Parents' Guide to

The Wolf Among Us: Season One

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Smartly written adventure immersed in adult themes, content.

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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

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age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 16+

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This title has:

Too much violence
age 12+

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'd been begging for me to let him play "Mature" rated games. My other son's been playing them for about a year, and my younger son usually watches, so I thought to myself, "Why not?" I had been told at work that The Wolf Among Us was a great game. I checked it out from the library, and played it while both my sons were in bed. I was impressed and immediately let both my sons play it. Now, let's get to what I think. For Violence: There's quite a bit of blood, and a handful of gore, but it's not too over-the-top like in games like God of War (which I don't let my sons play). For Sex: There's not much. In Episode 2, you're investigating at a strip club (murder victims are prostitutes) and a woman is dancing topless. You banter with women but that's about it. I let my kids watch The Strain and The Walking Dead, and this has less sex and nudity than in those shows. For Language: There is A LOT. A LOT. Frequent uses of f**k, s**t, b***h, and bastard. For Drinking/Drugs: The main character smokes frequently, and drinks infrequently. For Postive Messages/Role Models: The main character is ALWAYS willing to do the right thing. There are always choices that offer a positive way to solve problems. For other characters, some are the same way, and some are exactly the opposite. In conclusion, this game is intriguing for tweens/teens new to M games, with its stellar performance, great role models, and overall fun. ON: 12+ IFFY: 11 OFF: 10-

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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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.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
  • 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
  • Publisher: 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: August 25, 2016

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