The Walking Dead: The Game is an episodic series by Telltale Games that began in 2012. As in Jurassic Park: The Game, you guide your character in an adventure game setting through a relatively linear series of events dotted with minor gameplay puzzles and a few quick time events. Unlike Jurassic Park, it has also gained a reputation as one of the most well-written and emotionally wrenching games of its time due to its grey and gray morality, sadistic choices, and absolutely brutal player punches.
The game takes place in the same universe as the comic, but begins within hours of the outbreak this time, instead of weeks afterwards.
At the outset of Season One, Lee Everett is a prisoner handcuffed in the back of a police car traveling down a highway in Georgia when an accident involving a weird shambling man on the road gets him loose. Shortly afterward, he meets a young girl named Clementine, and the pair have to work with others to survive, all while hoping Lee's dark and troubled past doesn't cause everyone to hate him, shun him, or worse, feed him to the zombies.
In between seasons One and Two is a DLC episode entitled 400 Days: an anthology special which focuses on different individuals and their own stories as they cope with the zombie outbreak at various points over a slightly longer than one year period.
Season Two follows Clementine on her own, over two years into the zombie apocalypse. Slightly older and a lot wiser, she must survive in a world where adults still view her as a kid and may look to take advantage of her.
A mini-series titled The Walking Dead: Michonne was was released between seasons 2 and 3. It follows the eponymous Michonne from the comic series, and what she did between issues #126 and #139.
Season Three, given the unique name A New Frontier, follows Javier Garcia, a former pro baseball player who teams up with the now-thirteen year old Clementine to protect his family from a ruthless group known as the New Frontier.
Season Four, also given a name (The Final Season) released the first episode on August 14, 2018. Now sixteen years old, Clementine is once again the main character and Telltale has said this will be the end of her story, as she tries to keep her adopted son A.J. safe. Unfortunately, on September 21st 2018, Telltale laid off the majority of their employees, including the Walking Dead team, leaving the future of The Final Season uncertain. However, other companies have volunteered to help release the final two episodes so the story could be complete. Fortunately, on October 6 it was announced that Robert Kirkman's company Skybound would work with members of the original team to release the final 2 episodes.
Going along with the theme of the franchise, while the zombies are always a threat, the real issue is the remnants of humanity, and the forging and maintaining of relationships with other survivors. Almost all of your actions will have consequences in how people perceive you, and it will be up to you as to how helpful you'll be, and whom you'll help.
- The Walking Dead Season One: the trope page for Season One.
- The Walking Dead Season Two: the trope page for 400 Days, Season Two, and Michonne.
- The Walking Dead Season Three: the trope page for A New Frontier.
- The Walking Dead Season Four: the trope page for The Final Season.
See here for characters page.
Other Walking Dead games not in the Telltalle continuity include:
- The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct: the second Walking Dead game, which is based more on the TV series.
- Overkill's: The Walking Dead: A First-Person Shooter from PAYDAY The Heist and PAYDAY 2 developer Overkill Software.
- The Escapists: The Walking Dead: A standalone spin-off of prison break strategy game The Escapists, broadly following the story of the comic books.
- The Walking Dead Arcade: A 2017 Rail Shooter arcade. Like Survival Instinct, it's based more on the TV show.