The Wolf Among Us is an episodic adventure game developed by Telltale Games, the developers behind The Walking Dead. It takes place in the world of Bill Willingham's Fables comic book series, and is canonically a prequel to the events of said comics.The game will consist of five episodes, with the first episode having been released for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Xbox 360 in North America on October 11, 2013. Release dates for PlayStation 3 in North America and Europe are forthcoming. Episode 2 is slated for January 8th, 2014.The player takes control of Bigby Wolf, the Big Bad Wolf famed in fairy tales, as he faces a conflict between his suppressed lupine nature and his desire to turn over a new leaf, keeping the citizens of Fabletown safe. All is not well in Fabletown, and a mysterious murder kicks off a situation which rapidly begin to deteriorate, threatening the entire community, leaving Bigby to cut through the tangled web of deceit and sniff out the truth - before it's too late.The game features combat similar to The Walking Dead, Telltale's previous choice-based adventure game, in that the player must use his or her cursor to quickly react to events and beat down their opponents. However, there are differences between Lee and Bigby; Bigby is much larger and more physically powerful than Lee, and he won't be fighting off any zombies, so unarmed combat and improvised weaponry are far more par for the course than are the guns featured in The Walking Dead.Gameplay, however, is focused primarily on solving the mystery surrounding the aforementioned murder, and sharp-eyed players will find themselves at a significant advantage here. The more evidence Bigby collects at a scene, the more pieces of the puzzle he will have.
This video game contains examples of the following tropes:
Accidental Hero: As the Woodsman confesses, he went to Grandmother's House attempting to rob her and Red Riding Hood, only to find Bigby already there and end up being lauded as a hero for cutting the pair out.
Armor-Piercing Question: If Prince Lawrence is saved he manages to ask a very important question for the next episode.
Doomed by Canon: In the Fables comic, which takes place after this game, there is a grave with Mr.Toad's name on it at the "Farm".
Also, eventually, Colin Pig and Ichabod Crane (the latter Bigby kills himself).
The Eighties: If the synthesizer-heavy soundtrack, presence of CRT televisions, lack of cellphones and personal computers, fashion choices of certain characters, Toad's car (see the Cool Car entry), and that one parody movie poster (see the Shout Out entry) are anything to go by, the events of the game apparently take place in 1986. The fact that Ichabod Crane is still Deputy Mayor of Fabletown lends further credence to this, since in comics canon he resigned from the job in The Nineties.
Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: The Woodsman is just The Woodsman, much to his annoyance: he has a name, but nobody remembered it as the story spread. This is a common occurrence in the Fables continuity, such as Frau T÷tenkinder in the comics.
Good Thing You Can Heal: The Woodsman goes through a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, followed by plunging from his apartment onto the street below, and finally ending with an axe embedded in his skull. No one worries much about it, and the Woodsman stumbles off on his own while Bigby isn't paying attention. He's in shape for a drink by the next day. Fables are hard to kill.
Glory Days: It initially seems that the fairy tales the Fables originate from serve as these to them; however, Bigby seems to be haunted by his monstrous actions as the Big Bad Wolf, the Woodsman is being eaten up by his own self-loathing and guilt over the fact that he's lauded as a hero despite having intended to rob Red Riding Hood, and losing an arm seems to have scarred Grendel.
Here There Were Dragons: Played with. One might expect the Fables to have adapted poorly to the modern day, but in reality, the dragons are still just fine - it's just that they live somewhere else, namely the Homelands. The problem is that the Fairy Tale equivalent of Hitler has taken said magical lands over and kicked out a good deal of the inhabitants.
Impoverished Patrician: Prince Lawrence and Faith were both royalty in the Homeland, and appropriately after marrying 'lived happily ever after'...at least until they had to flee without their wealth. Now in New York, he can't hold a job and she's forced into prostitution.
Incest Is Relative: Donkeyskin's/Faith's backstory. Snow White and Bigby both cringe at it.
