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Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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I remember reading Caverns of the Snow Witch as a kid. It was a spooky affair for the wimpy child that I was. Revolving around the tale of an evil snow witch out to bring about a new ice age somehow resonated with suburbanite me for reasons that make no sense whatsoever. Such fond memories continued while playing Tin Man Games’s adaptation of Fighting Fantasy: Caverns of the Snow Witch, proving to be a highly enjoyable adventure game, as usual.
It’s a similar process to before. You start out choosing from a few different difficulty modes, from much harder than the original to a cheat mode that’s the iOS equivalent of keeping a finger in the book so you can backtrack easily. Then you roll a few virtual dice to figure out how strong, skillful, and lucky you’re going to be. Then the adventure begins and the decisions you make start playing pivotal roles in what happens next.
Despite the name, seeking out the Snow Witch is actually only part of the story and Fighting Fantasy: Caverns of the Snow Witch feels suitably lengthy due to that. Some twists and turns are sure to keep you hooked, too. It’s not an easy game to master either, with plenty of pitfalls in your way. It’s enjoyable though, with slightly more of a focus on uncovering new areas to explore than merely fighting it out. Old hands will particularly enjoy the extra hard mode, proving much more of a challenge than even the original book.
Fans of the original will also appreciate that they can switch the visuals to a 1980s style gamebook appearance, away from the more stylish modern looks that Tin Man Games offers. It ensures that Fighting Fantasy: Caverns of the Snow Witch really is the best of both worlds. It’s nostalgic yet offers features that we all wished we had back in the day, like fast dice. That’s a great combination that easily continues Tin Man Games’s reign as a fine purveyor of classic adventure game books.