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iPhone: FABLED LANDS I (gamebook/sandbox 2D RPG) is out now after 2 years of development

02-28-2011, 03:16 PM
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FABLED LANDS I (gamebook/sandbox 2D RPG) is out now after 2 years of development



Building on the roughly 12,000 man-hours of work that went into the iPad app, this version features a completely new UI to fit the smaller screen and of course has all the extra content from the updates to the HD app over the last month.

Price tag: US $5.99 (instead of US $6.99 for the already released HD version)

Choose for yourself what role to play, where to go and what to do.

In THE WAR-TORN KINGDOM, revolution rages in Sokara.You can join forces with the king to restore his throne - or look for profit in the pay of the dictator, Grieve Marlock. Use fighting skills or sorcery, bribery or skulduggery to survive the assassins in the city backstreets.

Descend to the sewers of Yellowport to defeat the vile rat-king, Skabb. Retrieve the golden net of the gods from the Repulsive Ones deep beneath the sea - and use the rewards of your victories to travel beyond the boundaries of the known world.

Your journeys will bring you foes and friends, danger and triumph, fortune and fame - and more adventures than you have ever dreamed of. Role-playing as you've never known it before - in the perilous world of the FABLED LANDS.

Reviews from various websites and beta testers :

This looks a blast from the past!
The series is incredible, and probably will be the closest thing to a real pen and paper RPG experience that ever makes it to an iOS device
The app itself is brilliant. Graphics are glorious, and the quality is top notch. Obviously, the writing is amazing, and is probably the best written game book available on iOS .
Greatest game book ever! This game is a must-have in my book. I played for about 3 hours straight, and I can't really put this game into solid words without giving things way, but let me put it this way... The game is open world. You can do whatever you want .
Trust me whole hardly when I say," If you like game books you HAVE to buy this game"
I really think this game does a great job of streamlining and redefining the whole gamebook genre. This game feels more immersive and fun than the others games in the genre .
That version of Fabled Lands is giving it more the feel of a console or computer RPG than other gamebook adaptations. This might be the only app that appeals to WRPG, JRPG and Gamebook fans, as it has common ground with all three sub-genres. Basically, it looks like a JRPG, it plays like a WRPG and it reads like a gamebook .
You think it's a gamebook because you know there's a print version. With the other gamebook adaptions, that's very apparent, they don't even try to hide it or make life easier for you. The first few that I bought, I always thought it was cute because it reminded me of the paper gamebooks I own, but that eventually wore off and now I always only think "why couldn't they use the advantages of the platform better". This game is an example of how to do that. It doesn't give up too much of the gamebook feel to be something entirely different, but it doesn't let me do all the work either, keeps track of stuff for me, and so on.
Been playing Fabled Lands for about a couple of hours now and all I can say is I'm really loving it. Gamebooks really shine when used on a iOS device. The artwork and style is quite riveting. Not to mention the experience in taking you further in the mind of Dave Morris's creation in another different or perhaps deeper perspective .

Based on the masterpiece gamebook series "Fabled Lands" by legendary authors Dave Morris (Golden Dragon, Dragon Warriors) and Jamie Thomson (Way of the Tiger).

More information, FAQ and... screenshots galore!! on the Fabled Lands apps community website and boards

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02-28-2011, 03:18 PM
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02-28-2011, 03:19 PM
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cmon....is the game out? where are the photos? where is a link to the game or a youtube video? wheres the promotion?

edit: thanks new england gamer

not my kinda game....

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02-28-2011, 03:21 PM
Must have literally just come out since I searched for it no less than an hour ago:

02-28-2011, 03:29 PM
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I just got my internet service back after it being out for two days, first thing I did (about half an hour ago) was search out Fabled Lands in itunes and bingo! Timing could not have been better.

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02-28-2011, 03:30 PM
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Looks quite awesome, waiting for some reviews though.

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02-28-2011, 03:33 PM
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Yeah I'm not really familiar with this. I'm assuming it's a story-heavy adventure/graphic novel type game? Is there a video or something showing how the gameplay works?

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02-28-2011, 03:40 PM
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For impressions, check the iPAD thread.

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02-28-2011, 04:57 PM
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Game Impressions

Glad to see it's out, though I'm confused as to why this couldn't have been a universal app - the iPhone version is a larger download than the iPad version...

Still, an insta-buy so I can play it on the go (iPad stays at home...)

Gamebook fans, there's no more excuse for not buying this!

And if you want the real thing, books 1-4 are available at several online retailers...

And for those familiar with gamebooks, but unfamiliar with these - imagine a series of gamebooks that you can travel between with the same character, and not in a linear fashion... Each book has about double the number of entries as a Fighting Fantasy novel - and the iPhone version has been worked over with graphics/sound/music galore! Instead of having one large quest to solve, there are a number of quests, some of which span books, some specific to certain character types, etc. Lots of replay value.

Needless to say this is highly recommended by me.

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Worst idea ever!
02-28-2011, 05:04 PM
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I'm enjoying this so far. I have not experienced any crashing, flashing or other weirdness that were experienced by users of the earliest iPad versions. It is hard to read the item categories (due to font size) when you are browsing stuff at a merchant; not a huge deal, but hopefully that will get corrected in an updated.

The only thing that I'm not happy about is the change in the way some explorations work. In the original version (the book), you had a choice when you were exploring Yellowport between exploring the city by day or by night, and what sector of the city you would be exploring. In the app, it triggers a random event that determines what time and where you explore. It takes away from the player character's freedom of action which is the hallmark of the Fabled Lands series.

On to the positive - This looks _really_ good. The images and sounds chosen for each step of your journey are all excellent. In a way, I'm reminded somewhat of old graphic text adventure hybrids (Brits might remember The Pawn and Guild of Thieves) but the images in FL are much more frequent and coupled with sound. Although a gamebook, you really forget you are playing that style of game because of all the visual and sonic content.

I'd post more, but I'd really like to play some more.

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