The Book of Living Magic

 

 

The Book of Living Magic is a strangely trippy jaunt into a world filled with unusual creatures, brilliant prose, pop-culture and visuals straight out of a child’s fevered dreams. It’s, in a word, awesome.
– Cassandra Khaw, IndieGames.com

With a unique art style, some excellent writing that flits between serious and silly with absolute precision, and a focus on conversation and exploration over and above puzzles, The Book of Living Magic has a real sense of identity. What might put people off is the simplicity of interactions, which don’t stretch much beyond clicking on someone to either exchange an inventory item or have a chat about something. But it’s all so lovingly crafted, with such attention to detail, that I found myself not really caring.
– Lewis Denby, PC Gamer

Once again Jonas Kyratzes has produced a game that is both fun to play and thought-provoking.
– Steve Brown, Adventure Gamers

I’m slightly hungover at this moment, and even through the nausea, I’m still glued to the narrative with childlike wonder.
– Allen Park, DualShockers

The beautiful hand-painted graphics by Verena Kyratzes and the joyfully eerie music by Helen Trevillion fit the world and story that Jonas has crafted brilliantly, and make this one adventure you simply have to play.
– Gnome’s Lair

Play it. It’s short, it’s funny in a way that few games are, and it comes from the heart.
– Gregory Weir (The Majesty of Colors, Looming)

It’s funny and personal and surprising and beautiful, and I think you guys will like it a lot.
– Terry Cavanagh (VVVVVV)

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PLAY AT KONGREGATE

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The Book of Living Magic is a point & click adventure game set in the Lands of Dream, the same world The Strange and Somewhat Sinister Tale of the House at Desert Bridge is set in. It is the story of a girl with the terrible name of Raven Locks Smith, who travels to the faraway Mountains of Oddness to find the mysterious Book of Living Magic.

All you need to play it is a mouse or any similar rodent (though a capybara may be too large to use efficiently). Items are used automatically, if you have them, and you can click on the scroll to see what you currently need to accomplish.

The controls are really very simple, but remember: it’s the journey that counts, not the destination. Take your time. Explore. Examine the details. Enjoy your time in the Mountains of Oddness.

 

Written by Jonas Kyratzes.

Graphics by Verena Kyratzes.

Music by Helen Trevillion.

 

The Making of “The Book of Living Magic”

The creation of this game was documented in a series of videos:

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11 Comments

  1. Jaeger

     /  August 28, 2011

    I thoroughly enjoyed this game and appreciate the effort you guys put into making it and every detail.

  2. Jonas, this game is excellent! I liked it so much that I started putting up a Let’s Play series of it on YouTube. The first video debuted today. Of course, I left a link to the game in the first video’s description, as well as a link to this blog. Thank you for the entertaining and fun game. :)

  3. I played this game today and I have to say that it is simply an amazing game, the graphics are real paintings (at first it was what called my attention when searching for point-and-click games) and I never read something so beautiful!
    As the Demon Eyeball would say, I was transfixed!

    Thank you so much for writing this lovely story!

  4. Greg

     /  September 25, 2011

    This is an absolutely wonderful game. It’s witty, thoughtful and poignant all the same time. Everything about it is perfect, and playing it has made my day better. Thank you for making it.

  5. Frozeni

     /  February 2, 2012

    I tried playing this game few times, but for some reason i didnt got further than few minutes of the game. I dont know why.. maybe i was just too tired to play. Anyway, i’m glad that i gave this game another go.

    I really enjoyed living through the journey of Raven Locks Smith. I just can’t find the right words to say about this game… it is just.. wonderful.
    Thank you again, and good luck for your future projects.

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