Version Reviewed: 1.02
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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I think we’re all about ready to accept that Tin Man Games does a fantastic job of converting the Fighting Fantasy adventure game books to the mobile gaming format. Hardly ever missing a beat, each title has been pretty special and highly enjoyable for both fans and newcomers alike. In which case, it’s quite a brave step to change the format around. That’s precisely what’s happened with their latest release, Appointment With F.E.A.R., which dispenses with the traditional look.
This time around, and somewhat appropriately given the superhero subject matter, the entire layout of Appointment With F.E.A.R. is much like a comic book. Using both the fonts and style of a comic book, each segment of the story leaps onto the screen much like a speech bubble, alongside images of the action going on. It’s a cool looking aesthetic and feels much more dynamic than the usual book based interface of past Tin Man Games titles.
Perhaps more significantly, long gone are the dice we’re all used to virtually throwing in order to win in combat. Instead, Appointment With F.E.A.R. does everything in the background, leaving you to make decisions such as how strong a blow to try to inflict. It feels a little detached compared to before, but it does make the action feel more fast-paced.
As is only right when undertaking the role of a superhero, there’s a fair amount of choice when it comes to customization too, allowing you to come up with your own unique name, as well as pick a super power to be your calling card.
Talking of cards, Appointment With F.E.A.R. adds replayabilty through the chance to collect trading cards along the way and they’re similarly attractively detailed. Each playthrough feels suitably different too, with some of that thanks to being able to collect clues to solve crimes, adding a more varied take on things.
Despite the potential for darkness, Appointment With F.E.A.R. isn’t a Christopher Nolan-esque take on comic books, staying distinctly camp in nature. It ties-in well with the colorful nature of the art style and proves to be an all round delight for anyone who adores interactive storytelling.