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Life is Strange (PC)
Life is Strange (PC)

Adventure 30 January 2015

An episodic adventure game created by the developers of Remember Me, a French studio DONTNOD. The game bears a resemblance to Telltale Games titles. Its protagonist is a 12th grade student named Max Caulfield, who returns to her home town in Oregon after years of absence. Together with her old friend she tries to solve the mysterious disappearance of her schoolmate, which launches a series of strange events. The story is the essential part for the game, whereas gameplay mechanics are based on the well-proven formula employed by Telltale, which combines free exploration and tough choices with non-obvious consequences. An interesting addition to the gameplay is the fact that Max possesses the power to manipulate time, allowing you to experience another version of events without having to restart an entire episode. On the technical side, the game is well-designed and well-executed, featuring expressive, slightly cartoonish graphics.

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The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series - Season One (PC)
The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series - Season One (PC)

Adventure 24 April 2012

An episodic adventure game from Telltale Games, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman. The main theme of The Walking Dead: Season One revolves around a dramatic struggle for survival in a world infested by zombies. The player assumes the role of Lee Everett, one of the few survivors. The gameplay emphasizes exploration, dialogues, collecting items, and puzzle solving. The most significant feature are in-game moral choices the protagonist has to make, and whose consequences are often made visible only after some time. The developers created a highly interactive environment to give the players a good degree of freedom in puzzle solving. The Walking Dead: Season One catches the eye with its comic-like style, achieved with cel shading.

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Life is Strange: Before the Storm (PC)
Life is Strange: Before the Storm (PC)

Adventure 31 August 2017

A prequel to Life is Strange – an episodic adventure game developed by DONTNOD Entertainment. The new title was developed by Deck Nine Games and it enables the player to assume the role of Chloe Price, a character well known from the original game. The story presents how the protagonist met Rachel Amber and how the strong bond between two teenagers was born. It is worth mentioning that Chloe has no special abilities – this means that the choices made during the game cannot be changed. Life is Strange: Before the Storm focuses on gradually revealing pieces of the story and making various decisions that impact the plot. All other aspects of the game, like exploration, interactions with NPC and riddle solving, are secondary to the above mentioned elements. Similarly to the first entry in the series, the game has expressive graphics that features pastel colors.

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The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series - A New Frontier (PC)
The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series - A New Frontier (PC)

Adventure 20 December 2016

The third full-fledged season of the popular series of episodic adventure games developed by Telltale Games based on the cult comics and TV series, The Walking Dead. The mechanics of the game are similar as in previous installments of the series and they concentrate on exploration and conversations with non-playable characters. In difference to classic adventure games, The Walking Dead: Season Three lacks typical puzzles and the focus is on making various moral choices which are the main factor that shapes the story of the game. A new feature in the game is a special system that allows moving saved games between various platforms. It is possible to import saves from Season Two and continue the plots started there with all consequences of the choices previously made.

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Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series - Season One (PC)
Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series - Season One (PC)

Adventure 02 December 2014

A game by Telltale Games, the studio behind many others similar productions, designed as an episodic adventure game based on the HBO’s popular TV show Game of Thrones - an adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books. The game features an original story overlapping with the events presented in the seasons 3-5 of the TV series. This six-part episodic story focuses on the House Forrester, whose members, although missing from the TV show, appeared in the fifth book of the saga. Known for ironwood trade, the Forresters are trying to survive the War of the Five Kings, while competing with House Whitehill. Gameplay employs the classic point-and-click mechanics. The game lets you visit many well-known locations from across both the Westeros and Essos continents, and observe the events from the perspective of several characters whose actions have direct impact on the fate of the two families.

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The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series - Season Two (PC)
The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series - Season Two (PC)

Adventure 17 December 2013

A sequel to the repeatedly awarded adventure game The Walking Dead: Season One by American studio Telltale Games. The plot of The Walking Dead: Season Two is a continuation of the story from the first installment. This time you play as the 11-years-old Clementine, who, like the other characters, is trying to survive in the world infested by a zombie epidemic. The game mechanics remain the same, focusing on exploration, talking to NPCs, searching for items, and solving puzzles. The decisions you make affect the story even much later in the game. Like the first installment from 2012, The Walking Dead: Season Two was released as a series of episodes.

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Half-Life 2: Episode Three (PC)
Half-Life 2: Episode Three (PC)

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The third expansion for Half-life 2, sequel to one of the most acclaimed first-person shooters, developed by Valve and released in 2004. Initially, Half-Life 2: Episode Three was supposed to be issued directly after the previous two episodes, released in years 2006 and 2007, but the project was canceled for unknown reasons. Story-wise, it was to be a continuation of the events presented by its predecessors and to bring a closure to many unresolved plots from the entire trilogy (e.g. events concerning the legendary Borealis ship and the technology found therein, all of which were to be destroyed by Gordon Freeman, the main protagonist). At the end of Episode Two, Freeman and his companion, Alyx, fly to Antarctica to find out what happened in the base located therein and why was it attacked by the Combine. Episode Three was supposed to provide explanations.

