If you’ve been waiting for a sale to finally check out Telltale’s Batman how does 100% sound? (for the first episode, and only on iOS). So get your iPad back from grandma and see how Telltale weaves the story of Bruce and the Bat. It also runs on iPhone, which most grandmas have nowadays too.
Telltale consistently puts their games on as many platforms as possible (regardless of how they run). Performance aside, the short length of the episodic-format is ideal for mobile or tablet play.
One of the major reasons for the promotion are the aforementioned technical issues. Telltale is “launching a free comprehensive performance update today that provides significant technical improvements and should ensure the series runs smoothly on a broader range of iOS-based devices. iPhone and iPad players can begin their adventures today and experience Telltale’s critically-acclaimed take on the Batman universe”.
Wow, a free update that fixes the previously terrible performance as a result of their aging engine being thrust onto as many platforms as possible to maximize profit! How generous!
While I’m snarky about the PR spin of releasing a ‘free comprehensive performance update’, I obviously applaud the fact that Episode 1 is free. It’s old enough that a serious discount would most likely result in a miniscule profit, so why not try and juice interest to those that skipped the series with a free demo. Players have nothing to lose trying it out and if they get hooked into the story there are plenty more episodes to buy, especially with Season 2 just releasing it’s own first episode and the next four expected to be released by the Jan, 2018 at the latest.
On metacritic, the first series sits at 68 (PS4) and 64 (PC). Most critics generally agree it’s a better Bruce Wayne story than Batman, but that could be a slow burn for the second season to fully explore the batty side of Wayne.