GA5:Catacombs of the Undercity

GA5:Catacombs of the Undercity


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1,000 - 5,000 downloads

  • Great port of the classic books
  • No lite or trial version
  • The app may be more expensive than the real book in a street market
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Expert's Review

"Goin' deeper underground"

Reviewed by / Nov 18, 2013

5th in the series of gamebook adventures

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.

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.

Developer's original description available here
Gamebook Adventures returns for its fifth title! Please note that you do not need to have read any of the previous gamebooks in order to read and play this. The critically acclaimed series of newly imagined interactive fantasy gamebooks puts you, the reader, in control of the story! Along with a realistic dice-based battle system to fight creatures, an epic tale and beautiful artwork, Catacombs of the Undercity will give you many hours of gamebook adventuring!

"Captured by one of Orlandes City’s most infamous brotherhoods, the Red Hand Guild, you are thrown to the mercy of the subterranean world deep beneath the streets of the great capital. Wading through the sewers and other dark menacing places, your goal is to reach Undercity, the City beneath the City! Only there can you find the help you need to escape this underground horror and bring down the dark brotherhood from within."

"My favourite examples so far though are the iPad and iPhone-compatible Gamebook Adventures, a series of lovingly crafted and extremely well-written interactive fantasy novels. It's surprisingly engrossing stuff, the economically written narrative packing in masses of detail, while rattling out a pacey, involving story." - The Guardian

"Catacombs of the Undercity is the best entry into the Orlandes series I’ve played yet. It’s exciting, atmospheric and even amusing at times, plus there are plenty more beasties to battle too." - iPhoneFreak (4/5)

Gamebook Adventures 5: Catacombs of the Undercity is the fifth in a series of newly written adventure gamebooks for your Android device! We are completely original and not simply a re-print of old gamebooks.

What is a Gamebook Adventure?

Gamebook Adventures is brought together through the efforts of passionate and avid gamebook enthusiasts. If you are familiar with the Fighting Fantasy, Sorcery, Lone Wolf or Grail Quest series then Gamebook Adventures will really appeal to you. Our aim is to give those nostalgic readers of old something new and fresh, and bring a new exciting experience to those unfamiliar with gamebooks. If you enjoy fantasy RPGs or adventure games then this is for you!

At their core, all of our gamebooks are compelling adventure stories where you get to choose how the adventure unfolds. Every section of the narrative concludes with choices that you have to make. The choices you make will alter the story, taking you down new paths and giving you new choices.

Occasionally you will be presented with a situation that needs to be resolved with some dice rolling. The gamebook engine lets you throw 3D physics based dice that roll and bounce as if you were tossing them on a tabletop. Roll the dice to resolve combat by pitting your character against a myriad of enemies. Roll the dice to see if you were able to leap the gaping chasm, or pick the shopkeep’s pockets. Roll the dice to see if you won a bet, or caught the plague!

Did you take a wrong turn? Or make some bad dice rolls? Then hopefully you put in a bookmark so that you can go back and try again!


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Recently changed in this version

Fixed an issue where devices with french or spanish as the default language could not load the game

Fixed an issue where the bookmarks were not being properly applied in classic mode.
Also fixed a heap of problems where the Random Rolls could behave incorrectly as combats.

As always, if you have any troubles, let me know!

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Comments and ratings for GA5:Catacombs of the Undercity
  • (53)

    by Michael George on 17/01/2014

    Really enjoyed all of these game books

  • (53)

    by Dragon Ambridge Adams on 25/12/2013

    Played books 1 & 3, which were very good. This one, sadly, was a big disappointment... Badly written and with dull choices. ("Left, Right, Straight ahead"...). The only good thing was the artwork.

  • (53)

    by Jonathan Merkle on 03/11/2013

    I have a kind of love/hate relationship with the gamebooks from Tin Man Games. On one hand, they're making gamebooks in this day and age, and they understand that sometimes bookmarks and rerolling dice are necessary to avoid utter frustration. On the other, they've developed the worst combat system I've ever seen in a gamebook, and their bookmark system has both fundamental problems and a few bugs

  • (53)

    by Richard Cope on 01/11/2013

    As with all Tin Man Gamebooks and Fighting Fantasy adventures, these are truly magical. You can tell a lot of hard work goes into them. Worth every penny.

  • (53)

    by Kevin Joel on 01/08/2013

    We need Warlock Of Firetop Mountain!

  • (53)

    by neil carr on 16/02/2013

    I don't read at all but all has changed, glad i invested in this.

  • (53)

    by Jason Martin on 22/01/2013

    This is the first of two of these game books I've bought and I was hooked immediately. Looks like I'll have to buy the rest. The story is compelling and game play is straightforward and doesn't slow down the pace at all. It's recommend this to any RPG or fantasy fan.