Fighting Fantasy is a series of dice-based role-playing gamebooks created by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. The games take place in a fantasy world named Titan, and span 59 books, the first of which is The Warklock of Firetop Mountain.
Big Blue Bubble, known for mostly for their mobile phone games, are adapting this first book into a first-person DS RPG. The game will be published by Aspyr and it looks fantastic for a DS game, judging by the screenshots. There also seems to be a focus on customization and character development as in most western RPGs. From the press release:
Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain follows a lone adventurer on his travels through the old Dwarven keep within Firetop Mountain. Now the residence of an evil warlock and hordes of foul creatures, the keep is a mysterious and dangerous place from which no one has returned in many years. As players guide the adventurer through the many passageways and dungeons, they develop the character’s abilities and attributes to suit their play style. Enemies will fall before the player’s brute strength with sword and axe, power of the arcane arts, nimble quickness or custom combinations of skills. A wealth of weaponry, armor, potions and enchantments are equipped through an intuitive drag-and-drop inventory system while helpful (or not-so-helpful) NPCs provide guidance, quests, trade goods and skill training.
The game looks to be a real time RPG as oposed to turn-based, which is a nice change from all the turn-based games already on DS (and I personally have a great love for anything that’s in realti me first-person on the system). Hopefully more developers try out games like these in the future.
Fighting Fantasy will be in stores this holiday season, and we’ll definitely be keeping an eye on it until then. In the meantime, you can check out more screenshots and some awesome concept art for the game here.