Only Telltale Could Give Minecraft a Story Mode
After the wild success of Telltale’s adventure games The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, the company delved into many other franchises. Due to the story-focused, choice-driven approach of their games, Game of Thrones felt logical, and Borderlands sounded manageable (although it raised some questions), but Minecraft? No one expected Minecraft. After all, Minecraft is a sandbox game about building and crafting. It lacks a set plot and characters for a story mode to draw upon.
Nevertheless, Minecraft: Story Mode is the newest point-and-click adventure from Telltale, set in the sandbox world of Minecraft. It is an episodic game with puzzles, some crafting elements, quick time event combat, characters to interact with, and choices that determine the course of the story. In general, its gameplay follows Telltale’s pattern.
What doesn’t follow the pattern is its storytelling content. It’s much more lighthearted than Telltale’s other recent games, although it still has emotional moments. Minecraft: Story Mode is family-friendly, so it doesn’t include the sorts of dark, mature themes found in The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us.
The story focuses on a group of friends, led by the main character Jesse, who embark on a quest to find the legendary heroes who saved the world. This journey includes many areas from the main Minecraft game. As of now, the first four episodes have been released, and the fifth is due out this month.
Reception to Minecraft: Story Mode has been fairly mixed, across all of its episodes. Some players love it for its humor and quirky take on Minecraft, while others have been disappointed by its simpler story and lack of depth. Some players love the plot and characters, while others find them forgettable. In general, the story seems to be written for younger players (although perhaps that’s just because of the strong contrast with Telltale’s other recent releases).
Minecraft: Story Mode is a very subjective game. A story based on Minecraft is the sort of idea that sounds like it shouldn’t work, and for some people, it didn’t. For others, however, it’s a cute deviation from Telltale’s darker games. If you’re a fan of Minecraft and comedy, and you don’t mind a lighthearted adventure story geared toward a younger audience, don’t dismiss Minecraft: Story Mode out of hand.