Reviewed On: PC

When the first episode of The Wolf Among Us released late last year I hoped that Telltale hadn’t lost their touch, after the amazing job they had done with The Walking Dead. Though the first episode didn’t disappoint, the following release from the studio, The Walking Dead Season 2 and the delayed release of Smoke & Mirrors had me worried that Telltale was trying to handle a lot more then what they could. Worrying never does anyone any good, and the late release of Smoke & Mirrors proved that fact. Albeit not has exciting as the first episode, Smoke & Mirrors came in strong with multiple surprises and an interesting cliff hanger in glorious TellTale fashion.

Publisher:  TellTale Games
Developer:  TellTale Games
Platforms:  PC, Mac, Xbox 360, Playstation 3
Genre:  Indie, Adventure
Release Date:  Feburary 4, 2014

A small caveat to note: there WILL BE SPOILERS, so do yourself a favor and do not continue reading if you have not played either the first two episodes in the series.

The Wolf Among Us: Smoke & Mirrors picks up right where its cliff hanger from the first episode left off. Bigby Wolf is being investigated for the murder of Snow White, however, his interrogation by the local police quickly comes to an end after Ichabod Crane intervenes. After leaving the police station Bigby and Crane meet up with Blue Beard to help him interrogate Tweedle Dee – a suspect in the murder of not only Snow White but Faith as well. The scene, depending on how you play the game, quickly becomes a torture session and it is swiftly interrupted by non other than – Snow White.

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The rest of the game plays out much like the first episode: it has you and Snow searching and examining clues while also cross-examining characters. Smoke & Mirrors took a hit due to the fact that there were less “action sequences” and not much exploring – when it came to the investigations. Moreover, the characters in this episode seemed bland and not as interesting as they were in the first episode.

As expected we were introduced to more characters from the Fable series that included: The Little Mermaid, Jack – from Jack and the Beanstalk, and Georgie Porgie a character made famous by a nursery rhyme.  Characters from the pervious episode also made return appearances, such as; Mr. Toad along with his son, and extend manifestations from Beauty and Beast. Some characters from the first episode also failed to appear in Smoke & Mirrors; like The Woodsman for example.

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Gameplay remained pretty much the same as it was in the first game. The fight sequence with Beast once again displayed the improved combat system that the game adapted.

It’ll be interesting to see where the game goes from here, now that TellTale has their hands full, with not only the second season of The Walking Dead and the rest of The Wolf Among Us, but also Game of Thrones and Tales From the Boaderlands. The developer also promised to release episodes more frequently and says we wont have to wait another four months to see the next episode.

The Wolf Among Us: Smoke & Mirrors once again proves that TellTale has improved from their lackluster days of Jurassic Park and Back to the Future. It has also taken great steps in differentiating itself from The Walking Dead series.

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The Wolf Among Us: Smoke & Mirrors Review
"The Wolf Among Us: Smoke & Mirrors" answered some lingering questions and once again ended on a high note.
Pros
  • Stroy, story, story!
  • New characters.
  • Beauty and Beasts involvement.
Cons
  • Only one fight sequence this time.
  • Not much puzzle solving.
3.5Overall Score
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