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The Walking Dead: 400 Days

For: iPhone   Also on: Android, iPad, PS Vita, Ouya

Tell me a story

Product: The Walking Dead: The Game | Publisher: Telltale Games | Format: iPhone | Genre: Adventure | Players: 1 | Version: Europe | App version: 1.4
 
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Of the five character vignettes in The Walking Dead: 400 Days, Wyatt's story was easily my favourite.

He and Eric - two pot-smoking layabouts who really aren't cut out for this zombie-filled world - get into arguments, annoy each other, trade insults, and tell dick jokes in their clapped out old car.

And then they play rock, paper, scissors to see who will have to jump out of the car and see whether they accidentally ran over a zombie or a person.

57 weeks

400 Days is short. It basically takes place in a single location, has hardly any action, and only features one bit that could be charitably described as a puzzle. It's the most economical of the lot, and is practically a bottle episode, in TV terms.

But it's also thoroughly engaging. The characters are a hoot, the conversations are engrossing, and it forces you to make really tough decisions - even if they're just about whether to chide your friend for his dumb jokes.

This is all testament to Telltale's writing and the voice acting. Thanks to the masterful dialogue and direction, you almost immediately jump into Wyatt's shoes, empathising with him as you start making those hard decisions on his behalf.

13 months

The same can be said for all the 15-minute stories in 400 Days.

We also meet Russell, a sensitive kid who hitches a ride with a lecherous redneck creep; Shel, a fearsomely protective older sister who ends up being the voice of reason in a camp of misfits; Vince, a criminal caught up in a prison bus fight; and Bonnie, a junky caught in an adulterous love triangle.

DLC explained
The Walking Dead: 400 Days is available as an in-app purchase, inside the main The Walking Dead game.

You can buy it separately for £2.99 / $4.99, or as part of the whole five episode package for £10.49 / $14.99.

A few choices from Season 1 will affect the events of 400 Days, and Telltale says that your decisions in 400 Days will be felt in Season 2. So keep your save game, basically.
They're all as different from each other as they are different from Lee and Clementine - the heroes of The Walking Dead: Season 1.

But sharp writing and a focus on storytelling and conversations over puzzles and actions means you can quickly see what makes them tick, and then feel like a terrible human being when your selfish choices or ill-conceived ideas put others in danger.

One year

Ultimately, the stories are never as impactful as the original Walking Dead story. Not even Telltale can make you cry in 15 minutes, about characters you just met. And at just under an hour, it can feel a little short and inconsequential.

But it's really just a teaser connecting the two chapters. It's also a reminder of how terrific this series is, and - presumably - a way to decide which of these five characters will show up next season.

As long as you loved The Walking Dead, and you know what you're getting yourself in for - five super-short stories that put the focus on character and conversations - you'll find a memorable, incomparable experience.
 
The Walking Dead: 400 Days
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Mark Brown | 11 July 2013
A series of five taut, well-written character-driven vignettes, that provide a perfect reason to reenter the world of The Walking Dead
 
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William Hartman | 03:42 - 12 July 2013
I loved the first season, but honestly this is little more than an interactive trailer for season 2. I have to say compared to the quality and content of season 1 episodes, I feel it wasn't really worth it. I'm still looking forward to season 2, but this was kind of a let down honestly, since they charged full episode price. They should have included it for those who bought a season pass in the beginning..
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RockinIt | 22:09 - 11 July 2013
I bought 400 Days from Steam last week and it's very short. But £10.99 for the first 5 episodes plus £2.99 for 400 days is still decent value, the whole thing will last about 10 hours, instead of comparing it to 69p and freemium trash, when you look at the quality of the writing and the whole story which is better than the TV show I'd say it's well worth it, I'd probably compare it to a HBO/Showtime tv series which would cost more on Bluray rather than some crap physics puzzler/Infinity Blade clone/Temple Run clone that litters the AppStore

I kinda agree with derekg49, it might not be a game, but I definitely would not call The Walking Dead tedious, I've paid it for it twice both on Steam for my PC and my iPhone, and it;s worth it in my view
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derekg49 | 21:00 - 11 July 2013
Yes but is it a game? I tried the first episode and found it tedious beyond belief.
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Telltales | 17:52 - 11 July 2013
Awesome. Loved The Walking Dead on the Xbox 360 and I love I can take the same exact game in my pocket. So glad I switched out of Android. iOS gaming just keeps it coming.
 
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