Telltale Games episodic franchises have been very popular. Two of their recent releases have been based on the hit TV show Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands, which take an interesting view on the Borderlands series of games. So it is no surprise that the latest title to be made into a five part episodic game is Mojang highly successful Minecraft. Being a massive fan of the original, I was naturally intrigued to see how a sandbox title could be converted into a story mode game so without delay let us take a look below at the first episode of Minecraft Story Mode – The Order of the Stone.
Developer: Telltale Games / Mojang
Publisher: Telltale Games
Release Date: 13 October 2015
I am going to assume that everyone reading this have either played or at the very least heard of Minecraft? You will probably know of its popularity so much so that they have a convention and also various collectables to go along with it. So naturally with something this big then it was only a matter of time before it gets the Telltale Games treatment. So here we have Minecraft: Story Mode, the five part episodic series that sees us take control of the character Jesse who can take the gender of either male or female depending on which you chose.
As usual with my Telltale Games reviews I will not post any spoilers so that I don’t ruin the game for anyone who hasn’t played it yet. Episode 1 – The Order of the Stone sees a group of friends which includes Jesse’s best friend Rueben who happens to be a pig, go in search of the Order of the Stone; a group of 4 fabled warriors to help them take down a monster that caused havoc at Endercon. Those who play a lot of Minecraft will be familiar with most of the items and references as they have all been incorporated into this game.
Telltale Games have managed to introduce the crafting system used in the original title. Yes it is a simpler form and only used occasionally, but it is the same principle of placing the items needed to craft into the nine-square grid on the table. The gameplay itself follows the tried and tested method of Telltale Games. So when you chat to someone you select your response by pressing the appropriate button on the joypad. Same with combat, it takes the form of either QTE’s (Quick Time Events) or using the trigger button to use your weapon.
The main characters are great which is always important in my opinion to a game. It is no good having a game where you don’t feel anything towards them. And the idea of having a pig is a stroke of genius by the developers as it gives Jesse a more relatable feel about him/her. The graphics are very good as they have been designed in the blocky, Minecraft way so not only does it have the feel to it, it also has the look about it. The gameplay is very smooth and the story itself moves along at a great pace and keeps you interested.
Minecraft Story Mode is fun to play. Whether you are a massive fan of the Minecraft or just a fan of Telltales Game Episodic gaming, it is a game that you just have to give a bit of game time too. Buy this game, you won’t be disappointed.