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  • Summary: It's Spring Fair time as The Great Cow Race begins - with games, goodies and challenges. Gran'Ma Ben is preparing to compete in the Great Cow Race (yes, she'll be running) and Phoney Bone hatches a devious plan to profit from the competition. Meanwhile dark forces are at work in the mountains.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Most of this game flowed flawlessly, but there was one sticking point I have to mention: the load time between scenes was agonizingly slow.
  2. Fans of Bone or point-and-click adventures shouldn't hesitate to grab it. [Ju;y 2006, p.99]
  3. The game is consistently funny throughout, easy to play and will absolutely make you a Bone fan before you’re done with it.
  4. 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]
  5. For the low retail price, you can’t really go wrong with this title. It’s not going to blow you out of the water, and its not quite innovative, but it is incredibly charming and fun to play through.
  6. 70
    As with the first episode, The Great Cow race is still an immensely difficult title to rate. Though the same engine-based problems remain, the much more intriguing dialogue, and better flow of story and puzzles help culminate in making this second episode an even brighter prospect than the first.
  7. 50
    It's fine for gamers who don't mind waiting months between episodes, but if you want to get the real charm of the story and art, it's best to just read the comic book.

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  1. May 1, 2013
    5
    Mercifully not as weak as its predecessor Out From Boneville, but that isn't saying much. The Great Cow Race suffers from the same voiceMercifully not as weak as its predecessor Out From Boneville, but that isn't saying much. The Great Cow Race suffers from the same voice acting problems as the first game, and if anything, worsens them by having even more characters and dialogue to ham-fistedly fumble. The character models still look wrong, the graphics are still out of date for their time, and the puzzles are still tedious; the only thing that helps The Great Cow Race is the strength of the material it's drawing on, because it's just so much harder to improperly execute an inherently silly concept like a cow race compared to a journey through a fresh new land.

    This is subject to the same "infant developer grace period" phenomenon I mentioned in my review of the first Bone game, but considering what Telltale's put out since then, I'd be surprised if the Bone games aren't at the same "secret shame" level as Howard the Duck is for George Lucas. Jeff Smith's graphic novel deserves better.
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