★ TouchArcade needs your help. Click here to support us on Patreon.

iPad: Revamped Gamebook Adventures series coming soon to the iPad!

05-24-2010, 09:18 PM
#1
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: Melbourne
Posts: 427
Revamped Gamebook Adventures series coming soon to the iPad!

Well it was inevitable really wasn't it? The iPad is certainly an impressive reading and gaming platform so we were really excited to get working on an iPaddable (is that a word? Oh well, it is now...) version of Gamebook Adventures. We're looking to release both An Assassin in Orlandes and The Siege of the Necromancer for the iPad in the coming months. As you can see below we have managed to transfer a large majority of the gamebook into our iPad GA engine. We've held up our current iPhone version too to give you an idea of scale.


One of the key issues that we wanted to address one starting iPad development, was that we did not want to solely port across the iPhone version as it was. We've noticed many other iPhone developers and *ahem*, certain competitors rushed out ports, solely up-rezzing their existing apps and quickly throw them up on the app store. While that's fine, they are not really using the full capabilities of the platform. I mean, come on people, this is an awesome platform! Let's make these games this seriously shit-hot!

A great feature of the iPad is that you change the orientation of the screen by rotating it. While this is also available on the iPhone, it wasn't really feasible for GA as the text would have been too small to read. Now that we have lots of pixels to play with however, we can now set the orientation to however you feel most comfortable. This also means we can now display a full open book, with text and images printed across both pages, as it would be if you had a real book!


We'll still include all the cool GA features such as the 3D physics based dice rolling system, achievements, and interactive menus, but we're also wanting to make use of the iPad's unique features by having the character sheet, maps and menu based options appear as floating menus. This means you never need to leave the gamebook.

As well as increasing the resolution of all the in-game artwork and illustrations (including adding coloured versions), Gamebook Adventures is looking amazing on the iPad! We'll release more info about these upcoming releases as soon as we have it.

The Tin Man

Follow us on the Tin Man Games blog and check out our latest Gamebook Adventures and Fighting Fantasy sites for links to our GA and FF apps!
05-24-2010, 09:20 PM
#2
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 4,449
SWEET! Sounds awesome, can't wait for future news.

05-24-2010, 10:07 PM
#3
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 4,491
I haven't tried the gamebooks on iphone but WOW does it look fantastic on ipad!
05-24-2010, 10:12 PM
#4
Quote:
Originally Posted by VeganTnT View Post
I haven't tried the gamebooks on iphone but WOW does it look fantastic on ipad!
You really should, this series is fantastic. First one's currently on sale in anticipation of the second one's launch too.

And man, this really does look incredible on the iPad. I so wish I had the disposable income to pick one up...
05-25-2010, 11:45 AM
#5
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 4,449
05-25-2010, 12:18 PM
#6
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 13
If I already bought the iPod touch version, do I need to buy it again or I just need to update?
05-25-2010, 01:14 PM
#7
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 10,963
Looks great!

Waiting for books 2 & 3

Quote:
Originally Posted by NickFalk View Post
Squids!?

Worst idea ever!
05-25-2010, 07:07 PM
#8
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: Melbourne
Posts: 427
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chaosprower View Post
If I already bought the iPod touch version, do I need to buy it again or I just need to update?
All you will need is an update as we will make the app universal!

We do want it to feel like a different reading/playing experience on the iPad though and not a simple port, which is why we're going to take a little longer putting it together.

Follow us on the Tin Man Games blog and check out our latest Gamebook Adventures and Fighting Fantasy sites for links to our GA and FF apps!
05-25-2010, 09:22 PM
#9
Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 207
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheTinMan View Post
All you will need is an update as we will make the app universal!

We do want it to feel like a different reading/playing experience on the iPad though and not a simple port, which is why we're going to take a little longer putting it together.
Fantastic!

This way I can buy the upcoming games for my iPhone as soon as they are released, and then switch them over to my iPad whenever I buy the iPad. Otherwise I might have considered putting off my purchase until I possessed an iPad, to avoid paying for both and iPhone and an iPad version.
05-26-2010, 06:25 AM
#10
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheTinMan View Post
All you will need is an update as we will make the app universal!

We do want it to feel like a different reading/playing experience on the iPad though and not a simple port, which is why we're going to take a little longer putting it together.
That's great!

I loved the first book, but I didn't get the ultimate ending, maybe I'll give it another chance in the iPad version*. Also looking forward for the next book.

*If I'm able to get an iPad at the European launch.