THE WOLF AMONG US

DE­VEL­OPER: TELL­TALE GAMES LAST UP­DATED: 14 JAN­UARY 2014 COST: €4.49 (PER EPISODE)

Charged - - GAMING -

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!

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