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The Best Episodic Telltale Games

Updated June 14, 2019 2.4k votes 353 voters 7.7k views27 items

The video game developer Telltale Games was known for their episodic games based on beloved properties like Game of Thrones, Fable, The Walking Dead, and Sam & Max. Often considered the adventure game spiritual successors to Lucas Arts, the best Telltale games found a way to make player choices feel like a vital part of the game's storytelling. In late 2019, Telltale closed the majority of its projects and studio abruptly, while in the middle of releasing The Walking Dead: The Final Season, the last "season" of the game that had put Telltale on the map.

This is a list of all episodic Telltale games. None of the standalone games, like Mr. Robot, Bone: Out from Boneville, Bone: The Great Cow Race, or Telltale's assorted poker games, are included. Most Telltale episodic games are five episodes long with games like Law & Order: Legacies going as high as seven episodes and others, such as The Walking Dead: Michonne, having as few as three episodes. Telltale Games was known for its ability to take well-worn properties like Batman and give the franchises a fresh spin. Telltale's Batman: The Enemy Within even won "Performance in a Drama, Supporting" at the 17th Annual National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers.

With unique takes on properties on everything from Minecraft to CSI, Telltale's closure canceled several games that could have been competitors for the best Telltale games ever. Both The Wolf Among Us and Game Of Thrones had a "Season Two" in production, and there was also an untitled Stranger Things project in the works. Even without those games, Telltale made some of the most popular graphic adventure games available, but which Telltale games are the best? Vote up the games that are good enough to live well past the closure of their creator.

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  • The Walking Dead
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    Number of episodes: 5

    The Walking Dead is an episodic interactive drama graphic adventure video game developed and published by Telltale Games. Based on Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic book series, the game consists of five episodes, released between April and November 2012. It is available for Android, iOS, Kindle Fire HDX, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One; a version for the Ouya is planned for 2014. The game is the first of The Walking Dead video game series published by Telltale. The game takes place in the same fictional world as the comic, with events occurring shortly after the onset of the zombie apocalypse in Georgia. However, most of the... more on Wikipedia
    • Release: April 24, 2012—November 20, 2012
    • Developer: Telltale Games
    • Genres (Video game): Episodic video game, Adventure, Graphic adventure game
    • Designers: Sean Vanaman, Jake Rodkin, Mark Darin, Harrison G. Pink, Andrew Langley
    • Publisher: Telltale Games
    • Platform: Android, iOS, macOS, NS, PS3
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  • The Walking Dead: Season Two
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    Number of episodes: 5

    The Walking Dead: Season Two is an ongoing episodic graphic adventure based on Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic book series and developed by Telltale Games. It is the sequel to The Walking Dead, with the first episode released digitally in December 2013, and a retail collector's DVD edition planned at the conclusion of the season. The game employs the same narrative structure as the first season, where player choice in one episode will have a permanent impact on future story elements. The player choices recorded in save files from the first season and the additional episode 400 Days carry over into the second season. Clementine, who was the player's companion during the first season,... more on Wikipedia
    • Release: December 17, 2013—August 26, 2014
    • Developer: Telltale Games
    • Genres (Video game): Graphic Adventure, Interactive Movie
    • Designers: Mark Darin, Sean Ainsworth, Stephen McManus, Harrison G. Pink
    • Publisher: Telltale Games
    • Platform: Android, iOS, macOS, NS, PS3
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  • The Walking Dead: The Final Season
    Photo: Telltale Games

    Number of episodes: 4

    Skybound took over the finalization of the last two episodes in October 2018.

    • Release: August 14, 2018—2019
    • Developer: Telltale Games, Skybound Games
    • Genres (Video game): Graphic adventure
    • Publisher: Telltale Games, Skybound Games
    • Platform: NS, PS4, Win, XONE
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  • The Wolf Among Us
    Photo: The Wolf Among Us/Telltale Games

    Number of episodes: 5

    The Wolf Among Us is an ongoing episodic graphic adventure video game based on Bill Willingham's Fables comic book series. It is developed and published by Telltale Games and distributed by Vertigo and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. It is canon with the comic book universe and is set as a prequel to the comic book. The game will consist of five episodes, with the first episode being released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 worldwide on October 11, 2013, for OS X worldwide on October 14, 2013, for PlayStation 3 on October 15, 2013 in North America and on October 16, 2013 in Europe and Australia, for iOS worldwide on December 4, 2013 and PlayStation Vita before the end of 2013.... more on Wikipedia
    • Release: March 24, 2009—July 30, 2009
    • Developer: Telltale Games
    • Genres (Video game): Graphic adventure, Interactive movie
    • Designers: Ryan Kaufman, Joe Pinnery, Matt LoPresti, Aaron Casillas, John Drake
    • Publisher: Telltale Games
    • Platform: Android, iOS, macOS, PS3, PS4
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