THE WOLF AMONG US
DEVELOPER: TELLTALE GAMES LAST UPDATED: 14 JANUARY 2014 COST: €4.49 (PER EPISODE)
WITH THE FINAL CHAPTER OF TELLTALE’S AMBITIOUS ADAPTATION OF BILL WILLINGHAM’S VAUNTED FABLES GRAPHIC NOVELS INBOUND, THERE COULD NOT BE A BETTER TIME TO LOAD THIS ONE ONTO YOUR IPAD!
Already acclaimed in critical circles (though that was never in doubt given Telltale Games’ stellar back catalogue, notably The Walking Dead) The Wolf Among us is basically your run of the mill murder mystery - A girl’s been killed. And as Sherif it’s up to you to figure out who did it and bring them to justice. Also of note, you are the Big Bad Wolf, you work for Snow White and Ichabod Crane and you’re charged with protecting the exiled fairy tale community of ‘Fabletown’ from breaking cover in the real world and otherwise tearing themselves apart. Finally, considering your heritage, it’s certainly an idea to keep your temper in check... Otherwise though, run of the mill whodunit.
Aping the classic adventure style of yesteryear, you’ll spend the bulk of your time in The Wolf Among Us looking through the environments for clues and talking to other fairy tale creatures. What’s most impressive about Telltale’s work is the branching repercussions your every conversational choice prompts.
Tell Beauty you’re on her side and Beast will resent you. Interrogate the Woodsman and Tweedle Dum will escape. Sass talk Sleepy Hollow’s Ichabod Crane and he’ll make your life harder.
Conversations largely consist of choosing whichever response you deem fit and hoping for the best.
It’s not all environmental scrutiny and verbal sleuthing though. Bigby (his name is a pun) is often called upon to get physical. And in the heat of a gory tavern brawl with a beast of legend, it’s easy to forget that overt meekness and unnecessary brutality both carry weighty consequences. Needless to say tearing Grendel’s arm off over a minor altercation is a good way to have the residents of Fabletown hate and fear you.
The Wolf Among Us paints a colourful, imaginative, subversive world which also marries well with the gritty, mature noir qualities of its detective tale. One of 2014’s breakout new intellectual properties available for your iOS devices now? What are you waiting for!