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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Basic good-vs.-evil tropes; heroes try to discover source of ominous power.
Positive Role Models
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 & Scariness
Mild cartoon violence. Characters take blows to the head. Magic is main weapon in fights.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to pregnancy, sex. Partially exposed cleavage, short skirts on female characters. No sexual acts shown.
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The words "hooker," "s--t," and "a--hole" used sparingly.
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Products & Purchases
Although a sequel, no need to play the original.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Tobacco use. Quests to obtain alcohol. Mini-quest shows intoxicated character.
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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.
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.
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