The Wolf Among Us: Season One

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Smartly written adventure immersed in adult themes, content.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 10 reviews

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Positive Messages

This fairy tale-meets-murder mystery makes players question traditional conceptions of right and wrong by turning some traditional fairy tale villains into heroes, and vice versa. It also raises the question of what actions might constitute necessary force during criminal investigations.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Bigby Wolf, once the Big Bad Wolf, is now a gruff cop with bad habits and a worse reputation fueled by his tendency to get into fights. But he generally seems like he wants to do the right thing. Keep in mind that the player controls his responses in conversations, making pivotal choices that will affect how others see him, how the story unfolds, and even whether some characters live or die. His behavior is largely up to the player. 

Ease of Play

There's only one difficulty setting, but it's unlikely that many players will wish the game were any easier. It's not possible to end the game through poor dialogue choices (or, at least, we never did). The only way to die is by making mistakes during infrequent combat sequences, which simply involve players tapping buttons as they appear on-screen. Even then, most fights allow for a number of blunders. 


Scripted combat involves humans and fantasy characters punching, tackling, biting, and shooting each other. Multiple scenes depict an ax embedded in a character's skull. Another sequence shows a man setting his own broken bone, which protrudes from the skin. Severed heads and bodies are discovered and physically investigated by the player's character. Blood, crimson stains, bones, and gore appear frequently. 


Prostitutes and strippers appear dressed in revealing clothing. A scene set in a strip club includes partial female nudity in the form of a topless dancer slinking around a pole. 


Frequent strong language, including the words "f--k" and "s--t."


This game is based on the popular, long-running, and very adult-oriented Fables graphic novels. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The lead character smokes constantly and occasionally drinks hard liquor. Some scenes are set in a bar filled with drinking signage and paraphernalia. One character gets extremely drunk and begins slurring his speech. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Wolf Among Us is an interactive adaptation of Bill Willingham's acclaimed -- but very adult-oriented -- graphic novel. Like the books, the game features extremely gory violence and has players carefully inspecting dead bodies as part of criminal investigations. The lead character is a brusque cop with a bad reputation who smokes, drinks, and gets into a lot of fights. He seems to want to be good and can be played as such. But dialogue options allow him to be turned into a selfish, belligerent jerk, should the player choose. Parents should also know that this decidedly mature game includes some very strong language ("s--t," "f--k"), as well as a topless woman dancing in a strip club.  

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byTheLateGamer T. April 8, 2017

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Parent of a 11 and 12-year-old Written byroad_construction July 27, 2015

Great game! Perfect for Tweens/Teens

First, my name is Tony Mayer. I have two sons, one 12 years old and one 11 years old. My younger son turned 11 a few months ago and up until that point, he... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byyoulouzer26 August 9, 2015

Amazing, but harsh

Bigby can be a great role model, and the game is very easy to play. Plenty of very harsh graphic violence however. You can listen to someone having sex, and it... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byKardasha206 November 16, 2015

What's it about?

Based on Bill Willingham's long-running Fables graphic novels, THE WOLF AMONG US is an episodic series of games that imagines a New York populated by fairy tale creatures who've come to our world. Average folk don't notice them because they use magic spells known as "glamors" to assume human form. They take on normal roles in our world, running bars, working as receptionists, and running deliveries. Their security is left to Bigby Wolf -- also known as the Big Bad Wolf of Little Red Riding Hood fame. He's a surly cop who finds himself looking into a series of grisly murders in which women's heads are found lying on sidewalks. His investigation leads him to question storybook characters ranging from Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum to Beauty and the Beast, and it quickly reveals both corruption and some menacing figures.

Is it any good?

There's no mistaking that The Wolf Among Us comes from Telltale Games, the same folks who brought us The Walking Dead series. From its hand-drawn, cel-shaded graphics -- which make the game feel like a comic book come to life -- to its preference to entertain via engaging interactive dialogue rather than twitchy action, The Wolf Among Us is unquestionably a spiritual cousin to Telltale's award-winning zombie series.

That said, it manages to carve out its own distinct personality thanks to an interesting cast of characters and a focus on investigation rather than survival. Plus, Bigby Wolf is one of Telltale's most complex heroes yet. Given his previous life as a villain -- and many characters' unwillingness to forgive him -- it feels OK to make him come off as a bit churlish to some characters while revealing a softer, more caring side to others. He's fascinating. The game suffers a couple of issues -- most notably a frequent failure to allow players to investigate every object in an area before triggering a new scene (this is likely to drive obsessive players a little bonkers) -- but older players interested in enjoying an intricate story with memorable characters won't come away disappointed.   

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the impact of violence in games such as The Wolf Among Us. The body count in this series is relatively low compared to most games, but the intensity of the violence is high. Is a game with a few deaths shown in excruciating detail more difficult to play or interact with than one with less gore but a kill count in the hundreds or thousands? Do players grow numb to violence when it becomes too common?

  • Discuss the character of Bigby Wolf. Did you make decisions for him based on what you would do in his shoes or on what you think someone like him would do? Would you have a hard time making him be mean to a seemingly innocent character?

Game details

  • Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
  • Price: $24.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid (This game is purchased as a "season" consisting of five episodes released over the period of about nine months. Individual episodes can be purchased for $4.99 each.)
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Telltale Games
  • Release date: October 15, 2013
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Fairy Tales
  • ESRB rating: M for Intense Violence, Blood and Gore, Sexual Themes, Partial Nudity, Strong Language, Drug Reference, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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