I’ve been excited about this one since it was announced as a Kickstarter and things have progressed nicesly beneath Firetop Mountain in Western Allansia. Tin Man Games have been working their socks off to produce this “digital miniature” version of the classic adventure gamebook – the book that really launched the gamebook media in the 1980s . I was an early backer of the Kickstarter campaign because of both my love of that first Fighting Fantasy and because of the sterling work and love for the format that Tin Man Games have shown in their previous adaptations. I’m also someone who likes tabletop gaming and this idea of providing that experience in a solo digital form really excites me.
Enough about me. The game’s development is well under way and the guys at Tin Man are getting ready for their beta test in preparation. There’s a “Coming Soon” page on Steam for the game, so that those of you not lucky (or sensible) enough to have got in early can follow the game’s progress. There’s a brand new teaser trailer which shows off the digital realm of Firetop Mountain, some of the miniatures you’ll encounter and the combat and exploration system. I’ve linked that in below.
Check out the Steam page for more on this project. I can’t wait to get my grubby little mits on the game and attempt to defeat the Warlock of Firetop Mountain once more. Or thrice … or umpteen times! One thing I didn’t mention is that Tin Man Games have vastly expanded the original book to include a variety of heroes and reasons for travelling in the dungeon – which should add nicely to the replay value.
Oh! and the infamous Maze of Zagor – which was a notorious element of the original gamebook is procedurally generated which means that each time you play the game it will be different. The team have devised new encounters and traps for the maze, which will be added to the original’s repertoire. This is an ingenious solution that will (as with the added heroes) add to the desire to delve Firetop Mountain again and again.
 Yes, I know that there were other gamebooks and series before Fighting Fantasy, but I don’t think it’s wrong to claim that this book really brought them to people’s attention.
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