode(s) Single-player

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is a comedy[2] point-and-click adventure video game[3][4] created by the German developer King Art Games.[5] The game, a sequel to The Book of Unwritten Tales, was published by Nordic Games on 20 February 2015[5] for Linux, Microsoft Windows and OS X.[5][6] Console ports for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One were released in September 2015. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were released exclusively as digital downloads. The Wii U version was released on June 7, 2016 in Europe and North America.

Plot[edit]

The game's four protagonists, Wilbur a novice gnome mage, Nate a narcissistic human, Ivo an elf princess and a furry alien creature known as "Critter", partake in an adventure in the fantasy land of Aventasia.[2] A magic force is turning beasts into puppies and castles into dollhouses.[5] The four heroes reunite to combat this unusual transformation of Aventasia.[2]

Production[edit]

English translation and voice recording was provided by OMUK.[3] The game was successfully crowdfunded on Kickstarter.[6] Before its official release, the game was launched on Steam Early Access.[1][5] The game's launch trailer poked fun at video game monetisation strategies,[7] such as free-to-play and microtransactions.[6]

The game made its way to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in both physical and digital form, for a budget price of $20 on September 18, 2015. PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were also released, but these remained exclusively digital downloads; the PlayStation 3 version retained the reduced price of the eighth generation consoles, while the Xbox 360 launched at a cost of $30.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
AggregatorScore
GameRankings(PC) 77.91%[8]
Metacritic(PC) 80/100[9]
(XONE) 79/100[10]

(PS4) 63/100[11]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Game Revolution4/5[2]
Hardcore Gamer4.5/5[3]

According to Jan Theysen of King Art Games, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 was the company's most successful game, with sales "in the mid six-digit range" by 2014.[12]

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 received positive reviews from critics. The game has a GameRankings score of 77.91%[8] and a Metacritic score of 80/100.[9] Game Revolution commented: "Is The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 worth getting? Definitely! Although it doesn't add much innovation to the series, this game offers a more complex and fine-tuned adventure than its predecessor."[2] Hardcore Gamer: "If you love point and click adventures, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is everything you could possibly want and more. With stunning (and clever) graphics, a fully orchestrated soundtrack and top-notch voice acting, its production values are second to none, and it has writing chops to match."[3] PC World called the puzzle design excellent but the graphics and audio occasionally spotty.[4] It stated: "The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is a reminder that while Telltale may have usurped the adventure genre, great traditional point-and-clicks can still be made."[4]

Console editions received mixed reviews, though the Xbox One version provided noticeably better scores than the PlayStation 4 despite similar complaints for each console.[citation needed] Criticism was brought to the controls on the console ports.[citation needed]

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