Episode 1 of the iOS version of Telltale's critically acclaimed game Walking Dead is free for a limited time. While Telltale hasn't announced how long the limited time exactly is, it can be safe to assume that this is in celebration of Christmas. You can get the game from the iOS App Store.

While the other episodes are still paid, Episode 1 would be well worth your time as it still tells a good story and might even compel you to buy the future episodes.

The Walking Dead is a five-part episodic game series set in the same universe as Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic books featuring Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes.

This is not another shoot ‘em up; it’s a game that explores some very dark psychological places, revealing that the undead are not the only thing to be afraid of when society crumbles.

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Episode 1 is free on iOS for a limited time

In this brand new story, you are Lee Everett, a man given a second chance at life in a world devastated by the undead. With corpses returning to life and survivors stopping at nothing to maintain their own safety, protecting an orphaned girl named Clementine may offer him redemption in a world gone to hell.

The main selling point of the game is that you have to make choices at certain points; these choices then effect how the rest of the story plays out and has far reaching consequences for every character in the group of survivors.

Recently, during the Spike Video Game Awards, The Walking Dead received the Game of the Year award. This came as no surprise as The Walking Dead is praised by critics for its deep story and meaningful choices.

“Look, `Walking Dead' fans, this is obviously for you,” beamed Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman. “Thank you so much. You guys watch the TV show. You read the comics. You play the video games. You make all this possible.”

Other awards won by the game include the best downloadable game and the best adapted game, best performance by a human female as Clementine for voice actor Melissa Hutchison and studio of the year for Telltale Games.

Telltale's The Walking Dead concluded in November with the final episode, No Time Left. Back in October, it was revealed that the Walking Dead series is set to be released as a boxed copy for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360.

In October, Telltale released Episode 4 of the series, which was the penultimate episode. In this instalment, in the wake of terrible loss, the group arrives in Savannah in search of a boat and escape from the horrors around them. Stalked by an unseen human threat and the constant menace of the undead, Lee must decide how to deal with an increasingly paranoid group, and above all, how to protect Clementine. The trailer gives some hints of the story, such as some mysterious “mad man” on the radio and a character, presumably a girl, dressed in red beating up the main character. Along with the trailer, Telltale had also released some screenshots for The Walking Dead: Episode 4 – Around Every Corner.

Players who have read the graphic novel or seen the TV show will meet familiar characters such as Glenn in the game. There are also new characters that can live or die depending on the choices the player makes in each episode.

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