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[Review] The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 – Nintendo Switch

  • Developer: King Art Games
  • Publisher: THQ Nordic
  • Release Date: 5/2/2019
  • Price: £26.99 / $29.99
  • Review code provided by THQ Nordic

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2

The Book of unwritten tales 2 was originally released way back in the past – 2015, when Nintendo was still trying to explain exactly what a Wii U was. This game was even released on the Switch’s ill fated older, less popular sibling. As is the way of things, when something is doing well, in the case the Nintendo Switch, everyone wants a piece of the pie, and thus, the inevitable port happened. The price is a point of contention for this humble scribe, as I feel for a 4+ year old game that’s available on all the other consoles for under a tenner, £30 odd is a little steep.

Books are for worms!!

The game is set in a faraway medieval fantasy land and sees you take the role of one of 4 peculiar protagonists, either the elf – Ivo, the human – Nate, the gnome – Wilbur or Critter. The writing is stupidly funny, as you would expect from a point and click adventure and references everything from Harry Potter to Lord of the Rings all the while being aware of its place in the greater scheme of things. Visually, the game really pops and the cartoon aesthetic holds up really well, looking fresh and vibrant and really lending itself to the tone of the game with atmospheric lighting really enhancing the aesthetic. As you would expect from a fantasy title, the music can shift from moody to epic in a heartbeat, adding to the overlying vibe that the game offers.

Paper’s for japers!!

Unfortunately the game suffers from clunky tank controls, akin to the original Resident Evil games. Movement is a bit of a slog as it’s not so much a point and click, more of a move and interact type game. I also encountered some cumbersome bugs that really left me scratching my head. Sometimes when interacting with objects instead of walking over to investigate, your character would instead go full on MJ and perform a somewhat twisted moonwalk, simply gliding across the room to reach the pointed and subsequently clicked upon item.

Words are for nerds!!

As someone who grew out of point and click adventures around the same time that I discovered women – well into my 20’s, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 at least holds up reasonably well and despite being almost half a decade old, still offers something rich and engrossing. This is in no small part to the wonderfully worded script which, as aforementioned, really is very funny and I often found myself fully committing to full belly laughter during the 20 or so hours that I pumped into this title during my initial play through.

Conclusion

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is an excellently scripted title that, whilst not necessarily bringing anything new to the table, does at least manage to utterly nail the tired genre that it represents so valiantly. Its performances on a technical level are adequate and make the game perfectly playable and aside from a few pesky bugs, offers a sooth seamless ride throughout.
The story can become a little lost at times due to what I would presume are nods to the first title, however at no point did I feel lost enough to break the immersion of the games story.

Verdict
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is a funny and admirable entry into the renaissance genre that is the humble point and click. Not in anyway a bad game, just feels like a genre on the brink of extinction.
3.5/5
Fifield

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