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House Of Hell

House Of Hell

5,000 - 10,000 downloads

Pros
  • Respectful port of the classic books
  • Outdoes the original reading experience
Cons
  • 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
7.7
Great

"The Money Pit... of souls"

Reviewed by / Nov 29, 2013

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.

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Developer's original description available here
Fighting Fantasy, the world famous interactive gamebook series is back! Steve Jackson and Tin Man Games present House of Hell!!

"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!

Recently changed in this version

Added a main menu option to lock screen rotation.

As always, if you have any issues at all, just let me know and I will try to get it fixed for you!


Comments and ratings for House Of Hell
  • (70)

    by Mihai Cuzmov on 21/06/2014

    Just played my first run. I died, of course, but I did enjoy the game. Highly recommend this one.

  • (70)

    by James Dodd on 15/06/2014

    Love the whole series and if there on offer I will buy them but the full price is a bit to expensive for me.

  • (70)

    by j nickson on 05/06/2014

    My favorite childhood book collection. The nostalgia is awesome.

  • (70)

    by Lizzy Mcclosky on 31/05/2014

    Wow...great to see the old school rpg books back.I love this one it really took me back.I thought it was the 80s again...lol...great job on bringing this back looking forward to getting more titles.

  • (70)

    by josh thieme on 12/05/2014

    I would love to see the option to roll your own dice and enter the results. I never trust computer rolls. Other than that, excellent adaptation!

  • (70)

    by Nathan Yang on 29/04/2014

    The story is nearly non-existent and much worse than the most boring choose-your-own-adventure stories I read as a kid. Most choices end up in instant game overs, and decision making is often entirely based on luck. There is no skill required other than tedious memorization to navigate through this story. A waste a time. As suggested in other reviews, this was really created for a specific audienc

  • (70)

    by Ronald Kupsky on 28/03/2014

    Art music story all awesome, but then u die for no reason. Like most of the FF games death seems totally random. You can win a hard fight, have the best gear and max luck stats, but still get game over by simply walking in the wrong door. While the easy mode let's u go back it's still not fair and ruins the experience.