The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief

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The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief
Developer(s) King Art Games
Publisher(s) The Adventure Company, THQ Nordic
Platform(s) Windows, macOS, Linux, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Steam
  • WW: July 23, 2013
  • NA: January 14, 2014
Remastered version
PS4, Xbox One
  • NA: March 13, 2018
  • EU: March 13, 2018
Genre(s) Point-and-click adventure, puzzle, mystery, detective, crime, noir
Mode(s) Single-player

The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief is an episodic point-and-click adventure video game developed by King Art Games.


The gameplay incorporates elements of stealth and detective work. It includes some cross-genre gameplay standards such as lockpicking doors and gathering key items. It also includes a point system, which serves as a ranking system and can be used to unlock new areas of the map. One of its main gameplay elements is puzzle solving.[1]


Taking place in 1964, the plot revolves around a set of rubies known as the Eyes of the Sphinx one of which was stolen by an unknown person wearing a mask, and the other must by guarded by the player's character as it is transported to an exhibition in Cairo Egypt. Contrary to common detective genre conventions, you play as middle-aged Swiss police constable Anton Jakob Zellner, a bumbler who manages to stumble his way through this case which a non-playable well-respected detective known as Nicolas Legrand is also on. Though he has a fond interest in detective novels, Zellner has little experience in detective work.[2]


The game was released on Steam as of July 23, 2013.[3][4] On January 10, 2018, a trailer for The Raven Remastered was released by THQ Nordic. The game was released on March 13, 2018 for PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and will be enhanced for the Xbox One X.


  • "Chapter 1: The Eye of the Sphinx"
  • "Chapter 2: Ancestry of Lies"
  • "Chapter 3: A Murder of Ravens"


The game received mixed or average reviews from critics on Metacritic with a score of 74.[5] IGN made a favorable comparison between Legacy of a Master Thief and classic literary works such as And Then There Were None.[1] Joystiq praised the game for its writing and voice acting, praising in particular the nuances in main character Zellner's voice, but criticized it for being formulaic with a clunky execution.[6] Game Informer's review was mixed, expressing excitement for the next installment in the series and finding the game's mystery intriguing enough to cover for "antiquated design", but claimed a cliffhanger ending required one to play all three episodes to feel fulfilled.[2]

GameSpot called the game boring and criticized it for glitchy movement.[7]


  1. ^ a b Johnson, Neile (July 30, 2013). "The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief Chapter 1 Review". IGN. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Marchiafava, Jeff (August 1, 2013). "The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief – Chapter One review: A Rocky Opening Act For King Art's Adventure Series". Game Informer. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  3. ^ "The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief Chapter I: The Eye of the Sphinx". IGN. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  4. ^ Martin, Liam (June 3, 2013). "'The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief' interactive graphic novel out now". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Archived from the original on September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  5. ^ "The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief for PC reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  6. ^ Arendt, Susan (July 29, 2013). "The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief review: Inspector, clues, slow". Joystiq. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  7. ^ Petit, Carolyn (July 24, 2013). "The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief Review". GameSpot. Retrieved September 16, 2015.

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