Minecraft: Story Mode
So here it is, Minecraft Story Mode. For those who were unaware of the Minecraft craze of the past few years (where have you been?!), you don't need to worry too much about what has gone before, as the story mode version is easy to get into.
It's a testament to how good the original Minecraft Pocket is, that at the start of 2016, it is still No.1 in the Apple App Store Paid charts.
So, back to Minecraft: Story Mode. After parting with my hard earned cash, I installed the game. First, you're asked to create a Telltale Games account. I'm not one for subscribing to spam newsletters, even if it lets you save your game to the cloud. Lets skip that bit!
After the nice intro to the game where the characters and background to the story is explained, we are in the game for real. The move from 1st-person to a 3rd-person view is interesting, with the movement of our character as easy as drawing your finger across the screen. Markers in the form of White squares denote items of interest.
The graphics are typically "Minecraft" in style. Pixelated heros with their usual square body parts in similarly pixelated environments. As this is a Story Mode game, the characters have plenty of animation, they also talk a lot during the cut-scenes.
The 3rd-person view point may not be to everyone's taste. It took a while to get used to the controls but it all clicks together with practice, and soon you're wizzing around.
If theres one moan I have about Minecraft: Story Mode it's the cut-scenes. I do think they've gone over the top with them. You're often left wondering where the next bit of gameplay is coming from. And when the gameplay arrives it usually involves tapping a few on-screen icons to build something.
Although most players may enjoy lengthy cut-scenes in games, I've never been a great fan of them, but it doesn't detract too much from the actual game.
Overall I've been playing the game one and off for a few days now and am enjoying it more than I thought I would. Theres a couple of negatives I've already mentioned but Minecraft: Story Mode is worth the price and the install time.