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'Fighting Fantasy: The Forest of Doom' Review: A Loving Recreation of the Classic

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'Fighting Fantasy: The Forest of Doom' Review: A Loving Recreation of the Classic 'Fighting Fantasy: The Forest of Doom' Review: A Loving Recreation of the Classic

'Fighting Fantasy: The Forest of Doom' Review: A Loving Recreation of the Classic





When game books first started appearing on the App Store, I wasn't quite sure how well they would be received. For our younger readers, game books were basically the only handheld RPGs we had for the better part of the 1980s. They provided a lengthy adventure, packed full of surprises and action, and sometimes even told a good story along the way.
Like many RPGs, though, they were best enjoyed on your first playthrough. Once you had solved the book, you were probably finished with it. For a few dollars, it was a pretty good deal, and certainly won out over books of word searches on long car trips. On the App Store, game books are about the same price as a book, but they certainly present a different value proposition than they once did. Nevertheless, they seem to have found their niche, thanks in no small part to the superb efforts of Tin Man Games, who picked up the Fighting Fantasy license last year.
Fighting Fantasy: The Forest of Doom [$5.99] is the third Fighting Fantasy release from Tin Man Games, and what beautiful symmetry that is, because it was also the third book. We've seen adaptations of the very recent Blood of the Zombies and the horror-themed classic House of Hell, but until now, we haven't seen any of the fantasy-themed books from the series.
Forest of Doom is perhaps not as well-known as The Warlock of Firetop Mountain or Deathtrap Dungeon, but it is one of the more popular books in the series, and its cover is quite iconic. You play as a warrior tasked with finding a missing hammer and returning it to the Dwarven village of Stonebridge. It's hidden somewhere in the Darkwood, which is frankly a very dangerous place to leave a hammer lying around. The presentation here is nearly identical to prior releases from Tin Man Games. There are tons of options for tweaking everything from the font size to the look of the pages and pictures. You can select from three different difficulty settings, which include what amounts to a cheater's mode (we all did it with the old books sometimes, be honest) and a hardcore mode in addition to the original book's difficulty. All difficulty settings allow the use of bookmarks, which are basically save points, to take a little bit of the bite out of the sometimes harsh outcomes of the adventure. Your character sheet is automatically updated as you go, and whenever the dice need to be rolled, you get a nice, fast animation showing the roll.
One new addition to this Fighting Fantasy adaptation is an extremely welcome auto-map feature. The Darkwood is a pretty big place, and as Forest of Doom is one of the few early Fighting Fantasy books to allow you to play through again if you arrive at your destination without the quest item in hand, the map proves to be invaluable assistance for clearing the game. All of this is wrapped up in an excellent and intuitive user interface, making this the definitive way to enjoy Ian Livingstone's first solo game book.
As for the actual adventure itself, it's quite a goo...
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