The Warlock of Firetop Mountain
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An inspired adaptation of the old Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, that’s also one of the most unique and fun roguelikes of recent years.
Firetop Mountain itself becomes a little 3D board, rather than the hulking, ominous sprawl of fond imagining.
Replayability is great if you don't mind grinding a little.
Warlock of Firetop Mountain is a unique experience that takes a single-player adventure book and translates it into a digital experience. While fun at times, this title is bogged down by delayed controls in spots and long load times.
Choose your own adventure meets D & D without the ability to keep your finger in the choice page to find out if you want to take back your move.
Charming tabletop presentation, let down by boring combat.
The Warlock of Firetop Mountain is an excellent adaptation. Like Sorcery, it never really transcends the cheesy sword-and-board adventure-fantasy of the original adventure gamebook it sources from, but that’s not really the point is it? Hell, the archetypal characters and straightforward questing are part of the charm. Tin Man’s lovingly reshaped Steve Jackson’s work into a relaxing and lightweight RPG, perfect to run once or twice in a night and hope this time you avoid all Zagor’s traps and make it to the end.
The Warlock of Firetop Mountain has clearly been a success for Tin Man Games, and perhaps the neatest thing about it is that the modular nature of the game allows Tin Man Games to build on it from here.
I would still recommend Warlock of Firetop Mountain if titles inspired by board games or adventure books is your jam, just be warned that after three or four runs (which is likely about five hours) you may not feel as compelled to steal the Warlock's treasure consecutive times.
All in all, if you are a fan of the “choose your own adventure” genre, tabletops, and the RPG and/or fantasy genres, then this is definitely a title you don't want to pass on. And if you're a fan of the book the game is based on, then you definitely have to pick this one up on Nintendo Switch!