The Book of Unwritten Tales 2

Game review by
Marcia Morgan, Common Sense Media
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Irreverent cartoonish adventure full of parodies.

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Positive Messages

Basic good-vs.-evil tropes; heroes try to discover source of ominous power.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters have overcome personal obstacles, band together to stop impending doom.

Ease of Play

Simple controls, but puzzles require lots of patience. Will frustrate younger players, some adults.

Violence

Mild cartoon violence. Characters take blows to the head. Magic is main weapon in fights.

Sex

References to pregnancy, sex. Partially exposed cleavage, short skirts on female characters. No sexual acts shown.

Language

The words "hooker," "s--t," and "a--hole" used sparingly.

Consumerism

Although a sequel, no need to play the original.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Tobacco use. Quests to obtain alcohol. Mini-quest shows intoxicated character.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is a point-and-click adventure game with hundreds of puzzles, crazy items, and a cast of unlikely, yet likable, heroes. Though there are references to sex and pregnancy, it's done in an innocent and comedic way. Violence in the game is of a fantasy/cartoon nature, with magic used to defeat flying kobolds or people being knocked out with a board. There are multiple references to alcohol, including a mini-quest where a character is drunk. Finally, though the game is marketed as a sequel, there’s no real need to have played the first game to jump right into this adventure.

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What's it about?

THE BOOK OF UNWRITTEN TALES 2 is a classic point-and-click adventure game set in the fantasy world of Aventasia. Players take control of three unlikely heroes: the elf princess Ivo, the gnome mage Wilbur Weathervane, and the rugged adventurer Nathan Bonnet. After their first adventure, the heroes went their separate ways, but events have conspired to bring them back together again. When strange things start happening in the land, it's up to this trio to work together to discover the cause and restore balance. 

Is it any good?

This well-executed adventure takes classic gameplay and stocks it full of entertaining tongue-in-cheek dialogue. The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 features hundreds of puzzles, a brilliantly orchestrated soundtrack, and an engaging and imaginative story. If that's the meat and potatoes of the game, then the dessert has to be all the eye candy. There no overstating just how beautiful this game looks. Political satire and a wide variety of geeky pop-culture references intermingle throughout the story. From Monty Python to LARP'ing (live action role-playing) parodies, nothing is safe from spoofing. Puzzles require players to heavily tap into their critical-thinking skills and are solved by clicking around the environment, collecting and combining items, and completing mini-games. The only drawback is the length of the story. The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 claims to be one of the longest adventure games of the last decade. But longer isn't necessarily better. Some of the puzzles run a bit too long, and the dialogue can drag, considerably slowing the pace of the game. But if you put these issues aside, you'll find yourself laughing your way through an excellent adventure.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of looking at situations from different angles. Can you think of a situation where a problem had more than one possible solution?

  • With all the pop-culture references in the game, which ones stood out the most? How many did you recognize?

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