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The Pillars of the Earth (2017) is a point-and-click narrative game set in 12th Century England. It follows the story of three very different people living in the village of Kingsbridge as it begins the construction of a cathedral to claim wealth and security. It stands out for its voice-acting that invites players to interact and influence this famous tale.

You play as Jack, Aliena and Philip as they explore each scene and influence how events unfold through decision-making and talking to other characters. Philip is a monk who looks after a small abbey. Jack is a young boy raised in the woods who becomes a stonemason. Aliena is a disgraced noblewoman. It's soon clear that these three lives have intertwining destinies wrapping around the construction of one of the greatest cathedrals England will ever see.

As you progress through the three episodes, you change events and influence how things unfold for each character. This takes you through an epic of war, conspiracies and romance spanning over 30 years. Although you can't alter the actual resulting events, you can dramatically alter your relationships and more minor features. At the end of each chapter, there's a summary of your decisions where you see how even innocuous choices can result in unexpected results.

The result is a unique way to experience this famous novel. The world is brought to life with over 200 handpainted backgrounds and animated characters. It's a slow and steady retelling of the novel, that creates both intrigue and involvement from the player.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Pillars of the Earth 16 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Communication and Narrative game. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 16 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for frequent use of sexual expletives and realistic violence towards animal characters. The game contains numerous uses of the sexual expletive *!@?* and derivations of the word, together with an instance of the slang word cunny (*!@?*). There is also moderate violence towards a deer. There is the use of sexual innuendo throughout the game.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's a slow story that takes time to develop. Along with the mature themes you need the patience to get the most out of the experience and discover the depth of the narrative on offer here. If you have read Follett’s original book (or watched the TV adaptation) the enjoyment of reshaping key moments is also enhanced.

CostsCosts

The Pillars of the Earth usually costs £17.99.
 

Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth

Steam Store PC £17.99

The Pillars of the Earth

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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 15/08/2017, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Communication and Narrative

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Developer: Daedalic (@Daedalic)


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