This past April we gave you a heads up that Big Blue Bubble's licensing agreement for the Fighting Fantasy series of interactive gamebooks would be expiring at some point soon, so it would probably be best to pick up the ones that interested you while you still could.

Well, today we finally got confirmation of the actual date the licensing expires: August 14th. That means we're putting the call out again, so if there's a Fighting Fantasy gamebook on iOS that you want you have just under a week to grab it. Here's a rundown of the title from our previous post:

Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, $2.99 - Deep in the caverns beneath Firetop Mountain lies an untold wealth of treasure, guarded by a powerful Warlock – or so the rumor goes. Several adventurers like yourself have set off for Firetop Mountain in search of the Warlocks hoard. None has ever returned. Do you dare follow them?

Fighting Fantasy: Deathtrap Dungeon, $2.99 - Deep in the caverns beneath Firetop Mountain lies an untold wealth of treasure, guarded by a powerful Warlock – or so the rumor goes. Several adventurers like yourself have set off for Firetop Mountain in search of the Warlocks hoard. None has ever returned. Do you dare follow them?

Fighting Fantasy: Citadel of Chaos, $2.99 - The Citadel holds a dark and dangerous peril for anyone foolhardy enough to venture through its gruesome gates. And yet venture you must for your mission lies at the heart of the Citadel, with the dread sorcerer, Balthus Dire!

City of Thieves, $2.99 - Terror stalks the night as Zanbar Bone and his bloodthirsty Moon Dogs hold the prosperous town of Silverton to ransom. YOU are an adventurer and the merchants of Silverton turn to you in their hour of need.

Fighting Fantasy: Creature of Havoc, $2.99 - You begin this adventure not knowing where you are or who you are. All you know is that you are some kind of creature of instinct, understanding little. During the course of the adventure, it may be possible for you to begin to control your bestial nature, to find out more about yourself, and even to learn your destiny. But even if you know all this, success is by no means certain, for the traps and terrors of Trolltooth Pass are many ... Are you ready — to become the Creature of Havoc?

As we've said before, it doesn't matter which order you play any of these in so just grab whichever one sounds the most interesting to you and start there.


In related gamebook news, the new owners of the Fighting Fantasy license Tin Man Games have put their entire library of Gamebook Adventures apps on sale, as they are known to do from time to time. They've just recently released their first title as part of their new licensing deal, something we talked with them about in late May, called Judge Dredd: Countdown Sector 106 [$5.99].

We've got a review of Judge Dredd brewing but in the meantime check out their large selection of Gamebook Adventures which you can temporarily snag on the cheap. Here's the rundown of all of them along with their App Store description summaries:

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?"

Gamebook Adventures 4: Revenant Rising, $5.99 - "The mighty city of Falavia, the military backbone of Orlandes, is under attack from an army lead by a man claiming to be a God. How did this come to pass you ask yourself? You're sure it all started as some innocent adventure in search of treasure but somehow it turned into a nightmare. Also, why are people staring at you strangely? It’s not as if you look like you've recently been brought back from the dead or something. Oh yes, that's right. You remember now... "

Gamebook Adventures 5: Catacombs of the Undercity, $5.99 - "Captured by one of Orlandes City’s most infamous brotherhoods, the Red Hand Guild, you are thrown to the mercy of the subterranean world deep beneath the streets of the great capital. Wading through the sewers and other dark menacing places, your goal is to reach Undercity, the City beneath the City! Only there can you find the help you need to escape this underground horror and bring down the dark brotherhood from within."

Gamebook Adventures 6: The Wizard from Tarnath Tor, $5.99 - "Two hundred years ago, the legendary City of Tarnath Tor was destroyed as it’s defenders, the mighty wizards valiantly tried to repel an orcun horde. Now just a place set within stories and myths, it has been lost to the outside world. A chance encounter with one who claims to be a time traveller sends you on a mission to recover some magical artifacts. This search will lead you to great ruins and the dark forces who have made it their home. Who is this wizard from Tarnath Tor and how can you trust him?"

