Review: The Book of Unwritten Tales 2

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The Book of Unwritten Tales 2

Nordic Games
Reviewed on: PS4
Also on: PC, Xbox One
Street: 09.17

It’s been a long time since I’ve played a point-and-click adventure—a decade or more, to be exact. Naturally, I was overjoyed to get my hands on The Book of Unwritten Tales 2. Its art style is immediately reminiscent of Escape From Monkey Island, and it works so well in a fantasy setting. My favorite thing about this game is how many pop-culture references Nordic Games has stuffed inside of it. There’s everything from Game of Thrones, Monsters Inc., Skyrim, Portal and Final Fantasy VII, to name a few. I’m not too keen on the controls, however. They’re not very responsive when moving about any set piece or moving to interact with an object, but being able to move from one character to the next with the right stick was welcome. No point-and-click adventure is complete without its puzzles, and this game is no exception. Every puzzle required careful attention to dialogue and heavy use of my intuition in order to complete them, resulting in trumpets loudly signaling my accomplishment. The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 was a great re-acquaintance with the point-and-click genre, and at the bargain price of $20, it’s hard not to make the investment. –Trey Sanders