Review – Minecraft:Story Mode – Episode 6 – A Portal to Mystery
The first time I heard the term “famous YouTuber” was when my daughter was talking about someone who shared videos of himself playing Minecraft. I thought it was the attention these people brought to the game that led Telltale Games to make Minecraft:Story Mode in the first place. In a brilliant mix of paying homage and “knowing your audience,” Telltale Games has recruited five famous YouTubers, DanTDM, LDShadowLady, Captain Sparklez, Stacyplays and Mr. Stampy Cat to co-star in Episode 6 – A Portal to Mystery. These five YouTubers have a combined subscriber base of approximately 31.5 million, which is quite remarkable. I’ll let Ava take over the review of this locked-room mystery:
At the end of Episode 5 Jesse and the gang entered a random portal in a hallway of portals and Episode 6 begins as they come out of the portal. Everything seems normal except there are two moons in the sky. They find a book and when they start reading from it a group of zombies come out of the ground and start chasing them. They race for shelter in a mansion, on the way in they momentarily see their mysterious host. Inside we find Torqdog and Captain Sparlez, the lights cut out, we hear arrows shoot and when the lights come back on, Torqdog is dead (Torqdog’s last words before turning into a pile of items are “Jesse…come closer…you have…a boy’s name). The episode then becomes a murder-mystery going on in the mansion, where one of the guests could be THE WHITE PUMPKIN. DON DON DON. I thought this was a fun episode to play and the first time I’ve ever played a murder mystery game.
By including these YouTubers (you would imagine there’s some overlap in subscribers), Telltale has access to a huge, young audience that it likely couldn’t get unless they spent huge dollars spent on advertising. But this is also a two-way street and the game is also great exposure for these YouTubers. Imagine how fun it must be to go from loosely narrating these adventures to being a part of a professionally scripted one. My daughter was aware of DanTDM and Mr. Stampy Cat, but now has two new female Minecraft YouTubers to look out for. This episode was a contained story, so who knows what is coming in the next two episodes.