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The Warlock of Firetop Mountain comes to iPhone

By on December 3, 2009
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I shouldn’t be so excited about this.

Warlock of Firetop Mountain screenshot

The Warlock of Firetop Mountain is back.

Ian Livingstone’s seminal work is twenty-seven years old this year. It created an entire genre of books the combined RPG elements with a linear narrative and solo player.

In fact, you could say that it was the start of a journey that would lead inexorably to Lara Croft and Modern Warfare 2.

Warlock wasn’t my favourite Choose Your Own Adventure book. That accolade goes to the Forest of Doom. But it was the first. And it’s about to come out on iPhone.

I have some concerns. The joy of having your fingers marking several places so you could follow the different choices to pick the best one. The inevitability of skipping battles. The joy of finishing.

I’d love to play it again.

Now, if only I had an iPhone.

Tell me your favourite Fighting Fantasy books. If I get enough suggestions, I might even put a poll up.

About Nicholas Lovell

Nicholas is the founder of Gamesbrief, a blog dedicated to the business of games. It aims to be informative, authoritative and above all helpful to developers grappling with business strategy. He is the author of a growing list of books about making money in the games industry and other digital media, including How to Publish a Game and Design Rules for Free-to-Play Games, and Penguin-published title The Curve:
  • DianeL

    Very good idea to release those on iPhone. My favourite game books were the Sorcery! collection, it allowed you to keep the same character throughout all four books, the magic system was a lot of fun and it had a lot of “secret passages” (like adding 40 to the number of the current paragraph when someone called you by a secret code). The Grailquest series was great as well, with nice puzzles and challenges (maths puzzles, crafts challenges, drawings, etc, which made it a lot of fun to play with friends) and great British humour.

  • Tim Harrison

    Great news. The Warlock of Firetop Mountain was MY favourite, I DO have an iPhone and I too can't wait to play it again. I'm sure Ian won't mind me mentioning a conversation I had with him back in the early noughties about bringing it to Java… 'twas not, of course, to be…