The Walking Dead is an episodic interactive drama graphic adventure video game series developed and published by Telltale Games.
Based on Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic book series and its television adaptation, the series consists of two seasons with five episodes each, and one downloadable episode from Season 1.
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.
Within an episode, the player controls a protagonist as the story progresses through several scenes.
Within a scene, the player can move the character to explore the area, examine items, and initiate conversation trees with non-player characters; in these dialogs, the player has the option of selecting a number of options to reply to characters, including the option to stay silent.
Other scenes are based on cinematic elements using quick time events in which the player must hit a controller button or a keyboard command as indicated on screen to react to an event.
Season 1 centers on university professor and convicted criminal Lee Everett, who rescues and subsequently cares for a young girl named Clementine trying to protect her from the dangers of zombies and dangerous people while preserving her innocence.
Season 2 focuses on Clementine herself as she is emotionally and physically challenged by the dangers of the world as her childhood innocence is slowly diminished by the difficult choices she must make.
The Walking Dead series is based on the comic series of the same name, but also has tied into the television series adaption of the comics.
The game's events run concurrently to the comic, starting at the onset of a zombie apocalypse, where dead humans have become undead "walkers" that feed on the living which quickly overwhelmed most of the population.
As established in the comic and show, this is a result of a virus that all living humans possess that takes over the brain of the body once the person dies, and the only way to stop this is to destroy the brain.
The game series initially starts in Georgia, with the whole of the first season and the events of 400 Days content taking place within the state.