ⓘ Bone: Out from Boneville

Bone: The Great Cow Race

Bone: The Great Cow Race is the fourth video game endeavor by Telltale Games, and the second episode of the Bone adventure game series. It was released in April 2006 after approximately seven months of production. It is based on the second volume of the Bone comic series by Jeff Smith and follows the adventures of cousins Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone.

                                     

ⓘ Bone: Out from Boneville

Bone: Out from Boneville is an episodic adventure game by Telltale Games. It was Telltales first adventure game, and their second game overall, following Telltale Texas Holdem. On October 13, 2006, a Mac port of the game was released, ported by Vanbrio.

It was released for Microsoft Windows in September 2005 after around seven months in production. The game is based on Out from Boneville, the first volume of the Bone comic series by Jeff Smith. It follows the adventures of Fone Bone and his two cousins, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone the first two of which are both playable characters.

                                     

1. Plot

At the beginning of the game, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone have been run out of their hometown of Boneville due to one of Phoney Bones schemes of robbing. They find themselves lost in the desert with only a mysterious map to help them figure out where they are. The cousins are separated when a swarm of locusts descends upon them. The player must then help Fone Bone and Phoney Bone explore a mysterious valley to find their cousin Smiley. In the process, they make friends with a tiny bug named Ted, a beautiful girl named Thorn, her energetic grandmother Granma Ben, and a trio of playful possum kids. The sinister rat creatures are always on their tails but the enigmatic Red Dragon keeps them at bay.

                                     

2. Reception

The game received "average" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.

GamesRadar said the game was "probably too lightweight, too easy and unsophisticated for most adventure gamers. but dont hold that against it." PC Zone said that the game "creates a warm feeling that doesnt provide belly-laughs, but at least fixes you up with a permanent half-grin." However, PopMatters gave it four stars out of 10 and stated that the game "isn’t all that dissimilar from older PC adventure games: for the most part it’s a one-click interface; one clicks on objects and characters to interact with them. There are also several minigame-style segments: a pair of chase sequences, a logic puzzle, a hide-and-seek sequence. The unfortunate thing is that none of this is particularly fun." In PC Gamer US, Chuck Osborn wrote, "Newcomers to Bone are better off putting their money toward the collected graphic novel." He criticized its high cost and short playtime.