It could be argued that Telltale Games were responsible for bringing adventure games in the point-and-click genre back into fashion with modern audiences. Their games like The Walking Dead and Back to the Future were a financial and critical success and some still remain some of the best-licensed games on the market.
Their brand of interactive storytelling intuitively blended visual novels, interactive movies, and old-school point-and-click adventure game mechanics became synonymous with the genre and the benchmark for similarly styled games like Life is Strange.
Unfortunately, Telltale Games ran into financial troubles and the studio closed in 2018. However, the brand name was picked up by LCG Publishing in 2019 with some of the original staff being offered freelance roles with the newly acquired brand. With hopes that the Telltale style of gaming will live on in the future lets see how Metacritic rates some of their best games.
10 The Walking Dead: Michonne - Metascore - 67
The Walking Dead: Michonnewas released in 2016 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. It was comprised of three episodes that were set during the events of Michonne’s departure from the TV series.
It didn’t quite receive the critical acclaim of the main series. However, many fans thought that the second was one of the best in series and did a great job in providing some strong character development for a popular character from the TV show.
9 Sam & Max: Save The World - Metascore - 74
Sam & Max: Save The World was originally released in episodes for the PC between 2006 and 2007 but was later released for the Nintendo Wii and Xbox Live in 2008. It was based on the comic book series of the same name and was developed by former members of LucasArts along with. Telltale Games.
The game managed to capture all the magic that fans of LucasArts’ previous works loved. In addition, the visuals and writing perfectly captured the essence of the comics and the game’s puzzles had much of the same charm as the classic Monkey Island series.
8 Sam & Max: Beyond Time And Space – Metascore - 75
Sam & Max: Beyond Time And Space was the second episodic adventure based on the Sam & Max comics. The complete series of five episodes were released for the PC, Xbox Live, and the Nintendo Wii in 2009.
Even though the game ran on the same engine of its predecessor the game featured several improvements like smoother animations and more interactivity with the game’s world and its NPCs. Furthermore, many critics praised the game’s story with every episode improving upon the quality of the last.
7 Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy - Metascore - 78
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was based on the comic book of the same name built upon the success of the blockbuster movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The game was released in 2017 across 5 episodes on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and the PC.
The game was praised for its voice acting and fast-paced plot but was also criticized for not taking any risks with the usual Telltale formula. Furthermore, by the final episode Don’t Stop Believin many Marvel felt that they didn’t quite live up to the game’s strong opening or the films and comics.
6 Batman The Telltale Series 79
Batman: The Telltale Series was released in 2016 on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and mobile devices. It was the first game from the developer to feature Crowd Play which allowed players to get an audience online help with making decisions in the game’s branching story.
Being a Telltale game the main draw of playing Batman in a Telltale game is the detective and investigation sequences as Batman. However, it's very refreshing to play the story from Bruce Wayne's perspective as it helps show a more human said to the man not often seen in videogames.
5 Batman: The Enemy Within 79
Batman: The Enemy Within was a direct sequel to Telltale’s 2016 outing and was released on the PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices. Just like its predecessor players are controlling both Batman and Bruce Wayne depending on the situation of the story.
However, the game’s biggest draw is characterization of The Joker and many critics praised his portrayal in the game and the complexities of the story. The Enemy Within is also praised for being one the best and most sympathetic portrayals of The Joker character long before the Joaquin Phoenix film.
4 The Wolf Among Us – Metascore - 83
The Wolf Among Us was released on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Vita, Xbox 360, and Xbox One in 2014. The game was based on the Fables comic book series by Bill Willingham and the story is a prequel set twenty years before the events of the graphic novel.
The game’s dark story is set in a world where fantasy and mythical characters like Beauty and the Beast, The Big Bad Wolf, Snow White and more are living in an enclave called Fabletown. The characters stay hidden from human eyes by using the Glamour enchantment making them appear human. Fans of shows like Supernatural and Grimm will have a great time with The Wolf Among Us.
3 The Walking Dead: The TellTale Definitive Series - Metascore - 85
The Walking Dead: The TellTale Definitive Series was released in 2019 and includes the entire Clementine series from start to finish. The compilation was released by Skybound after the closure of Telltale games and really is the definitive Walking Dead series for fans.
Many fans of franchise praise the games for having a more consistent and compelling story than The Walking Dead series on AMC. This definitive collection contains over 50 hours of gameplay and is packed with features like the developer’s commentary, a music player, and behind the scenes featurettes.
2 Tales Of Monkey Island – Metascore - 86
Tales of Monkey Island was released in 2009 for the PC, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation Network and iOS. It was the fifth game in the series and was still under license from LucasArts who oversaw development to make sure that the spirit of its predecessors continued in this chapter.
Tales of Monkey Island developed Dave Grossman who directed the first two games The Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge. In addition, many of the game’s original cast reprised their voice roles. It was a great return to the series after nearly a decade of absence and helped bring classic point-and-click adventure games to modern audiences.
1 Tales From The Borderlands – Metascore 88
Tales from The Borderlands is a spin-off from the post-apocalyptic FPS action series. It was released on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, and mobile devices. It’s Telltale's most critically acclaimed title – despite not selling as well Telltale’s other games – and is an essential purchase for fans of the Borderlands series.
The game features a great voice cast with returning actors Troy Baker, Dameon Clarke, and Laura Bailey and new cast members played by actors Nolan North, Chris Hardwick, Erin Yvette, and Patrick Warburton.