The Wolf Among Us

Column: The Word on Games   |   Date Published: Tuesday, 11 March 14   |   Author: Torben Sko   |   3 years, 3 months ago

Developer: Telltale Games
Platform: PC, 360, OSX, PS3, iOS, Vita
Length: 1-2hrs
Verdict: Worth grabbing 

Keeping with the point-and-click theme, The Wolf Among Us, is another offering from Telltale, the studio behind The Walking Dead games. Like Broken Age, the game's most notable feature is its intriguing storyline. The game centers around Wolf, a sheriff trying to control the unruly New York district, Fable Town. Although taking the form of a man, Wolf happens to formerly be the Big Bad Wolf from the Little Red Riding Hood fable. Indeed, all the cast of characters inhabiting Fable Town are former fairy tale characters, hiding their appearance using cloaking spells known as ‘glamours’. Whilst this might sound a bit fruity, rest assured the game delves into the dark and macabre. You'll find yourself swept up in a world of prostitution, corruption and murder investigation.

All the hallmarks of what made The Walking Dead series great are here; a charismatic, broken, multi-dimensional lead, various confronting, on-the-spot decisions and an engrossing story. The Wolf Among Us is a great example of what point-and-click adventures have become. While traditionalists may say that it’s more story than game, the game remained engaging throughout in a way that Broken Age simply wasn't. Based on the story and execution, this game is worth grabbing, although I wouldn’t recommend doing so on the mobile, as it tends to lag a bit during the action sequences.

Broken Age: Act 1:

Developer: Double Fine
Platform: Android, iOS, Linux, OSX, PC, Ouya
Length: 2-4hrs
Verdict: Take or leave

Having raised over 3 million on KickStarter, Double Fine adventures have partially delivered on their promise in the form of Broken Age: Act 1. As to be expected from Tim Schafer, the man who created The Grim Fandango and The Day of the Tentacle, the game is a classic point-and-click adventure. Its most notable feature is the dual storyline. From the start you can choose to be either Vella or Shay, the latter being voiced by professional mince, Elijah Wood. At any given time, you can swap between the two. Although simple, this dynamic works well. Given the game revels in making you experiment with every object/subject combination until something fits – or you realise there was another something you could click on, this swapping element helps alleviate those 'stuck' moments.

The game has two interesting stories pushing it along, with Vella's tale having a Hunger Games feel to it –at least with regards to people being comfortable with public death. Shay's tale is similarly intriguing, although it does feel a bit slow for the most part. This criticism could be leveled at the game more generally. While the art style, story and voice acting are all superb, overall the game feels a bit empty. Most of the dialog is pleasant, but forgettable. The scenery is nice, but not breathtaking.

The game doesn't do anything wrong, but there's nothing that notable here to speak of. If you like your point and click adventures, grab it, otherwise there's probably not enough to keep you interested.


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