GA5:Catacombs of the Undercity

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    GA5:Catacombs of the Undercity

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    GA5:Catacombs of the Undercity's review

    Published: 2013-11-18, by Peter Warrior.

    5th in the series of gamebook adventures

    • 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

    "Goin' deeper underground"

    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.

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    by Peter , Appszoom

    Nov 18, 2013

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    Matthew Lehr

    by Matthew Lehr

    May 27, 2016  |  "Awesome"

    I bought GA 1-9 during recent sale. 1-4 and 9 work great. 5-8 crash as soon as I opened them. I have a Nexus 7. Update: Worked in airplane mode.

    person name

    by person name

    May 22, 2016  |  "OK"

    need an item that I never seen before to suvive in the end. Otherwise you die regardless of your current power. Terrible design shame on you

    Jonathan Ultis

    by Jonathan Ultis

    Sep 06, 2015  |  "Poor"

    Does not run.

    Max McCoy

    by Max McCoy

    Oct 05, 2014  |  "OK"

    The aura of the story is compelling but it relies on a SUDDENLY THIS HAPPENS style of narration where you have to constantly roll dice to fight random crap that spawned in the room to survive and wear down your hp with no way to recover. Your decisions matter little to survival and you seem to fight the same enemies in every direction you go. Your guy even with perfect stats feels like your guy i

    Michael George

    by Michael George

    Jan 17, 2014  |  "Awesome"

    Really enjoyed all of these game books

    Dragon Ambridge Adams

    by Dragon Ambridge Adams

    Dec 25, 2013  |  "OK"

    Played books 1 & 3, which were very good. This one, sadly, was a big disappointment... Badly written and with dull choices. ("Left, Right, Straight ahead"...). The only good thing was the artwork.