Poe-Faced: The Raven

Period Hitman?

You can’t make a point and click adventure game for less than $3 million, you know. Hell, you can’t even make it for $3 million, apparently. So presumably King Art Games, they of The Book Of Unwritten Tales, have some serious venture capital behind them for their noirish crime adventure The Raven. The first of its three episodes are out on Steam on July 23rd, but they have a stylishly monochrome ‘interactive graphic novel’ preview to play for no-pence right now.

Don’t ask me to be an expert about adventure games, obviously (John’s on holiday, otherwise you’d be spared such protestations), but I dig the concept of The Raven offering both sides of the story – the titular master criminal, and the dedicated copper out to catch him. It’s like The Wire, but with French guys and dialogue trees! Probably less Omar, too.

Here’s what it looks like:

That’s some pretty solid voice-acting, actually. Obviously in a cartoon style, but I must admit I’ve become accustomed to hearing the worst in modern adventure games. There’s an air of Broken Sword to proceedings too.

Oh, here’s that ‘interactive graphic novel’, which is a limited, browser-based pointer-clicker with a rather nice visual style. Wish the full game was like that, tbh.


Episode 1 of The Raven will be out on Steam on Jul 23. It’s also coming out on Mac and Linux.

Oh look, I didn’t use insulting gags for Mac and Linux for once. I’m full of surprises, me.


  1. lowprices says:

    Man, Double Fine must be crying into their money hats after the burn you just gave them.

  2. Matzerath says:

    Ooh, sick burn!

  3. FurryLippedSquid says:

    Unwritten Tales was fantastic, I have high hopes.

    • G-Lord says:

      I fully agree. The Book of Unwritten Tales is one of the modern adventures I usually recommend.

  4. Alien426 says:

    So presumably The Book Of Unwritten Tales have some serious venture capital behind them for their noirish crime adventure The Raven.

    The Book Of Unwritten Tales :: game
    King Art Games :: developer

  5. Anthile says:

    I also noticed the third chapter is titled “A Murder of Ravens” but a murder is a group of crows whereas a group of ravens is called an unkindness. No correct ornithology terms, no sale.

    • MattM says:

      It’s about the unlawful killings of ravens.

      • The Random One says:

        What would a chapter about the lawful killing of ravens be called? A collateral of ravens?

        • Velko says:

          No, a collateral of ravens would be, for example, when you took a mortgage and then defaulted it,and the bank would take all your ravens.

        • Surlywombat says:

          Lawful killing of ravens would be flapital punishment.

          I’ll get me coat…

    • Velko says:

      link to en.wikipedia.org

      The things you learn!

      • skullBaseknowledge says:

        I always loved the English language but this beats everything.

        • Velko says:

          Yeah, I thought the “unkindness” thing was a joke but turns out it isn’t, and now I’m astonished.

      • SominiTheCommenter says:

        My favourite is a storytelling of crows.

  6. Phantom_Renegade says:

    After Kickstarter took their cut and paying for all the rewards they ended up having to make the game for 2 mil. The burn still stands though. Question, if you buy it on steam, do you get all of the episodes, or is each episode 25 euro’s separately?

    • Anthile says:

      All episodes for the 19.99€ asking price.

    • Xocrates says:

      They’re not splitting the game into two, they’re releasing the first half sooner as part of the “early access” thing to help fund the completion of the second half. It’s still just one game, so you just pay once.

      To put it another way, the game will only be officially released when the second part comes out.

  7. Ninjaontour says:

    ‘interative graphic novel’

  8. pilouuuu says:

    The animation style reminds me of Tintin movie and the Ghostbuster game a little bit.
    And Book of the Unwritten Tales was quite amazing!