Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth Image
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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. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  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: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  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. Aug 24, 2020
    10
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  3. 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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  4. Jan 31, 2019
    9
    The Name of the Rose like atmosphere, classic point&click adventure without tedious and illogical puzzles. Beautiful 2D graphics andThe Name of the Rose like atmosphere, classic point&click adventure without tedious and illogical puzzles. Beautiful 2D graphics and interesting plot based on a great book. Expand
  5. May 5, 2020
    8
    First of all, I must admit that the soundtrack is amazing! If you are into Point & Click games then you should definitely play this game. TheFirst of all, I must admit that the soundtrack is amazing! If you are into Point & Click games then you should definitely play this game. The story is amazing which is based on Ken Follett's award-winning novel... I really advise this game. 15hrs on record. Expand
  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. May 17, 2021
    0
    This is a point-and-click historical fiction novel. It's a good story that's quite emotional at times. I definitely enjoyed it, but it's alsoThis is a point-and-click historical fiction novel. It's a good story that's quite emotional at times. I definitely enjoyed it, but it's also a bit mundane and bland compared to top-notch walking simulators such as The Walking Dead, Life is Strange, and What Remains of Edith Finch--all of which are extremely emotionally-stimulating compared to The Pillars of the Earth. Expand

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