After years of pioneering the downloadable, episodic adventure genre, Telltale Games struck a chord with Walking Dead, a series based on the comic books and AMC TV show. Walking Dead: The Game received numerous Game of the Year awards, including the International Mobile Gaming Awards Grand Prix and Excellence in Storytelling awards, which Slide To Play helped decide.
Walking Dead: The Game
Released over six episodes, Walking Dead: The Game broke ground on a number of fronts. It features a combination of 3D character models and 2D shading, giving each scene the thick ink lines of a comic book panel. While there are some traditional adventure game tropes, like collecting items from the environment to use in certain situations, Walking Dead also required you to make split-second decisions about which characters to save, along with more thoughtful decisions about what to say at critical moments. These decisions become important in later scenes, and after each episode, you can see how many players acted the way you did.
Key Quote: “What sets Walking Dead: The Game apart more than just its art style, sound design, and groundbreaking game design is the impact of the choices you’re forced to make. It may seem a little cruel that the developers will only let you save one innocent life in a terrifying instant– but that just makes you want to replay the game and make a different choice the second time around.”
Walking Dead isn’t Telltale’s only iOS adventure game in this style, but it is their best. We’re also looking forward to the Fables-based Wolf Among Us, but if you want an older episodic adventure, check out Back to the Future, Hector: Badge of Carnage, Monkey Island Tales, Jurassic Park, Puzzle Agent, Law & Order Legacies, Sam and Max, or Wallace and Gromit,
Tomorrow, we’ll return to one of the iPhone’s original platformers, Doodle Jump.
This article is part of a series about the best games on iOS, 2008-2013. You can read the rest here.