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App description: The Doom Beneath is a game-based graphic novel telling the story of a lone geologist who stumbles over a terrible secret deep underground. The gamebook offers a new twist on the choose-your-own-adventure style of storytelling, adding turn-based combat and role-playing game elements. With pulpy narration, dark humor, and hand-illustrated graphics, The Doom Beneath collides interactive fiction with adventure-horror, then adds a smooth layer of action on top.

Features:

-Fully-narrated turn-based combat against the horrors of the dark
-Health, weapons, and consumable items: gamebook meets action RPG
-A checkpoint-based save system
-Challenge pages that test your skills against unspeakable trials
-Achievements for uncovering new storylines
-Audio layering for maximum ambience
-Drastically different themes -- choose between good, evil, riches, fame, love, and even ... destruction

The gamebook begins by having players choose three of six possible skills. Each skill offers additional choices, challenge bonuses, and special combat options as players progress through the game. Survival may come from brute force, finding the right artifact, or discovering a trustworthy soul. Each decision yields untold rewards and consequences as they traverse the horrors beneath the earth's surface.

The Doom Beneath is a collaboration by three independent artists and an attempt to push the boundaries of the gamebook genre in the digital age.
10-01-2015, 08:28 AM
#2
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Berlin, Germany
Posts: 1,637
The description as well as the pics piqued my interest.
Has anyone tried it and can give impressions?
10-01-2015, 09:04 AM
#3
I really liked This is not a Test, may have to give this a spin,great artwork!
10-01-2015, 02:18 PM
#4
Joined: Nov 2009
Location: Germany
Posts: 6,456
Quote:
Originally Posted by rich_952000 View Post
I really liked This is not a Test, may have to give this a spin,great artwork!

Yes, you're right, rich! It's the same dev!
This looks very unusual, but appealing. And "This is not a Test" was quite nice.

Hi, you seemed to be lost on the Internets.
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10-01-2015, 04:26 PM
#5
Joined: Oct 2009
Location: Missouri, USA
Posts: 1,926
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vovin View Post
Yes, you're right, rich! It's the same dev!
This looks very unusual, but appealing. And "This is not a Test" was quite nice.
What I have tried of this so far.... Play in the dark! Going to wait till its night out, open a beer and my apartment windows, then play the crap out of this with speakers on my phone.

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10-02-2015, 08:05 AM
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10-02-2015, 03:47 PM
#7
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 152
Just finished this with 100 percent of achievements completed.

Some thoughts:
--It feels shorter, but it's much easier to complete compared to This is Not a Test. There are a few different ways to get around many obstacles. Getting some endings is pretty much a matter of respawning and choosing a different option at the end (provided the right conditions have already been met).
--Combat is pretty random and unpredictable. While there's a 'basic' attack depending on the skills you've selected, only one special ability is randomly available for each round (and what's available also depends on what skills you've chosen).
--There's a bit of an interesting backstory (shades of Lovecraftian mythos), but it will most likely remain 'cryptic' until after you play a few times while choosing the right skill/s to uncover optional narratives.