When I grew up, my brother and I loved to read Fighting Fantasy books. If you’ve never tried one, you really must. You read them as a book but at certain points you would be given options on how to progress. You made these choices by turning to a different page in the book and then carry on reading.
When my good friend Paco sent me a link to the latest Steve Jackson game, Appointment with F.E.A.R, inspired by classic Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, I was hopping up and down with joy. I certainly haven’t been disappointed.
Set in an alternative 80s, in Titan City, you have to find the location of the uber-secret evil villain meeting with only 3 days on the clock. By finding clues, and solving crimes, you slowly piece together all that you need. Along the way you can collect F.E.A.R Cards, which are swappable with friends so you aim to collect the full set.
The game itself plays out as though you are reading a comic book. There’s a lot of reading involved, and choices are sprinkled in amongst the slowly evolving plot sections. The graphics are just amazing. Any comic book fan will be in love with them. While there’s no amazing 3D graphics or fantastic cut scene videos or animations, the game itself has such a lush feel you will soon believe you are just sat reading a bloody great comic book which has put you at the centre of the plot.
Grab it now for a couple of dollars and you won’t go wrong.