The Walking Dead (2012)
For the better part of this decade, Telltale Games has been at the forefront of episode-based, interactive movie-style games that follow a narrative based on the decisions that the player makes. Like a TV show, each game is split into a series of episodes that can be purchased separately as they are released, or in a bundle after the whole thing is finished. Depending on your intellectual property of preference, Telltale allows you to play in the universes of Guardians of the Galaxy, Batman, Minecraft, Game of Thrones, and Back to the Future, but The Walking Dead game is the best-written and most original so far. You play as Lee, who is tasked with protecting a little girl named Clementine through the unforgiving walker apocalypse. In the name of survival, you are asked to make some horrific choices along the way, the final one surely to have traumatized many gamers. It’s also one of the rare games that’s better than the intellectual property it’s based on, since the writing, acting, design, and everything else certainly has a leg on the annoyingly maudlin and languidly paced TV show. Apart from simply making choices that shape the narrative, there's some classic adventure game-style puzzle solving. However, they are very easy, and even if you get stuck, the other characters practically give you step-by-step instructions on what to do.
Where to buy: Steam (Windows, Mac, Linux), PS3, PS4/PS Vita, Xbox 360/Xbox One, Android, iOS, Kindle Fire