Tin Man Games has got a new version of the classic gamebook The Warlock of Firetop Mountain coming out next week, so I thought this was a pretty good time to look at some of the company’s other games and decide which three are the best.
Yeah, that’s right, it’s time for one of those articles where I make subjective choices about games in order to get you riled up and shouting at me in the comments. Alas though, it never really works.
Anyway, if you’re just starting your Tin Man journey, these three games are the ones you should be starting with. And if you click on their emboldened names you’ll be taken to the App Store where you can download them. Awwwwww yeah.
This is the only game on the list that ties back to the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks with which Tin Man made its digital name. And it’s a step up from the more standard swords-and-sorcery experience.
You’re a superhero who’s trying to save the world. And stay alive. And do a bunch of other stuff as well. And the whole game is presented a lot like a comic, which makes it far more exciting to look at.
Bright and bold and with an intriguing story, if you’ve ever thought gamebooks were a bit stuffy, then this is an amazing place to start your adventures.
Away from the Fighting Fantasy license, Tin Man has made some other excellent games as well, and this is one of the finest.
Set in the grim darkness of GW’s Warhammer 40K universe, it casts you as a Terminator stomping through a series of dimly lit corridors that are filled with all sorts of awful alien terrors.
If you’re a fan of 40K then it’s a must buy, and if you’re not there’s an overblown sci-fi story here that should keep you entertained whether you know the lore or not.
It was hard to pick a third game to add to the list, but Choices stands out as Tin Man trying to do something different. It’s a subscription-based gamebook where the story keeps on going, and you change its outcome.
There are two narratives in the app now, both dealing with weird phenomena and all manner of other interesting sci-fi and steampunk concepts.
If you find the standard gamebook a little bit too rigid, then you’re probably going to enjoy what Choices has to offer. And the first chapter of both of the stories is free, so you can try without buying.