Video Game Review: The Walking Dead First Season

Video Game Review The Walking Dead First Season
Written by Alyssia Walmsley

The Walking Dead: Season One is one of the first games released by Telltale Games to really popularize the story telling format. The game was released on the 24th of April 2012. The game was initially released on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and iOS. It was later released on Kindle Fire HDX, Linux, Ouya, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Android, and Playstation Vita sometime after.

The game itself is based on the comic book series of the same name. It includes several nods and references to the main series. The game was deemed a commercial and critical success on its release selling over 8.5 million units by the end of the year with at least one million unique players buying the game. The game has won several Game Of The Year awards from multiple publications and reviewers.


The game is based on the popular The Walking Dead series of comics. The story takes place in Georgia sometime after the initial outbreak zombie apocalypse. The game follows the protagonist Lee Evert a former university professor and convicted criminal. We are given control of Lee’s point of view as we struggle to traverse the zombie infestation. Along the way, Lee meets Clementine, a young girl all on her own in her family home. With none of her parents in sight, Lee takes it upon himself to protect and nurture Clementine as if she was his own daughter.

The story of the game is very well written and follows a basic linear path with branching choices that you have control over. There are many character arcs that can be played through depending on which character you side with and which character you go against.


The Walking Dead features one of Telltale’s first attempts at 3D texture modeling of faces. While the result looks quite dated and old in this day and age. It was quite impressive when it was first showcased in 2010.


The game features a cinematic soundtrack that fits the mood of the game. You will hear everything from haunting piano pieces to calm orchestral arrangements and rushed dramatic pieces.


The Walking Dead’s gameplay revolves around puzzle solving and scripted action sequences. You have complete control of your character during puzzle sections allowing you to move your character while action quick time events will have you pressing single buttons at the appropriate time to execute an action. While the game isn’t all that focused on gameplay, it still has an element of enjoyment to it.


The Walking Dead is a great gateway into the games made by Telltale. The story and characters will satisfy you completely.

About the author

Alyssia Walmsley

Alyssia is a Cornell University graduate of 2003 and a former lead technology development manager for Microsoft and Cisco Networking Systems. Between writing on her blog, SkyGone Inc, loves adventures and chocolate sprinkles!

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