Recently Tin Man Games have converted one of Steve Jackson’s classic Fighting Fantasy novels in to a “digital fighting fantasy game book” and they describe it as “an interactive adventure in which YOU are the hero”.
Fans of these types of books are more than familiar with the concept. Originally the books allowed the reader to participate in the story rather than just observe it, making choices that affected the outcome of the story and your characters life within it. Whilst I never really got in to this properly when I was younger HOH was one of my favourite books as a kid and I would often try to pick my way through its pages to eventually reach the end. More often than not choosing to ignore the dice rolling element and just making the various choices as I went.
……I never officially made it to the end successfully mind you, but it didn’t stop me from trying!
So needless to say I was excited when news of this release landed and I downloaded it straight away from the play store, the cost of £3.99 didn’t even put me off. At the time of writing, the play store has it rated at 4 stars out of 5 but admittedly there haven’t been many reviews due to its recent release.
This app takes the more annoying elements of fighting fantasy novels out (rolling dice, calculating / tracking luck, fear, life, etc) and automates them quite nicely so you can enjoy the experience of how your progress in the book affects your character without manually tracking it yourself and distracting from the story. Brilliant, just what I needed!
All those fantastic art works in the original book are present, although it’s been reworked with colour to update the app. There is a nice addition however to switch back to classic mode and have the images revert back to old school black and white, which out of nostalgia on my behalf I found myself doing, leaving the new colour images in favour of the old. I’ve taken screen shots (below) of one of the images in old and new styles:
The story is just the same, as the book there do not appear to be any differences, so essentially its just a modern take on an old classic. It will be good to see if they resurrect any more of the FF novels in the same way but for now I’m addicted to this one. In fact I’m off now to try and pick my way through HoH again, and will probably end up dying at the hands of a vampire, zombie or the like. Definitely recommended!