Bone: Out from Boneville

Bone: Out from Boneville

Annoying woodland creatures? Check.

 

Based on Jeff Smith's award-winning comic series, Bone: Out from Boneville is the first chapter in a point-and-click adventure game series. You follow the adventures of three cousins: Fone Bone, the all-around nice guy; Phoney Bone, the disgruntled, money-obsessed scam artist; and Smiley Bone, the laid-back musician. After Phoney Bone's mayoral campaign in Boneville ends in disaster, the Bones are run out of their home and end up lost in the desert. It's up to you to get the Bones back to Boneville.

 

The game is much like the comic it's derived from - if you had the comic book you could read along with the game. That also means that if you've already read the comic, you know how the game progresses and ends. The graphics look and feel as though they just jumped off the page, and the animations are smooth. The game's music matches the graphics well, but adds a dash of moodiness. When characters talk to each other, a dialog box opens on the bottom of the screen with premade dialogue options. The solid voice acting really keeps the feel of each character, from Fone's innocence to Phoney's sarcasm.

 

Our one major issue with Bone is its length. You get only three or four hours of gameplay, with little ability to explore the world around you. Also, the minigames that push the action are sometimes too simplistic or too repetitive-the dialogue games are much more interesting.

 

The bottom line. The Bone comic had nine healthy chapters and became an engrossing fantasy epic. If the game developer continues the series along the same lines, we are in for a real treat.

 

COMPANY: Vanbrio Entertainment
CONTACT: www.vanbrio.com
PRICE: $12.99
REQUIREMENTS: 1GHz G4 or faster or Intel CPU, Mac OS 10.3.9 or later, 512MB RAM, 32MB graphics card
Wonderful art. Good voice acting. Fun story.
Very, very short. Restricts player to linear story line.

 

 

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Шепетовка

Thank You for another very interesting article. It's really good written and I fully agree with You on main issue, btw. I must say that I really enjoyed reading all of Your posts. It’s interesting to read ideas, and observations from someone else’s point of view… it makes you think more. So please try to keep up the great work all the time. Greetings

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Anonymous

I, too, purchased Out from Boneville and received no activation code. When I tried to email them, I get some bogus message about the server having problems. They say they will "store the message and respond at a later time" or some such nonsense. I paid for the game last November and have yet to hear from a soul.

What a scam this turned out to be! I wonder who I could report them to?

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Anonymous

I, too, purchased Out from Boneville and received no activation code. When I tried to email them, I get some bogus message about the server having problems. They say they will "store the message and respond at a later time" or some such nonsense. I paid for the game last November and have yet to hear from a soul.

What a scam this turned out to be! I wonder who I could report them to?

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Anonymous

Vanbrio appears to be dead. If you purchase the game they will take your money but you will not get the code to activate the game. They do not return emails or even phone calls. Too bad for Mac users.

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Don Boras

I've just purchased Bone, but there was no activation code sent with my email receipt. Their email does not seem to be functioning, and calling their phone number (512-891-8976) results in a "number not in service message."

Are they still in business? Or is Vanbrio dead? They appear live enough to take my money.

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