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The Walking Dead (2012) is a survival adventure game series. You explore locations and gather a ragtag group of survivors. How you interact with each of them and make decisions about various dangers results in a branching story where no one is guaranteed to survive.

These are graphic adventure games, that play out like a novel but with a narrative and characters that change depending on your actions. You can talk to people, explore your location, pick up things and take a wide range of routes.

Although at first, this feels like you are not really changing very much of the game. As time goes by it's clear that you are having a substantial and sometimes grave effect on how the stories play out.

The series includes the following games:
  • The Walking Dead (2012) The start of the zombie apocalypse where Lee Everett rescues young Clementine whose parents had travelled to Savannah prior to the apocalypse.
  • The Walking Dead 400 Days (2012) is a downloadable episode that bridges between Season 1 and Season 2.
  • The Walking Dead Season Two (2013) A year later, Clementine is separated from the other survivors and forced to fend on her own.
  • The Walking Dead Michonne (2016) A three-episode series that fleshes out the time between the first two The Walking Dead seasons.
  • The Walking Dead A New Frontier (2017) A few years later we find Clementine older now and with AJ, the infant she rescues at the end of Season 2 who is now a toddler.
  • The Walking Dead The Final Season (2018-2019) A finale that concludes Clementine's story arc.

Each of these represents a season of content broken into a number of episodes. The complete collection has been gathered together in the following package:
  • The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series (2019) includes all the episodes in one package for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked The Walking Dead 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 9 days ago.
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This is a Narrative and Point-and-Click game with Action and Adventure elements. This is a single-player game. The time to complete these games varies based on your decisions, as well as how many episodes in each iteration.


Play Time: This game will take between 13 hours and 20 hours to complete.

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Content Rating

The Walking Dead is rated PEGI 18 for Violence and Bad Language. This rating has been given due to scenes of graphic violence and violence against defenceless persons, and frequent strong language. The game features several instances of gross violence. Michonne is armed with a machete, which she often uses to decapitate zombies. In one scene Michonne places a captured enemy character’s hands into a wood working vice, during interrogation one of the options available to Michonne is to tighten the vice thus crushing his hands. At the conclusion of the interrogation Michonne can, if the option is selected, hit him repeatedly in the head with a large wrench until he is dead. There is also the frequent use of the sexual expletive ‘*!@?*’ and derivations of the word. Game includes scenes in which characters openly discuss and smoke cannabis.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong themes and horror violence.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Although you can play through the game without too much skill, to understand the story and appreciate the characters requires some maturity.


The Walking Dead usually costs £11.99 to £12.99.

The Walking Dead

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • In-Game Pass: Purchase a season/battle pass to gain access to limited in-game purchases, reward items and other aspects of the game.
Free-to-start on iOS then you purchase each chapter. On consoles, you purchase seasons together. Some of the series, like A New Frontier, offer season passes. Alternatively, you could purchase all the episodes in a single package: The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 24/04/2012, updated in 2018

Out Now: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click (Action and Adventure)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Telltale Games (@TelltaleGames)

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