Trial of the Clone

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    Trial of the Clone

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    Trial of the Clone's review

    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

    "Am I a clone of whom? Whose am I?"

    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. Trial of the Clone, mobile version, includes an unheard of cheat mode, Wil Wheaton voice overs and new endings unavailable at the time.

    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. Highly recommended.

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    by Peter , Appszoom

    Nov 29, 2013


    "You are a clone raised by the mysterious Silene Monks. Once the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy, they have long since been superseded by modern technology. Now they spend most of their time hanging out and playing video games.

    But you are not like the rest of your clone brothers. You have been chosen for a special destiny. Make the right decisions and you'll complete your training, explore a universe full of adventure, and prove yourself a hero. Make the wrong decisions and you'll be dead. Really dead. Its hard to emphasise just how dead you will be. So here's a pro tip for you: try to make the right decisions."

    Written by Zach Weinersmith, creator of the hilarious award-winning comic strip 'Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal'.

    You're a clone who sets out to find your place in a cold, uncaring, but also kickass and ridiculous futuristic world, solving challenging puzzles and fighting monsters along the way. It's like D&D for people who are too cool for other people!

    PLEASE NOTE - Due to mature content this app is for users who are 17+ only. It is not recommended for children.

    Exclusive new features in the app:

    • Wil Wheaton voice over! Listen to Wil Wheaton whisper things like "love", "plasmaster", "moral ambiguity", and "disappointment" into your ear.
    • All new death endings, written by Zach himself. Not available in the print book!
    • Achievements to find throughout the gamebook
    • Play the gamebook following all the rules, or cheat all you want!

    Trial of the clone has been brought to Android using Tin Man Games’ critically acclaimed Gamebook Adventures Engine featuring:

    • An automated Adventure Sheet to keep track of stats and inventory.
    • 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
    • Landscape support for larger devices

    ** REVIEWS **

    "A hilariously entertaining new addition to the gamebook genre, Trial of the Clone is a brilliant way to spend a rainy afternoon." - POCKET GAMER, 8 out of 10 - Silver Award!

    "I've finally gotten around to reading my copy and it's an absolute delight." - BOING BOING

    "I won’t dawdle with getting this out there: I love Trial of the Clone. It made me laugh numerous times and it made me want to replay it many, many times just so I could see how things could work out differently. It's simply brilliant." - 148APPS, 4.5 out of 5 - Editor's Choice!

    "If I really wanted to be lazy, I could summarize my review for Tin Man Games’ newest app Trial of the Clone like this: Buy the damn thing- NOW." - JUST PRESS START

    "This story touches so many GeekDad hotspots, there is a possibility that this post may self-implode in the awesomeness described here. Page after page, choice after choice, Trial of the Clone is very funny. The result is a glorious experience." - GEEKDAD

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    Users comments for Trial of the Clone

    Magnus Hustveit

    by Magnus Hustveit

    Apr 05, 2017  |  "Awesome"

    Hilarious and engaging. If you liked the hitchhikers guide, you'll love this.

    Andrea McGhee

    by Andrea McGhee

    Nov 13, 2015  |  "Poor"

    The time ...$5, $10even 15 dollar games...its not the money as the fact the it just wont play! Grrr. Gonna spend my money somwherr else from now on. Not thru there guys again! Oh my phone is LGStylo.. So no reason it shouldnt work

    David F.

    by David F.

    Apr 29, 2015  |  "Awesome"

    Humor for immature people, as it should be!

    Nathan Devine

    by Nathan Devine

    Apr 07, 2015  |  "Awesome"

    And narrated by Will Wheaton? C'mon, you can't beat that!

    Daniel Ryslink

    by Daniel Ryslink

    Mar 16, 2015  |  "Poor"

    The writing and the jokes are bad. And by bad I mean really bad. All the "strange sounding names" in the game are in fact just silly Czech words that does not help the experience at all. "Silene" means crazy, and what "Sourek" means is not suitable for a public review. I have played many text games, and I have purchased this only on the premise that Wil Wheaton would not lend his talent to somethi

    Fatih Altınok

    by Fatih Altınok

    Sep 29, 2014  |  "Awesome"

    I played it, and it was great!