House Of Hell
1,000 - 5,000 downloads
- Respectful port of the classic books
- Outdoes the 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 and related series, as there are no relevant differences regarding interface of playability between them.
What you can find, as it's the case, are some enhancements regarding the original book. House of Hell, mobile version, includes a cheat mode (booo!) and two artwork modes: classic or crispy.
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 new 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 might well 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.
"Taking refuge in the infamous House of Hell has to be the worst mistake of your life! The dangers of the torrential storm outside are nothing compared to the blood-curdling adventures that await you inside. Who knows how many hapless wanderers like yourself have perished within its gruesome walls? Be warned! Tonight is going to be a night to remember..."
** REVIEWS **
"This is a faithful port to an electronic format, and it is also packed with features. Old fans will love the nostalgia, and those who have never played this sort of thing before are in for a treat." - STARBURST - 9/10
"If you have any appreciation for choose-your-own adventure games, you’ll love this app." - PADGADGET - 4.5/5
"All the other hallmarks of the Tin Man treatment are also to be found in House of Hell, including an atmospheric soundtrack, good use of multimedia and smooth and easy usability." - GAMEZEBO - 4/5
"The extras, like the achievements, art gallery, background material, and the retro look, are features that the developer didn’t have to do, but went that extra mile." - BOARD GAME GEEK - 4/5
"House of Hell is very engaging; it manages to produce a compelling story that transcends the realm of young adult fantasy game books. It’s also a trip down memory lane for gamers who grew up reading the Fighting Fantasy paperback series. Here’s to Tin Man Games for a job well done." - PIXEL PERFECT GAMING - 5/5
** FEATURES **
House of Hell 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:
• Make the gamebook as easy or hard as you like and even turn on a special cheat mode to read it old-school!
• Atmospheric new visuals which can be turned off to make the gamebook look like it came off the printing press in the 80s!
• Tim Sell’s classic illustrations colorised for the app
• Fantastic new cover artwork to unlock!
• Works great on tablets and phones!
House of Hell 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 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.
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 role-playing gamebooks appearing soon!
Fixed a problem where devices that have 3:4 aspect ratios were rendering improperly in portrait mode.
Fixed an issue where pages with images could cause some devices to crash.
Fixed the bug that was causing the font preference to not be remembered.
There are some scattered reports of the fancy font dropping letters, that should be fixed now.
Fixed the retro mode book title at the top of the page.
As always, if you have any issues at all, just let me know and I will try to get it fixed for you!
Crashes frequently but very nostalgic.
I completed this once in the 80's when I had the book. I love that I can now play these books again. Thanks so much for making these apps, I look forward to the rest of the series.
Another fun gamebook from Fighting Fantasy & Tin Man Games.Looking forward to others in the future.Thanks for bringing them back to life,I enjoy playing them again.
The conversion into digital form is a job well done however this is not the best FF. It is very short and linear and there is only 1 true path and lots of dead ends. Even the 'optional' rooms will likely lead to your death at some point from your fear get
I am a big fan and huge supporter of gamebooks. I have purchased most of Tin Man games and can honestly say this is the worst gamebook. Hopefully in the future all the gamebooks are as good or hopefully better then the GA series which is the best to me.
This was the only book that I could not complete when it originally came out. Great to see them in the modern format.
An excellent conversion of the classic fighting fantasy gamebook with great 'directors cut' extras, looking forward to more FF books from tin man.