The Wolf Among Us Review
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The Wolf Among Us Review

Our Review by Andrew Stevens on December 9th, 2013
Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: INTRIGUING MYSTERY
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The Wolf Among Us lures players into a fairytale-based murder mystery that has them hooked throughout the entire first episode of a five episode series.

Developer: TellTale Games
Price: $4.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad Mini

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Game Controls Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

The Wolf Among Us is the latest title from Telltale Games, bringing a story of fairytale fables who live in secret within the real world. This is a five-episode series based on a mature graphic novel series known as Fables. Players take the role of Sheriff Bigby Wolf, previously known as the big bad wolf - a character that is feared and disliked by many.

The mood is set early on as players venture into an altercation with another Fable. The decisions made affect the entire story and outcome, so each decision comes with consequences. The story is very intriguing and pulled me in at a hundred percent. It’s a story that turns players into a detective as they try to discover the mystery behind a murder. It definitely takes a dark turn into this world of fairytale characters, and that’s one of the factors that makes discovering what happens next so intriguing.

Character interaction is some of the best I’ve experienced in a while. I found myself greatly appreciating the dialogue between Bigby and pretty much every other character. This includes a Mystery Girl, Snow, The Woodsman, Toad, and more. There are even appearances from Beauty and Beast. It helps that players can choose Bigby’s reaction to situations, helping them appreciate the story the way they want to experience it. Right from the beginning though, there are a lot of interesting and great communications between characters. As a bonus, the music also does a terrific job at setting the darker mood and atmosphere.

The interactive gameplay is certainly perfect for gaming on iOS. Players simply move Bigby in the direction they want to go and tap icons to either perform an action or take a closer look at a particular item. Items can be anything from random objects around a home or pieces of a crime scene. Gameplay is incredibly simple, yet still engaging enough to keep it entertaining. Action sequences, like during a fight, are also enjoyable as players tap quickly or slide to dodge punches or thrown objects. It’s certainly built perfectly for touchscreen devices.

Playing through the game multiple times is also very interesting; especially when choosing to do things even a little bit different as the outcome changes in certain situations. Episode 1: Faith is definitely a perfect start to the series that easily captivates players and leaves them wanting more - much more.

Characters, story, dialogue, music; it’s all fantastic and prepares people for what looks to be a mysterious ride to the conclusion. For anyone who appreciates old fairytale characters and wants to see them in a brand-new light, this is a dark story that intrigues every step of the way and one I highly recommend checking out.

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