Minecraft: Story Mode’s First Episode Is Free On Windows 10

Telltale Games’ lighthearted Minecraft: Story Mode’s [official site] season premiere episode is free to download right now across various platforms, including Windows 10. So if you were curious if this might be the next Telltale adventure game you should throw money at, you can give it a look without spending any.

It’s a serviceable adventure that offers some benign fun in the Minecraft universe, following a few unique characters created specifically for this tale. It’s seemingly aimed at a much younger audience than the rest of Telltale’s ilk, but the graphics look much better than what we got with the Game of Thrones episodes or the lackluster content in The Walking Dead: Michonne.

Put simply, if you like Minecraft and you like adventure games, you’ll probably enjoy much of what’s on offer here. And if you like “celebrity YouTubers,” well, there are some of those here too, unfortunately.

You can download the first episode, Order of the Stone, free from the Microsoft Store on Windows 10. No, we don’t know why it’s not free on Steam and GOG for other versions of Windows too.


  1. rocktart says:

    I will remember that

  2. Agnosticus says:

    “No, we don’t know why it’s not free on Steam and GOG for other versions of Windows too.”

    Seems pretty obvious: MS wants to promote their store.

    Same as GOG with their free games and free game transitions from Steam

    • KastaRules says:

      “Seems pretty obvious: MS wants to promote their store.”

      …and their latest OS.

      • SquidgyB says:

        All you have to do is mention the word “exclusive” and marketing executives wet their pants.

    • ersetzen says:

      The store really needs it because by god is it awful.

      Like, even ignoring that using it is a mess and that you sometimes can’t find items by searching for their exact name it is broken in so many facets. It also has to be the most intrusive and awful drm that is automatically in anything sold from there.

      The drm manages to not only break things like recording software but even graphics card drivers. I hope you like v-sync because it is on for all games and you can’t change it in the control panel for windows store titles.

      It seems super weird how many resources Microsoft pours into promoting the store without actually working on improving it. They basically have most issues all the other digital distribution platforms had at their inception and invented a bunch more while they were at it.

  3. Halk says:

    The first episode is free on iOS, too.

  4. Mischa says:

    When I follow that link, I can only activate the game for Xbox One. And when I follow this link , the Windows 10 version is firmly in the ‘buy’ category, not ‘get’. Perhaps it’s a regional thing? (I’m in Europe.)

    • shocked says:

      I think it’s not free on Windows, this video and its description don’t mention Win10.

      “The first episode of Minecraft: Story Mode is NOW FREE to download for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple App Store, Amazon App Store and Google Play Store!”

      So basically every major platform, but not PC. :)

    • Don Reba says:

      It’s in the BUY category, but if you click it, it says “Free (contains in-app purchases)” in the Store. I still think free is too expensive for a Microsoft Store game.

      • Mischa says:

        Thanks, that works indeed! Not so firmly in the ‘buy’ category after all, then.

  5. TheAngriestHobo says:

    As much as I want to be upset that it’s only free on Windows 10, it’s Minecraft Story Mode. They could make the whole thing free and I still wouldn’t download it.

  6. minecraft123 says:

    is it available for windows 7 yet?

  7. Konservenknilch says:

    Oh bring back Sam&Max or ToMI already.

  8. Kawa says:

    So tried searching for it on Microsoft Store. Says I can’t “get” it because DirectX 11 is required. I have DirectX 12 installed thanks to Windows Update, but there doesn’t seem to be a non-shady way to install DirectX 11 on a computer that already has 12. :/