Point and click is a genre that has been around since the very early days of gaming; King’s Quest (1984), Maniac Mansion (1987) and The Secret of Monkey Island (1990) are just three of the more popular early iterations.
Since the late 1990’s however, the genre has started to decline in popularity with more recent titles being developed by indies looking to reinvent the style, but largely failing. There is undoubtedly still an audience for point and click adventure games, however it’s now incredibly niche with triple A companies preferring to opt for more popular genres.
If you’re like me however and still love a good point and click, The Book of Unwritten Tales and its two sequels The Book of Unwritten Tales: Critter Chronicles and The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is a series you need to play.
Developed by German company King Art Games and published by Nordic Games, The Book of Unwritten Tales follows four unlikely adventurers in a war-torn world. Wilbur, Nate, Ivo and the Critter are your protagonists as they try to retrieve a powerful artefact owned by one ageing gremlin named Mortimer MacGuffin.
As you can probably tell from just the description, The Book of Unwritten Tales isn’t a series that takes itself too seriously. I found myself chuckling at the witty dialogue more times than I can remember, with the humour being welcomed in an era where most video games take themselves unnecessarily seriously.
According to Steam I have 19 hours in The Book of Unwritten Tales and the description advertises 20 hours of gameplay, so it seems accurate. The series is appropriate for children alongside adults, with some adult-themed innuendos and puns included to appeal to the older crowd. It’s also fairly simple compared to a lot of point and click games, making it a great entry series for gamers new to this style.
By Ford James
Available on Amazon:Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (PS4)
*Ok, yes – we realise our ‘Awesome Unknown’ series doesn’t mean completely and utterly unknown games. But ‘Awesome Lesser Known’ just sounded a bit rubbish…