Fighting Fantasy Legends reshuffles the gamebooks

Three of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone’s Fighting Fantasy gamebooks collide and smoosh together with a card game in Fighting Fantasy Legends [official site], released today. If you’re old enough that you already know Warlock of Firetop Mountain, City of Thieves, and Citadel of Chaos back-to-front and smashed through Firetop’s video game adaptation by Tin Man Games, hey, here’s some of your childhood reworked in another way. Made by Talisman converters Nomad Games, Fighting Fantasy Legends is a roguelikelikey take on the books with a deck of cards throwing up surprises. Look:

All of RPS’s resident dads cocked an eyebrow at today’s launch of Fighting Fantasy Legends but were too busy in their sheds doing whatever it is they do, so instead you get me writing this. I’d describe myself as a lad with trace elements of dad, in that I have fallen asleep on pub toilet floors but I do also own a toolkit. I like to think this lets me act as an outside ambassador reaching across the dad/lab binary. In this context, it means that I borrowed my cousin’s Deathtrap Dungeon but I only ever flicked through it because I don’t like dice or numbers.

If you’re more a dad than a lad like me, you may be delighted to hear that Fighting Fantasy Legends has combat dice you can level up. Levelling dice! Surely a dad favourite. What else makes this different from the books? Nomad Games explain:

“Each location has a shuffled deck of cards which includes fiendish creatures, powerful objects and dramatic events. You must build up your collection of powerful treasures and level-up your dice to have any chance of surviving the dangerous streets of Port Blacksand, the murky depths of Firetop Mountain or the looming shadows of The Citadel.”

Final Fantasy Legends is out for Windows and Mac on Steam. A 10% launch discount brings it to £6.29/8,99€/$8.99 for the next week. It’s on pocket telephones too, items I understand dads lust after mightily.

9 Comments

  1. chuckieegg says:

    Ah, O’Seamus the Leprechaun from Citadel Of Chaos.
    *Eyes mist up*
    *Stares into distance*

    *Bus crashes. No survivors*

  2. Kefren says:

    I once wrote my own adventure set in Port Blacksand. :-)
    link to karldrinkwater.uk

  3. RuySan says:

    City of thieves is my favourite ff book, but this doesn’t fill me with confidence. Instead of the amazing gritty artwork of the books we have mobile shovelware graphics…

    • chuckieegg says:

      It is a good book, up until the journey to Bone’s tower, where you get given a skill 11 creature to fight without any way around it, or bonus for beating it. The early FF books always gave a solution where a skill 7 could win. But not this one.

  4. Captain Narol says:

    That really looks like a cheap mobile port, sadly.

    There is already on Steam a much better looking version of Warlock of Firetop Mountain (with a 50% discount today btw) :

    link to store.steampowered.com

  5. Ghostwise says:

    I guess I’m the target for this game, yet the trailer leaves me more dubious than a manticore attempting to play poker.

  6. Morat Gurgeh says:

    Yes. I am that old. And I’ve slept on a pub toilet floor. And I have a power drill.

    • Kaeoschassis says:

      I’m 27, I’ve only ever been in a pub twice and I think the closest I come to owning tools is “there’s a screwdriver in the house somewhere”. I own most of the Fighting Fantasy books (some the old originals, some the more recent reprints).