If there was any worry that the quality of The Walking Dead would decrease after the first episode, then Starved for Help should come as a relief. Not only is this second installment a gripping mystery, but it also forces the player to make some genuinely tough decisions. With a number of exciting twists and turns, Telltale Games shows us what they are capable of with this engrossing episode.
Before we get too deep into this review, let me warn you up front that there will be a whole lot of episode one spoilers. It goes without saying that if you haven't played the first episode, then this review is not the place to start. Go play The Walking Dead: A New Day right now, I'll wait for you.
Three months have taken place since the events of the first episode. Lee, Clementine and the rest of the survivors have managed to keep themselves alive, if only barely. Food is starting to run low and morale is at an all-time low. To make matters worse, Lee found more survivors in the woods, which means more mouths to feed. The zombie threat still exists, but right now the real worry is of people dying of starvation.
As luck would have it, a pair of strangers happens upon the camp looking for gasoline. Better still, these two come with the promise of food and water. Lee and his group are told about a dairy just down the way, the answer to all of their prayers. Unfortunately there's just one catch -- the dairy is surrounded by forest bandits that are making it tough on the nice family living inside.
Before long Lee gets wrapped up in helping them, but things are not what they appear. When one of the survivors is injured, the helpful family starts acting funny. They lock up the barn and won't let anybody in the house, sending Kenny into a paranoid fit. Is there something devious going on here? What is tightly locked inside the barn? And why won't the middle-aged women let Lee see his injured buddy? All of these questions are answered in this two hour episode.
Much like the first installment, Starved for Help is split up between quick time events and traditional point and click adventure gameplay. There are moments where all you have to do is talk somebody out of doing something stupid, while other times you'll collect and use items scattered throughout the environment. You'll be presented with a number of tough decisions, including deciding who gets to eat for the day.
Not only is Starved for Death a great episode, but it also shows that The Walking Dead has more to show us than just zombie fighting. There's a story here that is unlike anything I've seen in a zombie game, which is really saying something given how many zombie games there are. It's not for everybody, but fans of the pilot will this atmospheric second episode up!
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