Laughing Jackal is back with another Fighting Fantasy game called Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Montain. Fighting Fantasy is unlike any other game requiring a lot of reading, imagination and patience but it also offers hours of entertainment once you get the wheel going.
Fighting Fantasy TWOFM puts you in the middle of the story as it always references the player. There is not much of a back story except that you set out on a quest and take routes, which takes you to dungeons or pathways. You start out with the most basic skills and weapons but you can upgrade as the game goes on.
Fighting Fantasy requires a lot of reading but offers you a choice at the end of each page. It’s set up like a dungeons and dragons board game where for each choice you must turn to a specific page. During gameplay you will have the options to fight, run away or turn around and go back. The combat is based on skill points and stamina as well as luck which are your 3 main attributes. When you are in battle you will roll the dice and the one with the highest number will do damage. For example if your skills are 10 you roll a 5 and a 2 the total will be 17. If the enemy has a skill point of 7 but rolls a 6 and a 5 the total will be 18 and you will receive 2 damage and vice versa.
In order to run away you must also roll the dice and if the number is higher than your Stamina you will lose. You will then have the option to roll again and lose stamina or fight. However some events will not allow you to run away if you lose.
As you progress through the story you will meet all sorts of creatures and some of those creatures you will be given a chance to interact. Some you will also challenge to a wager where you win or lose gold.
The soundtrack couldn’t be any better. Although there is only one music track it matches the atmosphere of the game. When killing an enemy sometimes you will hear a loud screech which sends shiver down your spine. You can actually imagine yourself killing that Troll or Ogre when you hear that sound effect. There aren’t that any sound effects like a full game but the ones available sound incredible.
Fighting Fantasy looks more like a game suited for the PSP but it also looks good while playing on a big screen on the PS3. The text is very clear and easy to read and there is some great art like a drawing of a dragon or a shadow warrior holding the head of a defeated enemy. Any other graphics of course is all based on your imagination but just like a book, Fighting Fantasy does a great job at providing details of the location and enemies alike.
Fighting Fantasy will run you between 6 – 10 hours to beat but can drag on for longer depending on your reading speed and strategy. The only replace value there is, is playing the game over again and choosing different scenarios. There is no multiplayer or anything else to do once you beaten the game.
If you love the first Fighting Fantasy and are crazy for games like Dungeons and Dragons, where you create your own adventure then Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Montain is your type of game. The only problem I see is that there is no multiplayer of any kind for a game that would be perfect for 2 players or more. However at $4.99 it isn’t a bad title to check out if you’re looking for something different.
Total Score: 76/100