The Forest of Doom

The Forest of Doom

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
7.5
Great

"Gloomy, spooky, baneful forest"

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 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.

Developer's original description available here
Nostalgia overload! Fighting Fantasy returns with Ian Livingstone's classic, The Forest of Doom.

Take part in one of the classic gamebook experiences that introduced a whole generation to fantasy role-playing games! Computer gaming was in its infancy and it was the early days of tabletop RPGs when The Forest of Doom exploded into bookshops in the early 80s, proudly displaying Iain McCaig's iconic cover.

You can relive the adventures in Darkwood Forest on your Android phone or tablet, lovingly updated for digital devices. Presented in full colour with realistic physics-based dice rolling for battles, auto-mapping, an auto-updated adventure sheet and stat keeping.

** REVIEWS **

“It’s the kind of experience that reminds one what fun interactive fiction can be, as well as making the promise of new Fighting Fantasy titles from Tin Man Games soon, all the more exciting.” - 148 APPS - 4.5/5 - EDITOR'S CHOICE!

“Given that Tin Man Games’s previous two efforts were quite similar in tone, the change of scenery in The Forest of Doom is very welcome indeed. It’s also encouraging to see the developer adding content to its already-robust Gamebook engine – you now have an auto-map, which records your progress and makes your choices that little bit easier.” - POCKET GAMER - 9/10 - GOLD AWARD!

“This is a beautiful, wonderful adaptation of the classic book. It has every bell and whistle you could ask for in terms of making the experience of playing Forest of Doom as enjoyable as possible. If you’re here looking for the book on your device, look no further. This is what you want. If you’re a fan of game books but don’t know this one at all, I give it a hearty recommendation. This is one of the classics of the genre and it has been given the usual royal treatment from the developer.” - TOUCH ARCADE - 4/5

** FEATURES **

• 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!
• NEW Auto-mapping! Never get lost in Darkwood Forest.
• Iain McCaig's famous cover animated and brought to life.
• Malcolm Barter's classic illustrations colorised for the app, making full use of the high-resolution retina displays.
• Fantastic new cover artwork to unlock!
• Achievements to find throughout the gamebook.

The Forest of Doom has been brought to Android using Tin Man Games’ critically acclaimed Gamebook Adventures Engine featuring:

• Read the book horizontally or vertically on your tablet.
• 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.

Writer, Ian Livingstone, was one of the co-founders of Games Workshop and has continued to have a distinguished career in both tabletop gaming and video games. He is currently the Life President of Eidos, recently overseeing the release of the latest Tomb Raider game.

Cover artist, Iain McCaig, has an extensive print and film portfolio, and is probably best known for designing Padmé Amidala and Darth Maul for The Phantom Menace!

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 gamebooks appearing soon!

Coming Soon... The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, Deathtrap Dungeon, City of Thieves, Citadel of Chaos, Appointment with F.E.A.R. and more!

Recently changed in this version

Added french localisation

If you have any bugs or problems or anything, dont hesitate to contact me, I will try to fix your problems as quickly as I can!


Comments and ratings for The Forest of Doom
  • (72)

    by Justin Dean on 30/05/2014

    I spent hours reading these books as a youngster, and thoroughly enjoyed reliving them through these apps. I will be buying them all! Hope to see City of Thieves coming out - that was always my favourite!

  • (72)

    by Mike Harding on 23/05/2014

    awesome adaptation of a beloved book! i will buy EVERY one you make! make 'em all!

  • (72)

    by James Corah on 22/05/2014

    I am looking forward to the other promised titles, if they keep up the high standard set here then it will be very good :) Also, really enjoyed the modern v old school settings.

  • (72)

    by Stefan Pietrariu on 16/05/2014

    My only gripe is I lose all my items when I redo the search but I keep my gold... The map could be a little better in the sense of taping on a location and showing what you found there. Also. I can't find the axe lol, has nothing to do with rating I only have one more spot to check.

  • (72)

    by Elly Brus on 05/05/2014

    Still has the spirit of the books, and the adaption to app actually improves the story. Very replayable.

  • (72)

    by QAZ OKM on 21/04/2014

    Like the new automap features.

  • (72)

    by keir hall on 19/04/2014

    I love this game