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  • Summary: Based on Ken Follett’s world-bestseller, The Pillars of the Earth retells the story of the village of Kingsbridge in a whole new way. Play as Jack, Aliena, and Philip and change the events of the book through exploration, decision-making and dialogues.
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  1. Jul 2, 2018
    90
    The 20-plus hour commitment to The Pillars of the Earth is well worth it to enjoy this interactive towering tale, faithfully adapted to near-perfection by Daedalic. For patient gamers, this is not a narrative adventure that should be missed.
  2. Sep 6, 2017
    89
    The game is a great adaptation of a very complex book. Dive into medieval ages, follow fascinating characters and make tough choices. Pillars of the Earth has stunning visuals and an amazing soundtrack. Although it's not a very challenging game, you can still have a good time with it.
  3. Aug 31, 2017
    85
    Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth is a fairly unique experience. While some may take issue with the slow pace and dour subject matter, it’s already a journey filled with beautiful moments when the visuals, music, and narration come together to create some truly affecting moments. With no knowledge of the source material it’s too early to tell if the story will end up with worthwhile payoff in the two installments to come, but to me the first is engaging enough to warrant the time and attention of anyone looking for a tonal change of pace.
  4. Aug 11, 2017
    80
    The first episode of Daedalics The Pillars of the Earth is beautifully designed, has a great presentation but slightly too little gameplay. However it gives you a thrilling and interesting story to enjoy.
  5. Aug 10, 2017
    78
    Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth is a respectful game, a different way to live and expand the experience of the best seller and also a curious experience due to its easy puzzles and episodic style. Also, a relaxed and slow experience, a little different to other graphic adventures.
  6. CD-Action
    Oct 30, 2017
    75
    The game does not stick closely to the book, but I find it to be its strength – it wouldn’t be fun to simply click through events you remember. What bothered me is that while boldly slimming down the traditional point’n’click elements Daedalic created a game that lacks challenge almost completely, which makes the story the only engaging component. But gosh, the visuals are fantastic. [10/2017, p.60]
  7. Aug 22, 2017
    60
    Daedalic's novel adaptation delivers a great story, beautiful visuals and interesting characters. 12th century England makes for a fascinating setting, but unfortunately far too much time is wasted on backtracking and tedious puzzles.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
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  1. Feb 10, 2019
    10
    My best purchase in 2017.
    I watched the movie, read the book and just couldn't but try the game.
    Great storytelling, interesting artstyle.
    My best purchase in 2017.
    I watched the movie, read the book and just couldn't but try the game.
    Great storytelling, interesting artstyle. Perfect game for such price.
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  2. Jan 18, 2018
    10
    EXCELLENT game ! Drawings are beautiful, dialogue superb, great story (the book was great), and choices matters. For this price, I'd recommendEXCELLENT game ! Drawings are beautiful, dialogue superb, great story (the book was great), and choices matters. For this price, I'd recommend this game with my eyes closed ! Go for it !

    And thank you Daedalic for this great game !
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  3. Dec 14, 2017
    9
    Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth is beautifully executed with gorgeous graphics and art style, compelling sound effects and good voiceKen Follett's The Pillars of the Earth is beautifully executed with gorgeous graphics and art style, compelling sound effects and good voice acting that make an already engaging story even more immersive. It's is slow in a good way, carefully pulling you in by switching various characters and weaving their stories together. If you like point and click adventures and Telltale games, this one is a must. Expand
  4. May 24, 2019
    7
    Favorite Thing: After the story got going it was fairly interesting.
    Least Favorite Thing: The game starts too slow. I almost gave it up
    Favorite Thing: After the story got going it was fairly interesting.
    Least Favorite Thing: The game starts too slow. I almost gave it up within the first few hours.

    Date Completed: 2019-05-24
    Playtime: 14h
    Enjoyment: 7/10
    Recommendation: It's not one of my top point & click games but if you stick with it the story won't disappoint.
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  5. Aug 22, 2019
    7
    The Pillars of the Earth is a hybrid of visual novel and a 2D point and click game. Usually many hybrid games I play lean one way and theThe Pillars of the Earth is a hybrid of visual novel and a 2D point and click game. Usually many hybrid games I play lean one way and the other is just an add on or gimmick. Pillars actually is literally one part 2D point and click for every part visual novel. Each scene you have to solve a puzzle which will be your typical fare of using something in your inventory on the screen or combining items. After each puzzle scene there is dialogue in which you will be making dialogue choices. The game is based on the novel of the same name. You play a variety of characters centered around a power struggle in England in the 1100’s as the King has died without a living heir and a power struggle erupts throwing the country into chaos.

