Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth - Book One

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Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth - Book One is ranked in the 73rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 36 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

69%

Critics Recommend

Based on 36 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Aug 25, 2017

In terms of where this opening salvo of game leaves me, I'm interested to see how some of the characters progress and wary of others.

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Scored Reviews

PushStartPlay
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2017

The only downside of Ken Follett’s The Pillars of The Earth is the fact that it has been divided into three parts, and that we will all have to wait for the rest of the story to come out ‘’soon’’. But if the following parts of this masterpiece are even half as successful as part one, then we might not get one of the best titles of this generation, but one of the best adventure games of all time.

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Gameblog
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 11, 2017

The pillars of the Earh is a medieval ode. It is a true artistic and narrative success that captivates your attention and immerses you in a truly enchanting Middle Age era.

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GameSpew
90%
90%
Aug 24, 2017

I can't recommend The Pillars of the Earth highly enough. Beautiful artwork combined with a deep and rich story make for a compelling experience, and I'm eager for book two of the game to release so I can get stuck back in.

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ThisGenGaming
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2017

Ken Follett and Daedalic managed to make a game revolving politics and religion incredibly compelling and fun. Fans of the book and fans of a good story should seriously consider entering the world of Knightsbridge on home consoles.

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TechRaptor
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 10, 2017

If you like a slower story more about political intrigue wrapped up in a great presentation, you'll love The Pillars of the Earth.

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Worth Playing
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2017

All in all, The Pillars of the Earth: Book One - From the Ashes is an excellent story-driven point-and-click adventure that mostly knows what its audience wants. This is reflected in the good gameplay and storytelling, and we hope some of the minor flaws and gripes will be addressed in books two and three, which will be released at the end of the year and in the first quarter 2018, respectively.

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Geeks Under Grace
8.5 / 10.0
Geeks Under Grace
Sydney Stoddard
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 27, 2017

The Pillars of the Earth is a masterpiece that was challenging to review because the reviewer unexpectedly fell in love. And if you love stories, feels, or time well spent- you will too.

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ZEFGame.ru
8.5 / 10.0
ZEFGame.ru
ZoDiAKcce
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 14, 2017

In total, there are three chairs: the first is a book, the second is a mini series, the third game. And what can I say, all three, quite comfortable to sit in, not read the book, but they say it's great. It all depends on you what you prefer more, the book, the series or the game, all of them single story, almost certainly, most likely, the book is better, but the first episode of the game completely follows the Canon, offering the player an interesting and exciting plot, an excellent graphic style. The game will be divided into three books, each of them will be in seven chapters. Perhaps this is one of the most interesting adventure over the past few years, which is interesting to observe the dialogue and plot development. It even has its own splash screen is not worse than the serial counterpart. Excellent adaptation of the novel by Ken Follet will not leave anyone indifferent!

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COGconnected
80 / 100
80 / 100
Aug 21, 2017

Daedalic has a strong reputation, and they've maintained it with this release.

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Wccftech
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2017

Ken Follet's The Pillars of the Earth is a surprisingly well grounded game. As mundane as the subject matter may seem at first, it's incredibly absorbing as you follow the lives of realistic people. While not perfect, suffering from general adventure game problems of backtracking and long-winded puzzles, the game more than makes up for it with compelling characters, a great script with fantastic voice acting and an aesthetic design that benefits the game greatly.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 20, 2017

Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth is a tremendously good story bogged down by minor technical issues and some occasionally obnoxious design choices. With two more books, though, this is one fans of historical fiction or adventure games simply cannot pass up. Even with the minor issues, it's one of the best point and click adventures to come out in quite some time.

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TrueAchievements
Aug 15, 2017

Only the first of three episodes has been released, and if the other two carry on in the same tune, there are more good things on the horizon for both diehard Pillars of the Earth fans and newcomers looking for a well-told tale.

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GameSpace
8 / 10.0
GameSpace

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2017

While the narrative takes a long time to really find its proper pacing and return on early character emotional investment, Ken Follett’s The Pillars of Earth delivers an immersive, enjoyable storytelling experience. The art and voice acting combines into a grim world that, despite an initially slow pace, pulls players in and does not let go as it has them putting on blankets to fight off the cold of 1135 England.

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GameGrin
8 / 10.0
GameGrin
BishopTheTroll

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2017

Through excellent dialogue choices, interesting item usage, and an immersive story, The Pillars of the Earth keeps the player interested from beginning to end. Becoming invested in the game's multiple protagonists is rewarded with a complex narrative that twists and turns to play with expectations.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2017

Not the most thrilling game, but a powerful, well-told story nonetheless

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Aug 26, 2017

While the slow movement speed drags things out, Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth is a must-play for anyone wanting a game to tell a narrative that doesn't talk down to the player.

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2017

Daedalic's adaptation of Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth is off to a strong start with retina stroking hand drawn visuals, deep characters and a refreshingly grounded setting.

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Invision Community
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 28, 2017

As much as it kills me, I’m hooked on The Pillars of the Earth’s story. There are two more episodes and if they build a story as well and fill it full of great characters I’ll definitely play it, as much as it tests my patience.

