Fighting Fantasy: House of Hell App Reviews

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Blast from the past!

While it doesnt quite capture my imagination like it did when I was 8 years old ( but then again, what does? )- its still lots of fun. The nostalgia factor alone makes it worthwhile.

Perfect!

Looking forward to the other books!

Should be renamed Hard as Hell

If you ever read the book or a large number of FF books you will know House of Hell is either the hardest or second hardest of them all! (Next to Creature of Havoc). Anyway the app stays true to the source material and its virtually impossible to best without cheating. Like all books you have skill, stamina and luck but this one has a FEAR stat. You roll a die and add 6. That is how much you can get scared before you get scared to death. If you play the game through the perfect path you still get a FEAR score of 12. So even if you roll a 6 and get a max of 12 you are still gonna get scared to death. It has to be some kind of mistake. Anyway the Sorcery series made by Inkle has amazing graphics and animations. Its lets you choose between being male or female and has better sound. If Tinmangames can take some aspects from Sorcery it could really make some good future versions of FF books. One final note...$5 is to much. It should only be $3 or it should discount other Tinmangames as you buy more of them.

Great fun, but hard!

Great recreation of the fighting fantasy book, and also really difficult. I read most people need to cheat or go online to find their way through. The secret to winning is to write down maps and keep lots of notes on a piece of paper. After numerous attempts, the path will become clear and you will be able to win in hardcore mode. Yes, it is a huge puzzle, but one that can be solved after a few days of play. I am looking forward to all other games by tin man games

A great modern-day set gamebook. Lots of fun!

Im a fan of the modern horror setting that this book has. Recommended for gamebook and horror fans.

An excellent revisitation to RPG gamebooks

A great implementation of the "pick your path" adventure books from the 80s. Keeps all bookkeeping for you so you can have fun. They even have a mode where you can cheat (if you prone to do so way back then). Still a great story!

Excellent (but missing some critical features)

Let me begin by saying that I am a huge Fighting Fantasy fan and hope that Tin Man Games is able to inject new life into the entire series. I would especially love to see them do a faithful adaptation of Steve Jacksons Sorcery series as these books were always the crowning achievement of Fighting Fantasy. On to the book at hand. Despite my overall enjoyment of House of Hell, I will say that it is missing features that I hope will be added in future upgrades. I play the roll of Gamemaster for my kids, meaning that I read the book to them and allow them to make all of the characters choices. In order to be a more effective GM, I need the following features to be added: 1. Ability to modify the stats on the Adventure Sheet at any time 2. Ability to roll your own dice. My kids are very tactile and enjoy the participatory thrill of chucking dice. Players should be allowed to enter the numbers generated by their real dice into the combat screen. 3. Ability to enter the name of your character onto your Adventure Sheet 4. Ability to run multiple games on the same device. Each game could be represented by a different profile. A nice feature would be a leader board showing the progress of each profile, including number of achievements unlocked and total number of enemies killed. 5. Ability to modify the stats of your enemies during combat 6. The ability to play in game music from your iPod. The games soundtrack is decent but repetitive. Id love to up the creepiness factor by playing classic horror film soundtracks like "Halloween." UPDATE: I have discovered that you can play music from your iPod if you turn off the game music using settings. If these demands are met in a future upgrade, then I will enthusiastically change my rating to an emphatic five!

Nostalgia

This brought back a lot of memories. I felt the story was immersive enough, the music set the mood (even though it sounds suspiciously like the Halloween film theme), and I love how all the stat tracking is automated. No regrets at all for buying this. Hoping for more to come!

A blast of nostalgia

Id read this as a child, some 30 years ago, and was looking for the books for my son. Hadnt thought of them as iPad apps, but theyre even better than the books, as they do the dice rolling, and eliminate my uncanny ability to roll double six every time when I was reading the books! It was great to re-read this with my son, who was enthralled by the interactive roll-playing in the story. I think its inspired him in a whole new genre, so that was well worth the money. Cant wait to read the next one!

I skarded :-(

Reputed to be the hardest FF game books and I agree. I never won as a kid and still not yet.

Demoralizing, pitiless...

Screw you- This is an exercise in masochism and self loath. No way out. Does our hero have any recourse? Ill give a few stars more if the theres a light at the end of the tunnel. Well done. Ill look up my grimoires and tomes to see if I can keep track of such juvenile interpretation of dangerous names.

Demoralizing, pitiless...

Screw you- This is an exercise in masochism and self loath. No way out. Does our hero have any recourse? I'll give a few stars more if the there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Well done. I'll look up my grimoires and tomes to see if I can keep track of such juvenile interpretation of dangerous names.

I skarded :-(

Reputed to be the hardest FF game books and I agree. I never won as a kid and still not yet.

A blast of nostalgia

I'd read this as a child, some 30 years ago, and was looking for the books for my son. Hadn't thought of them as iPad apps, but they're even better than the books, as they do the dice rolling, and eliminate my uncanny ability to roll double six every time when I was reading the books! It was great to re-read this with my son, who was enthralled by the interactive roll-playing in the story. I think it's inspired him in a whole new genre, so that was well worth the money. Can't wait to read the next one!

Nostalgia

This brought back a lot of memories. I felt the story was immersive enough, the music set the mood (even though it sounds suspiciously like the Halloween film theme), and I love how all the stat tracking is automated. No regrets at all for buying this. Hoping for more to come!

Excellent (but missing some critical features)

Let me begin by saying that I am a huge Fighting Fantasy fan and hope that Tin Man Games is able to inject new life into the entire series. I would especially love to see them do a faithful adaptation of Steve Jackson's Sorcery series as these books were always the crowning achievement of Fighting Fantasy. On to the book at hand. Despite my overall enjoyment of House of Hell, I will say that it is missing features that I hope will be added in future upgrades. I play the roll of Gamemaster for my kids, meaning that I read the book to them and allow them to make all of the character's choices. In order to be a more effective GM, I need the following features to be added: 1. Ability to modify the stats on the Adventure Sheet at any time 2. Ability to roll your own dice. My kids are very tactile and enjoy the participatory thrill of chucking dice. Players should be allowed to enter the numbers generated by their real dice into the combat screen. 3. Ability to enter the name of your character onto your Adventure Sheet 4. Ability to run multiple games on the same device. Each game could be represented by a different profile. A nice feature would be a leader board showing the progress of each profile, including number of achievements unlocked and total number of enemies killed. 5. Ability to modify the stats of your enemies during combat 6. The ability to play in game music from your iPod. The game's soundtrack is decent but repetitive. I'd love to up the creepiness factor by playing classic horror film soundtracks like "Halloween." UPDATE: I have discovered that you can play music from your iPod if you turn off the game music using settings. If these demands are met in a future upgrade, then I will enthusiastically change my rating to an emphatic five!

An excellent revisitation to RPG gamebooks

A great implementation of the "pick your path" adventure books from the 80s. Keeps all bookkeeping for you so you can have fun. They even have a mode where you can cheat (if you prone to do so way back then). Still a great story!

A great modern-day set gamebook. Lots of fun!

I'm a fan of the modern horror setting that this book has. Recommended for gamebook and horror fans.

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