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
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.
Fighting Fantasy, the world famous interactive gamebook series returns for its 30th Anniversary! Ian Livingstone and Tin Man Games present Blood of the Zombies on Android!!
"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 and The Forest of Doom!
1051: minor content update
1050: Fixed a bug where using the backbutton when the options screen was up returned you to the main menu instead of dismissing the popup.
Increased the illustration compression quality for high density devices and tablets.
As always, if you have any troubles at all, just email me!
I used to love these books! Please release more editions, thank you.
Costs a little too much for what it offers, but in absolute terms it's a very high quality gamebook. Reading / playing these things on a table feels just perfect. I don't agree 100% with the choices made about difficulty levels, but it's not a gamebreakin
I really enjoyed this gamebook. The developers have done an excellent job. Great story and a loy of fun to play. Looking forward to more FF gamebooks!
Don't forget to bookmark those vital pages, don't you remember holding a page with a finger whilst looking at the options? :) A great 'on the phone' implementation of a classic style of book based entertainment. Many a happy childhood hour spent with Fi
I had hoped for a bit of FF nostalgia but was sorely let down. No skill or luck stats, poorly written and instant deaths - my first death came without warning after only about three 'turns' into the book. Overall a joyless experience. I totally regret hav
A fun choose your own adventure game
Too hard, needlessly restrictive, possibly to get in unwinnable scenarios, clunky, too expensive.