October 17th, 2012 | By Mark Isaacson
Back before the days of the iPad, before the internet, before even the thought of picking up a Nintendo console, role playing game books were all the rage. One of the biggest names in the business was Fighting Fantasy, a collection of fantasy based novels that began back in the very early 1980′s with The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, created by famed authors and co-founders of Games Workshop, Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson.
Today, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the series, aussie indie studio Tin Man Games has come together with Livingstone to bring the brand new chapter in the series, Fighting Fantasy: Blood of the Zombies, to the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad and Google Play for Android devices.
So if you haven’t played a game book before, here’s how it works. You’ll read the book just like any other, following the story of a hero who’s been captured within a castle somewhere in the Romanian wilderness. A man scientist of sorts is using the castle as a prison to do is dirty, scientific deeds which in this case involves injecting innocent victims with zombie blood (hence the title). But as you read, you’ll be given choices as to how to proceed which determines which page you turn to, with a dice to roll in order to decide your fate during certain instances such as battles or dangerous situations. One wrong choice could leave you stranded, dead … or worse.
The Blood of the Zombies game on Apple and Android devices takes the same gameplay of the recently written book and gives it an ebook makeover, complete with a ton of fancy animations, on screen dice rolling, a haunting musical score and a much easier way to maintain your stats on screen. There’s also two difficulty levels to choose from and, according to Livingstone himself, a number of hidden surprises to find and collectibles. Not to mention over 80 different ways to die by zombie, which these days is a dream of many a fantasy fan … so to speak.
Tin Man Games aren’t new to the arena of game books either, having previously released Strange Loves: Vampire Boyfriends which follows a similar play style, so no doubt Livingstone’s fable of deadly zombies is in very good hands.