Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Ultimately, Bone: Out From Boneville is probably too lightweight, too easy and unsophisticated for most adventure gamers... but don't hold that against it.
  2. We're huge fans of the genre, and really buy into the thought of regular episodic content, but we'd demand it at a significantly reduced price and with an approach that actually panders to the long-term fans of this style of game - as opposed to young kids with no patience.
  3. At times, it can become annoying how slowly the Bones move around the screen, but it does add just a little more longevity to this first installment, which clocks in at just several hours long.
  4. The endearing characters and witty dialogue are real winners. It’s professionally done in places and anyone looking to dabble in a lighthearted adventure will find this a stimulating experience; just don’t expect to be playing for months.
  5. The game has charm. The look and sound are nicely done, but the game is just too short and does not present any major or innovative challenges.
  6. 59
    Bone: Out from Bonevill has some great presentation, considering it is a budget title. The point-and-click style is a perfect fit for the story, but the execution is a bit flawed.
  7. The story is charming and witty, the puzzles are a refreshing change from the usual, and the game is appropriate for everyone in the family.
  8. I personally have nothing but good things to say about this game. In fact, the only problem I have is that it’s too short, and that just means I’m greedy. I think anyone who wants to be whisked away into a brightly colored land of adventure featuring the time-honored themes of good and evil, friends and foes, and a good dose of real humor will be doing themselves a serious favor by checking out this game.
  9. 60
    Cases of repetitious dialogue occur far too frequently, as does the odd graphical glitch. Plus the somewhat childlike visuals and script may turn off those who fell in love with the more mature humour of the early LucasArts titles.
  10. Bone: Out from Boneville & The Great Cow Race are good fun even for beginners. The Great Cow Race is much better than the shaky first episode, being more non-linear, having tighter gameplay and expanding on the comic's story instead of just retelling it. [Jan 2007]
  11. This episode seems to be lacking quite a bit as far as the storyline and length are concerned. It should supposedly last about three hours, but it seemed even shorter than that to me; much too short, actually.
  12. I imagine that only fans of the comic book will be willing to fork out that kind of dough for such a short visit with their pals that have been magically brought to life in the digital medium.
  13. Short, cute, enjoyable games created with simplicity in mind and offset by a few bugs and an ultimately empty feeling. As it is you will find much to like here, just don’t expect it to last.
  14. Its beautiful scenery and personable characters will definitely grab the player. However, its immediate lack of challenge and extremely short amount of playtime are definitely hurtful to the overall quality of the game.
  15. Newcomers to Bone are better off putting their money toward the collection graphic novel. [Mar 2006, p.102]
  16. A pleasant little game, but far, far too little of it released at this price. [Christmas 2005, p.62]
  17. It creates a warm feeling that doesn't provide belly-laughs, but at least fixes you up with a permanent half-grin. [PC Zone]
  18. Lets hope that the next episode has a bit more bulk, because there's heaps of potential. I look forward to meeting up with Fone, Phoney and Smiley again and seeing them safely home.
  19. A faithful, fun retelling of the comic book - just too short. [Dec 2005, p.106]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. May 1, 2013
    I love the Bone graphic novel and I love Telltale Games and adventure games in general. I want to get that out of the way first, because this is painful for me to say:

    Bone: Out From Boneville is bad.

    Not terrible. Not memorably awful. Just forgettably clunky and mediocre, and a very poor attempt at a faithful adaptation of the graphic novel. The graphics are dated by 2005's standards, let alone 2012's; they evoke early 2003 Gamecube games. The story's delivery is slow, plodding, and padded with dull minigames, without any sort of niceties or ornamentation to the interface; it feels like the game was made on a budget of pocket lint. The animation is stiff, and some of the models just look off (Thorn with a ponytail and a Peter Pan outfit, anyone?). And worst of all, the voice acting is eardrum-gougingly terrible, so much so that it trashes the story and the believability of the characters; I'm not sure if we're looking at bad direction or bad talent here, but the delivery is off on damn near every line, and there's no sense of believability to the whole mess. The only grace I can offer is that the Bone games were some of Telltale's first, with Sam & Max still a year out, so these are the birthing cries of a developer struggling to find its feet after splitting from Lucasarts, but it's still a tragically bad game.
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  2. May 15, 2012
    Only suitable for kids who are so young their parents will have to do most of the playing. Even making allowance for that, it is short and feeble. There are a few funny moments, hence the score as high as 1. Full Review »
  3. Apr 27, 2012
    I started Bone very long after it was created. Got it basically because I loved The Walking Dead from the same developer. Not being a fan of the adventure genre Telltale games is making my mind change. Considering this is such an old game and not incredibly popular, after playing it i wish they would have produced the whole series of Bone. I found it funny, fun and simple. The biggest flaw is how short it is and the very small space for different outcomes. Although now at April 2012 the game goes for $9.99 in steam for both this and the sequel, so the price is ok. Don't expect a huge production, but in my case... it does leave me buying the Jeff Smith graphic novels from amazon wanting to know more about the story... plus a smile. So Telltale, i hope that after your Living Dead... you could consider finishing this saga! Full Review »