Interactive fiction on the App Store has definitely surprised me not only with how well it works on the family of iDevices, but how much I've enjoyed the titles I've read. In the past we've posted a large roundup of the three big series including Gamebook Adventures, Fighting Fantasy, and Sorcery!. More recently we've covered the Choice of Adventure series which are much more similar to R. A. Montgomery's Choose Your Own Adventure books that were incredibly popular in the past.

Book 3 of the Gamebook Adventures series was just released, and both of the previous books also were updated to fully support the Retina Display of the new iPod touch and iPhone 4. In addition, in celebration of the new addition to the series all of the books have been put on sale. Reading the books in order isn't required to enjoy them, but you might as well start at the beginning because they're all worth checking out if interactive fiction is your cup of tea.

Gamebook Adventures 1: An Assassin in Orlandes, $5.99 Set within Orlandes City, nobles are being systematically murdered by a ruthless assassin no-one seems able to catch. Finding yourself thrust in the middle of a large conspiracy, you must make decisions that may put yourself and one other most precious to you in great danger. Can you locate the Assassin in Orlandes before it is too late?

Gamebook Adventures 2: The Siege of the Necromancer, $5.99 Set in the coastal town of Myr, you have returned home after a long Summer in the mines of Durath Tor to find your hometown besieged by strange creatures. A dark presence has taken over the town and you are the only one who can rid the stronghold of Erid Buul, the mysterious new Lord and his ghastly cohorts.

Gamebook Adventures 3: Slaves of Rema, $5.99 Cruelly taken from your homeland of Orlandes, you find yourself in a far off land at the mercy of a gladiatorial arena. Somehow trying to find a way to escape overseas, can you also unravel a potentially dangerous mystery that puts two nations on the brink of war?

  • drelbs

    Best gamebook engine/implementations on the iPhone, and original stories to boot.

    If you like gamebooks, grab these while they're on sale!

  • Jensen

    Will the iPad upgrades to these be free for existing customers or will it be an entirely new app to purchase? Definitely want these buy would prefer reading them on my iPad and don't want to have to pay twice.

    • Jase

      That is what the developer has stated, that the free universal update for iPad users will be coming soon. That being said, I'm playing Slaves of Rema on the iPad, and there is absolutely no reason to wait for an update. The art work is perfect, and the text, although it will be improved, is perfectly readable, no problem at all. Guys, look at the original art work in the screen shots in the App store and tell me that a dice-based, RPG-style Gamebook is not worth a sale price of $2.99? Get all 3 for $9 on sale, they are of the highest quality.

  • quijanoth

    Bought the first one this weekend...yep...just like a Fighting Fantasy book. Which is a good thing. I share Jensen's concerns about upgrades (supra), however. I'm not buying the same book twice.

    • http://www.tinmangames.com.au TheTinMan

      Hi there. Just to clarify, our gamebooks will be Universal so you won't need to buy twice!

  • cubul

    Yup, these are the best gamebooks in the appstore. I loved the first 2 and can't wait to play the 3rd one. Highly recommended.

    I remember reading on some other forum that the developer said that the ipad version will be a universal app so you don't have to pay more.

  • Jensen

    ok, I got an answer directly from the developer via email: "Thanks for contacting us. The iPad app will be Universal so if you own the iPhone version then you also own the iPad version!"

    Good news! :)

  • Bobby

    These are awesome. I bought and played one last night, and then immediately bought the other two.

    I was a huge Choose Your Own Adventure fan as a kid back in the 80s, though my favorites were the Dungeons and Dragons CYOA-like books. I still have a few of my favorite of the D&D ones - "Mountain of Mirrors" for example.

    I remember a friend showing me a Fighting Fantasy book once and they looked cool too. I never really got into them though; they seemed like more work. Having an iPhone to do the paperwork for me is very cool.

    Definitely an easy sell. :)