Whoa, Christmas really has come early with the sheer amount of incredible freebies lately. Well get ready for a doozy: the first episode of Telltale's Walking Dead: The Game [Free] is currently free for some reason. Why is it free? Don't concern yourself with such things, just get to downloading already.

Walking Dead: The Game is an episodic adventure game set in the same universe as Robert Kirkman's critically acclaimed Walking Dead comic series. Its hook is that it presents you with incredibly tough choices thoughout the story, and your choices affect things that happen later in the game. Telltale has pulled this off with varying degrees of effectiveness, but despite that the emotional aspects and the connections with the characters in the game are what people have really been applauding about Walking Dead, and everyone seems to have it in their running for Game of the Year this year. Heck, at the Spike VGAs this year it did win Game of the Year, among other awards.

If you need to know more about Walking Dead: The Game, you can check out our full review of all 5 episodes. Since its an episodic game, we made our review episodic as well, reviewing each episode as it came out and adjusting our feelings and ratings as needed based on the new content. It ended up being a 5 star game as a whole, but let me warn you that Walking Dead is something that's best experienced spoiler-free, so my advice is to just download this sucker and have at it fresh.

It's also worth noting that this is just the first episode being offered free, and episodes 2-5 are available through IAP for $4.99 each or as a bundle for $14.99. You're still saving yourself a fiver though, and since this first hit is free chances are pretty good that if you enjoy it you'll be springing for the rest of the episodes. But seriously, stop reading right now and go download this first episode of Walking Dead: The Game for free, and tell every zombie-loving person you know to do the same.

  • Tatiana

    Woohoo!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-D-Dunn/679068624 James D. Dunn

    Paid for it. Great game. Get it while it is free!

  • jecebn

    I paid full price for this and haven't regretted it since, this is by far one of the best games I have played on the iOS. There is no reason for you to not get the first episode now that its free.

  • Chaos Shrine

    I got it :3 now
    thank you touchearcade ;3

  • dancj

    "Why is it free?"

    Well that'll be because they want to charge the $15 it costs to get the rest of the game.

    • ImJPaul

      And trust me. It's the best investment you'll ever make.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.charalambous.714 Andy Charalambous

    After performing a hard reset the game plays surprisingly well on my Touch 4G. Thanks!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CUJHSQSQYTYT4DPZSKTVESYNQ B

      Didn't work for my on my 4th gen Touch even after a reboot. Hmm. :-/

  • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

    Hey, didn't this game win best game of 2012 on G4?
    I dloaded the demo on my PS3 and hated it. Hopefully iOS game is more fun! Dloadiing now.
    Regardless, a free game should be a good marketing tool for a good game.

  • dariusjr98

    Had this on PS3 already. Best gaming experience of my life. I've never grown attached to video game characters so much.

    Get this now. Get all of the episodes on all of your consoles ASAP. You won't regret it.

  • MrSHakerEsq

    You have not lived if you've never played this game.

  • http://twitter.com/mCru21 Marcos

    I was playing episode 1 until I got to a certain part and then the app crashed. Then i tried to start the app again and it just stays on a black screen when I try to load my save file. any ideas?

    • themostunclean

      Did you do a hard reset after install? I always do with heavy games even though I have a more recent device. If you didn't then try one now.

      It's pretty common knowledge but just in case I'll save you the google search. Just hold the power and home buttons until you see the apple logo then boot back up.

  • araczynski

    the full set will be on sale on xbox in the next 2 weeks, will see if that price grabs me. i liked the demo of this on ios, but not enough to pay asking price.

  • MrSpud

    Does anyone know the size of the full game installed, with all episodes? And can you delete an episode after you're done with it and moving on to the next one? I mean, are all the episodes in one app or is it seperate apps? I'm running low on space...

    • themostunclean

      First chapter is 369mb. All 5 chapters together are probably pretty huge although I don't know how much new content is actually downloaded as opposed to being unlocked.

      There is the option to delete chapters within the app. It's in the same menu you purchase new chapters from. I'd be wary doing so since the game is heavily influenced by your actions in earlier chapters.

  • http://twitter.com/HroProtagonist Hiro Protagonist

    Anyone who is twiddling their thumbs and thinking "durrr, I'm still thinking about getting this" needs to stop twiddling and start downloading.

  • Relytgninroht

    Already own the PS3 version, but downloaded this anyway. Gotta say, I'm not really super impressed by this port. What really gets to me, is the lack of a 'hidden' interface like there is on consoles and PC. I don't want the game to show me all of the interaction bubbles... Also, the textures are kind of bad in some places- some have that characteristic iOS compression, where a line looks like a bunch of dots... Its hard to describe, but when you see it, you'd know what I mean.

    If you only have iOS devices, and nothing else that can play this, then I'd go for this'd version, as it's a great game.

    • themostunclean

      You didn't really expect the same performance from an iPhone as a console, did you? No matter what some people like to say, an iPhone is not as powerful as a PS3. Of course things are going to be different, it still looks damn good for a game on your phone, right? I really don't see anything worth complaining about besides the UI changes.

  • fonchu

    This game is incredible! I bought the rest of them after playing this one for free.