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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Walking Dead: The Game is a violent adventure game that forces players to make tough moral decisions. Along the way, there's plenty of gory violence, with blood gushing everywhere, entrails being ripped out and eaten, and lots of shots to the head. There's also plenty of very salty language. The game is episodic, meaning those who want to see the story through to the end will have to pay for four additional episodes, costing $5 each or $15 for them all. Players must confirm that they are 17 or older to download it from iTunes.
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What's it about?
Players navigate the screen with finger swipes and investigate objects by pointing and tapping. When interacting with other characters, you'll generally have the choice of three responses and silence. The hook of the game, though, is the impact of the player's responses and decisions. Characters remember what they're told, and if the player lies, it can haunt them. They'll also be forced to make life-or-death decisions with virtually no time to think of repercussions.
Is it any good?
What makes Walking Dead: The Game noteworthy isn't its incredibly well-written story. Nor is it the well-paced blend of action and exploration. It's not even the truly interesting characters. Instead, what makes the game one that you shouldn't miss is its unique use of consequences. Actions have ramifications in the game -- and you literally have to choose who lives and dies. And you're not given a lot of time to do this, which adds to the immersiveness of the game.
The result makes for a game that is introspective, which is the last thing you expect from a zombie game. Sure, it'd be nice to have all of the episodes included in the initial price, but there's enough going on in this game that you won't feel ripped off when you pay full price.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Skills: Responsibility & Ethics: integrity, learning from consequences, making wise decisions
- Price: $4.99
- Release date: July 26, 2012
- Category: Adventure Games
- Topics: Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Size: 329.00 MB
- Publisher: Telltale Inc.
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.2 or later
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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