YMMV: Telltale Games

  • Creator Worship: Telltale gets this for bringing back the Adventure Game genre when it was declining.
    • This is especially apparent post-Walking Dead. Not that they don't deserve it, mind you.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Or Middle Installment Weirdness, if you will. Telltale already had a lengthy list of works to their credit when Jurassic Park The Game was released, but JP was just before the start of the company's shift into darker IPs with The Walking Dead. As a result, Jurassic Park carries the scarier tone and stiffer QTE consequences of their later material, but lacks their now-iconic use of decisions, typical cel-shaded art style, and any of their rather large Production Posse.
  • Growing the Beard: While they had always had their fans and positive critical reception, The Walking Dead is what really flung them into the spotlight. They're now among one of the more well known developers among the gaming community thanks to that game and their projects that followed.
  • It's Easy, so It Sucks: Telltale's games aren't very challenging. This is one of the most common complaints against them.
  • It's Short, so It Sucks : Since Episode 5 of The Walking Dead Season 1, Telltale's episodes have gotten considerably shorter, hovering around the 90 minute mark where previously they often went over two hours. Fan response to the change has been less than enthusiastic.
    • It seems this has been addressed with the Borderlands and Game of Thrones games, which have the normal 2 hour run time.

  • The Problem with Licensed Games:
    • Averted. Telltale has made good games out of the licenses that they bought. Such as Bone and Back to the Future.
    • The Jurassic Park one is a bit more mixed. Some enjoyed it, others didn't.
    • Back to the Future gets this with established Telltale fans too, being the easiest, most cripplingly user-friendly game they've released to date. The plot and characters are very good, and the cinematography and graphics are some of their best yet, but the puzzles are almost non-existent, and this rubbed a lot of fans the wrong way.
    • They outdid themselves with Law & Order: Legacies - while each of the stories were interesting enough that they would have made pretty good episodes of the TV series, the mysteries and puzzles in all seven games were about as challenging as an Ace Attorney tutorial level. In addition, the graphics and voice acting were serviceable at best, with none of the actors from the series returning.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Telltale has admitted that they've got a big challenge ahead of them for Walking Dead Season 2, as Season 1's finale... well, to avoid spoilers, it set a lot up.