Say goodbye to Telltale – the best Telltale games.
The game world can be brutal. Not every game is a success and not every studio is able to keep its heads above water. In this Serial Alie says goodbye to a number of developers and game series who died. Firstly, she looks back with melancholy to the 10 best games from Telltale Games.
I was overjoyed when I heard that the final season of The Walking Dead is still being finished. Nevertheless, I am going to miss Telltale Games enormously. For example because I was also particularly looking forward to a second part of The Wolf Among Us. I am therefore happy to honor Telltale Games with this feature, in which I list 10 of the best games from the studio for you. First, however, a look back.
On September 22, 2018, it was announced that Telltale Games was closing its doors. A small group of employees stayed on to finish Minecraft: Story Mode for Netflix, but the rest of the workforce was laid off.
At the time when Telltale Games went bankrupt, the developer was still in the middle of developing the fourth season of The Walking Dead. Fortunately, it is now clear that this series will still be closed with dignity. Skybound Entertainment – the studio of The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman – is collaborating with about 40 ex-Telltale employees on the project.
Of course, The Walking Dead has secured a place in this feature. However, I can easily shake nine of the best Telltale games up my sleeve. Starting with Tales from the Borderlands.
Tales from the Borderlands
You know the Borderlands games as first-person shooters with a great emphasis on shiny loot. Not exactly an obvious candidate for Telltale treatment. Still, Tales from the Borderlands is one of the best Telltale games ever. This is partly due to the great writing, which also immediately added all-new lore to the Borderlands universe. In addition, Tales from the Borderlands is once again old-fashioned (absurdist) funny. In my opinion, the finger gun fight from episode 4 is one of the coolest moments in gaming ever.
With shame on my cheeks, I have to admit that I didn’t even know Puzzle Agent at all until two years ago … It is still a complete mystery to me how I completely missed this puzzle game from 2010, while I loved the Sam & Max games and Tales of Monkey Island. Puzzle Agent is a puzzle game in the vein of the Professor Layton series. The world is populated with weird guys who are constantly presenting you with puzzles. The unique visual style combined with the typical Telltale storytelling style and the fun puzzles make only one conclusion possible: a well-deserved place in this feature.
Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People
Like the Puzzle Agent mentioned above – based on the work of cartoonist Graham Annable – most Telltale Games games are based on existing franchises. So is Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People, although you are forgiven if you are not familiar with the accompanying webcomic Homestar Runner. This cartoon was made entirely in Adobe Flash and was packed with colorful characters. Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People, cleverly enough, managed to capture exactly what made Homestar Runner so much fun.
Batman: The Telltale Series
After the fine Rocksteady trilogy, most people were skeptical about the version of Batman that Telltale Games wanted to portray. However, this Batman is completely different than you have ever seen; the emphasis is strongly on the detective part of DC Comics and lets you unravel a mystery in the streets of Gotham. Cleverly enough, Telltale Games also managed to capture the soul of Batman with this setup. The undersigned thought it was especially cool that Bruce Wayne and The Joker were once portrayed in an interesting and human way.
Tales of Monkey Island
You just have to dare to revive a classic series like Monkey Island. Still, Telltale Games has succeeded very well with their Tales of Monkey Island. As always, Guybrush must puzzle Threepwood to save his wife Elaine Marley from the (now not undead) hands of LeChuck. As I told you last month, Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert also contributed to this Telltale Games version and that is clearly paying off.
Sam & Max
One of the first Telltale Games games I played was Sam & Max. Just like the above mentioned Tales of Monkey Island, Sam & Max also started under the wing of LucasArts, namely in 1993 with Sam & Max Hit the Road. After a number of canceled projects, LucasArts announced Sam & Max: Freelance Police in early 2002. However, in March 2004, the developer decided to stop that project as well. Adventure games would be passé. In response, many LucasArts employees resigned and started their own development studio, Telltale Games. No fewer than three Sam & Max games were made there.
Hector: Badge of Carnage
Hector: Badge of Carnage is all about the pot-bellied and short-tempered Hector. His job? He can call himself a detective of Clappers Wreake. Even though this game is actually pretty unknown, the name may sound damn familiar to you … In that case, you have probably seen Hector: Badge of Carnage in the App Store. There it was in the list of best-selling games for an unprecedented long time. Unfortunately, the undersigned could no longer find the game in the iOS store, but fortunately it can still be scored on your PC.
The Wolf Among Us
While I love the developer’s gags and gags, I also really appreciate Telltale’s dark games. In fact: if I necessarily have a favorite from this list must choose then I’ll go for The Wolf Among Us. I am a real sucker for the film noir style, with accompanying use of color and choice of music. A second season was planned, but unfortunately with the bankruptcy of Telltale Games that doesn’t seem to be coming anymore … That’s why I decided to take a look at the comic Fables, on which The Wolf Among Us is based. .
Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures
I hate (long) air travel. I cannot sleep under any circumstances, my legs are too long to sit comfortably and secretly I always find it a bit exciting. I therefore seek comfort in the in-flight entertainment as standard. I am especially happy when they have Shaun the Sheep and Wallace & Gromit! I can really look at that for hours. Fortunately, Telltale Games has – partly through close collaboration with Aardman Animations – succeeded in doing justice to the clay animation work.
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead was Telltale Games’ big breakthrough. As you may have read in this feature earlier, I also love older work from the developer. Yet I understand very well that the story of Clementine appealed to so many people. I also really had to shed some tears at a number of times in the series. Fortunately, this series still gets a worthy ending. Not only for the fans, but also for the makers, who have clearly worked on this series with a lot of love.
The 10 best games from Telltale Games … I found it difficult to choose. I am therefore also very curious about your favorite Telltale games. Let that and a lot more know in the comments!
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