The Council – Episode 1: The Mad Ones

Rating Summary

Based on 55 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

75

Top Critic Average

63%

Critics Recommend

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7 / 10
Jan 5, 2019

Episode One: The Mad Ones of The Council launches a riveting, dark, and twisted story of secret societies, engulfed with key historical figures such as George Washington and Napoleon.

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Jun 6, 2018
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9.5 / 10.0
May 20, 2018

I lapped up all the skulking, whispering skullduggery and a few of the plot twists caught me by surprise. I can't wait for more.

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7 / 10
May 12, 2018

More than enough new ideas have been thrown at The Council to make it stand out from the crowd, and, while flaws are clearly evident in the three hours that you will spend with this first episode, it makes for a promising start for what is left to come.

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8 / 10.0
May 6, 2018

The Council successfully innovates on what has frankly become a bit of a tired genre in my opinion, but more importantly, how they have innovated works well and is enjoyable and adds value.

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RPG Fan

Top Critic

77%
May 6, 2018

A very promising start to a series with an intriguing story, interesting setting, and a unique spin on choice-based narratives.

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75 / 100
Apr 19, 2018

The Council is a good attempt to refresh the narrative adventure genre, that starts to feel a little bit too repetitive these days. Although it's not based on a popular intelectual property, it does offer a story full of mystery and some interesting characters.

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Ofisil

Top Critic

7 / 10
Apr 15, 2018

The Council is off to a really good start with Episode 1: The Mad Ones, with an occultism/conspiracy-heavy story that is as mysterious as it is engrossing, and a RPG skill system that works well in unison with the more "traditional" elements of narrative-driven gameplay. It's a rough diamond, for sure, but at least it is one that provides a fresh look on the genre, making it easy to get hungry for the next chapter.

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8 / 10
Apr 12, 2018

The Council isn't a perfect start, but it is quite a wonderful foundation to build upon.

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7.8 / 10.0
Mar 30, 2018

The first episode of The Council is a pleasant surprise. Big Bad Wolf has succeeded in inserting a snappy roleplaying system into a historical investigative-style narrative adventure, and the implications are surprisingly original, brilliant and ambitious. There are minor flows in the script and technical wise is quite clumsy, but it's a good opening episode indeed.

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