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The Wolf Among Us: A Telltale Games Series - Season 1 (PC)
The Wolf Among Us: A Telltale Games Series - Season 1 (PC)

Adventure 11 October 2013

An episodic adventure game based on the popular Fables comic book series. The Wolf Among Us was developed by Telltale Games, studio that used the same mechanics as in its previous title, The Walking Dead. The protagonists are fairy creatures that were forced to look for a safe haven in the human world where they must hide their true nature. During the game the player can encounter many characters known from the comic books – including the Big Bad Wolf, Snow White or Ichabod Crane. The gameplay is focused mostly on visiting locations, conversing with NPCs, solving riddles and making hard decisions. The Wolf Among Us employs comic book-like visuals and, as usual, cel-shading.

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Half-Life 2: Episode Two (PC)
Half-Life 2: Episode Two (PC)

Action 10 October 2007

The second official expansion pack to Half-Life 2 that shows the following adventures of the two characters known from the previous installments – Gordon Freeman and Alyx Vance. This time the action focuses on the secret data which the two protagonists obtained while escaping from alien citadel. In this episode the player visits much more varied locations (forests, a military base and an abandoned mine). The developers introduced a new 2-person vehicle and a completely new weapon. Additionally, the distinctive Gravity Gun received some completely new abilities. It can be used for example against Hunters, the new type of small but quite troublesome enemies. As for the technical and gameplay matters, Episode Two doesn’t change anything, instead employing the well received solutions known from previous installments. It is worth mentioning that the in-game riddles have become much harder.

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Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series - Season 1 (PC)
Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series - Season 1 (PC)

Adventure 13 October 2015

An episodic adventure game created by Telltale Games, the experts of the genre, in cooperation with Mojang Ab, The game is set in the cult universe of Minecraft, whose world stands on the brink of destruction, and the only chance of saving it is a legendary brotherhood, known as the Order of the Stone. You play as a character named Jesse, who, together with his friends, sets off on a perilous journey to find the Order and save the world. The title is modeled after other productions from the studio, consisting of 5 separate episodes, throughout which you have to make tough choices that shape the story. What puts this game apart from other Telltale Games titles is the graphics, far from their traditional comic stylistics. Instead, the game features distinctive voxel-art graphics, which means both the environment and characters look like made of big square blocks.

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Dreamfall Chapters (PC)
Dreamfall Chapters (PC)

Adventure 21 October 2014

The third installment in the series of adventure games started in 1999 with Dreamfall: The Longest Journey. Dreamfall: Chapters was developed by Red Thread Games led by Ragnar Tornquist. The story of the game presents further adventures of the young protagonist, Zoe Castillo, who thanks to her highly unusual powers is able to travel between three worlds: the magical Arcadia, the technologically advanced Stark and the mysterious Storytime. Since it is a traditional adventure game, the gameplay focuses on such features like item gathering, conversations with non-playable characters and riddle solving. Despite the rather small budget of the game, developers of Dreamfall: Chapters have created attractive visuals generated by using the popular Unity Engine.

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Batman: The Telltale Series (PC)
Batman: The Telltale Series (PC)

Adventure 02 August 2016

Another episodic adventure game developed by the experienced American studio Telltale Games, who had produced many highly acclaimed video games based on famous films, books, and comic books, such as Back to the Future, The Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones. Batman: A Telltale Game Series takes you into the grim city of Gotham, however, unlike Rocksteady’s popular action game series, Telltale Games’ production focuses on Bruce Wayne himself, showing his moral dilemmas and the burden imposed on him by the constant fight against corruption and crime. In terms of gameplay the title does not stray far from the studio’s previous productions. As always, the key element of gameplay is making tough choices that influence the way the story unfolds – and not just within one chapter but across the entire season.

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Tales from the Borderlands: A Telltale Games Series (PC)
Tales from the Borderlands: A Telltale Games Series (PC)

Adventure 25 November 2014

An episodic adventure game set in the universe of the Gearbox Software’s Borderlands series. This title was developed by Telltale Games studio that specializes in this genre. Story-wise, the game follows the plot started in Borderlands 2, following two characters: Fiona, a con artist, and Rhys, an employee of the Hyperion corporation equipped with cybernetic implants. The game’s goal is to remove the discrepancies within the story stemming from the mixed narrative of the two protagonists. Gameplay is rather unique, as the player’s main role is to make choices that determine how the story unfolds. In addition, the game features several elements typical of the Borderlands series, such as shooting sequences and moments to display the characters' unique skills – manipulating people and hacking.

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Jurassic Park (PC)
Jurassic Park (PC)

Adventure 15 November 2011

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Project Resurgence (PC)
Project Resurgence (PC)

RPG November 2017

Project Resurgence is an episodic RPG developed by Nectar Game Studios. The game's action takes place in Lumen, a dark fantasy/steampunk world, slowly recovering after a grand cataclysm. Connected by the game's main plot, each episode tells the story of different characters and takes place in a different part of the game's world. The primary source of inspiration for the developers of Project Resurgence were the classic cRPG games from the second half of the 90s. In Project Resurgence, the players control a group of adventurers, recruited from the many available NPCs. Each and everyone of them has a unique personality and talents. There are two combat modes available - turn based and real time with pause. As in every game in the genre, Project Resurgence has a proper character progression and stat systems, but the plot and hard moral choices are the primary focus of the game.

