By: Ted Chow
With a great case of characters and plenty of references and memes from many beloved series, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 continues to be a fun experience for all ages. With the same cast as its predecessor, the game builds on the story that was concluded in the original. For those that are unfamiliar with it, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is a point-and-click game where you interact with the environment and dialogue options to progress through the story. As rudimentary as that may sound, the story and the characters are what sells the tale and makes it a compellingly fun game to delve into.
As a point-and-click adventure, most of your experience will be interacting with points of interests within the scene. You will click to move and click to bring up internal monologues or dialogue options with other characters. Panning the scene is automatic when you reach the end of a scene and most are carefully constructed and constrained to give a deliberate shot to the player. Aside from that, the controls are able to convey the main focus for the players to center on.
With gorgeously rendered scenes and environments, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is like playing a Pixar movie, but in game form. The characters are well animated, the scenes are beautiful and there is even a certain part in the game where you experience multiple game resolutions of past generations, including all-out text. The sound was also well produced in order to add to the lighthearted nature of the game.
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is a story-based game that allows players to interact with the environment to solve a unique set of puzzles to proceed forward. The novelty is in the play experience as you try to figure out what to do with that fishbone you have in your inventory and a doily full of troll snot. Of course, there are more things you will be able to accumulate throughout every character’s act that usually serve a purpose in some form or another.
The game is divided into chapters, which are then split into acts that pertain to certain heroes that you will play as. The length of the acts do vary and sometimes you may be stuck for some time as you figure out how to progress, leading to interesting thought processes to achieve the tasks at hand. There is a sense of achievement as you solve these riddles as some are cleverly constructed to make you go, “Huh, I didn’t know that was the answer.” Overall, it was a nice challenge, but it can be tempting to look up a walkthrough when you are literally just walking around in circles trying to figure the puzzles out.
The characters are the reason to play this game, and they deliver on the fun and entertainment. The voice actors have done a great enough job to give these whimsical characters a lot of life and interest for the players to fall for them. From the naïve elf princess Ivo to the hilariously entertaining banter of Wibur the gnome; these characters make the game, period. With the number of parodies to the dialogue choices, everything offers a great sense of completeness that any player with internet connection and a love of memes will enjoy.
With plenty of hours in the single-player story and additional side quests being added to previous chapters, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is a game that can be enjoyed with the family and gamers alike. The witty, charming characters along with a great story and cast of voice actors really make this game a must have for anyone that enjoys a good laugh.
With references to many beloved stories, the game is clever to incorporate many things we have come to appreciate and is a testament to the developer’s attention and care to detail. The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is a great tale, and here’s hoping that we will continue to see these characters in new stories in the future!