Digitally Downloaded loves Tin Man Games. And I mean loves. Tin Man Games is responsible for game after game that we soak up eagerly and continuously until their next game arrives. They are featured in Matt’s upcoming book, Game Art. The small Indie developer from Australia is most known for their gamebooks and with good reason: the choose-your-own-adventure format harks back to simpler times when humans relied on – GASP! – actual paper books for entertainment.
While perhaps best known for their Gamebook Adventure series (we particularly enjoyed Gamebook Adventures 8: Curse of the Assassin), Tin Man Games and its founder/creative director Neil Rennison has many more games to their credit, including the amazingly funny Ryan North’s To Be Or Not To Be and Fighting Fantasy: Island of the Lizard King which brings the original hit game to the iPad.
Recently, Tin Man Games has announced something amazing. Spectacular. Not only is it a new title, it is the first in a trilogy. And as icing on the cake, it’s based on Warhammer 40k. The trilogy is titled Legacy of Dorn, and is written by the infamous Jonathan Green (if you’ve played a good gamebook, he likely wrote it) and contains all great familiar things: Orks, Tyranids, Dark Eldar, Necrons, and more. The first title in the series is Herald of Oblivion.
Normally in gamebooks by Tin Man Games contain RPG elements (Ryan North’s being one notable exception). Herald of Oblivion also contains RPG elements, but replaces the traditional dice combat with a first-person turn-based combat system. While this marks a departure from the status quo, it sounds exciting and refreshing. The combat simulator is holographic, which quite honestly looks all sorts of awesome for sheer nostalgic purposes. Combat itself can be done from afar or from a closer distance. The Xenos Archive tracks all of the creatures you have destroyed.
Legacy of Doom: Herald of Oblivion will be released toward the end of September on iOS and Android, and later this year on PC, Mac, and Linux. We promise you’ll be hearing more from us about the game and the trilogy in the near future!
– Lindsay M.