Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 6 Review

Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 6 from Telltale Games is the first of an additional three, largely self contained, episodes for Minecraft Story Mode. Episode 6, “A Portal To Mystery”, starts where Episode 5 ended, and sees Jesse, hero of the first five episodes, return and meet some interesting special guest stars.

Episode 6 takes place in a whole new and alien world – one that has two moons (unusual, even for Minecraft). Jesse, Petra, Ivor, and Lucas find themselves in a graveyard and are immediately beset by a zombie horde. Seeking safety in a nearby mansion, things take a surreal turn as our heroes are joined by a host of YouTubers. Popular Minecraft streamers Stacy Plays, DanTDM, LDShadowLady, CaptainSparklez and StampyCat join the cast, lovingly rendered in block form. It’s a neat twist – tying Telltale’s series more closely into the Minecraft community.

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Interestingly, it’s not just their likenesses that have made the leap – all five voice their own characters and do a creditable job, too, and some of their more recognisable characteristics have also made the transition. DanTDM’s hair changes colour throughout the tale, for example.

The tale in question is a murder mystery, a locked-mansion tale that – while hardly Agatha Christie – is modelled on the classic “and the murderer is one of us!” detective tales of the fifties. Jesse, as self-appointed investigator, fulfils every trope of the genre, including cross-examining each of the mansion’s inhabitants in an attempt to catch them in a lie.

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Yes, there are a fair few plot-holes but the story zips along at quite a pace and you’ll have such fun Miss Marpling your way to its conclusion you’ll barely raise an eyebrow at the occasional flaw.

While this is a more self-contained adventure – rather than part of a continuing story arc – Episode 6 still maintains the fun, wit and charm of the main storyline. The whimsical nature of the whole concept has never failed to put a smile on our faces, and whilst Episode 6 isn’t as tightly scripted as earlier installments, it’s still tremendously fun.

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“A Portal to Mystery” doesn’t quite hit the highs of the main story arc, despite the interesting story possibilities and the inclusion of popular community personalities. The final reveal is a signposted a little too heavy handedly, but overall Episode 6 is still a fun experience that will ensure your jaw is aching from grinning throughout the story.

Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 6 “A Portal to Mystery” is available from the Xbox Store in a number of different bundles – you can by the additional three episodes for £15.99 for the adventure pass, or buy Episode 6 on its own for just £5.19.

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