Judge Dredd: Countdown Sector 106 is finally unleashed into the world! You can now download it from the App Store here…
Was it really just over a year ago that Tin Man Neil and Richard Ford pitched a Judge Dredd gamebook to Jason Kingsley, CEO of Rebellion? A month or two later, the contracts were signed and Nick Robinson and German Ponce were brought on to the team to write and illustrate respectively. Richard had worked with both of them on the Judge Dredd role-playing game for Mongoose Publishing and it was important that we built up a team that not only had worked together, but also knew the 2000 AD universe inside out. Sadly Richard had to drop out shortly afterwards as he went and signed himself up for an amazing three-book deal with Headline for an epic fantasy trilogy. He’s just currently finished his initial draft for the first book and we wish him the very best with it and hope to have him back into Tin Man action in the future!
In November, both Neil and Ben did a presentation at GCAP 2011 in Melbourne called ‘Building the Brand’ (video here), where they formally announced the deal with Rebellion for a Judge Dredd gamebook. Nick Robinson then took over the reins and worked for a number of months writing the bulk of the interactive story. While the story was excellent, we felt that we needed a few design changes to our usual GA fantasy books, so the decision was made to modify encounters involving shootouts. This added increased the workload (and development time) for Ben, Nick and Neil, but ultimately it was a good move as it not only broadens our combat options in future Gamebook Adventures titles, but also speeds up gameplay in Dredd, adding in options for the player so that they can choose how they deal with shootout encounters. Do you choose to try and take down all of your enemies in one go, or just one at a time, risking getting shot by the remaining perps?
Creating Judge Dredd: Countdown Sector 106 has been a mammoth effort and easily our most intensive gamebook to date. Lots of very talented people have put in a lot of hours, so we just want to thank Nick Robinson, German Ponce, Dan Maxwell, Bubba Zebill, Adrian Watkins, Ariel Magnes, Clint Langley, Kevin Powe, Cameron Rogers, all of our testers and Rebellion for giving us the chance to bring this to life.
We’re very proud of this one and hope you’ll enjoy it too!
INTERNET COVERAGE (this list will be updated daily)
PocketGamer Review – “Funny, rewarding, and pleasantly violent, Judge Dredd: Countdown Sector 106 replaces the rattle of gunfire with the rattle of dice, and it just works.” – 8 out of 10! PocketGamer Silver Award!
Gamezebo Review – “With their latest release, Tin Man Games have proven that they can handle existing characters just as well as they do heroes of their own creation. Do yourself a favor – quit reading my words and start reading theirs.” – 4.5 out of 5 stars!
Wired Review – “With a new Judge Dredd movie coming out in little more than a month, this Gamebook really fired me up and got me in the mood. (I even told my kids “I am the law” at bedtime.) And, because each time you read the book it has the potential for a different storyline and ending, Judge Dredd: Countdown Sector 106 is a steal at $4.99 in the iTunes store.”
148 Apps Review – “It all makes for a game that’s tough to criticize. As an adventure game book, Judge Dredd: Countdown Sector 106 succeeds very well and I suspect Judge Dredd fans will adore it all the more.” – 4 out of 5 stars!
Starburst Magazine Review – “By Grud, its good.” – 8 out of 10!
Proven Gamer Review – “Judge Dredd: Countdown Sector 106 was a very interesting experience. Its fusion of a choose-your-own-adventure style and a dice-based combat system delivers something fresh, not just for iPad, but for games in general.” – 5 out of 5!
iFanzine Review – “The game is gorgeous and the artwork on certain pages is done in the same style as the 2000 AD comic, so longtime fans will most definitely enjoy this.” – 3 out of 5
2000 AD Covers Uncovered Review -”Tin Man Games have done an admirable job of bringing Dredd and his colourful world to life, I genuinely hope that this is the first of many adventures.”
Tap Sauce Review – “It all adds up to a tremendously fun app and perhaps the best showcase for the Gamebook Adventures series yet, as well as a setting we can only hope they revisit sometime soon.” Final Verdict: A-
Touch Arcade Review – “Tin Man’s gamebook system is as top-drawer as ever, with everything you love from their Fantasy titles, plus art in the distinctive 2000AD style.” – 3 out of 5
The Best Game Apps Review – “Overall, Judge Dredd: Countdown Sector 106 is a splendid game book for the iOS. With a solid story, excellent visuals and a decent price for such a large project ($4.99), Judge Dredd: Countdown Sector 106 is a true page-turner of a tale.” – 5 out of 5!
Gamesaku Review – (Indonesian) 3 out of 5
App Freak Review – “This is a licensed property that shines with the gamebook format. It’s no surprise that masters of the genre Tin Man Games came up with such a polished product — I took this for granted — and I found the character and story very fitting to the game style.”
App Spy Video Review – (iPhone version) 3 out of 5
Cranky Gamers UK Review – “Not only does it utilise the fun of the choose your own adventure books of yesteryear but to combine it with the deep and chaotic universe of Dredd along with gritty one-liners and an apt ambient soundtrack is a stroke of pure genius and immediately had me asking why no-one else had done something like this on the iPad, an ideal medium, before.”
Mobile Phone Blog Review – “While the action-packed story is the primary reason you should be buying Countdown Sector 106, it’s also an incredibly well put-together app, with universal support for the iPhone and iPad, Game Center achievements, and a superb comic book style with some great artwork and music too.”
Metro (free London magazine for commuters) Review – 3 out of 5
Pixel Perfect Gaming Review – “Tin Man Games should be commended for a job well done. The atmosphere and story mimic the Judge Dredd comic book universe. Plus, the trademark slang, gangs, and Mega-City One locations are all present and accounted for. No self-respecting Judge Dredd fan should be without this game. If there ever was a time to get excited about an interactive game book (especially with the new Judge Dredd movie on the horizon), Judge Dredd Sector 106 is that game.” - 5 out of 5!
- Combined scores from a range of review sites
Previews and Press Release Articles:
Touch Arcade Preview – “But if you’ve been a fan of Tin Man Games’ previous Gamebook Adventure stories, or are looking forward to the hefty list of projects that they have in the works including the Fighting Fantasy series, then chances are pretty good that you’ll dig this Judge Dredd gamebook as well.”
ECBT 2000 AD Preview – “You want a bottom line on this? Readers of this site will doubtless be aware of Dredd super-fan John Burdis who runs the cellar of Dredd blog. He’s played it. He liked it. Thats the gaming equivalent of getting a beer recommendation from Oliver Reed.”
Gamezebo Preview – “the latest and possibly greatest Gamebook Adventure”
Player Attack Article- “the interactive story putting you comfortably into the shiny boots of one of the world’s greatest enforcers.”
Cool Shite on the Tube Article – “2012 – A Dredd Full Year”
Pocket Gamer Article – “Choose your own Dredd-venture”
NoHighScores Article – “Written by a long-time 2000a.d. fan this looks to tick all the boxes for a quality experience.”