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Half-Life 2: Episode One (PC)
Half-Life 2: Episode One (PC)

Action 01 June 2006

The first expansion to Half-Life 2. Its action takes place directly after the events shown in the predecessor and expands the storyline with new plots. Once more the player becomes the main protagonist of the series: Gordon Freeman, accompanied, once again, by Alyx Vance. The two characters are tasked with escaping from an alien citadel – the place where the basic version of the game ended. During the game, the player meets many characters known from previous installments of the series and has to face not only the soldiers of the Combine, but new types of enemies as well. As for the game mechanics, the game is filled with all the elements thanks to which Half-Life 2 was successful – including a large dose of action, hard puzzles, and narrative cutscenes. The Source Engine was improved with a set of new effects that improved the game's visuals. In contrast to the original game, the expansion is focused mostly on single player experience.

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Batman: The Telltale Series - The Enemy Within (PC)
Batman: The Telltale Series - The Enemy Within (PC)

Adventure 08 August 2017

The second season of Batman: The Telltale Series, which debuted in 2016. In this adventure game by Telltale Games (the developers of such titles as The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series and The Wolf Among Us: A Telltale Games Series) the player follows the darker and darker story of Bruce Wayne and his superhero alter-ego. This time Batman has to challenge both Joker and Riddler as well as a merciless federal agent who has just came to the city of Gotham. The story is split into five episodes, the first one of which launched in August 2017. In the game you get to explore small locations, talk to characters met there, play through QTE sequences and, of course, make difficult moral decisions that determine how the story unfolds. Batman: The Telltale Series - The Enemy Within features actors that made the appearance in the first game. Batman is starred by Troy Baker, while his arch-nemesis Joker by Anthony Ingruber.

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Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse (PC)
Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse (PC)

Adventure 04 December 2013

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Kentucky Route Zero (PC)
Kentucky Route Zero (PC)

Adventure 07 January 2013

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Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series (PC)
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series (PC)

Adventure 18 April 2017

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is an episodic adventure game developed by Telltale Games. The game is based on a comic book series from Marvel, and tells the story of the titular Guardians of the Galaxy. Unlike the classic superhero team ups, this group is made of outcasts and outlaws, and their humor-filled adventures take place in far reaches of the universe. Like in other games from Telltale, the gameplay in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is based on exploration, dialogues, and, most importantly, on making decisions that influence the course of the plot. Our choices influence not only the current episode we are playing, but also the following ones.

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Back to the Future (PC)
Back to the Future (PC)

Adventure 22 December 2010

An episodic adventure game based on Back to the Future, the cult film trilogy by Robert Zemeckis. The game was developed by experts in this genre – American studio Telltale Games, also known for such titles as Sam & Max and a couple CSI games. The game depicts the adventures of two film heroes: Marty McFly and the crazy scientist Dr. Emmett Brown, taking off six months after the conclusion of the trilogy. Gameplay boils down to exploration, conversations, puzzle solving, and collecting useful items. The game consists of six episodes, originally distributed in regular time intervals. Back to the Future features colorful, cartoonish graphics. As for the audio, the crazy doctor was voiced by Christopher Lloyd, who reprised his role from the film.

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King's Quest (PC)
King's Quest (PC)

Adventure 28 July 2015

An episodic point-and-click adventure game, and the ninth major installment in the cult King’s Quest series, whose last part was released 17 years ago. This game was developed by The Odd Gentlemen (known for The Adventures of P.B. Winterbottom), while the development process was supervised by the original creators of the franchise from the reactivated Sierra Studios. The game’s story is built around a series of flashbacks. The player assumes the role of the old king Graham, who tells his granddaughter, Gwendolyn, of the fantastic adventures from his youth, which eventually led him to the throne of Daventry. Despite employing 3D graphics, the game mechanics takes after the classic installments in the series, focusing on exploration, dialogues, and puzzle solving. The game also features platform sequences, in which the hero has to jump over chasms and avoid various traps.

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Antariksha Sanchar (PC)
Antariksha Sanchar (PC)

Adventure 30 September 2017

A point-and-click adventure game developed by QuicksandGamesLab and heavily inspired by the culture of India. The plot of Antariksha Sanchar (known also as Transmissions in Space) is set in the early 1920s in South India. You play as a genius mathematician, who wants to discover the secrets of the outer space and conduct research on space exploration. As expected of the game representing such a genre, it focuses mostly on exploration and solving various logic puzzles. You visit picturesque towns and ancient temples, filled with relics of the ages-old Indian civilization and riddles referencing the scientific discoveries made by the people of India. Thanks to the many references to the current and past culture of India, the game not only entertains, but can also serve as an encyclopedia of this country.

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