Lee Everett and the remaining survivors have hunkered down in an abandoned Hotel complex. In just three months, the crew has fortified the Hotel and discovered some new friends in the process. The living has situation has now become dire, as the survivors begin to struggle with a shortage of food. Lee takes a quick hunting trip to find something for the others to feast on. He instead finds three men, and one of them is in need of some serious medical attention. His screams of anguish are beginning to draw unwanted attention to… The Walking Dead.
The newest chapter of the saga digs much deeper into Lee’s connection with the survivors from chapter one. Lily and Kenny are fighting over leadership of the group, and Lee is stuck in the middle of the squabble. Kenny wants to protect his family and is planning to take them closer to the sea. Lily believes it is smarter to stay where they are and keep the group together. The conflict between them deepens as even more people are introduced to the group. Eventually, Lee and Mark head to a dairy farm to trade food for supplies. The group soon finds out that the Walkers aren’t the only thing they have to worry about.
To give credit where credit is due, Starved for Help is exactly what I want out of a Walking Dead game. The story will be figured out by players almost instantly, but it’s the development of the characters and genuine shock value that raises the bar. This title further asks what the player would do to survive, and requires them to make decisions that would question their humanity. Will you adapt to the world around you, or do you still believe that normal civilization can shine through?
The gameplay remains similar to the first episode. The new chapter instead, gives each of Lee’s decisions a greater impact on the group. The previous game made cut and dry choices, but in the second Chapter anything could happen regardless of your decisions. There are also plenty of surprises that will catch the player off-guard. Starved for Help adds the perfect amount of suspense, tension, and the right amount of choice.
If you’re at all interested in The Walking Dead series, or adventure games in general. This latest chapter is well worthy of a purchase for five dollars. Telltale has taken The Walking Dead into their arms and embraced it with love. It only takes two hours to complete, but gameplay can be extended by making different choices in the first chapter. The Walking Dead: Starved for Help, receives an A from Half-Ass Gaming. Can Lee keep his humanity even when the world is going to hell around him? We’ll have to wait until the 3rd chapter to find out.