Walking Dead: The Game Review
- Removal of traditional puzzles means 'cyclical' conversations are no longer required; what you say matters and isn't just a punchline.
- Tension and shock-moments feel carefully balanced; no traditional 'shoot first, ask questions later' - it's a fight to survive.
- Comic-book inspired visuals allow for far more gruesome portrayals of violence without being too disturbing.
- Sluggish/sticky controls; given the lack of separate movement and camera controls, their combination and automatic switching can be disorienting.
- Audio compression problems; clear audio followed by heavily compressed/muted - kicks you out of the moment.
Episode one of Walking Dead: The Game lays a great foundation for a story that follows a new group of survivors - how you choose to play Lee will determine how the story spins out in future episodes, but you'll have to live long enough to make it that far first.
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For those who have been waiting for Telltale Games' iOS version of The Walking Dead, the wait was not entirely in vain. I could lie and say that nothing has been lost in the translation from console/PC to handheld device, but it would be a lie, though its ultimate impact on the story and experience is minimal, making it a must-try adventure game.
Although based on the comic franchise, the story follows Lee - a convicted killer who is given a second chance after surviving a 'walker' attack - and a completely separate group of survivors. That isn't to say fans won't find a familiar face or two, but this isn't their story and Lee, or rather you the player, will be forced to make life and death decisions that will affect your game over subsequent episodes.
The game is graphic in its portrayal of violence and the situations you'll find yourself in will have you wishing for more time to respond, however that's the beauty of Walking Dead - you're fighting for survival and the fight or flight response is exploited heavily to add to the drama. Whether it's the limited time you have to respond to a question (or not respond) to either building trust or creating suspicion, or trying desperately to tap a nearby weapon to lodge it firmly in a walker's skull, you'll be happy you have multiple save slots to explore your options.
Where the iOS version obviously diverts from the PC and console version is in the way it's controlled. Unlike most traditional adventure games, the player normally has independent control over the direction their character moves and where the camera is looking. This is removed (to a degree) in the iOS version as players swipe to move around, with only certain scenes allowing for camera movement. It's unfortunate that the controls feel sluggish, as they detract from the otherwise frantic pace of the combat.
The game is gorgeous too, with iPhone 4 and higher iDevices being required to pull off the comic-inspired cell-shaded graphics. As to be expected, the voice acting is also top notch, though audio compression artifacts regularly destroyed otherwise engaging moments.
Telltale Games have done a great job of throwing away the usual obtuse puzzle elements of the adventure genre in favor of telling a compelling story. Given the tense and on-the-edge atmosphere of the Walking Dead world, it has paid-off in the first of five eventual episodes and we can't wait to see how things spin out from here.
Description**NOTE: Compatible with iPad 2 and up, and iPhone 4 and up - WILL NOT RUN ON EARLIER DEVICES**
“ONE HELL OF A RIDE” – MTV GEEK
“NARRATIVE MASTERY” – JOYSTIQ
10 out of 10 – “…JUST PLAY IT” – DIGITAL TRENDS
The Walking Dead is a five-part episodic game series set in the same universe as Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic books featuring Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes.
This is not another shoot ‘em up; it’s a game that explores some very dark psychological places, revealing that the undead are not the only thing to be afraid of when society crumbles.
In this brand new story, you are Lee Everett, a man given a second chance at life in a world devastated by the undead. With corpses returning to life and survivors stopping at nothing to maintain their own safety, protecting an orphaned girl named Clementine may offer him redemption in a world gone to hell.
Experience a dark, visceral and emotional series where every action and decision you make can result in the story changing around you. This tailored experience means that your story could be very different to that of someone else.
***Save 25% on additional episodes in The Walking Dead game series by purchasing the Multi-Pack [Episodes 2-5 + 400 Days Bundle] via in-app***
All individual episodes, plus Special Episode: 400 Days are available via in-app purchase.
•Based on Robert Kirkman's award-winning comic book series: The Walking Dead allows gamers to experience the true horror of the zombie apocalypse, with artwork inspired by the original comic books. Live out events, meet people and visit locations from The Walking Dead lore.
•A tailored game experience: Live with the profound and lasting consequences of the decisions you make in each episode. Your actions and choices will affect how your story plays out across the entire series.
•Act fast: You'll be forced to make decisions that are not only difficult, but require you to make an almost immediate choice. There's no time to ponder when the undead are pounding down the door.
•Adventure horror spanning across five episodes, plus special episode '400 Days': Gameplay involves meaningful decision-making, exploration, problem-solving and a constant fight for survival in a world overrun by the undead.
•Episode 1: A New Day
•Episode 2: Starved For Help
•Episode 3: Long Road Ahead
•Episode 4: Around Every Corner
•Episode 5: No Time Left
•Special Episode: 400 Days