Fighting Fantasy: Blood of the Zombies
By Tin Man Games
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Fighting Fantasy, the world famous interactive gamebook series returns for its 30th Anniversary! Ian Livingstone and Tin Man Games present Blood of the Zombies on iOS!!
"Insane megalomaniac Gingrich Yurr is preparing to unleash an army of monstrous zombies upon the world. He must be stopped and his undead horde defeated. In this life-or-death adventure the decisions YOU make will decide the fate of the world. Can YOU survive or will YOU become a zombie too?"
** REVIEWS **
“Blood of the Zombies is a hugely enjoyable, brilliantly presented, hilariously violent romp. If this is your first gamebook or your 30th, you’re going to have a whale of a time.” – POCKET GAMER - 9/10 - GOLD AWARD!
“…its speedy combat and inbuilt adversity make it a great candidate for the app treatment. A skilled app designer and an experienced author have collaborated and managed the rare feat of creating something greater than the sum of their individual talents.” - GAMEZEBO - 4.5/5
“Ultimately, fans of the old stories should enjoy Blood of the Zombies. It delivers an authentic Fighting Fantasy experience while updating the gameplay and style in its own way. ” – STARBURST - 8/10
“…for those looking for an interesting storyline and a delightful walk down memory lane, it’s a sterling effort and one that very much deserves its asking price. I’m already looking forward to other Fighting Fantasy/Tin Man Games collaborations.” – 148 APPS - 4.5/5 – EDITOR’S CHOICE!
“Beautifully presented, a little campy but oh-so-worth that walk down memory lane, Blood of the Zombies will not go amiss in your library of interactive iOS-based tales.” – TOUCH ARCADE - 4/5
** FEATURES **
Blood of the Zombies is a digital Fighting Fantasy gamebook, an interactive adventure in which YOU are the hero! You can only win through by choosing the correct path, finding equipment, avoiding traps and surviving combat.
Exclusive new features in the app:
• All new death endings, written by Ian Livingstone. Not available in the print book!
• Kevin Crossley’s amazing illustrations colorised for the app, making full use of the high-resolution retina displays.
• Alternate artwork to unlock by Fighting Fantasy favourite, Martin McKenna.
• Achievements to find throughout the gamebook with full Game Center connectivity.
• Make the gamebook as easy or hard as you like and even turn on a special cheat mode to read it old-school!
• An animated Greg Staples cover – the zombie comes to life!
Blood of the Zombies has been brought to iOS using Tin Man Games’ critically acclaimed Gamebook Adventures Engine featuring:
• Universal iOS support. Buy the app once and it works on all your devices!
• Read the book horizontally or vertically on your iPad.
• An automated Adventure Sheet to keep track of stats and inventory.
• Realistic physics based dice rolling. Shake your iOS 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.
Tin Man Games have signed a licensing deal to release the Fighting Fantasy series on iOS, so expect to see more of your favourite adventure gamebooks appearing on the App Store!
Coming Soon... The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, Forest of Doom, Deathtrap Dungeon, Appointment with F.E.A.R. and more!
What's New in Version 1.30
- minor bug fixes
Great game, disappointing update
The game is still great, it was the reason for me to get excited again about gamebooks, and I'm always waiting for the next one to come out.
BUT, the current update basically just removes the Game Centre integration (they did warn us about this half a year ago or so) and streamlines the look and feel of the UI to the other books.
Sadly it also wipes all progress that you had in the book. Say good bye to your achievements and art gallery unlocks. It might have been just me, but I also needed to reinstall the game, because it kept crashing every time I opened anything with text on it (like the actual book or the credits). I'm not quite sure about this, but the pictures and sound effects in the game also sound like that they are lower quality/resolution than the ones in the other gamebooks.
All in all, do I recommend buying this? Naturally. Do I recommend updating if you already own it? Definitely not.
Fast paced but frustrating
A game book app where you are trapped in a castle of zombies and must kill them all.
It is great to have so many Fighting Fantasy titles being released as apps now, and the Tin Man adaptations make the experience more portable and less fiddly while still allowing the book to shine through. Blood of Zombies was the most recent Fighting Fantasy release and plays the most like a computer game, with quite a frenetic pacing to the story and the combat, so having it as a game app is probably the best way to play it.
Unfortunately, this is one of the weaker Fighting Fantasy titles, mostly because the difficulty is ridiculously high due to the combat mechanism. Bad luck, such as rolling consecutive 1s in a fight against a high number of enemies quickly ends any hope you have. While most Fighting Fantasy books require you to be improbably lucky only on your starting rolls, this requires you to continually defy probability and almost never roll below a 5. I recommend playing on Free Read and using some extra rule like the free heal every time you use a medi kit in order to avoid throwing your device away in frustration.
If you enjoy the game book apps which have the old style paragraph numbers and dice animations, then this is a good one to play through. However, there are several in the series which are superior, so try them first.
I’d rate the app conversion as 4 star but the book itself only 2 star. The latest update gives the app a small makeover to be in line with the more recent releases. It does seem to delete all achievements and art collections already collected unfortunately. Also, I noticed a couple of small bugs introduced, so hopefully another update will follow which fixes them.
- Category: Games
- Updated: 12 February 2015
- Version: 1.30
- Size: 63.9 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: Tin Man Games Pty Ltd
- © 2012 Tin Man Games Pty. Ltd.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimised for iPhone 5.