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    Published: 2013-11-29, by Peter Warrior.

    Gamebooks brought back to 21st century

    7.5
    • 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

    "Gloomy, spooky, baneful forest"

    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 overall 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. The Forest of Doom, mobile version, includes a cheat mode for you the laziest, an automap system and a few more tweaks to revamp the original gamebook experience.

    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 so we would be able to really create our own character, not only in stats, but also in drawing, so to speak.

    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.

    Tags: forest of doom

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    Nov 29, 2013

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    Users comments

    A Google user

    by A Google user

    May 03, 2017  |  "Awesome"

    Thank you so much for making this, it took me right back to my childhood, great fun! Excellent! p.s. please consider making my favorite FF book, City of Thieves??!!

    Russ Smith

    by Russ Smith

    Mar 17, 2017  |  "Awesome"

    Great fun. Really well adapted. The inventory system, choice of original or colour artwork and save points really enhance the FF system.

    Nicholas Wood

    by Nicholas Wood

    Mar 09, 2017  |  "Awesome"

    Love it. Old school memories.

    richard green

    by richard green

    Feb 08, 2017  |  "Awesome"

    Great game, this was my favourite book as a kid . Wonderful to see it on the tablet .

    Steven Adcock

    by Steven Adcock

    Jan 18, 2017  |  "Awesome"

    Was expecting a bit of a ropey nostalgia buzz but it's a surprisingly well crafted app. Not just a cash-in, it's obviously been made with love and care. Great.

    Malcolm Parker

    by Malcolm Parker

    Dec 23, 2016  |  "Awesome"

    A really good update of the original book, and a bargain at this price!