Minecraft Story Mode Release Date: 5 Things You Need to Know

It took a while, but a new game finally unseated Minecraft from the top of the paid iPhone games chart. That game is Minecraft Story Mode, a new story driven version of Minecraft that is available on almost any device with a screen.

Instead of building in a free world like you do in Minecraft, the Minecraft Story Mode gameplay introduces a story that you must follow and that the game creators will add to in the future with new episodes coming to build on the game.

Unlike many iPhone and Android games, this is a paid game that is $4.99 on iTunes and Google Play. It is also available on other consoles and systems, as we outline below.

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You do not need to own Minecraft to play Minecraft Story Mode. Even if you haven’t played Minecraft, you can get into this game first and then play Minecraft later if you want the open world building experience that it provides.

What is Minecraft Story Mode?

Minecraft Story Mode takes you on an adventure set in Minecraft where you and friends need to find the Order of the Stone.

This first episode starts at EnderCon, where you and your friends are trying to meet Gabriel the Warrior. Something terrible happens and now you are tasked with saving the world.

Instead of freely building, you must follow a path, but you can make decisions that change the story and you must craft some items to beat the game.

Here’s what Telltale games says about crafting and exploring in Minecraft Story Mode,

“Though you won’t be able to throw down a crafting table, start digging, or chase the next pig you see, Minecraft: Story Mode will take these beloved elements of Minecraft and – through your choices – incorporate them to tell your Minecraft story. Minecraft: Story Mode is like a playable television show based on your favorite game, where YOU are the star, and your choices and actions decide how the story is told.”

The cast includes Patton Oswalt as the voice of you and a star-studded crew of other actors and actresses playing your friends and enemies.

What Can You Play Minecraft Story Mode On?

Minecraft Story Mode is available on a wide range of devices, at an array of prices, depending how you buy it.

You can play Minecraft Story Mode on iPhone, iPad, Amazon devices and Android for $4.99 an episode. That means you only need to pay $5 today to start playing, but will need to pay more in the future to finish the game.

You can play Minecraft Story Mode on almost any device.
You can play Minecraft Story Mode on almost any device.

The Minecraft Story Mode release date arrived earlier for Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Mac and PC. On these consoles you can buy the full season of Minecraft Story Mode for $24.99. This is basically the same price since you get all five episodes. If you buy the game on disk you pay $29.99 so it is cheaper to download it.

The Minecraft Story mode release date for Wii U and PS Vita is not announced yet, but it is coming.

If you like the game on iPhone, iPad, Android or Amazon devices you can save 25% by purchasing the rest of the season for $14.99 instead of $19.99 through an in-app purchase.

Minecraft Story Mode Not Recommended for Old Devices

If you plan to play Minecraft Story Mode on your smartphone or tablet, you will need to meet some requirements.

Old iPhones are not up to the task of playing Minecraft Story Mode.
Old iPhones are not up to the task of playing Minecraft Story Mode.

First off you need to be on iOS 7.1 or higher and Telltale games recommends an iPhone 5 or newer. The company specifically calls out users with the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s warning, “WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PURCHASE AND RUN ON YOUR DEVICE OR YOU WILL HAVE A SUB-OPTIMAL EXPERIENCE.”

You can see the minimum Mac and PC Minecraft Story Mode requirements in the support page, but to see if your system can handle the game.

Minecraft Story Mode Episode Release Dates

There are five episodes to Minecraft Story Mode, and you only have the first so far. Here’s what you need to know about the Minecraft Story Mode episode release dates.

We do know the names of the rest of the Minecraft Story Mode episodes, but there is no official confirmation of when you can play them, expect for one clue.

  • Minecraft Story Mode Episode 1 Release Date – October 13, 2015
  • Minecraft Story Mode Episode 2 Release Date – January 2016 Possible
  • Minecraft Story Mode Episode 3 Release Date – 2016
  • Minecraft Story Mode Episode 4 Release Date – 2016
  • Minecraft Story Mode Episode 5 Release Date – 2016

The Telltale games episodes can come as fast as a few weeks, or take as long as a few months to arrive. Episodes take on average two hours for a player to complete.

With other Telltale episodic games there was not a set schedule, but new episodes arrived every few weeks or months, which is why we could see the Minecraft Story Mode Episode 2 release date arrive in January.

Minecraft Story Mode Reviews

The Minecraft Story Mode reviews for episode 1 are in.
The Minecraft Story Mode reviews for episode 1 are in.

On Metacritic the Minecraft Story Mode reviews average to 79 for Xbox One, 75 for PS4 and 70 for PC. There is not enough data yet for the iPhone, iPad or Android versions of the game to show a score.

Each of the links above will point you to detailed reviews of the Minecraft Story Mode Episode 1.

30 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    10/17/2015 at 1:24 am

    I have a question, do you have to pay for each episode? I’m really excited to buy this but I don’t know if you have to pay for the individual episodes.

