Based in San Rafael, California and specializing in licensed, [[EpisodicGame episodic]] [[AdventureGame adventure games]], Telltale Games was formed in 2004 by disgruntled LucasArts workers when ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' got [[ScrewedByTheNetwork cancelled]].

They're very clearly DoingItForTheArt, releasing all sorts of {{machinima}}s and [[{{Mockumentary}} mockumentaries]] in between games to appeal to the fans. The interpretation of Hell seen in Sam And Max is very clearly modelled on their own office. They even published a complete ''Sam And Max'' comics treasury (the first in 12 years), ''Surfin' the Highway'', and commissioned a new comic from Steve Purcell.

!!Games and game series by Telltale Games include:

* ''Telltale Texas Hold'em'' - '''2005'''
* ''ComicBook/{{Bone}}''
** ''Bone: Out from Boneville'' - '''2005'''
** ''Bone: The Great Cow Race'' - '''2006'''
* ''Series/{{CSI}}''
** ''CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder'' - '''2006'''
** ''CSI: Hard Evidence'' - '''2009'''
** ''CSI: Deadly Intent'' - '''2009'''
** ''CSI: Fatal Conspiracy'' - '''2010'''
* ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice''
** ''Sam and Max: Save the World'' (Season 1) - '''2006-2007'''
** ''Sam and Max: Beyond Time and Space'' (Season 2) - '''2007-2008'''
** ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxTheDevilsPlayhouse'' (Season 3) - '''2010'''
* ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople'' - '''2008'''
* ''VideoGame/WallaceAndGromitsGrandAdventures'' - '''2009'''
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'' - '''2009'''
* ''VideoGame/HectorBadgeOfCarnage'' - '''2010-2011'''
* VideoGame/NelsonTethersPuzzleAgent
** ''Puzzle Agent'' - '''2010'''
** ''Puzzle Agent 2'' - '''2011'''
* ''VideoGame/PokerNightAtTheInventory'' - '''2010'''
* ''[[{{VideoGame/BackToTheFuture}} Back To The Future: The Game]]'' - '''2010-2011'''
* ''VideoGame/JurassicParkTheGame'' - '''2011'''
* ''Franchise/LawAndOrder Legacies'' - '''2011-2012'''
* ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead''
** ''The Walking Dead: Season 1'' - '''2012'''
** ''The Walking Dead: 400 Days'' - '''2013'''
** ''The Walking Dead: Season 2'' - '''2013-2014'''
** ''The Walking Dead: Season 3'' - '''TBA'''
* ''VideoGame/PokerNight2'' - '''2013'''
* ''VideoGame/TheWolfAmongUs''[[note]](based upon ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'')[[/note]] - '''2013-2014'''
* ''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'' - '''2014-2015'''
* ''VideoGame/TelltalesGameOfThrones'' - '''2014-2015'''
* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}: Story Mode'' - '''2015'''
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* AuthorCatchphrase: Starting with ''The Walking Dead'', two messages are prevalent in their choice-and-consequence games: The first thing you usually see at the beginning is "This game series adapts to the choices you make. The story is tailored by how you play," and during gameplay, "X will remember that" usually pops up after major dialogue decisions.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''The Wolf Among Us'' and ''The Walking Dead'' are by far their darkest games yet. With them now making a ''[[CrapsackWorld Game of Thrones]]'' game, [[TomHanksSyndrome it's safe to say this is going to continue.]]
** LighterAndSofter: ''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'' falls here, being more over-the-top and zany compared to the series it followed.
* DoingItForTheArt
* ExpandedUniverse: Most of their games are sequels or parts of a greater whole to the original work in some way.
* NoProblemWithLicensedGames: They try their hardest to consistently avoid the reputation most licensed games have. If there's any company you'd want to make a game of your favorite movie or show, Telltale Games has the best track record for financially successful games that fans enjoy.
** This is, incidentally, what earned them the license for the ''Game Of Thrones'' title. After getting burned by [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames the opposite trope]] a few times, Creator/GeorgeRRMartin raised his standards far more.
* ObviousBeta: ''Many'' of their games have lots of {{Game Breaking Bug}}s. It makes you wonder if they even ''test'' their games before releasing them.
** One infamous example is in VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople. In the Wii port of Homestar Ruiner, if the Wii is set to widescreen mode, and if the player talks to Coach Z in Extended Play, the game will freeze.
** Wii ports of VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice tend to have the cursor permanently stuck in the lower right corner of the screen, among ''many'' other bugs.
* ProductionPosse: Roger L. Jackson and Andrew Chaikin pop up a lot, among others.
* RevisitingTheRoots: They've experimented with much more dramatic or dynamic story-telling for quite a while, and state that they intend for ''Poker Night 2'' (featuring [[Franchise/EvilDead Ash Williams]], [[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers Brock Samson]], [[{{VideoGame/Borderlands}} Claptrap]], and VideoGame/{{Sam|AndMaxFreelancePolice}} as players, while [[{{VideoGame/Portal}} GLaDOS]] deals.) to be much more humorous.
--> '''Dan Connors:''' "It's great to revisit our roots after the success of ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead''. People might not know that we have a strong history of humor in our games and players are going to find a lot of laughs in ''Poker Night 2'', ''Poker Night 2'' is another example of our ability to work with phenomenal partners and bring great characters to life in the gaming universe."
** In the sequel, VideoGame/{{Sam|AndMaxFreelancePolice}} is 3D, [[Franchise/EvilDead Ash]] has a stylized 3D model, [[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers Brock Samson]] is cel-shaded and [[VideoGame/{{Borderlands}} Claptrap]] has a 3D model with thick black comic book-esque lines, true to his source material.
* RunningGag: The drink Banang has popped up in some form or another throughout their games.
* WhamEpisode: They have a penchant for this, with quite possibly their best examples being ''[[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam and Max]]'': [[VideoGame/SamAndMaxTheDevilsPlayhouse Season 3]], Episode 5, ''VideoGame/BackToTheFuture'' Episode 3, and ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'' Episode 4. Their more recent games (''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'', ''VideoGame/TelltalesGameOfThrones'', ''VideoGame/TheWolfAmongUs''), tend to take this to a whole new level, with every episode being a huge WhamEpisode.