Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Feb 14, 2014
    95
    Smoke and Mirrors still suffers from the mechanical flaws of the first game, and particularly struggles with frame rate drops around scene changes, but these are minor annoyances in an otherwise top-notch episode that ups the ante for a game that had already gotten off to a great start.
  2. Feb 7, 2014
    88
    A great second episode, even better than the first one in terms of writing and with some pretty good design ideas in terms of the investigative process.
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 82 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Feb 10, 2014
    8
    It was a long 3 month wait after the introduction to the wolf among us but episode 2 is finally here. The second episode is not as solid asIt was a long 3 month wait after the introduction to the wolf among us but episode 2 is finally here. The second episode is not as solid as the first mostly because of sloppier writing and a shorter running time. Despite all that the writing is still better than most other games and the world is unique and interesting.
    At the end of the day if you enjoyed the first episode you going to enjoy this one as well.
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  2. Feb 5, 2014
    9
    Many may disagree with me, but I feel this was step up from the already enjoyable first episode. I feel that this episode in particular reallyMany may disagree with me, but I feel this was step up from the already enjoyable first episode. I feel that this episode in particular really gives a darker and more mature feeling to a story that had already felt dark and mature in the first episode. There are some big revelations here and it makes the wait for the next episode unbearable.

    The biggest improvement I feel between this episode and the first is that player choice is given an even higher emphasis. This episode gives you plenty of choices on how to handle situations, either civilized or aggressively, and the really made me feel like I was in control of both how the story would turn out and who Bigby was as a person. This gave me a real sense of ownership over this game and story that I felt was missing in the first episode. There's not much in the way of really big choices that will effect future episodes, but I still feel like I made an impact on the events to come.

    Overall this is an extremely well done episode, but it does have some light flaws. The technical issues that have plagued Telltale games since The Walking Dead are still here, and let's be honest the wait for this episode was outrageous. In the end though, as always, these issues don't mean much when you are going to be so absorbed in the story and content of the episode. If Telltale keeps improving with future episodes the way they improved this one then we may have their best work yet. I am incredibly impressed with this episode and highly recommend you play it as well as the first episode.
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  3. Jun 30, 2014
    8
    Don't let anyone tell you different. this episode rocked! Sure it may not have advanced the plot very much. but it takes its time to developDon't let anyone tell you different. this episode rocked! Sure it may not have advanced the plot very much. but it takes its time to develop its characters, these guys seem real to me. Another great episode by telltale.
    8/10
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