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App description: Fighting Fantasy, the world famous interactive gamebook series is back! Steve Jackson and Tin Man Games present House of Hell on iOS!!

"Taking refuge in the infamous House of Hell has to be the worst mistake of your life! The dangers of the torrential storm outside are nothing compared to the blood-curdling adventures that await you inside. Who knows how many hapless wanderers like yourself have perished within its gruesome walls? Be warned! Tonight is going to be a night to remember..."


"This is a faithful port to an electronic format, and it is also packed with features. Old fans will love the nostalgia, and those who have never played this sort of thing before are in for a treat." - STARBURST - 9/10

"If you have any appreciation for choose-your-own adventure games, youll love this app. Fans of the original Fighting Fantasy series of books will absolutely love the iOS version." - PADGADGET - 4.5/5

"All the other hallmarks of the Tin Man treatment are also to be found in House of Hell, including an atmospheric soundtrack, good use of multimedia and smooth and easy usability." - GAMEZEBO - 4/5

"The extras, like the achievements, art gallery, background material, and the retro look, are features that the developer didnt have to do, but went that extra mile." - BOARD GAME GEEK - 4/5

"House of Hell is very engaging; it manages to produce a compelling story that transcends the realm of young adult fantasy game books. Its also a trip down memory lane for gamers who grew up reading the Fighting Fantasy paperback series. Heres to Tin Man Games for a job well done." - PIXEL PERFECT GAMING - 5/5


House of Hell is a digital Fighting Fantasy gamebook, an interactive adventure in which YOU are the hero! You can only win through by choosing the correct path, finding equipment, avoiding traps and surviving combat.

Exclusive new features in the app:

Make the gamebook as easy or hard as you like and even turn on a special cheat mode to read it old-school!
Atmospheric new visuals which can be turned off to make the gamebook look like it came off the printing press in the 80s!
Tim Sells classic illustrations colorised for the app, making full use of the high-resolution retina displays.
Ian Miller's famous cover animated and brought to life.
Fantastic new cover artwork to unlock!
Achievements to find throughout the gamebook with full Game Center connectivity.

House of Hell has been brought to iOS using Tin Man Games critically acclaimed Gamebook Adventures Engine featuring:

Universal iOS support. Buy the app once and it works on all your devices!
Read the book horizontally or vertically on your iPad.
An automated Adventure Sheet to keep track of stats and inventory.
Realistic physics based dice rolling. Shake your iPhone or iPad!
Artwork gallery. Find an illustration in the gamebook and be able to access it full-screen forever.
Bookmarking system which saves your position in the gamebook, much like putting your fingers between the pages to remember your previous page when reading the paperback!
Specially composed soundtrack and sound effects.

Tin Man Games have signed a licensing deal to release the Fighting Fantasy series on iOS, so expect to see more of your favourite adventure gamebooks appearing on the App Store!

Also available: The Forest of Doom, Island of the Lizard King, Starship Traveller, Caverns of the Snow Witch and Bloodbones!
Coming Soon: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain!

Echoseven's comments:

01-29-2013, 04:18 PM
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A classic book. Instant purchase for me. Roll on 12 am

01-29-2013, 05:13 PM
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Ah man I thought this was out as there no NZ in the thread title
01-29-2013, 05:29 PM
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Yep same here !!! Going to have to wait a bit longer - arrrgh !
01-29-2013, 05:32 PM
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Not much longer to wait, anyway.

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01-29-2013, 07:22 PM
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I wish they did an intro sale for these as I've picked up every book that "tin man games" have put out and every one of them has gone on sale. Blood of the zombies wasn't out for very long before it went on sale.
Don't get me wrong I love all the books it just sucks when they say they are priced like this because of the small audience etc but then go on sale anyway.
My impatience always gets in the way of waiting though.
Well my rant about the price is over now. I'll probably pick this up in the morning when I get up.

Last edited by oooooomonkey; 01-29-2013 at 07:29 PM.
01-30-2013, 12:31 AM
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Yeah not that it's not worth it, but it does seem a bit a bit around the wrong way. It promotes holding off.

Still, I think I'll grab it regardless.
01-30-2013, 03:20 AM
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Originally Posted by september View Post
Yeah not that it's not worth it, but it does seem a bit a bit around the wrong way. It promotes holding off.

Still, I think I'll grab it regardless.
What is the combat system like for House of Hell? Revamped to be in line with the Orlandes system? I heard the combat system for Blood of Zombies was quite different...
01-30-2013, 04:12 AM
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I'm guessing its the same as the original Fighting Fantasy book - Skill, Stamina, Luck and Fear but haven't yet taken the plunge due to waiting to see what else comes out, I may opt for Phantom Leader as I only have enough credit for that.

Blood of Zombies was flawed because it attempted to take on large numbers of enemies, it was a nice idea but it put you on an ever decreasing decline, because in some battles you were going to take damage no matter what. By the end of the book even with good rolls you were feeling it, it lacked that factor of luck and some situations you were not going to get past if you didn't have enough Stamina no matter what you did, hence unlimited bookmarks to alleviate the harshness of Ian Livingston's system.

Last edited by september; 01-30-2013 at 04:23 AM.
01-30-2013, 04:15 AM
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: England
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Downloaded this morning, had a quick go, not bad at all. Installation size isnt too bad.

Granted theyre quite expensive (iOS wise) but as a kid on peanuts for pocket money i would spend lots on the actual books themselves. So 30 years later i shouldnt moan about a few quid for one of these. Would love more and more to come out.

But yeah i find sales weird, 'normally' you have an introduction sale and then its full price forever, does kinda 'suck' when its the reverse but either way i want Tin Man Games to be successful and keep producing these so i'm happy theyve got my full money

But Forest of Doom soon please!