Joe Dever's Lone Wolf Review
- Attempts to shake up some of the more lacklustre elements of the gamebook genre.
- The animated art and orchestral score make for an immersive experience.
- The quick time events are a pain.
- Health is too easily lost, and checkpointing is harsh.
Though gamebook fans will appreciate the attempt to inject some life into the genre, Lone Wolf's ambitious but undercooked combat system proves more of an obstruction than an asset.
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Gamebooks may be a niche market, but it is amazing how many people have fond memories of them. Relying on people's nostalgia for the '80s has worked for many gamebook publishers, and now Joe Dever, author of the infamous Lone Wolf series has thrown his hat into the fray with a new four part saga. With the release of Steve Jackson's excellent Sorcery! earlier this year, however, Lone Wolf has its work cut out for it. It's an interesting take on the genre, but one which creates as many problems as it solves.
You start your adventure by picking your character's traits and abilities Every time there is a choice to be made in the story, a seal will appear, taking you to a separate page where three optins await you. Usually, one or two of these choices will be greyed out. The choices available will depend on which attributes you selected for your character. Do you approach problems with caution, or are you the kick-down-the-door type? Do you have psychic powers, or enhanced strength? All roads lead to Rome, as they say, and there is no wrong answer.
The character sheet is available at all times, allowing you to access your inventory, journal, and skills. These screens are cluttered and a little obtuse, so we spent as little time in menus as possible.
Beyond the storytelling and decision making, the actual meat of the game is the combat. Like Sorcery!, Lone Wolf does its best to make combat more interesting than rolling a few animated dice. Unlike Sorcery!, though, the Lone Wolf team has attempted to integrate a full 3D combat system into the game, featuring magic, melee, ranged, attacks. Potions are also available to you to heal your wounds or boost your stamina. Stamina recharges over time, but is also crucial for parrying and negating incoming attacks.
Most attacks are linked to a quick time event that either has you tapping in time to onscreen prompts, swiping in a particular direction, or mashing the screen to build up energy. While most of the systems work, these QTEs demand a lot of precision. As any fault will instantly negate your attack or defence, combat quickly becomes a pain. And, since combat how you spend most of your time outside of the narrative, the irritation you feel begins to sour the experience.
Those who love their gamebooks or enjoy a good fantasy yarn will likely be able to look past the combat issues, and will enjoy the story on its own terms. Everyone else will probably find the annoying quick time event a deal breaker.
Description"Half gamebook and half action RPG, Joe Dever's Lone Wolf is one adventure that fans of either genre will enjoy from start to finish" – PocketGamer.co.uk
"Lone Wolf has got my attention and I definitely want to see more" – TouchArcade
"Lone Wolf […] is highly exceptional and unique" – 148apps
IMPORTANT: This game is fully translated into English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. It is compatible with iPad 2 and up, iPhone 4S and up and iPod touch 5th generation.
ACT I - Blood On The Snow
“You are Lone Wolf - the last of the Kai Lords and sole survivor of a massacre that destroyed your elite warrior order...”
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Lone Wolf is back, as a video game and with a brand-new story, a new combat system, stunning graphics and much more!
The world-famous author Joe Dever has teamed up with Forge Reply and Atlantyca Entertainment to create a new adventure starring the legendary Kai Lord: a new gamebook experience for long-time enthusiasts and new fans alike.
THE VIDEO GAME WHERE YOU ARE THE HERO
Open the magic tome and enter the fabled world of Magnamund: create your character and customize him with peculiar traits and special powers, the powerful Kai Disciplines.
Make your way through the story and make choices based on your attitude but be careful: they can lead you to your final victory... or your death.
When things get tough, you’re going to roll no dice: feel the real thrill of the fight, mastering lethal weapons and techniques. Swords, maces and axes: define your style equipping a shield or dual-wielding them.
Do you need to gain the edge over your enemies? Unleash the power of the Kai Disciplines, such as Mindblast, Animal Kinship, Sixth Sense or Camouflage...
...And it’s not over yet: the mighty Sommerswerd, also known as the Sword of the Sun, is at your disposal to defeat even the strongest among the merciless servants of the Darklords.
THE RETURN OF THE WOLF
Back in the 80s, Joe Dever gives birth to Lone Wolf’s saga. Many contemporary gamers discovered their passion for fantasy fiction and roleplaying thanks to these gamebooks, the nonlinear books where “you are the hero”.
Whether you are a veteran member of the Kai Order, or a new member of the pack, Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf will engage you with an epic story, compelling combat, deep character customization and great replayability!
Download Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf now and play the 1st Act “Blood on the Snow”. Liberate the frontier village of Rockstarn and uncover the evil schemes of the Darklords of Helgedad!
For Sommerlund and the Kai!
•A brand-new adventure written by Joe Dever!
•Enhanced gamebook experience through stunning 3D graphics, with a deep and dark redesign of Lone Wolf, his world and his enemies
•Create your character and try out different combinations of Kai Disciplines, traits and gear
•Write your own story through multiple choices
•A real combat system, where your prowess really counts –no random number table or dice to throw!
•The legendary Sword of the Sun, with its own special attacks
•A real medieval tome with hand-drawn illustrations
•Lockpicking mechanics to add an extra layer of skill and strategy
•Play again, make different choices and explore new paths and fighting styles!
What's New in Version 1.0.3- We have worked hard to improve the game according to the community's rich feedback. Thanks for your passion and support!
- Combat sessions have been made easier, more varied and more playable.
- Now, the final boss can't defeat Lone Wolf in the very first turn of the fight.
- Potions can now be drunk from the inventory in-between fights.
- Kai Power now regenerates during the fight and Endurance does it faster.
- Quick Time Events and gestures are easier to perform.
- The "page flip" suggestion is now given less frequently and its sound effect has been deactivated.
- Many bugs and text typos have been fixed.