Interface Spoiler: Lawrence hints at it already in one easily-missed piece of dialogue, but one of the achievements for the upcoming episodes spoils that Faith's pimp and one of the murder suspects is Georgie Porgie.
I Need a Freaking Drink: Bigby's first action after beating the shit out of Grendel? Go to the bar and order a double shot of whisky. Justified, however, as it's heavily implied that the whisky and the smokes help him keep his emotions and his lupine instincts under control.
I'm a Humanitarian: Naturally, Bigby still has a nasty reputation for his wolfish appetites in the Homelands.
Bigby: Hey, it wasn't murder, I was just hungry.
Colin: Yeah, well, I'm hungry now, but you don't see me ripping your flesh off your bones!
Bigby: But you would if you could?
Jaded Washout: As he's happy to remind you, the Woodsman put down Bigby in their first scuffle, but by now he's a drunk and a failure while Bigby is widely known and the sheriff of Fabletown.
Jerkass: Deputy Mayor Ichabod Crane spends his entire appearance in Episode 1 insulting and abusing Bigby and Snow White, which the game implies is not at all unusual. It is also heavily implied that he regularly ignores the problems of more 'common' fables in favor of those with money and connections.
Grendel can come across as one initially, but given the way most of the Fables are treated by the Fabletown government, can you blame him? In the end, it seems all he really wants is to be left alone.
Jump Scare: When Tweedle Dee abruptly bursts from the closet of Faith and Lawrence's apartment. Hopefully one's nerves collect fast enough to react to the chase sequence immediately afterwards.
Kick the Dog: If you choose to have Bigby rip out Grendel's arm.
Made of Iron: All Fables are like this, so it takes a lot to kill them, which is why a murder is so surprising. The Woodsman gets an axe to the head - he's fine the next day, with only a bandage. This leads to Fridge Horror as you realize that Prince Lawrence was sitting there for over a week after he shot himself, waiting to die.
Masquerade: All non-human looking Fables have to wear a glamour so that 'mundies' can't detect them, or else go to the Farm, far away from the sight of non-fables. One of Bigby's jobs as sheriff is to ensure compliance with this policy.
Meaningful Background Event: Although nothing is certain yet, the fact that the random orange-haired man who has a brief conversation with Snow appears in just about EVERY scene after, even some before (Crane's office, Tweedle chase scene, Woodsman fight, and as a Taxi Driver to the Trip Trap Bar). His role as a taxi driver especially, considering it's the last time Snow is seen alive before she is beheaded.
Multitasked Conversation: When talking to the girl in the beginning, she dodges any questions about who she is, and whom she works for. Then she suddenly asks Bigby if he likes her ribbon. Pointing to it and the pair of lips monogramed on it. Sadly, Bigby has no idea what she's trying to do and misses the hint.
Sadistic Choice: As expected for a Telltale game. Episode 1 ends with Bigby being forced to choose who to take in between The Woodsman and Tweedle Dee.
Subverted earlier in the first episode. You have a choice between going to help Toad or Prince Lawrence, both of whom are in danger. If you go to Toad, Lawrence will die from his injuries, but choosing Lawrence has Bigby arrive in time, and the only repercussion is that Toad Jr. is hurt by Tweedle Dee, which, while it is a bad thing, is still better than Lawrence dying.
The movie poster that appears early in Episode 1 (right before Faith takes The Woodsman's own axe to his head) is an obvious parody of the poster for the Sylvester Stallone movie Cobra. Given that the parody movie's title is Mongoose, it might be a double shout-out to the Rudyard KiplingJungle Book story, "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", about a heroic mongoose who defends a young boy from some villainous cobras.
There are several references to a diner known as "I am the Eggman."
Take That: Depending on your dialogue choices, Bigby may at one point paraphrase Niccol˛ Machiavelli, and claim that it's better to be feared than loved. When he asks Colin if he knows who originally said this, Colin replies, "Some sad asshole".
Tarot Motifs: Bigby finds a number of tarot cards on a table in Crane's office, each of which seems to hint at the broader story.