It’s time to return to Ian Livingstone’s Forest of Doom!

Tin Man Games’ third Fighting Fantasy digital gamebook app, The Forest of Doom, arrives on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad today, following a recent Android release on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore for Android.

Smart phone and tablet users can now take part in one of the classic gamebook experiences that introduced a whole generation to fantasy role-playing games back in 1983! Proudly displaying an animated version of Iain McCaig’s iconic cover of the Shape Changer, the app allows readers to risk the unknown perils of Darkwood Forest with a desperate quest against time to find the missing pieces of the legendary Hammer of Stonebridge.

Ian Livingstone, co-creator of the Fighting Fantasy series and author of The Forest of Doom, said: “For those people coming back to Darkwood Forest after a 30 year absence, I hope the experience is as enjoyable as it was the first time around. The forest has certainly been brought to life in this brilliantly executed digital version by Tin Man Games.”

Fans will also be able to read Ian’s historical notes on the thinking behind the concept of The Forest of Doom and the naming of its principal character, the grand wizard Yaztromo. He continues: “For those of you entering Darkwood Forest for the first time – good luck! Might I suggest you are nice to Yaztromo. He’s my friend.”

Tin Man Games has taken the classic Fighting Fantasy solo adventure and transformed it into an interactive digital experience, using their critically acclaimed gamebook engine. With animated page-turning, dynamic links, an automated adventure sheet to show changing stats and display magical treasures, the reader can also roll physics-based 3D dice to bravely battle the creatures found within Darkwood Forest.

The Forest of Doom app makes good use of the latest smart phone and tablet hardware, using the increased screen space of tablets to read horizontally or vertically. A retro mode has been included for nostalgic Fighting Fantasy fans, which displays Malcolm Barter’s classic black and white illustrations, while those readers who want full colour can see those same images beautifully rendered by John-Paul Bove, notable colourist in recent Transformers comics.

Darkwood Forest is a tricky place to find your way around, so a new game engine feature is the addition of a map that auto-updates as you travel from location to location. Neil Rennison, creative director for Tin Man Games, said: “We listened to the fans who wanted more mapping within the Fighting Fantasy apps and we felt that it was a perfect addition to The Forest of Doom. Looking to the future, we plan to make more of this feature for upcoming FF titles.”

Fighting Fantasy: The Forest of Doom  is now available to download from the iOS App Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore for Android. It costs $5.99 USD/£3.99/ 5,49 €.

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  1. I experience multiple crashes. 🙁
    iOS 5.1.1 on iPad 1

  2. We’re really sorry about that and are currently looking into this!

  3. Hi,

    It’s more stable now after a full shutdown of the device.

    I found a bug with the gallery, as the sitting dwarf illustration at #340 is not added to the gallery, so the “find all illustrations” success cannot be awarded.

  4. Hey Inny,

    Glad to hear it is working better for you now! I will look into the art gallery bug right away.


  5. Excellent conversion of a much loved book, thank you 🙂 I would also like to confirm that the dwarf illustration doesn’t get added to the gallery for me either and this is on my android phone.

  6. I don’t know if it’s specific to this book since I only played this one and the first two GA series, but I really love the “new” fighting mechanics, where both sides throw their dice simultaneously. It’s much more thrilling, and makes “cheating” the dice much more hazardous! :p

  7. I came back to #340 and the illustration has been added to the gallery. Good job. 🙂
    Waiting forward to your next release.