- The art style in the game is absolutely fantastic. The characters and scenery have all been designed beautifully and it really makes the game stand out.
- The story in the game is stunning and it manages to stir up every emotion possible. It hooks you straight away and manages to be enthralling throughout.
- The voice actors have done a marvellous job of making the story come to life. They manage to create raw emotion which makes the game even more memorable.
- There isn’t much in terms of gameplay, but what’s here is very well done. The simple tasks you have to do mean something and add to the atmosphere.
- The puzzles in the game are interesting and combine with the story very well. The game gives you sufficient hints so you won’t suffer with frustration.
- There is quite a lot of backtracking in the game and sometimes you get fed up of returning to the same place.
- There are a lot of loading screens and a few minor bugs here and there, and while they may not be a major problem they can harm the immersion sometimes.
All in all Ken Folletts’s The Pillars of the Earth is a fine example of an interactive novel. They have managed to take the point-and-click formula and create something compelling, and it stays with you long after completion. The story in the game is simply stunning. The emotions the story creates are very powerful and the voice actors in the game have done a great job of making the story even more compelling. The gameplay doesn’t have a lot to it, but the gameplay that’s here adds to the fantastic story. You have to do certain tasks which matter a great deal, so these tasks make you become even more immersed. The game does require you to backtrack a lot though, and that does become tedious at times, but they have tried to combat that by offering you some decent puzzles. The puzzles in the game are very interesting and play a big part in the story, and I was pleased to see that the game offers you hints so you won’t get frustrated, which is great. The presentation side of the game is pretty much perfect. Visually the game looks absolutely beautiful and they have managed to capture the era it’s set in amazingly well. The sound design also does a fantastic job and it manages to create an atmosphere that’s unforgettable. At the end of the day I love games that involve you emotionally and allow you to experience different levels of emotions and that’s exactly what you get here. You care about all the characters that are in the game, and the unique twist they have added to the point-and-click formula makes things feel fresh. Ken Folletts’s The Pillars of the Earth is a game I thoroughly recommend you try out, and I can’t wait until the next book comes out.
I rate Ken Folletts’s The Pillars of the Earth 8.5/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Daedalic Entertainment/Kalypso
Publisher: Daedalic Entertainment
Genre: Adventure/Visual Novel
Release Date (Xbox One): August 15, 2017