Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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The Hero of Kendrickstone is a particularly meaty adventure game book app, and one that is asking for multiple replays. Weighing in at an impressive 240,000 words, it isn’t a title to skim through. That alone means that it’s easily worth its $2.99 asking price.
You play a young hero, as they find their way in the world, gain employment from various dubious sources, and discover the world. There’s a main plot line involving you rescuing the city of Kendrickstone, but it’s not the only thing you can achieve here. Instead, you feel like an adventurer with plenty of options at hand. Such freedom is refreshing.
That freedom is represented via the many choices available to you, which go on to affect your statistic overview, demonstrating how compassionate you are, as well as how well liked you are amongst the community. You’re also free to choose many different options to represent your character, not being restricted to just male or female. It’s these little things that ensure you feel in charge of your own destiny.
Unlike other adventure game books, The Hero of Kendrickstone lacks any visual flourishes or true combat system, maintaining a text only interface at all times, but it’s a well written tale so you won’t mind that. At times, you end up going round in a loop, returning to the same text as before, but it doesn’t happen often. There’s a reasonable amount of variety in terms of choosing to be violent or peaceful too, enabling you to carve your way in the world.
Mostly, The Hero of Kendrickstone is just a very gripping tale. It’ll last you a long time, even if you’re a fast reader, and there are enough options to make you want to go back and try things differently.