Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two - Episode 3: Jailhouse Block starts off with a much more intriguing plot than the first two episodes in the season. Jesse and his companions are locked in a bedrock prison at the bottom of the world which is controlled by the Admin’s loyal followers. They must find a way to escape it and return to their hometown to put a stop to the Admin’s dastardly plans.
This episode is definitely the shortest so far clocking in at around 45 minutes, which is really short for a Telltale episode, however it is the strongest of the three episodes so far. The story flows quite nicely throughout with much better pacing than the previous episodes. There are also equal amounts of gameplay, dialogue, and combat that managed to keep us engaged from start to end which can’t be said for the previous Season Two instalments.
The choices in this episode actually feel like they are impactful with the opening beginning with different characters depending on your choices from the last episode. Also about halfway through you’ll be asked to make the biggest and most crucial decision yet in any episode of Minecraft: Story Mode and it’s one that will stay with you and leave you feeling guilty no matter which way you turn. It’s definitely a step in the right direction.
The really odd but humorous section of Jailhouse Block is that one of the inmates in the prison is actually Bob Ross, a well-known American artist back in the 80s and 90s, who still seems to be a very popular topic on YouTube these days. In the prison you are able to go and talk to him as he is painting, and he will try to help you out by delicately describing with his soothing voice what you need to do next. It’s rather weird that he was referenced in a game that is very much aged at younger children as we’re sure he’ll go right over their heads but it did give us a good chuckle and some much needed comical relief that has been absent from the rest of the season.
Jailhouse Block is a big step in the right direction for Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two and is far better than the first two episodes with a really well-paced and fast flowing plot. The more impactful decisions and a humorous appearance from a well-known artist keep your attention from start to finish – although that’s not saying much with a running time shorter than an hour.