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Gaming Nexus
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2017

The Pillars of the Earth has its mechanical flaws, and it doesn't translate seamlessly from medium to medium due to technological constraints, but that aside it's a truly gorgeous experience. The art, music, and voice acting all come together as one to blend this story into one that transcends the pages upon which it was originally written, making it a very unique and interesting experience.

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DVS Gaming
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 9, 2017

Book 1 has introduced enough compelling characters and conflict that I am actually very eager to play Book 2 when it is available later this year.

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NZGamer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2017

One of the better examples of a book-to-game adaptation.

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Hobby Consolas
80 / 100
80 / 100
Sep 9, 2017

The Pillars of the Earth is a stupendous adaptation of Ken Follet's novel to videogames. A graphic adventure that captures our attention and immerse ourselves in an era of betrayals, desires to fulfill, misery and great ambitions. All of this in a Middle Ages recreated with fidelity.

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Windows Central
Aug 26, 2017

The marriage of historical context, politics, intrigue, and tight adventure mechanics make The Pillars of the Earth an easy recommendation for fans of narrative-based games. It might even make you want to read the book!

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IGN Spain
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Aug 10, 2017

Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth is a respectful game, a different way to live and expand the experience of the best seller and also a curious experience due to its easy puzzles and episodic style. Also, a relaxed and slow experience, a little different to other graphic adventures.

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PSX Brasil
78 / 100
78 / 100
Sep 1, 2017

The Pillars of the Earth is an adaptation of the best-selling homonymous novel by Ken Follet, set in a historical period of civil war in the 12th century England. With over a thousand pages of story to tell, the game is divided into three books, this being the first. It is practically an interactive novel, allowing the player to have a proactive involvement in the story by controlling three of their characters and making decisions about how they respond and act, thus shaping their personality. This will likely modify the story, but that is yet to be proven on the next books. Despite being packed with a lot of political and religious intrigues, the game has a very slow pace in the dialogues and actions of the characters, which hopefully may be improved in the future.

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CGMagazine
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2017

Pillars of the Earth is a great game for anyone who likes the slow process of constructing a cathedral—for anyone else, you might get bored.

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 15, 2017

Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth sets a fantastic tone, and does an admirable job of capturing the era, setting and the characters of this iconic piece of fiction. It's a shame that at various points the game puts you off, whether through multiple loading screens, obtuse exploration, or a few other technical distractions. That being said, I can't wait to see how Book Two unfolds, and can only hope Daedalic find a way for the gameplay to match the presentation.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 17, 2017

The Pillars of the Earth tells a gripping story of personal and political drama, but its slow pace may not make it a good fit for everyone.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 15, 2017

Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth chapters one through seven prove to be a high quality point-and-click drama that is steeped greatly in historical accuracy. This is a very classy kind of game, with mature themes that treats the audience like an adult, and is probably going to be worth it for anyone who is a fan of the original novels or interested in medieval England. It must be reiterated that this is a very gritty and grounded story that never enters the realm of fantasy the way Game of Thrones does. There isn't even really any on-screen action or violence; much of the drama comes from the characters and the choices the user must make, and the subsequent consequences they entail. Hopefully, Daedalic Entertainment will keep the thrills coming with the follow-up chapters, and maybe the load times and slowdown will be addressed by then, as well.

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DualShockers
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2017

Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth Book 1 is successful at bringing the epic 12th Century story to a new audience, albeit with a few missteps. The title finds pacing issues in its story and gameplay early and the cadence of its dialogue regularly drags down the overall rhythm, but it brings more than expected in both interactivity and style. Bringing a story the scale of a thousand-page novel to the video game format could not have been an easy endeavor, but Deadalic Entertainment has brought the first act to us with plenty of appetite for more.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Aug 31, 2017

If you are the type that engages in video games for the quick thrill, then Pillars will probably drive you crazy and you should stir away. However, if you are fine with the other extreme, do not mind lack of arcade style challenges and are willing to take your time, then Pillars offers the depth and the learning experience that mere mortal books cannot deliver. Speaking for myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience Pillars had provided me with for that very reason.

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Impulsegamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Sep 2, 2017

I hope there will be an improvement with the interactive features of the game for the next instalment as I am really looking forward to seeing how the story unfolds. However, if not, then I may lose interest in completing the entire game and just read the original book instead.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 13, 2017

While the story can be slow-going due to the sluggish gameplay and technical limitations causes graphical headaches, this is a great way to introduce new people to the wonderful story.

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SomHráč.sk
70%
70%
Sep 6, 2017

The first episode of Pillars of the Earth is a decent prologue of a promising adventure game series. We'll see what the other two episodes will have to offer.

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Atomix
69 / 100
69 / 100
Mar 1, 2018

It could be named as an interactive book. If you have read the novel, then it might be of your interest. Otherwise it could bore you. It has a slow gameplay and little action, but it has a compelling story that makes you care about the characters and their future.

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