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DFG Exclusive Review Summary
Average, has some problems & recommended with caution.
- Comical dialogue
- Generally good character animation
- Uninteresting plot
- Mini-games are simple and get boring easily
- Game length much too short
A mysterious foe. An idyllic valley. An unlikely hero. Enter the world of Jeff Smith's Bone and a truly epic adventure will come to life!
In Bone: Out from Boneville, the first episode of the epic Bone saga, three cousins - Fone, Phoney, and Smiley Bone - become separated in a vast, uncharted desert.
One by one, they find their way into a deep, forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures and new mysteries that await them.
If you are looking for more hilarious adventure games, try Sam & Max Season One.
Bone: Out from Boneville Review
Review by Sara
Out of Boneville, the first in the saga of Bone games, is an easy to learn point-and-click adventure following Fone Bone and his wacky cousins through an unfamiliar valley in search of their hometown Boneville.
Plot is Just Too Simple
Unfortunately, Bone is far more simple than adventurous. The plot itself is hardly inspiring and is much too simple to create any real enthusiasm for the game. In the span of only an hour or two, expect to travel very quickly from the desert into the valley, have only two rendezvous with the rat-like villains, then perform only a few simple tasks that lead you to the end of this game. On your way you meet an ensemble of good and bad characters including the beautiful Thorn and her grandmother, as well as repulsive rat creatures plotting some evil plan in which kidnapping Fone Bone is a vital element!
There Just Isn't Much Here
While the dialogue itself is enjoyable and the animation of most characters is commendable, creativity is generally limited and its hard to become genuinely enthralled with this game. Were it not for the dragon and giant leaf bugs, there would be few creative elements to solidify originality. Furthermore, in order to entice you to purchase the second game, none of the “mysteries” set up are even close to solved and when combined with the abrupt ending, no resolve is left for the player upon completion.
Only a few mini-games are included and those that are will be too easy to solve for most audiences and are not terribly unique or invigorating.
Conclusion - Too Short to Recommend
Overall, the extremely short game length combined with the less than exciting plot negates the good dialogue and animation and ultimately this game is overpriced for what its worth. Perhaps recommended to school age children, those capable of keeping up with dialogue, who would enjoy the simple plot and ease of navigation, but on the whole this game is uninspiring and not worth your money.
Watch a few scenes from the game.
- Bone: Out From Boneville was released on September 15, 2005.
- This game was developed by Telltale Games.
- Currently, the only other Bone game that has been released is The Great Cow Race.
- Telltale Games is known to have produced a wide variety of popular and critically-acclaimed episodic adventure games, including Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, The Walking Dead, and the Sam and Max series.
- Bone: Out From Boneville can be played on Windows and Mac OSX machines.
- This game is an adaptation of the first volume of Jeff Smith's critically-acclaimed comic book, Bone. Bone has won 10 Eisner Awards and 11 Harvey Awards.
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