    The puzzle parts are pretty standard if you have played any number of point and click games. For the most part it is pretty straight forward and makes sense but there is the odd time where I could understand what they wanted from me but they had a way of getting it done that boggled my mind and didn’t seem logical. Not overly surprising considering that is almost a staple of the genre. The visual novel parts were well done. I enjoyed the choices and thought the game did a good job of not making everything black and white or good/evil. Some choices are timed where more important ones are not. At the end of each chapter you get a summary of your choices and some of the outcomes. If I have one gripe about the game was the story itself. I can understand that since it is based on a book so they probably didn’t want to venture too far off the established path but it was pretty dry at times and I will say I became a bit bored during some parts. That being said when the game was good I was engaged and thought it was great. The ending was a bit different from what I was hoping as things seemed to go a bit darker before settling into a more typical happy ending that I don’t think different choices in game would have changed. The animations were well done as was the art. The voice acting was top notch across the board.

    I played The Pillars of the Earth on Linux. It did crash on launch at first. I determined that the game required a file, “libpng12.so”, that wasn’t shipped with the game and after installing that the game started just fine and never gave me further crashes. It did open on the wrong monitor and I had to manually move it over to my main one. There was no config file I could find to specify which monitor to use and no in game option for it. Alt-Tab worked just fine. You can manually save whenever you want and there are checkpoints for those who don’t want to. While playing the game my total system RAM usage was 3GB, the total CPU usage was around 7% and my VRAM usage was 1.1GB. There were no graphics options besides resolution. I played using version 1.1.703 of the game from GOG.

    Overall whether you enjoy visual novels or 2D point and click games I can recommend The Pillars of the Earth. It may be a bit dry and doesn’t reinvent the wheel but it is very enjoyable for the majority of the playthrough and is solid on both fronts. I paid $13.99 CAD for it and would say it is worth $25 CAD.

    My Score: 7/10

    My System:

    AMD Ryzen 5 2600X | 16GB DDR4-3000 CL15 | MSI RX 580 8GB Gaming X | Mesa 19.1.4 | Samsung 850 Evo 250GB | Manjaro 18.0.4 | Mate 1.22.1 | Kernel 5.2.8-1-MANJARO
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  6. Oct 3, 2018
    7
    The Pillars of the Earth is an interactive story with point-and-click adventure elements. Visuals are really nice and the story is interestingThe Pillars of the Earth is an interactive story with point-and-click adventure elements. Visuals are really nice and the story is interesting even though it's a bit naive.

    It is a good game, but it has the same problem that a lot of Telltale games have: choices influence only minor details in scenery and dialogues but not the story itself. And in some scenes game takes away any choice from the player, making all options lead to the same result.
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  7. Aug 28, 2017
    7
    Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth
    Great story telling Not so great execution
    The Pillars of the Earth is a point and click adventure
    Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth
    Great story telling Not so great execution
    The Pillars of the Earth is a point and click adventure game based off of the book with the same title
    The game is set in 3 parts, though currently only the first 7 chapters are available, and takes about 5 and a half hours to complete with the other 14 to be released in December and early 2018
    Here you play as 3 characters, you start as a mason whos in the forest trying to find a way to take care of his family, but for the rest of the game you play as a monk trying to save his church and a forest boy that lives with his #singlemom
    The game takes place in 12th century England, and the story is told with a mix of cutscenes, story book choose your own adventure type moments and dialog within the world…
    The game fits perfectly in the middle of a traditional point and click game and a telltale game…
    Not too much of the collect and combine items nonsense…
    But the other parts about running around the world until you find the right item or talk to the right person just reminded me how little I missed these moments in adventure games..
    The gameplay isn’t quite as painful as those ,ore traditional adventure games.. but still I just didn’t find these moments to be fun, of searching different rooms or looking for items in the environment to report back and find more…
    of connecting clues to progress the story with other people…
    and its made worse by the games constant loading when you go into a new area or even when you bring up the map to remind yourself the direction you should be headed…
    a marker on the map where the character youre supposed to speak to btw would’ve been appreciated…
    this is the only bad of the game though as the story telling and characters are great, I was intrigued with with it all
    and because of a heavy religious theme the game sort of makes you think morally about decisions youre about to make…
    I felt bad for choosing to do bad things,
    and I stopped myself from lying at times in moments that I should have
    this is a sign of great story telling and world building…
    I cared for the people my decision was going to effect
    ive yet to run into a moment where I felt like my decisions has made a huge difference in what was to come…
    but that didn’t stop me from thinking before I acted…
    Though the Pillars of the Earth is held back by its adventure parts.. this is still a decently enjoyable but very compelling adventure game with beautiful visuals that fans of the genre shouldn’t pass up.
    Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth
    a 7/10
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