Imagine Law & Order set in a gritty world filled with disenfranchised fairy tale characters. If you can picture that, then you have the basis for the new game The Wolf Among Us. It comes from TellTale Games, the makers of The Walking Dead: The Game, and is based on the Fables comic book series. You follow the story of Bigby Wolf, formerly the big bad wolf, who is the sheriff of Fabletown, and trying to keep the different fable characters living inconspicuously in the normal world. There’s a whole lot to discover in the Fables universe, but you don’t need to be familiar with the comic books to be completely engrossed by TellTale’s latest interactive movie experience.
Episode One is now available, which introduces you to this world, and sets the stage for what will proceed in the five episode series. A murder has happened in Fabletown, and it’s the first one in countless years, which is set to put everyone on edge. You need to help Bigby get to the bottom of it despite the fact that most hate, or at least fear him, and he still has the inner tendencies of the big bad wolf, despite his best intentions. The familiar TellTale style returns as you tap on interactive items, make timely dialogue choices, and use various taps and swipes in the action sequences. The Wolf Among Us also uses the choice and consequences mechanic of The Walking Dead, but seemingly at a higher level with even tougher decisions.
The Wolf Among Us draws you in from the get go as you’re thrown into an intriguing domestic disturbance, and intense action sequence before you even reach the opening credits. TellTale has done a masterful job in making an extremely immersive experience that keeps you enthralled throughout the entirety of episode one. The first episode lasts about two hours, and it’s quite a memorable period of time that leaves you with a twist and cliff hanger that leaves you anxiously awaiting episode two. A lot happens in episode one, and the game does a great job of establishing the environment that has a depressing air that can affect your state of mind as you watch what unfolds.
A lot of what happens in episode one revolves around watching, hence it’s an interactive movie with a few sequences of timely decisions, and interactions. It would be nice to see a little more interactivity, but you can still fully appreciate all that you get to witness. There’s such a high level of polish to the deluxe 3D graphics, and there’s the familiar TellTale style that delivers a gritty moving comic book style. The graphics, audio, and material make for total immersion, and there’s such a high level of writing to appreciate. There’s so much intrigue as you get to experience the Law & Order style applied to such a fantastical world that is shrouded in darkness. It’s also worth noting that previous TellTale games somewhat struggled on iOs, but The Wolf Among Us has a lot more going on that runs silky smooth, at least on our iPad Air review device.
The Wolf Among Us ($4.99, Universal) is a must have iOS experience that delivers the total package that only leaves you wanting more.