Famed Minecraft is back. Telltale Games and Mojang created a sequel. This year Minecraft celebrates six years from the first date of release -December 23, 2009. Unsurprisingly, the interest of gamers to the Markus Persson’s creation began to fade over time. However, the way out has been found by Telltale Games team. They came up with a brilliant idea: to make an adventure quest based on Minecraft. Kevin Bruner - one of the Telltale founders - now leads 330+ employees to create and publishRead full review
Famed Minecraft is back. Telltale Games and Mojang created a sequel.
This year Minecraft celebrates six years from the first date of release -December 23, 2009. Unsurprisingly, the interest of gamers to the Markus Persson’s creation began to fade over time. However, the way out has been found by Telltale Games team. They came up with a brilliant idea: to make an adventure quest based on Minecraft.
Kevin Bruner - one of the Telltale founders - now leads 330+ employees to create and publish playable stories based on cult hits such as Batman, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and more. He’s a shark in the game business. Therefore, a new version of Minecraft has all chances to meet a bright fate.
Minecraft: Story Mode is an episodic game based on the classic Minecraft - open-world simulator with a well recognizable pixel graphics and the opportunity to visit buildings designed by other players. This original game is revered for its style and endless possibilities. Let’s see what does the new game have to offer us?
The Story mode has numerous little touches that will make veterans of Minecraft enjoy the game. Opening screen, playing with the menu, reading fonts that Telltale used - you’ll see the Minecraft's distinct aesthetics everywhere.
Game characters in Story Mode express emotions through facial animations and their movements. In compare to the original Minecraft, they are more smooth and refined. Even so, the world of Story Mode is still felt recognizably Minecraftian and saves hallmarks of Telltale's characters. Also, the figures were completely set to music. It should be noted that Minecraft Story mode comes only with English audio output. However, it may also act with different subtitles.
Minecraft has never had any storyline. But Telltale changed the concept by putting a story first. I was involved in my hero's journey all the same, even without seeing much of a familiarity with the original Minecraft.
At the beginning of every episode, you’ll get about half an hour to acknowledge the legend, learn what are the characters and what are their goals to achieve in the game.
According to the general storyline, the main character is Jesse, who can be male or female depending on your choice. Jesse’s friends are loyal Axel, smart Olivia and a pet pig named Reuben. Together they are a talented team of builders whose goal is to dethrone longstanding champions of a Minecraft convention - EnderCon.
Before you start playing any Minecraft episode, you get to the almost lifeless world. The game’s goal is to make your story: find a shelter, little by little improve your habitation, search for armor and tools, and create your own tasks. Completing these small goals will help you to build a story. That is why this game feels so endless. Exploring a sandbox world is like writing your infinite story.
The storyline filled with the Minecraft’s humor, dramatic scenes and familiar to everybody moral challenges. You’ll face the choices difficulties. What should you do first? Which of the two friends will you rescue first? What locations to explore? To be a nice character, a bad guy or just remain silent?
Your choice won’t affect the overall plot, but it has the influence on the particular scenes. Will your team of heroes be a winner at the building festival depends only on you and your decisions through the game?
If you’ve ever played a Telltale game, you know exactly what to expect here. Minecraft: Story Mode is mostly a text-based, point-and-click title that requires quick responses. There are four main aspects of the game – narrative choices, short puzzles, quick time events using a series of swipes and taps, as well as exploring.
To break up the monotony of the point-and-click gameplay, there are also some tricks that require quick reflexes from you to get through. For example, Jesse can be hit by monsters if you don’t swipe quickly to avoid them or attacked by zombies if you don’t tap on the screen on time.
Replay Value 3.5/5
The game doesn’t have a lot of drama like The Walking Dead, but you’ll still find yourself surprisingly engaged with the choices making about your companions. Also, I bet that Minecrafty jokes will make you smile.
You might be a little confused at first about what kind of world and creatures you play with, but the story will still absorb you in and make eager to find out what happens next. Sure, the original Minecraft opened a bigger universe of choices to you, but the new version is still a lot of fun to experience the building of your story.
You can download Minecraft Story Mode for Android, iPhone and iPad for free. However, each episode in this game needs to be purchased for 4.99$. There are also various pucks of episodes with the lower prices.
The extensive story about the adventure is making the app highly recommended and the price is justified because Minecraft Story Mode offers you hours of fun.
Minecraft: Story Mode, for now, has eight episodic series that will take you to the Nether, the Farlands, the End, and beyond. It is still a pleasant, family-friendly adventure that will quickly involve you to the game’s storyline and the decision-making world. You don’t even need to be familiar with the Minecraft universe to enjoy it. You can start with this game and go back later to the original one to play the open world of building experience.
Many gamers wondered what’s going to happen with the original Minecraft after Telltale told the world that it would apply its narrative-based formula on the game. Now we can see that Telltale's experiment works well and the mixed sequel is fun and delivers an entertaining experience that should satisfy any skeptics as well as the veterans of Minecraft.
A solid storyline and unique gameplay define Minecraft: Story Mode as one of the best titles Telltale Games has ever released.
Pros : interesting storyline;
some of the new in-game opportunities;
the original atmosphere and style;
Cons : inappropriate language as for children’s games;
Replay Value 3.5
Average : 4.3