GA 1: An Assassin in Orlandes

GA 1: An Assassin in Orlandes


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  • 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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"Is this a kissing book?"

Reviewed by / Nov 18, 2013

1st 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.

Tags: mail, gamebook adventure ga1 ga2.

Developer's original description available here
An interactive fantasy adventure! It's a Gamebook Adventure!

First in the series of critically acclaimed interactive fantasy gamebooks in which you, the reader, control the direction of the story! Along with a realistic dice-based battle system to fight creatures, a great story and beautiful artwork, An Assassin in Orlandes will give you many hours of gamebook adventuring!


Set within Orlandes City, nobles are being systematically murdered by a ruthless assassin no-one seems able to catch. Finding yourself thrust in the middle of a large conspiracy, you must make decisions that may put yourself and one other most precious to you in great danger. Can you locate the Assassin in Orlandes before it is too late?"

“Tin Man Games has done an admirable job of recreating the experience in an electronic format. The story is top notch, the interface works quite well, and the music really gets you into the atmosphere of Orlandes. This is definitely a title worth taking a look at, especially if you’re familiar with the print version of this type of book.” – iPhone Life

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 classic choose your own path style printed gamebooks 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

Added some minor fixed that should clear up some compatibility issues on devices with older hardware and older OS versions.

If you find any issues, email me and I will get them sorted out!

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Comments and ratings for GA 1: An Assassin in Orlandes
  • (66)

    by Boyan Tenev on 17/01/2015

    Great gamebook- well written, very entertaining, well balanced, not too short not too long. Keep up the good work!

  • (66)

    by Sam Atherton on 06/12/2014

    Loved it, took quite a few run throughs but I finally got a good ending.

  • (66)

    by John Derer on 23/11/2014

    But too expensive for such a game

  • (66)

    by Mike Von Goon on 17/11/2014

    ... so I'll wait until it's fixed to give it more stars !

  • (66)

    by Nathan Gunter on 15/08/2014

    Anyone who thinks this is a linear boring book doesn't get it. It's fun because you can lose. The point is to figure out how to live! I'm a d&d geek and I thought it was great. I don't see how someone could dislike it.

  • (66)

    by Ramza Beoulve on 31/07/2014

    This genre is a very good one. Brings back the nostagic feel of its paperback counterparts from before. Excellent.

  • (66)

    by Eddie Shaw on 16/07/2014

    Hi bought this game straight off. when I start it up I get sound but no graphics. I then downloaded the free trial and ran that. For some reason I get both sound and graphics on demo but only sound on full game, can you fix this or a refund please

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