Walking Dead has become a phenomena in multiple forms, and the game by TellTale may be the best version. We gave the game five stars in our review from last year, and now there’s a brand new episode available with “400 Days”. The familiar style returns as you have to make vital choices, perform quick action sequences, and sit back and enjoy the great writing. 400 Days focuses on five short stories that take place in various periods across the first 400 days of the zombie outbreak, all positioned in the same general area of Georgia, that the main story is set in.
TellTale has continually optimized their formula from episodes one through five, and 400 Days seems to extend that idea out to a greater extent. The motion, story, and action are much more fluid on iOS to immerse you even further. The writers are really hitting their stride with the included dialogue in 400 Days that provide some really intriguing story lines in short bursts for five new characters. The heart of Walking Dead is making you choose between two horrible decisions, and those choices are amplified significantly in each one of these new stories. The entire atmosphere helps align your thoughts with these different characters, so that the choices feel natural, and leave a lasting impression.
You never know what’s coming next, and it’s such a treat to see the story lines play out to points that you never would have expected going in. The best part of 400 Days, is that there is a great replay factor to the point that as soon as you finish, you want to play through again to see how different decisions would play out. You can see the forking pathways unfold, and it just gets your mind rolling on the possibilities. The entire episode is only 2.5 hours long, but that time spent flies by as you’re engrossed in what comes next. It’s also neat to see the little ties between each of the five stories, as well as the original episodes of the game.
Walking Dead 400 Days ($4.99, IAP) gives us more of a great thing that is actually amplified in the best regards making it a must have addition. You can fully enjoy 400 Days, even if you haven’t played the first five episodes, but if that is the case, it’s time to pick that up too.