We're in the middle (or perhaps just the beginning) of a point-and-click adventure gaming rennaissance. Telltale Games may be the new Sierra Entertainment. Daedalic Entertainment just might be filling LucasArts' shoes. And now King Art wants to push its own abilities – and broaden adventure gamers' expectations – with The Book of Unwritten Tales 2.
Look, King Art already finished the game. It's done. It's good to go for a 2014 launch. But its $65,000 Kickstarter goal is going to invest in The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 things that normally end up on adventure games' cutting room floor, or not started at all due to monetary constraints.
King Art wants to inject elements that are standard in role-playing and action-adventure games that don't usually make it into a point-and-clicker's budget. Things like optional puzzles, puzzles with multiple solutions, or even strings of side quests taking players off the critical path. I'll admit, nothing roadblocks an adventure game faster than an obtuse, singular solution to a puzzle that should seemingly have secondary or even teriary solutions.
The first Book of Unwritten Tales had a lot of heart, wasn't scared of being self-aware, and plucked tons of fantasy-fiction tributes from geekdom's pop culture library. We don't often go chasing Kickstarter waterfalls here at Gaming Nexus, but King Art is making positive contributions to one of my favorite genres, and already has a completed game, so they get a hat tip here. At the time of this writing, King Art is already 84 percent of the way to its Kickstarter goal with 39 days to go.
Were the Kickstarter to fail, the game would've launched this year. But now, only inches away from its Kickstarter goalpost, release will be sometime in 2015 on PC.