    Reply

    • Ruby

      12/21/2015 at 12:06 am

      Well it’s $5 each episode but you can buy the season for $25

      Reply

      • the truth

        12/22/2015 at 8:34 am

        Minecraft story mode episode 4 is releasing TODAY!!!!!!!!!

        Reply

  2. someone with questions

    10/17/2015 at 1:55 am

    same here i want to buy the season pass at gamestop but do u have to buy it online or can i just buy the game which comes with the season pass at the store?

    Reply

  3. Kimberley Murphy

    10/21/2015 at 10:51 am

    New [Minecraft: Story Mode]! Download and play first. Beta version for developers. Push -> [https://goo.gl/v5Dq0h]

    Reply

  4. Ivan

    10/26/2015 at 9:28 am

    I can’t wait to get it on android

    Reply

  5. Rachel

    10/29/2015 at 9:43 am

    Minecraft Story Mode Advanced Pack Pre-Release
    https://goo.gl/X7bUv8

    Reply

  6. Rachel

    10/29/2015 at 10:05 am

    Minecraft Story Mode Advanced Pack Pre-Release. Be First in Beta testing.
    https://goo.gl/A8crc6
    New Link

    Reply

  7. leanne

    10/30/2015 at 5:19 pm

    Not impressed to be honest my daughter has played episode 1 and 2 in 1 evening for the price i expected longer game play and more episodes so once completed will be selling the game on…………..very disappointed not worth the £28.99 from argos i paid :(

    Reply

  8. Aaron

    11/02/2015 at 10:14 am

    Does anyone know if the everything is the same playing on the IOS version and a console version like the Xbox one? Or will there be differences just like how there are differences with the regular minecraft games? Thanks

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    • Peter

      12/21/2015 at 5:06 pm

      As far as I know, every version has the same story, and im pretty sure the choices are the same (the config might be different)

      Reply

    • Jeff

      12/24/2015 at 8:09 pm

      It’s the same on console and iOS

      Reply

    • someone

      02/04/2016 at 10:46 am

      well on new gen consoles there is a red dot on th end of episode 3

      Reply

  9. Kenzie White

    11/03/2015 at 2:26 pm

    can you buy it one one pc and play it on another??

    Reply

  10. Your Answer

    11/15/2015 at 6:41 am

    Yes you have to pay for each episode 4.99, but if you buy season pass you can play all episodes because you already payed for all the episodes.and leanee is right i have played the demo and it is pretty awesome but the thing is they are only five episodes only and i can easily finished all of them in one day so what a waste of money ;(

    Reply

  11. Renaldi

    12/10/2015 at 12:16 am

    ive seen episode 2 already released month ago in any platform, I have issue with my PS4 season pass disc game, it cant download episode 2 until now (always shown coming soon), already email many times to Telltale support but no answer.
    Anyone have any solution for this issue?

    Reply

  12. No one

    12/18/2015 at 8:35 pm

    I am at episode 4 it was epic can’t whate for episode 5 anyone know when it is coming out?!?!?!

    Reply

  13. Ali

    12/20/2015 at 4:49 pm

    I’m trying to download episode 4 but it won’t let me and it has came out.
    I got a season pass disc. but do I need money?

    Reply

  14. Gail

    12/21/2015 at 9:42 pm

    if I buy the disc, do we need to have internet to play the game?

    Reply

  15. Bob

    12/23/2015 at 1:38 pm

    For the xbox do u download the episodes??????

    Reply

  16. Stacey

    12/24/2015 at 1:37 pm

    Can anyone tell me if it is multiplayer?

    Reply

    • Jeff

      12/24/2015 at 8:11 pm

      It is one player only

      Reply

  17. A QUICK QUESTION

    12/25/2015 at 12:11 pm

    If I buy episode 3 for my son on my personal i-phone; then could my son still simply get on his MC story mode game on his i-phone ( while logged onto my i-tunes account that I used to purchase the episode of course ) and then be able to use something such as a
    “Restore purchase” option to then receive it without paying for it again since I have already done this on my phone? Thanx!

    Reply

    • Brian

      12/27/2015 at 9:12 am

      I would love to know if we can do this as well. Do I need to purchase the episodes on every devise or can i purchase it once for all three kids? I am not shelling out $100 (ish) to buy three full copies so each child can play their own game.

      Reply

  18. Maddalena

    12/29/2015 at 9:05 pm

    So on the phone i still have to pay 5 dollars for each episode even tho on google play store app it says the app is 10 cents???

    Reply

  19. Chris

    01/08/2016 at 10:54 pm

    During chapter 4 the volume stopped working. Nothing I try can get it back.

    Reply

  20. cameron

    01/14/2016 at 12:53 pm

    i got the sesson pass disk

    Reply

  21. Lisa Ly

    01/17/2016 at 9:28 am

    Chapter 4 volume went out

    Reply

  22. Hashtag Queen

    02/06/2016 at 8:30 am

    WHENS DOES EP. 5 COME OUT?!?!?!

    Reply

  23. Janie

    03/01/2016 at 3:14 pm

    When is episode five comming out for play station four?

    Reply

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