Island of the Lizard King

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    Island of the Lizard King

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    Island of the Lizard King's review

    Published: 2013-12-11, 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

    "Gloomy, spooky, baneful forest"

    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: island of the lizard king , tinman gamebooks

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    Dec 11, 2013

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    Ian Haney

    by Ian Haney

    Apr 24, 2017  |  "Awesome"

    I never managed to get a hold of this book back in the day, so it's great to be able to finally play it. Great job, thanks!


    by Caspian237

    Dec 24, 2016  |  "Awesome"

    Fighting Fantastic

    Mark Silva

    by Mark Silva

    Aug 27, 2016  |  "Awesome"

    Just like I remember - you can even adjust the level of cheating you allow yourself

    Craig Buckton

    by Craig Buckton

    Jul 03, 2016  |  "Awesome"

    If you're a fan of the old books you will love it!

    Daniel D

    by Daniel D

    May 22, 2016  |  "Awesome"

    Love these books . It's like going back to my childhood an being back in school . Anyway was wondering when you will be releasing more because it's been quite a while since the last one ?

    Jeff Tummons

    by Jeff Tummons

    Apr 28, 2016  |  "Awesome"

    This was one of my favorite FF books as a kid, and this is even better. But, where is "warlock of Firetop mountain" or "Deathtrap Dungeon"? those were the best ones!