The Book of Unwritten Tales Review (PC)
“My name is Underhill”
“The wand picks the mage”
“Gremlins! You shouldn’t feed them after midnight”
“…invitation from the Unseen University”
“The Dark Lord knows all your thoughts”
Your mind probably will start jumping between Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Gremlins, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld and Star Wars and wondering what is the link (apart from being fantasy works). Well, these and many more sources are used in The Book of Unwritten Tales. And this book is not a book at all, but a game.
It is a proper RPG quest game but it has the feel of a film. The game has great graphics, an interesting story which unravels with such a witty sense of humour that the game is just as fun to watch as it is to play.
The intro (which is quite long) sets up the scene of a war ravaged world with all sorts of strange creatures – gremlins, dwarves, elves, dragons, orcs, etc. and of course, humans. Then the opening credits look exactly like in the big blockbuster movies. And then the fun starts.
The game starts with McGuffin the gremlin archaeologist, writing in his diary about a very important discovery of an artefact. He is then rudely interrupted and kidnapped by the bad guys who try to get hold of this artefact. Then, while McGuffin is trying to get the information about the artefact to the good guys, Ivo the elf, Wilbur the gnome and Nathaniel the human become the unlikely heroes of the story.
The game is absolutely great and just a warning – you will be better of with somebody around you when you play as it is so hilarious at times that I literally stopped playing to go and try to explain the joke to somebody.
Some of my personal favourite moments (which are not even that important in the grand scheme of things) are when Wilbur finds the two of the towns inhabitants glued to a machine, playing a role-playing game in “a fantasy world without dragons, orcs, magic…” and when asked why they do it the reply was “to escape the tedium of reality with all its monsters and magic”. The other one is when Wilbur tried to wave a hand in a Jedi manner to convince the upper town guard “You don’t need to see my invitation”, and when the guard replied “Do you really think that will work” Wilbur just said “It’s worth a try, don’t you think…”.
So bottom line is – go and get it! What are you doing still just reading about it!
Go, play and enjoy!
9 Tales-now-written out of 10