A Minecraft Saturday – Morning Cartoon – Minecraft: Story Mode: Ep1 Review
Telltale Games is infamous for creating captivating, episodic narratives of funny, serious & mature franchises such as: the Walking dead, Game of Thrones and Borderlands. These narratives are less like games, but more like: linear, interactive cut-scenes, that play out like a TV series. This style of game suits its usual already narrative heavy counterparts. Minecraft however, is known for it’s glorious freedom, non-narrative and creative gameplay, where the sky is the limit. One could only wonder, what happens when literally the two opposite style of games become one? Minecraft: Story Mode apparently, but what demographic is this game aimed at and are you apart of it? Lets take a look:
– Decision-based Story.
– Creative implementation of Minecraft lore.
– Great Voice Acting! (Patton Oswald, Brian Posehn, Paul Reubens etc).
– Looks Great.
– Ran perfectly on iPhone 6 (ios 9+)
– Roughly 2 hours of “gameplay” (120 mins/ $5)
– CANNOT play on iPhone 4 or 4s.
– Fighting Mobs is a underwhelming experience.(Slide forward/backward & tap.)
– Jokes that bomb, followed by creepy smiles on characters faces.
– Crafting Teases. ( Has an illusion of crafting, but make what the game wants you to.)
– The overall story is MEH. (Stock group of friends, go on an adventure equivalent to a Pokémon episode.)
– Choices don’t create major changes within the plot.
– Definitely not Telltale’s strongest story.
– Costs as much as the FULL Minecraft iPhone Game.
– On Rail, Linear Minecraft. (Obvious of Telltale Games, I know, but with the expansiveness of Minecraft you’d expect more freedom.)
– QuickTime Events (Really don’t make a difference to the story.)
When it comes to “Graphic adventure games”, I rather watch an actual movie, or play an actual videogame. Don’t get me wrong, I have played this style of game and have had entertaining experiences, but I’m not the ultimate die-hard. Keeping my bias at bay, I kept an open-mind for this review. Unfortunately, this was not the savior of my indifferent feelings. I was interested in this title, due to how expansive Minecraft is and what Telltale Games would sculpt. What I received for my Five Dollars, was just a really mediocre never ending cut-scene, with quick-time events that sometimes made my thumbs move, and had me wishing I was actually playing Minecraft. The game does have Minecraft lore, but the story didn’t embrace Minecraft at full potential when it came to the plot, leaving me feeling like they could swap in any characters from any franchise. Overall, I can see how it could entertain and appeal to the young demographic it is obviously created for, with its simple narrative, family-friendly jokes and Minecraft lore. It’s really like a Saturday-morning Minecraft cartoon, rather than a full Minecraft experience or a great Telltale story. I know that this is only episode one, but I couldn’t see myself investing in the rest of the episodes.
This is like the equivalent of the Lego Movie, where you don’t go in expecting to play with Lego. Don’t go into this looking to play Minecraft. If you’re a Telltale Games fan, don’t expect an award winning Telltale Game. Overall, if you love Minecraft and are looking for something to watch then you’ll probably enjoy this.
Leave a comment on how you felt about Minecraft: Story Mode: Ep1. Did you like it? Hate it? Or refuse to even look at it?
Minecraft: Story Mode: Ep1 Review
- Final Rating:
- Expect watching rather than playing.
- Expect a Family Friendly Minecraft Based Story.
- Expect good production value with nice graphics and voice-overs.
- Don't expect a fulfilling Minecraft experience.
- Don't expect a fulfilling Telltale experience.