Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth is a book that was published way back in 1989 and has since received a sequel and has been adapted into a TV miniseries. Fast forward to 2017 and now we’re seeing it in video game form.
The video game of the same name is developed by Daedalic Entertainment, a company best known for developing point-and-click adventure games. While companies from the past such as Lucasarts and Sierra have slowed down significantly, or in the case of LucasArts – closed down, Daedalic has kept the genre going. The Pillars of the Earth will feel right at home for those familiar with the Telltale series and those who have played point-and-click adventure games in the past. Since The Pillars of the Earth was a book first, it lends itself perfectly to being an interactive story. Basically, players will just play out the book in video game form.
That doesn’t mean players who have read the book or watched the TV show are just playing an exact replica of the plot. There will be parts in the game where the player must choose options on what they want their character to say. These choices will have an impact going forward so make sure you choose your choices wisely.Every room you enter will have a variety of objects you can interact with and if you hold down a button, you will be able to point out all of those objects. This game is ripe with exploration and plays at a much slower pace than many gamers might be accustomed to. If you are someone who likes to take their time and explore every nook and cranny, this could be the game for you.
The game is very story-driven which means there will also be a lot of boring parts for players. You really have to pay attention to the dialogue if you want to have any clue as to what’s going on. If you do decide to play this game, I’d recommend you give it your full attention and turn off the TV or podcast you may be listening to. From what I’ve seen so far, the story isn’t bad by any means so it should keep you pretty interested if you let it.
While I haven’t really scratched the surface of the game, I’m excited to keep progressing. As someone who hasn’t read the book or watched the miniseries, it’s exciting to see how this story will play out.
Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth will be available August 15 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.