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Minecraft: Story Mode
Minecraft Story Mode
Basic Information
Telltale Games, Mojang Studios
Telltale Games
Android, iOS, Netflix, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Wii U and Microsoft Windows
United Nations International Release Date(s)
Android, iOS, N/A, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Wii U and Microsoft Windows
October 132015

Minecraft: Story Mode is an episodic point-and-click graphic adventure video game developed and published by Telltale Games, based on Mojang Studios' sandbox video game Minecraft. Mojang assisted with the development of the game. The first five episodes were released between October 2015 through March 2016, and an additional three episodes were released as downloadable content in mid-2016. A second season consisting of five episodes was released from July through December 2017.

The game follows the same episodic format as other Telltale Games titles, such as The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Tales from the Borderlands, and Game of Thrones. The story revolves around a player-created character named Jesse, originally an everyman, who later becomes a hero together with their friends. During the first four episodes, Jesse and their friends attempt to reassemble an old group of heroes known as the Order of the Stone to save the Overworld from the destructive Wither Storm. The rest of the first season follows Jesse and their friends, now the new Order of the Stone, on a new adventure after discovering a powerful artifact. In the second season, Jesse faces the powerful Admin.

Most of the reviews for the Xbox 360 edition of the game are for glitches for all of the copies, including the enitre season version, for the characters mouths moving, but not speaking, and then all the characters lines pop up and mix up with eachother, lags between frames. All in all, It was a bad port.

Gameplay[ | ]

Minecraft: Story Mode is an episodic interactive comedy-drama point-and-click graphic adventure video game. It was released as a number of episodes similar to Telltale Games' other games. Players can collect items, solve puzzles, and talk to non-player characters through conversation trees to learn about the story and determine what to do next. Decisions that the player makes affect events in both the current episode and later episodes. However, Minecraft: Story Mode is intended to be a family-friendly title, unlike Telltale's previous games, which tend to carry more mature or emotional overtones (including the death of major characters). As such, the decisions are intended to be pivotal and emotional but not to involve mature imagery or themes. Elements of crafting and building were included in the gameplay which are central to Minecraft. The game includes combat and other action sequences, carried out through both quick time events and more arcade-like controls, such as steering around debris on a road. The Netflix version of Season 1 (excluding the Adventure Pass episodes) is fully pre-rendered, using an enhanced version of the Telltale Tool, uses limited choices and the second version of male and female models, and re-created as an interactive series.

The Plot[ | ]

Minecraft: Story Mode takes place in an interpretation of the world of Minecraft, known as the "Overworld", where the game is the extent of the characters' universe, and the characters are unaware that they are in a game. The main character, Jesse, is an inexperienced resident of said universe who sets out on a journey with their friends within the world of Minecraft to find The Order of the Stone (Gabriel the Warrior, Ellegaard the Redstone Engineer, Magnus the Rogue, Soren the Architect and Ivor the Potion Brewer and Enchanter), five legendary adventurers who saved the Minecraft world. The game includes settings that are normally difficult to access from within Minecraft, including the Nether and The End.

Once, the Order of the Stone defeated the Ender Dragon. In the present-day Jesse, Axel, Olivia and Reuben are preparing for the EnderCon building competition. The Ocelots attempt to sabotage their build, spooking Reuben. Jesse is attacked rescuing him but Petra saves them, who convinces Jesse to help her sell a Wither skull. The buyer, Ivor, tricks them and escapes with it. They pursue him and discover that Ivor will attack Gabriel using a Wither (later Wither Storm). The group tries to stop it, but are unsuccessful. They then head to Soren's lab, hoping that his Formidi-Bomb can destroy the Wither Storm, which Jesse futilely destroys.

The group, joined by Gabriel or Petra (depending on player choice) escape. After that, Ivor takes the group to his lab to enchant a weapon which destroys the Command Block. Jesse builds the enchanted weapon and destroys the command block and then the Wither Storm. The Order found a Flint and Steel, which Ivor reveals that the "Old Builders" created it and supposedly the "Eversource". Jesse, Ivor, Lukas, and Petra return to the temple and opens a portal. The group eventually finds the Eversource, but Aiden (later defeated by Jesse) steals it.

Jesse's group retrieve the Flint and Steel and try to return home through another portal, but find themselves in a portal filled corridor. While travelling between them, they arrive in a graveyard with an invite to a supposed party in a nearby mansion, in which they meet some Minecraft YouTubers. The "White Pumpkin" kills some of them through traps. Jesse and their companions discover that the culprit is Cassie. They later defeat her.

Jesse and their companions meet PAMA, a computer, which Jesse and Ivor escape from aided by Harper. She then takes them to her lab to retrieve something to deactivate PAMA, where Jesse frees Lukas/Petra before they are captured. Harper directs Jesse to PAMA's power source which they destroy. Back at the portal corridor, Harper reveals the Atlas which can help Jesse's group return home. The Old Builders unsuccessfully tried to stop them from getting it.