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Gary Collinson reviews G.I. Joe #3...
"Choose Your Path! You become Duke, leader of the G.I. Joe team, as he begins his journey to become a Real American Hero! You make the life or death decisions! Or -- is Duke just being tortured horrifically at the hands of the Baroness, and this is way of dealing with it-a never-ending branching series of 'Might Have Beens?' Or. . . is it both?"
Reading the synopsis for G.I. Joe #3, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Fred Van Lente was channeling Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson's Fighting Fantasy book series with issue #3 of Idw's flagship Joe title, allowing us to "become Duke" and "choose his path." You'd also be wrong. Instead of affording the reader any influence on the story, G.I. Joe #3 takes us on a linear path through Duke's memories (specifically, the ones that made him the Joe »
- Flickering Myth
The "Fighting Fantasy" gamebook series gets an iOS spinoff in May with the adaptive narrative game "Steve Jackson's Sorcery!" from developer inkle.
"Sorcery!" is based, appropriately enough, on the "Sorcery" series of "Fighting Fantasy" books, putting the player in the role of a young explorer in search of the Crown of Kings across the Shamutanti Hills. Okay, typical boilerplate high fantasy stuff, but the interface and ambitions of "Sorcery!" are what made it worth writing about today, a book-game hybrid featuring hand-drawn assets and a branching storyline. I'd like to think it's the interactive "Choose Your Own Adventure" we dreamed about as kids.
The game fills its pages like a book being written, so your choices through the campaign are reflected as text, the combat done using inked illustrations. Developer inky is describing "Sorcery!" as "branchy" which reads to me as not being hugely divergent in its story, just »
- Charles Webb
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