Telltale Games’ Minecraft: Story Mode: Episode 4 Review!

In this article we discuss Telltale Games' Minecraft: Story Mode: Episode 4.


Minecraft: Story Mode: Episode 4: “A Block and a Hard Place”

As the adventure continues to unfold in Telltale Games’ episodic series “Minecraft: Story Mode”, Episode 4 throws our beloved characters on a new journey with an old goal: get to the Far Lands and stop the Wither Storm. Our heroes must quickly get to the Far Lands with the help of an untrustworthy companion. Will they rise up and claim victory over a common enemy or will they fall at it’s strength? Whatever the outcome, they won’t stop until it happens.


Keeping the gameplay in mind from this episode’s predecessors, (Episode 3: “The Last Place You Look”, Episode 2: “Assembly Required”, and Episode 1: “The Order Of The Stone”) Episode 4: “A Block and a Hard Place” keeps the gameplay exactly the same, as would be imagined and hoped for. When playing the game and adventuring through the levels, players must make choices depending on various situations given to them. Players must make these sometimes rather difficult and sometimes game changing choices quickly as to not linger on for too long in a given scenario.

When playing straightforward, walking around and interacting with objects, the game flows very well. With a fixed point of view, letting the player know where he or she in relation to the things around him or her. When a player goes out of sight, it is not too uncommon for a new fixed point of view to be set, allowing for a new outlook on the world ahead.


After realizing the Command Block has yet to be destroyed and that the Witherstorm is not only alive, but has created three versions of itself, the players must run to safety. Finding horses almost immediately after the event of the Witherstorm creating the other versions of itself, the players quickly run to safety. Enderman begin to get agitated with the beast, ripping blocks from the Witherstorm, attempting to destroy the monster. Our heroes quickly see this is happening and attempt to devise a plan.

After coming up with an idea, an old foe is thrown into the mix. Ivor has come to help the heroes, knowing he must help stop the Witherstorm. Ivor explains how the Witherstorm was designed to target the Amulet of the Order of the Stone and follow it, leaving Jesse and the others to always end up running into the Witherstorm. Ivor explains that he created a failsafe in the form of an enchanting book which contains the power of the Command Block itself. The enchanting book is able to be used on any Diamond weapon (Sword, Pickaxe, Shovel, Axe, or Hoe) of the player’s choice and will be able to destroy the Command Block. The enchanting book, however, is hidden in Ivor’s secret laboratory in the Far Lands. In order to get to the Far Lands, the group splits up and heads out.

After reaching the Far Lands, getting to the laboratory, going through mazes and other various trials, Jesse and Soren reach the enchanting book. Jesse notices Ender Crystals in Ivor’s lab, knowing to defeat and Ender Dragon, the Ender Crystals must have been destroyed. Soren spills the truth, telling him to defeat the Ender Dragon, the Order of the Stone used a Command Block to erase it from existence. The Order of the Stone depended on the Command Block, feeling they would never be able to save the world without it.

To refrain from spoiling the rest of the episode and allowing you to have some fun for yourself, the explanation of the story ends here.

In Conclusion

Telltale Games delivers a wonderful episode that includes great gameplay, wonderful aesthetics, a beautiful story and more. Minecraft: Story Mode: Episode 4 “A Block and a Hard Place” will leave you speechless, waiting for the next episode after reaching the end of this one. Minecraft: Story Mode can be purchased on PC, Mac, PS3, PS4, XBOX ONE, XBOX 360, Steam, the Apple App Store, and Google Play.