Though there is no shortage of quality stuff coming out of local game makers, I sometimes wonder what sort of Indie gems I’m missing out on due to the simple fact that I don’t speak the language. Sure, puzzle games and other genres short on dialog can do an international release by simply translating a few screens of text, but what about titles with a strong storyline and well developed characters? How many great stories have passed me by simply because I don’t speak the Japanese, French, or German? Well, thanks to the hard work of the people at KING Art Games, there is at least one masterpiece I won’t have to miss.
The Book of Unwritten Tales is a point and click adventure game, a genre which we are glad is starting to earn a place of honor in the gaming world again after falling out of favor. A press release is included below to feed you all the details, but comparisons to Monkey Island and Discworld were more than enough to catch my interest. Once we got our hands on some assets, I was sold. Just check out some of the artwork they sent our way in the gallery below. Anything with gorgeous HD visuals like that is worth a play just for the sight seeing potential, but the rave reviews of the European release assure us that the characters are unique and humorous as well. (Considering the fact that “Critter” looks like a cross between three different Sesame Street creatures, I’m inclined to believe what they say.) This looks like a winner. Now I just have to wait for it to become available in the states.
The Book of Unwritten Tales
International Release in Fall 2011
The Book of Unwritten Tales is a classic Point & Click Adventure set in a beautiful fantasy world. It’s a humorous homage to the RPG and fantasy genre with numerous allusions to literature and games like “Lord of the Rings”, “World of Warcraft” and “Discworld”. With its hilarious characters and detailed artwork, the game follows in the footsteps of all-time favorites like Monkey Island or Simon the Sorcerer.
In a world torn by war, the aged gremlin archaeologist Mortimer MacGuffin harbors the dark secret of a powerful artifact. Whoever calls this artifact his own, will determine the fate of the world. While the Army of the Shadows sends out its best and most devious agents to discover the secret, the Alliance’s four heroes find themselves involuntarily drawn into the crisis…
The game by independent developer “KING Art” has already been released in parts of Europe and received rave reviews. In Germany no other new adventure since the glorious days of Lucas Arts got higher ratings from the game press and gamers alike. “We are thrilled to announce the worldwide release of The Book of Unwritten Tales (or BoUT) in Fall 2011”, says Jan Theysen, Creative Director at KING Art. “We’ve invested a great amount of time, money and passion into the localization and believe that people all over the world will enjoy the new and improved English version.”
The game features:
- an epic story with about 20 hours of gameplay
- top-notch English voice acting
- excellent character animations with fine-tuned facial animations
- numerous crazy characters – from two-headed ogres and vegetarian dragons to moronic mummies and good-natured zombies
- an extensive game world with detailed graphics and more than 60 elaborate locations
- over 200 mind-boggling puzzles
- highly detailed zoomable 2D backgrounds with real-time 3D
- characters in Full HD (supports screen resolutions up to 1920×1200 pixels)
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KING Art Games
KING Art is an award-winning independent game developer specializing
in the production of high quality games. To accomplish this, they
combine the skills of their on-site staff with the expertise of an
international external workforce.
Since 2002 KING Art have been pioneers in the area of extensive
browser games, and have accumulated expert knowledge during the
production of more than 30 successfully completed browser game
In 2008 KING Art have developed their own adventure game engine,
which was used for the production of “The Book of Unwritten Tales” and
its prequel “The Critter Chronicles”, which is currently in development.
For the internationally acclaimed adventure game “Black Mirror 2”,
KING Art developed concepts, puzzle design and wrote a major part of