Tin Man Touts Tantalizing Tales
It’s no secret that Tin Man Games is one of my favorite mobile developers. After all, they were the ones that most successfully brought one of my favorite childhood pastimes to the mobile screen – the gamebook adventure. I was somewhat saddened when they switched from their incredible electronic book format to the board game style of Warlock of Firetop Mountain (though don’t get me wrong, that looks like an incredible game), but now they’re back to their roots with Fighting Fantasy Classics, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic.
Fighting Fantasy Classics
If you’re not familiar with the concept you really should dig up some of my old reviews, but in essence a Gamebook Adventure is a Choose Your Own Adventure style story (short “chapters” are connected by the user making a choice as to which “page” to turn to) imbued with some light RPG elements. The trailblazers of this format were the Fighting Fantasy series, some of which have appeared on electronic devices in various forms over the years. Now Tin Man Games has brought the series back with the Classics edition, giving you easy access to all of the gamebooks they plan on publishing via a library application.
The app is available for both Android and iOS devices, and in addition to being a free download gives you the chance to play the entire adventure Bloodbones for free as well. But, since you know that won’t be enough to satiate your appetite for adventure, you’ll be able to buy additional gamebooks for a small fee each. The current crop includes The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, Island of the Lizard King, Forest of Doom, City of Thieves, Citadel of Chaos and Caverns of the Snow Witch.
And, between now and April 9th, you can help them choose which gamebook to publish next. The options are Deathtrap Dungeon or Sword of the Samurai, and you can cast your vote here: It’s time for YOU to choose!
Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown
But wait, there’s more! If you act now… just kidding, I was having an infomercial flashback. Anyway, in a mostly unrelated bit (the connection being it’s another Tin Man project), Q3 of 2018 will see the release of a new Playstation VR game called Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown. While conceptually I think it’s great I’m not really sold on the practical implementation of VR yet, but every once in a while a game comes along that looks pretty cool, and this is one of those. It’s an RPG that looks like a board game all wrapped up in a VR presentation, and based on the teaser video it’s going to be a lot of fun. You can check that out here: Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown.