Okay, no bears, but February certainly feels like we’ve woken from hibernation, with new releases and news coming out of our ears!
Our tenth fantasy Gamebook Adventures title and our second visit to the vast continent of Rema is now available to buy on Google Play, iTunes and the Amazon App Store! We last visited Rema in our third gamebook, Slaves of Rema, which was released back in 2010, written by Gaetano Abbondanza. Our Reman writing artisan returns for the sequel and is joined once again by Brewin’ on editing duties and this time with Josh Wright creating some of his best artwork yet for Tin Man Games.
Your return to Rema takes you further to the east, to the City-State of Callae, renowned throughout the world as a city of great learning. Your final destination is the Emirates of Akbir, ruled by a sick Emir who has remained neutral to Orlandes’ political leanings over the years. His successor threatens to send that relationship into turmoil. You must secretly enter a harsh desert world of political power struggles and strange magics to ensure a stable future for both Rema and Orlandes!
We’ve already received some cracking reviews for the book with Pocket Gamer giving the book a Silver Award and 8 out of 10 stars! They also had this to say: “Sultans of Rema is a solid, entertaining romp, with the odd dice roll and deadly choice thrown in for good measure. If you like your fantasy of the swash-buckling variety, and your games of the pen-and-paper ilk, then you’re probably going to get along very well with Tin Man’s latest.” Jennifer Allen over at 148 Apps also reviewed the gamebook highly saying: “Gamebook Adventures 9: Sultans of Rema proves to be a simple recommendation to make to those who enjoy well-written interactive fiction.”
Just this week also saw the release on Google Play of Matt Youngmark’s Zombocalypse Now. We’re really chuffed to be working with Matt on the appification of his Chooseomatic series and this is the first release of what we hope will be many more! We’ve added a funky soundtrack with sound effects and Matt has created some brand new artwork exclusively for the app version. We’ll have more info about this comedic apocalyptic adventure on the blog in the next week or so, once it hits iTunes and Amazon.
They don’t want your body, THEY WANT YOUR BRAINS. You’re a stuffed bunny and it’s the end of the world!!
Work is progressing at pace on Steve Jackson’s Appointment with F.E.A.R. and Starship Traveller. Regular blog readers will know that we’re doing things a little differently with both of these classic 80s gamebooks, bringing them up to date a bit with brand new artwork and presentation. This has meant that we’re taking a little longer in development, but the wait will certainly be worth it as both are looking really great. Our new look engine is getting its first outing with F.E.A.R. and that means lots of re-writing as we break up the narrative so that the delivery is more in keeping with a comic-book format. It’s going to be an exciting new way of reading interactive fiction and so far we think it’s pretty special!
While we’re in a Fighting Fantasy mood too, the results are in from our recent survey! We’re not going to announce these, or the winner, until the end of the month, but one thing we can say is that it has helped us choose four new potential FF titles that we will be adding to our development schedule for 2014/15. Talks are underway with Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson to finalise exactly which four they are and we’ll announce those in due course!
Hot on the heels of our new FF titles, we’re also hard at work on Sagas of Fire*Wolf (renamed from the original Sagas of the Demonspawn) from gamebook legend, Herbie Brennan. As we’ve previously announced, we’re releasing all four gamebooks that make up this classic mini-series in one app. This means you’ll be able to adventure through the complete saga from start to finish with no break in the action, taking your stats from one book to the next. The first drafts of new artwork from Simon Lissaman also arrived last week and they look stunning. As with our FF apps, you’ll be able to access the older artwork by classic fantasy illustrators, Geoff Taylor and John Blanche, as part of a retro mode.
Development is also well under way on the app version of Ryan North’s smash-hit kickstarter funded gamebook, To Be or Not To Be! We’ve just received an incredible set of narrative audio files that we’ll be using in the app to aurally bring it life. This will be our second digital gamebook to feature audio (the first being Trial of the Clone) – or audiogamebook as we like to call it.
Finally we’re also finishing up on our first two Gamebook Adventures Collected 1 and 2 apps. These apps collect together GA1-3 and GA4-6, costing slightly less than if you bought the three gamebooks individually. These will be available on Android, iOS and Desktop.
We can confirm that we will be exhibiting at PAX East in Boston and PAX Australia in Melbourne this year!