Tin Man Games Delivers The Four Leaf Clover Of Gamebook News
I’ve never hid the fact that I love the combination “choose your own adventure” / RPG style of entertainment that has come to be known as the “gamebook adventure”. It’s also common knowledge if you’ve been with me long enough that my favorite developer in this genre is Tin Man Games. They’ve been developing this form of electronic entertainment since 2010, and based on their latest announcements they have no intention of slowing down. That’s great news for fans like me.
The first tidbit is something that will satiate your current game playing needs. The developer has recently released not one but TWO entries in their freshman series, the tales of Orlandes. This series started with An Assassin In Orlandes, which I reviewed here (disregard the fact that it’s on a different site). This was followed by several other tales in the land of Orlandes, occasionally intermixed with adventures from other realms. It’s time for the series to conclude (or at least take a hiatus) with Gamebook Adventures 11: Songs of the Mystics and Gamebook Adventures 12: Asuria Awakens. I have no reason to believe these installments will be any less enthralling than their predecessors, so get ready for some great interactive reading.
For those that have been around those “ancient” treasure troves of knowledge known as bookstores, you might recall that the combination of CYOA and RPG began with a series called Fighting Fantasy. Tin Man Games has faithfully recreated and enhanced many of these original tales, and now they want to tackle the very first, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain. They’ll be launching a Kickstarter campaign soon so that interested parties can help them make this the best modern version of the classic that they can make. The Fighting Fantasy offerings that are available are already pretty impressive, so I can’t wait to see what they do with this one.
Finally, Tin Man Games has partnered with Games Workshop to bring the Legacy of Dorn trilogy to electronic devices everywhere. The Warhammer universe is not something I’m particularly versed in, but here’s a synopsis of the first installment:
You are a veteran Space Marine of the Imperial Fists Chapter. Equipped with powerful Terminator armour and armed with the deadliest weapons that the Adeptus Astartes wield, you are a symbol of the Emperor’s might. Trapped aboard the space hulk Herald of Oblivion and the only survivor of your squad, you must fight your way through the aliens and heretics that infest the star vessel and find a way to escape the horror and return to your Chapter.
Given the significance and incredible popularity of the Warhammer IP, I’m sure the attention to detail in this effort will be second to none.
You can check out the latest two installments of the Orlandes saga now, while the other two electronic gamebooks are still being lovingly crafted.