The Wolf Among Us: Episode 2 ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ Review

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Spoilers ahead for those who haven’t played episode one.

Telltale Games started off with licensed games like Jurassic Park and Back to the Future. It wasn’t until they released The Walking Dead: The Game that they became a studio on everybody’s radar. That game was Game of the Year on many sites and featured intense moments and tough choices. Now they are currently working on two games simultaneously, The Walking Dead: Season 2 and The Wolf Among Us. Is Telltale Games able to bring the magic from The Walking Dead to The Wolf Among Us? You bet your ass they did, and more!

The Wolf Among Us is a 3D point-and-click adventure game that is based on the Vertigo comic, Fables, by Bill Willingham. Taking place 30 years before the first issue of Fables, you play as Bigby Wolf, aka The Big Bad Wolf. It’s okay though, since he’s trying to change his image. Fairy tale characters, aka fables, from all over have escaped their homeworld to live in Fabletown, which is a hidden town inside modern-day Manhattan. In the game, you play as the sheriff, whose job it is to take care of the fables living there. The game gives you choices, just like in The Walking Dead, and these choices give you the illusion that your actions matter.

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In episode 1, Bigby Wolf is aided by Snow White, Ichabod Crane, the magic mirror, and more as he investigates a mysterious death of a female fable. The ending to that episode leads to a shocking cliffhanger with Snow White’s head being decapitated.

Bigby, saddened by the discovery, is surprised to find out that Snow White is actually still alive at the beginning of episode 2, “Smoke and Mirrors”. With her living, this leads to many more questions. Who is the fake Snow White, and why are they targeting Snow White?

Episode 2 isn’t as action heavy as episode 1, but we do get to have some fun times involving torture and extortion. (You also get to fight with a popular fairy tale character.) Since the game is a crime drama, investigations play a huge part as you find clues to try to solve the murder mystery.

The fun factor for the game depends on your investment in the story, so if you’re into mystery and solving crime, then it should be right up your alley. With these point-and-click adventure games, don’t expect anything groundbreaking in terms of actual gameplay; what you do get is a tale worth unraveling.¬†As for me, I can’t wait to see what happens in episode 3.

Grade: B+

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