About This Game
Based on Ken Follett’s world-bestseller, ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ retells the story of the village of Kingsbridge in a whole new interactive way. Play as Jack, Aliena and Philip and change the events of the book through exploration, decision-making and dialogues.
12th century, England: In a time of great poverty and war, a small town begins the construction of a cathedral to claim wealth and security for its people. In their struggle to survive, lives and destinies intertwine. Philip the monk becomes prior of the small abbey of Kingsbridge. At the same time, a boy called Jack is raised in the woods by his outlawed mother. His apprenticeship as a stonemason paves his way to become a gifted master builder. Together with the disgraced noblewoman Aliena, Jack and Philip begin the construction of one of the greatest cathedrals England will ever see.
- One of the most successful novels of all time, now adapted as a three-part videogame series
- Change events from the novel and influence the fates of its characters
- Follow an epic of war, conspiracies and romance spanning over 30 years
- Three different playable characters: Jack the outsider, Aliena the noblewoman and Philip the monk
- Brings the 12th century to life with over 200 handpainted backgrounds
- Fully animated in a unique 2D style
- Optimized for use with controller and mouse
- Orchestral Soundtrack by the FILMharmonic Orchestra, Prague
- Full voice over in English and German, featuring Glen McCready as Philip, Naomi Sheldon as Aliena and Cody Molko and Alex Jordan as the young and adult Jack
- With a special appearance by Ken Follett as the voice of the Cantor
- OS: Win 7, 8, 10, 32/64-bit
- Processor: 2.8 Ghz Dual Core CPU
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6670, GeForce GTX 200 series with at least 1GB
- DirectX: Version 9.0
- Storage: 13500 MB available space
- Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card with latest drivers
This game has brought the two great passions of my life together in the most beautiful marriage possible. I have no complaints, no niggles about accuracy, no doubts about the validity of this masterpiece.
Thank you for giving me this experience. Every time I walk into a cathedral now, on one of my many research trips, I am able to see them not as a remnant of times long ago, but as a place of warmth, light, and laughter of the people who’s stories lead to their construction.
This is what i call evolution of adventure genre. That’s how you do it. I’m absolutely in love with this game. (I know this is based on a book, but you still need a lot of skill to adapt the story for a game).
Pillars of the earth is similar to Telltale games only it is done in old fashioned traditional point&click style. But there aren’t any puzzles, only story just like in Telltale games. Only this one tells the story better, you get to love the characters and you care about them.
Gameplay basically consists of talking to people and choosing what to say. A little bit of exploration, item collecting, but nothing difficult. So point&click fans may not find this game interesting if they look for puzzles. Puzzles(if you can even call them puzzles) are easy, some require more effort if you go for achievements. This game is about story telling. It’s about religion, war and love. There will be moments when you laugh and there will be moments when you cry.
The game also has choices and here these choices have a meaning. Nothing will change drastically, but it’s nice to see something changed in the last chapter because your decision in the first chapter. Really nicely done.
This game has one of the best love stories I’ve ever seen. I loved it so much that i feel like a teenage girl.
You get to see characters life from childhood to old age. You see how characters mature and change, some for the best, some for the worst.
I despise all religions, I absolutely hate religion, but I really loved this game so if you’re like me please don’t get put off because of religious theme. Religion is a part of the story and it’s a part of history which you can’t erase. It also has a really nice idea how religion should be and what it should mean to us. Even as non-religious person i liked that concept of god and devil.
Another part of the story tells you about the civil war. You get to see all the cruelty and see that the man is no more than an animal and the most vicious one.
And of course there’s a love story, you get to experience it from the first moment, that moment which you can relate to if you ever fallen in love. It hits you like a hammer that you want to go, hug and kiss your other half and say you love her/him.
Graphics design is great. Environments are gorgeous, character models are nicely drawn, every place you explore feels like something unique and sometimes you just stare at the screen admiring the beauty. I would prefer hand drawn characters but I’m a realist and I completely understand it would’ve cost a lot of money for developers and we all know good games like this is a niche market. Nevertheless graphics looks really good.
Sound design is another aspect where this game shines. Voice acting is outstanding and voice acting means a lot in such game because you don’t see the faces of the characters so the only way to experience their feelings is through their voices. And of course music, it’s outstanding, it fits every scene very well and create great atmosphere.
I strongly recommend this game to everyone who loves a good story and want to experience an emotional journey. Great graphics, story and sound creates an outstanding mood and makes you relive the story.
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A beautiful, atmospheric game. The kind of game that Telltale wish they could make, where choices actually do matter.
If you’re a fan of historical drama’s, this is for you. True to the era it is set in, though the characters and locations are fictional, to my knowledge.
Do you play _only good_ point&click games?
Do you like art on screenshots?
Do you like good stories?
Do you like Telltale’s games?
Only one "Yes"? Play
* It’s more about a story than riddles with inventory: at the end of each book it’s more like "interactive novel", but Daedalic said it, it’s not a secret. Somewhere in between Telltale’s and traditional point&click — best of both.
Certainly deserves more players and positive reviews.
One of the best voice acting
Beautiful distinctive art
This is an interactive movie similar to the late TellTale games – just 2D/2.5D instead of 3D.
And what a great one it is, definitely the best I "played" so far.
The graphics? Without a doubt one of the most beautifully drawn graphics I have seen in a 2D game.
Daedalic developed games always have good art, but with this one they outdid themselves.
The music&sound? Very well done.
The voice acting? One of the best I’ve ever heard. Hire these voice actors again, please!
The story? Well, it is based on the book and the book I’d say has a very good story. So does this.
Do not be fooled by the cathedral building theme. If you are like me and generally avoid religious stuff, keep on reading! Religion is only one of many topics the game covers and when it does, it is very critical of the church. Good stuff!
Even the length with its roughly 12 hours is fine.
I got none.
I could go on about how the puzzles are basically non-existant (it never gets harder than pick up something one screen away and use it at point A) and the QTEs (quick time events) are as ill-fitting here as they are in every other game.
But this is par for the course for interactive movies/novels like this.
It would be like blaming a shooter for containing violence.
If you do like interactive movie/novel games, get this one.
The story is so rich and all those choices to make…omg.
This is a really good title and I approve it 🙂