Blood of the Zombies
5,000 - 10,000 downloads
- Respectful update of the classic books
- Outdoes any original reading experience
- No lite or trial version
- The app may be more expensive than the real book in a street market
+ By Tin Man Games
Gamebooks brought back to 21st century
Gamebook adventures were a popular series of well, you know, books, back in the eighties and nineties, that combined choice-your-adventure mechanics with dice and a character sheet (a simplified version of those "true" role playing games use). It was just a matter of time that someone bring them back from oblivion and updates them. This review applies to all the GA series, as there are no relevant differences regarding interface of playability between them.
Blood of the Zombies, mobile version includes some interesting options to improve further reader's experience. For starters, Ian Livingstone has written new endings, what makes this game worthy on its own, unlockable artwork, soundtrack and few surprises here and there.
We won't discuss here the quality of the content, as they are all awesome under thirty years ago standards, but the update is at the same time something great and a missed chance. Great because there are a bunch of lovely little details such as the die rolling on the table and little animations to give the game some pace and intensity. A missed chance because there could have been a lot of customization options we would have liked to really create our own character, and the sections are so word by word the same as then that if you played them as a child you will still remember which options are better. There have been a few gameplay tweaks, though, but nothing able to break the already existing (un)balance.
Anyway, this more than acceptable update on those books we loved so much has to be welcomed and praised because of its professionalism and user-oriented thinking. HIghly recommended.
"Insane megalomaniac Gingrich Yurr is preparing to unleash an army of monstrous zombies upon the world. He must be stopped and his undead horde defeated. In this life-or-death adventure the decisions YOU make will decide the fate of the world. Can YOU survive or will YOU become a zombie too?"
** REVIEWS **
“Blood of the Zombies is a hugely enjoyable, brilliantly presented, hilariously violent romp. If this is your first gamebook or your 30th, you’re going to have a whale of a time.” – POCKET GAMER - 9/10 - GOLD AWARD!
“…its speedy combat and inbuilt adversity make it a great candidate for the app treatment. A skilled app designer and an experienced author have collaborated and managed the rare feat of creating something greater than the sum of their individual talents.” - GAMEZEBO - 4.5/5
“Ultimately, fans of the old stories should enjoy Blood of the Zombies. It delivers an authentic Fighting Fantasy experience while updating the gameplay and style in its own way. ” – STARBURST - 8/10
“…for those looking for an interesting storyline and a delightful walk down memory lane, it’s a sterling effort and one that very much deserves its asking price. I’m already looking forward to other Fighting Fantasy/Tin Man Games collaborations.” – 148 APPS - 4.5/5 – EDITOR’S CHOICE!
“Beautifully presented, a little campy but oh-so-worth that walk down memory lane, Blood of the Zombies will not go amiss in your library of interactive iOS-based tales.” – TOUCH ARCADE - 4/5
** FEATURES **
Blood of the Zombies is a digital Fighting Fantasy gamebook, an interactive adventure in which YOU are the hero! You can only win through by choosing the correct path, finding equipment, avoiding traps and surviving combat.
Exclusive new features in the app:
• All new death endings, written by Ian Livingstone. Not available in the print book!
• Kevin Crossley’s amazing illustrations colorised for the app, making full use of the high-resolution retina displays.
• Alternate artwork to unlock by Fighting Fantasy favourite, Martin McKenna.
• Achievements to find throughout the gamebook
• Make the gamebook as easy or hard as you like and even turn on a special cheat mode to read it old-school!
• An animated Greg Staples cover – the zombie comes to life!
Blood of the Zombies has been brought to Android using Tin Man Games’ critically acclaimed Gamebook Adventures Engine featuring:
• An automated Adventure Sheet to keep track of stats and inventory.
• Realistic physics based dice rolling. Shake your Android device!
• Artwork gallery. Find an illustration in the gamebook and be able to access it full-screen forever.
• Bookmarking system which saves your position in the gamebook, much like putting your fingers between the pages to remember your previous page when reading the paperback!
• Specially composed soundtrack and sound effects.
• Works great on your Tablet or Phone!
Tin Man Games have signed a licensing deal to release the Fighting Fantasy series on Android, so expect to see more of your favourite adventure gamebooks coming over the next few years.
Also available: House of Hell, The Forest of Doom and Island of the Lizard King!
- minor bug fixes and general update
Some lists where this application appears: Reviewed by Peter Warrior.
Outstanding. Love it
My Sony Xperia handles other FF games well. Here, after pressing play, the game simply resets to main menu. A shame...
Do more fighting fantasy books! i will buy 'em all... I loved these back in the day, and the automated dice, inventory, bookmarks, etc all work great. Would love to see the underwater one redone (cant remember the name)
The story and the writing is dull, and so is the overall structure of the book. Not a patch on some of the old classics, and this isn't just nostalgia speaking.
This app is a mixed bag, and pretty overpriced in many respects. It is faithful to the original, with the added bonus of having an automated Adventure Sheet. Plus, the music and artwork are pretty good, showing a lot of polish. However, the story still has the problems of the original - it is very linear. The target audience for this app is people who are already fans of the format, who probably a
Despite of not being a traditional fantasy FF book, it is at least as much fun and probably provides more replayability on phones/tablets. The book itself is not too bad, playing through is hard and might require a couple of tries. The presentation of the app is great, I thoroughly enjoyed reading and playing. (The music+sounds is non-existent but pls compare with any other paper-based book. ;) )