House Of Hell

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

    Gamebooks brought back to 21st century

    • 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

    "The Money Pit... of souls"

    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.

    Tags: le manoir de lenfer 2.99€ , house of hell

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    Nov 29, 2013

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    Robert Allan

    by Robert Allan

    Aug 04, 2017  |  "Awesome"

    Loved it. I remember cheating and still failing to beat this book as a kid. Finally made it through. ☺

    Miriam Asar

    by Miriam Asar

    Feb 21, 2017  |  "Good"

    I personally didn't enjoy it but I can see how some people love it, if it's your personal style. I agree with other reviewers who said the game is unbalanced. If you roll a certain amount of fear or less at the start of the game, there is literally no possible path through the game where you don't die. The fact that you can be doomed from the start without even having played for a second doesn't sit right with me. It's less about making educated and logical decisions and rather, finding the one path through the game that works, which is tedious and detracts from the story.

    richard green

    by richard green

    Feb 08, 2017  |  "Awesome"

    Loved playing this on my tablet . As a kid I collected all the books , and this was one of my favorites.

    Bob Dawkins

    by Bob Dawkins

    Jan 29, 2017  |  "Awesome"

    This was the book I read as a child, fell asleep, dreamt about the room of darkness with flying head coming screaming at me... ran to parents room crying. The main story still creeps me out, because I have over active imagination.

    Lee Harrington

    by Lee Harrington

    Dec 27, 2016  |  "Awesome"

    Fighting fantasy, so much fun Carnot wait for city of thieves.

    Ernest Tay

    by Ernest Tay

    Nov 16, 2016  |  "Awesome"

    brings back memories