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Partnered with Steve Jackson, Tin Man Games has brought another Fighting Fantasy title to the digital age with House of Hell. For the uninitiated, Fighting Fantasy is a series of interactive "gamebooks" by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone which began publication in the early 80's. The books each contain their own fantasy adventure, the outcome of which is completely dependent on the reader's choices.

Staying true to the 1980's aesthetic of the original printed works, Tin Man's adaptation of House of Hell has the option to turn off its various visual enhancements to "make the gamebook look like it came off the printing press in the 80s." Many players will want to keep them on though – the visual overlays and colored illustrations add a new dimension to the experience, and are wonderfully executed.

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Besides the interactive reading experience, players will enjoy an automated inventory/stat sheet that will update throughout the book and a full gallery of the book's artwork, plus unlockable cover art.

If you're a fan of choose-your-own-adventure style books or the Fighting Fantasy series and have $5.99 to burn, House of Hell will not disappoint. What's more, Tin Man games notes that more Fighting Fantasy books will be coming to Android in the future. Hit the widget below to begin House of Hell's "blood-curdling adventure."

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Bradikadis

    I played Blood of the Zombies when it was on sale during Black Friday. Next day bought their whole Gamebooks Adventures series. Love these things!

  • Jongjungbu

    This is cool and all, and I loved the Fighting Fantasy series, but I really wish they would bring over some of the original medieval fantasy books (e.g. Warlock of Firetop Mountain, Deathtrap Dungeon, Sorcery series etc.). Those were much better to me, and also were more popular since they were so good.

    • http://www.facebook.com/clover.fan1 Clover Yotsuba

      Both those games are already in the iTunes app store.

      • Jongjungbu

        This is an Android website, and I use an Android phone. I am talking about them bringing these gamebooks to the Android Market / Google Play. It doesn't help me if they are already on the iTunes app store.

        • http://www.facebook.com/clover.fan1 Clover Yotsuba

          Sorry, I thought you might own an iPhone or iPad as well.

          You might have seen these already, but they are all very great gamebooks:

          https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Tin+Man+Games

          (aside from Trial of the Clone, which isn't on iTunes and i haven't set up my android yet). iTunes does have another unique gamebook too, which is great (just finished it:

          https://itunes.apple.com/se/app/judge-dredd-countdown-sector/id541692526?l=en&mt=8

          Vampire Boyfriends I hated though, the writing was awful and seemed to be targeted at adoslesceant girls.

          • Jongjungbu

            Yeah, I have seen those and bought them all and played them, except for the Vampire Boyfriends (LOL) and Trial of the Clone.

            My complaint was that I'm glad to see they're bringing Fighting Fantasy to Android with House of Hell and so on, but I want to see some more of the older classic fantasy ones that made that series so popular in print. And maybe some of the lesser ones I didn't get to play/read. They mentioned on another site that they were indeed going to bring some of those older ones over, but still haven't seen them. And it's been 2 months I think since this article was posted. I suppose I can only wait.

  • ericl5112

    I find these fun, but I wish they either had bundle deals or sold for $2.99. As it is, paying nearly $20 for 3 books is a little steep.

    • http://www.facebook.com/clover.fan1 Clover Yotsuba

      Today's generation are so spoiled by the price of games. Before this, you had to pay $60 for each game.

  • defred34

    Is this really a game?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Yes.

      • defred34

        I fail to understand how "gamebook adventures" are considered games. Where's the shooting, racing or goal scoring?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Is chess a game? How about backgammon, checkers, reversi, tetris? You just named some game genres, that's all.

          • Falconator

            sadly, kids today don't understand anything about games. That is why in my honest opinion games really suck today because the average person wants graphics over gameplay. The fall of games could possibly come again but I hope I'm wrong.

          • atlouiedog

            I have no idea what you're talking about unless your view of today's games comes from looking at the window posters as you walk past a gamestop.

          • enomele

            He's right. People pay for Madden and COD. Plus your statement makes no sense.

          • Falconator

            Read some gaming magazines and you'll see what most of these kids ask for in a game. A lot of them want hardcore graphics and realism. Rarely do you see the word "game play" come up until AFTER the game is made and they see it blows.

            @ enomele - I agree with your statement!

    • darwin

      I second that.
      This is more like "interactive book" than a game to me.

      • http://www.facebook.com/clover.fan1 Clover Yotsuba

        This is as much a game as any. Thinking otherwise just makes you look like a fool.