Are Gamebooks Still Played Today?
The popularity of visually-appealing single-player RPGs and MMORPGS may certainly have an edge over table-top role playing games and gamebooks, but the latter still holds an old-w orld charm to it. You may find many people searching for such unique choose your own adventure books at the Strand Bookstore or other stores that sell old books.
However, game designers like Steve Jackson have revived the long-dead genre by launching adventure gamebooks like Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain on the Apple iPod Touch and the iPhone. There are more games to be released. The recent game, Fantasy Citadel, is exclusively released for the iPhone and is available on the iTunes store. The iPhone versions do not require any dice or character creation sheets, all special features and built-in. Players will have to use the iPhone’s accelerometer to roll a three-dimensional dice. This really makes the gamebook quite interesting to play.
The Return to Atlantis gamebook of the Choose Your Own Adventure Series is available at the iTunes website. Released by Magnetism Studios exclusively for the iPhone, the gamebook app has nice hand-drawn illustrations that give the same look and feel as
There are also online versions of Fighting Fantasy gamebooks. There’s a site called ffproject.com, which hosts fan-written Fighting Fantasy books. The online version has everything, including a virtual dice, a character creation sheet and other features.
While choose your own adventure books aren’t popular, they do have a sizeable fan following, which certainly has encouraged game designers to revive the gamebook genre to play on modern gadgets.