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    Published: 2013-12-11, by Peter Warrior.

    Gamebooks brought back to 21st century

    7.5
    • 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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    by Peter , Appszoom

    Dec 11, 2013

    Description

    The world famous Fighting Fantasy interactive gamebook series continues! Ian Livingstone and Tin Man Games present Island of the Lizard King!

    You can relive the adventures on Fire Island on your 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 **

    "Telling a gripping yarn with the trademark exceptional adventure gamebook gameplay, Island of the Lizard King is quite the delight." - 148Apps, 4.5/5

    "It's fun, it's slick, and it's another worthy addition to the digital Fighting Fantasy canon that Tin Man Games is so ably accumulating." - Pocket Gamer, 8/10 - Silver Award

    "Rip-roaring tale of classic adventure and derring-do, pitched at an excellent difficulty level for the digital format." - Gamezebo, 4/5

    "It's great to see that Tin Man Games is able to be so prolific within its niche and provide people with a huge range of different books to choose from so that they can pick the experience that best suits their tastes. If you're anything like me, however, one book isn't going to be even close to enough." - Digitally Downloaded, 4.5/5

    "...fun for old gamers and a great introduction for gamers-yet-to-be." - Starburst, 8/10

    ** 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!
    • Auto-mapping tracks your journey across Fire Island! See locations appear as you discover them!
    • Iain McCaig’s famous cover brought to life. The Lizard King has never been this terrifying!
    • Alan Langford’s classic illustrations colorised for the app, making full use of high-resolution displays.
    • Achievements to find throughout the gamebook.

    Island of the Lizard King has been created 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.

    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!

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    Users review

    from 264 reviews

    "Awesome"

    9.2

    Users comments for Island of the Lizard King

    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!

    Caspian237

    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!