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The Book Of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles (pc game)
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  • Critters inspecting the dead guy
  • Captured and getting called a "hairy human"
  • The sort of things you would expect
  • The ships room at night
  • Bottom of the staircase in a very strange room
  • In the polar bear cave

Cracking prequel

The original Book of Unwritten Tales is a cracking slice of point-and-click adventuring that is reminiscent of classics like Monkey Island and Discworld, and which doesn't take itself too seriously. This follow-up is actually a prequel to the first game and if anything is even better than its predecessor, making it a must play for genre fans. This one tells how Nathaniel, one of the key characters from the first game, met his furry friend, the eponymous Critter. The story finds Nathaniel winning a flying ship in a poker game but crashes it in an icy region, and which is where the game starts properly. As usual with this sort of thing, you get to explore a variety of environments, collecting items and interacting with various NPCs, while solving the many puzzles which bar your progress. Eventually, you get to control both Nathaniel and the Critter, with each of them having their own use for certain puzzles. Most of these are inventory-based but there are also some dialogue- and logic-based ones to add in some variety. The Critter Chronicles really is an absolute treat which stands comfortably alongside Fate of Atlantis and other industry legends. The story is witty and inventive, with memorable characters and an enchanting world to explore, while the puzzles are varied and just as clever, which makes them highly satisfying to solve. The visuals too are gloriously lush, with some wonderful environments and excellent character work to enjoy. If you like point-and-click adventures, do yourself a favor and check this series out.