Bone: Out From Boneville Review (PC)

by March 1st, 2007
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Truly Enjoyable

Overview
Bone2 is a new series of adventure games from Telltale games (probably most well known for the Sam and Max games they are making). The story of this episode (first of 9 games based on graphic novels by Jeff Smith) follows the adventures of the three Bone cousins, Fone, Phoney and Smiley. One of Phoney’s hair brain get rich quick schemes goes wrong, and the trio end up being kicked out of the town and chased away by angry townsfolk. They journey for days into the wilderness where they find a strange map and are chased by strange locust creatures. The three are separated and for the majority of this episode, we follow the adventures of Fone Bone (a kind and intelligent bone) as he meets new creatures in a strange valley and falls in love with Thorn. Thorn takes Fone to meet Grandma Ben, who takes him in, so long as he does his share of the work. Along this journey, Fone meets Ted (a leaf bug), A duo of evil rat creatures intent on killing and eating him, and a large red dragon, who saves him on various occasions from this dragon. In this adventure, you also get the opportunity of playing as Phonciple P ?Phoney? Bone (a cunning, grouchy bone), as he journeys through the valley trying to find Fone so that they can return to Boneville. Grandma Ben tells the two bones that there could be someone at the Barrelhaven festival that could help them get back to boneville, and the adventure ends with the two bones journeying to this festival to try to seek help.

Gameplay
Point and click, right click to change to look mode where you can examine the environment. Nice and simple, but more interactive than the aforementioned Sam & Max games. This is good as it makes the game more enjoyable and adds a lot more depth to the game.

Audio
Well voiced, very well scripted, nice fantasy scored soundtrack, no problems

GraphicsNice, very smooth visuals, looks like they spend a lot of time on making this game look good. Nothing spectacular (lifelike visuals etc?) but it is a brilliantly cartoon style, and this is very fitting to the game.

Enjoyment
Brilliant, 10/10, I am 16 and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this game, which is uncommon for me. It may be designed for kids but it’s a game that al ages can enjoy without the fear of our kids being taught bad morals. The only thing I would criticise is that it is a little simple in some sections, but this is understandable as it is designed for kids. Brilliant nonetheless

Overall
A great game, good fun and a good laugh. I am looking forward to playing the second (The Great Cow Race) eagerly, and have been since completing this instalment. Truly brilliant, and well worth the money. Highly recommended

The Good: Brilliant storyEasy interfaceWell animated
The Bad: A little simple to work out at pointsToo Short, I WANT MORE!!!!!

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Sam P

Sam, 21, recently graduated music & theology student. I live in Coventry, and currently work as a waiter in a hotel, which isn't the most glamorous job, but it's paying off my debts. My first experience of gaming was bubble bobble on the commodore 64, and I've been pretty much hooked since. I really enjoy the old point & click adventure games, and adventure platforming games in general.

About Sam P

Sam, 21, recently graduated music & theology student. I live in Coventry, and currently work as a waiter in a hotel, which isn't the most glamorous job, but it's paying off my debts. My first experience of gaming was bubble bobble on the commodore 64, and I've been pretty much hooked since. I really enjoy the old point & click adventure games, and adventure platforming games in general.