2013
02.07

goatskullIt’s been a week since we officially announced House of Hell for iOS and Android and we’ve had amazing feedback from Fighting Fantasy fans and the wider gamebook community. Thank you to everyone that has emailed, facebooked, tweeted or left lovely reviews on the respective app stores. Your support has been really great and we all appreciate it in Tin Man Towers!

We’ve also received a great response by the online press and wanted to create a blog post that reflected all the features and reviews from the past week or so. We’ll update this as more comes in!

Reviews

Gamezebo – “All the other hallmarks of the Tin Man treatment are also to be found in House of Hell, including an atmospheric soundtrack, good use of multimedia and smooth and easy usability.” – Awesome 4 out of 5 review!

Starburst – “This is a faithful port to an electronic format, and it is also packed with features. Old fans will love the nostalgia, and those who have never played this sort of thing before are in for a treat.” – An amazing 9 out of 10 review!

PadGadget – “If you have any appreciation for choose-your-own adventure games, you’ll love this app. Fans of the original Fighting Fantasy series of books will absolutely love the iOS version.” – Lovely 4.5 out of 5 review!

Just Press Start – “A simple, yet elegant interface makes playing FF:HoH a joy. ” – “I can think of no better way to describe it.  Highly recommended!”

CNET – “In all, it has everything we could want from a Fighting Fantasy port: an authentic and smooth experience reminding us of hours spent over paperback pages, a thrilling narrative with just the right amount of fear and that feeling that something is going to leap out of the shadows at any moment. We can’t wait for the next one.”

TapSauce – “If they keep making them, we’ll keep playing them.” – Great A- review!

BoardGameGeek – “There is a lot of good points in this app in portrait orientation, the app looks great, and has no noticeable problems in its workings. The extras, like the achievements, art gallery, background material, and the retro look, are features that the developer didn’t have to do, but went that extra mile.” – A great 4 out of 5 review.

Pocket Gamer – A downbeat 7 out of 10 review. They liked it, just not as much as Blood of the Zombies.

App Spy – “Perfect adaption of the FF: House of Hell novel; retains the original feel for fans of the series.” – A mixed 4 out of 5 review.

Giant Fire Breathing Robot – “Ultimately, it’s probably no surprise that I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending that you buy House of Hell. For the price you’ll be paying, there is a lot of game to be had here. Given its availability on iOS, Android, and Nook, you really have no reason for not being able to play it, either.”

148 Apps – A luke-warm 3.5 out of 5 review.

Pixel Perfect Gaming – “House of Hell is very engaging; it manages to produce a compelling story that transcends the realm of young adult fantasy game books. It’s also a trip down memory lane for gamers who grew up reading the Fighting Fantasy paperback series. Here’s to Tin Man Games for a job well done.” – A perfect 5 out of 5 stars!

Fifty Shades of Geek – “House of Hell is a great little app. It’s probably best to think of it as an enhanced eBook as you’ll mainly be reading it, but it’s also thoroughly absorbing as a game. It’s challenging and ultimately rewarding, and the addition of the achievements aids its replay value.” – A detailed 8 out of 10 review!

Other Coverage

Mature Gamer Podcast Article – Great article and part-review from BouncyBHall!

Giant Fire Breathing Robot Article – Amusing feature by Craig Withers. It seems the original cover artowrk had quite an effect on him!

148 Apps Article

Wired Article

IGN App Store Update

MCV Pacific Article

Guardian 30 Best iOS Apps

Guardian 30 Best Android Apps

Polygon Article

VG247 Article

Pocket Gamer General Release Article

PocketGamer Android Article

Android Police Article

Droid Gamers Article

TouchMyApps 10 New App Store Games To Watch

1 comment so far

Add Your Comment
  1. It’s been a week since you officially announced, or released House of Hell, guys?

    ;)