The Best Episodic Games for PC Windows

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Life is Strange: True Colors (2021)

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Playstation 5 Playstation 4 PC Windows Xbox Series X Xbox One stadia Nintendo Switch IOS iPhone

Experience a bold new era in the award-winning Life is Strange series with Life is Strange: True Colors. Uncover the shocking secrets behind your brother's death as you navigate through an emotional roller-coaster of an adventure. Harness the power of Empathy to change fate and forge deep relationships with the townsfolk. Make tough decisions, explore the vibrant town of Haven Springs, and discover your own voice. With a captivating story, unforgettable characters, and an exclusive soundtrack, this game is a must-play.


What we like:
  • Beautiful graphics and realistic scenery
  • Engaging slice-of-life gameplay
  • Unique power to control emotions
  • Realistic portrayal of difficult topics
  • Enjoyable romance options
What could be improved:
  • Predictable plot and lack of impactful choices
  • Episodes feel rushed and underdeveloped
  • Limited character interaction after emotional moments
  • Short gameplay and shallow character relationships

  • narrative
  • episodic
  • supernatural
  • mystery
  • story
  • choices
  • drama
  • adventure
  • romance
  • local
  • puzzle
  • romantic
  • difficult

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Sam & Max Save the World (2020)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Xbox One Playstation 4 Xbox 360

Get ready to laugh and solve crimes with Sam and Max, the Freelance Police. This point-and-click adventure game has six hilarious episodes that will keep you engaged for hours. Follow the duo as they save the world from child stars who have been hypnotized and encounter weird and funny situations along the way. With clever puzzles and witty dialogue, Sam & Max Save the World is a must-play for fans of comedy and adventure games.


What we like:
  • Humorous and lovable characters
  • Clever puzzles
  • Great value for the price
What could be improved:
  • Some jokes have lost their relevance

  • episodic
  • point-and-click
  • adventure
  • puzzle
  • comedy
  • funny
  • detective
  • inventory
  • satire

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Life is Strange 2 Episode 1 (2018)

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Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch Linux Mac OS PC Windows Xbox One

After a tragic incident, brothers Sean and Daniel Diaz run away from home. Fearing the police, and dealing with Daniel's new telekinetic power, the boys head to Mexico. Each stop on their journey brings new friends and new challenges.


  • episodic
  • narrative
  • supernatural
  • story
  • choices
  • drama
  • adventure
  • mystery
  • puzzle
  • romance
  • political
  • difficult

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Life is Strange 2 (2018)

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Playstation 4 Xbox One PC Windows Mac OS Linux Nintendo Switch

After a tragic incident, brothers Sean and Daniel Diaz run away from home. Fearing the police, and dealing with Daniel's new telekinetic power, the boys head to Mexico. Each stop on their journey brings new friends and new challenges.


  • episodic
  • narrative
  • choices
  • supernatural
  • story
  • drama
  • adventure
  • mystery
  • romance
  • puzzle

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Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space Remastered (2021)

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Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch PC Windows Xbox One

Embark on a hilarious adventure with Sam & Max, the quirky crime-fighting duo, in this remastered version of Telltale's second season. Solve challenging puzzles, explore unexpected places, and interact with eccentric characters. With updated graphics and enhanced audio, this interactive story promises hours of laughter and fun.

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What we like:
  • Engaging point & click gameplay
  • Stimulates your brain
  • Exciting and relevant story
  • Enhanced graphics and audio
  • Optional driving mini-games
What could be improved:
  • Repetitive gameplay
  • Over-the-top absurdity
  • Mediocre soundtrack

  • point-and-click
  • adventure
  • episodic
  • puzzle
  • comedy
  • zombies
  • vampire
  • boxing
  • inventory
  • detective
  • funny
  • conundrum
  • classic
  • bogart

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Life is Strange: Before the Storm (2017)

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Nintendo Switch Linux Mac OS Playstation 4 Xbox One PC Windows

Life is Strange: Before the Storm is a new three part standalone story adventure set three years before the events of the first game. This time play as Chloe Price, a rebel who forms an unlikely friendship with Rachel Amber in a dramatic new story in the BAFTA award winning franchise.


  • episodic
  • narrative
  • supernatural
  • story
  • choices
  • drama
  • mystery
  • adventure
  • romance
  • puzzle
  • graphic

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Sam & Max Save the World Remastered (2020)

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Xbox One Playstation 4 PC Windows Nintendo Switch

The Freelance Police are back in a remastered version of their first season of episodic adventure games, lovingly updated by a small group of the original developers with the blessing of Sam & Max creator Steve Purcell.

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  • point-and-click
  • episodic
  • adventure
  • puzzle
  • detective
  • comedy
  • funny
  • inventory

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The Expanse: A Telltale Series - Episode 3 (2023)

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Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Xbox Series X Playstation 5 PC Windows

An epic adventure across the land and skies of Hyrule awaits in The Legend of Zelda™: Tears of the Kingdom for Nintendo Switch™. The adventure is yours to create in a world fueled by your imagination.

In this sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you’ll decide your own path through the sprawling landscapes of Hyrule and the mysterious islands floating in the vast skies above. Can you harness the power of Link’s new abilities to fight back against the malevolent forces that threaten the kingdom?

Nintendo Switch Online members can buy a pair of Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers* and redeem each one for any game in the voucher catalog—including The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.


  • narrative
  • exploration
  • episodic
  • quick-time-event
  • pirates
  • book
  • sci-fi
  • novel
  • adventure
  • story
  • politics
  • difficult
  • space-pirate
  • tried-and-true
  • choices

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Life is Strange Remastered Collection (2022)

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Xbox One PC Windows stadia Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch

Experience the BAFTA award-winning story of Life is Strange now beautifully remastered with enhanced visuals and vastly improved animation using mocap technology.

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  • episodic
  • narrative
  • supernatural
  • story
  • drama
  • choices
  • adventure
  • mystery
  • romance
  • puzzle

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Tell Me Why (2020)

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PC Windows Xbox One

Unravel the mysteries of 'Tell Me Why', a narrative adventure game that explores the emotional journey of twins Tyler and Alyson. Your choices shape their lives and their supernatural bond. Dive into an Alaskan setting, solve puzzles, and navigate through their fantasy world. Experience an emotionally intelligent game with beautiful graphics and a well-crafted story.

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What we like:
  • Emotionally rich narrative
  • Beautiful, immersive graphics
  • Impactful player choices
  • Excellent voice acting
  • Respectful LGBTQ+ representation
What could be improved:
  • Similar mechanics to previous games
  • Outdated character models
  • Emotional pacing can be inconsistent

  • narrative
  • supernatural
  • episodic
  • mystery
  • adventure
  • puzzle
  • story
  • drama
  • choices
  • realistic

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