The Walking Dead (also known as The Walking Dead: The Game and The Walking Dead: Season One) is an episodic interactive drama graphic adventure horror video game developed and published by Telltale Games. Based on The Walking Dead comic book series, the game consists of five episodes, released between April and November 2012 and available for Android, iOS, Kindle Fire HDX, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The game takes place in the same fictional world as the comic, with events occurring shortly after the onset of the zombie apocalypse in Georgia. However, most of the characters are original to the game, which focuses on university professor and condemned criminal Lee Everett, who helps to rescue and subsequently care for a young girl named Clementine.
Unlike many graphic adventure games, The Walking Dead does not emphasize puzzle solving but instead focuses on story and character development. The story is affected by both the dialogue choices of the player and their operations during quick time experiences, which can often lead to, for example, certain characters being killed, or an adverse change in the disposition of an individual attitude or characters towards Lee.
The Walking Dead has been critically praised, with reviewers commending the harsh emotional tone of the story and the empathetic relationship established between Lee and Clementine. It won year-end accolades, including Game of the Year awards from several gaming publications.