Gamebook Adventures 7: Temple of the Spider God, $5.99 - "Cesaro Cortez, a famed explorer-conquistador, set out three years ago on his last great expedition. His ships never returned to an Orlandrian port and he was feared lost until a mysterious cargo appeared recently in Miramar. The nature of this cargo will put Orlandes in jeopardy, sending you on an epic journey to find Cortez, save the country and face your darkest fear!"

Gamebook Adventures: Infinite Universe, $5.99 - "In the fourth millennium, the Mandellian Empire of the Tau Ceti system is at war with the rebel army known as DWORF. And lucky you have been chosen for a dangerous solo mission to kill or capture the rebel leader, through mind-bending loops of time and space. But wait a minute. Just who are you anyway? And how did you even get here? Such secrets you must uncover if you are to unlock your destiny…"

  • Flare_TM

    Some of the writing in the Tinamn gamebook series is outstanding, really enjoying it and have bought every one of them so I can't recommend them enough.

    If you don't believe me grab the free version of 1: An Assassin in Orlandes, you won't be disappointed.

    The music also adds a lot to the atmosphere while reading too and the choices you make really contribute to some compelling reading!

    • Greyskull

      I don't think I've read through a FF Gamebook before, but the coinciding sales had me thinking about how the writing would compare.

      I have an old Gamebook in my closet ( I forget the title) which I bought when I was 11 or 12 years old. That was probably the target audience, maybe slightly older, for the original pen an paper gamebooks. I have to assume that the new titles (gamebook adventures, judge dread, etc) published by Tinman are aimed at a very different demographic: people like me, between the ages of 30 and 40, who have fond memories of the older paperbacks. As such, I don't think it's much of a stretch to assume that the newer books, which are written with original material, are aimed at a more mature audience and aren't as restricted by vocabulary level, etc. then the old FF series.

  • Faeryan

    Never been a big fan of game books (except the paperback ones when I was little) but EA's Cause of Death really got me into them.
    Gotta remember to get these.

  • oooooomonkey

    I have all the fighting fantasy apps and all the tin man games books.
    Love the choose your own adventure books/apps, I can't get enough of them.
    If tin man released physical copy's of their apps I'd buy them too.

    • Flare_TM

       "Tin Man Games will be bringing Blood of the Zombies to iOS and Android as a simultaneous release with the print title in August." ;)

  • http://twitter.com/drelbs drelbs

    Also note that Tin Man now has the FF license, and will be publishing them - not sure how long it'll be before these five books get reprinted, though.

    Nothing wrong with the BBB versions, except that combat moves a little slow due to the animations.

  • Juuicetin

    I was hoping GA: Infinite Universe would have been on sale because it is the only one I don't own. I have been waiting because the writing style just wasn't doing it for me during the first chapter and I don't think I will enjoy it as much.

  • brittspace

    When gone from the App Store will they stick around on the Purchased page or are they lost if I remove them from my device?

  • Greyskull

    If Tinman will be acquiring the licenses to the FF series, I would recommend holding off until they are released so you don't lose access to them in the event you have a hard drive meltdown, iTunes screwup, etc.

    Unless you're pressed for storage space. The BBB game books are considerably smaller in file size; 15-20 mb compared with 70+ for the Gamebook adventures series. That being said, having played to Gamebook lite editions and purchasing another, they are very well designed apps, and have gorgeous full screen illustrations, maps, etc.

    • UnleashthePower

      Tin Man is going to rerelease the FF apps on the app store?

      • Greyskull

        Well, the article states that they will be acquiring the FF licenses, so I can only assume so.

      • venasque

        They will release them however we shouldn't assume they will re-release what is already out their. There are plenty of other titles they can start with.

        Wish someone would do the Lone Wolf series with a save file crossover.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hallowe.chrich Hallowe Chrich

    Hi u think they will go off a bit with the price the last day(s) ?? :)