Wednesday, 1 August 2012
Judge Dredd Digital Gamebook Hits iOS
Posted by Scott Malthouse
Judge Dredd, the legendary Mega-City One lawman from the pages of 2000 AD, bursts onto iPads and iPhones today as Tin Man Games announces the release of Judge Dredd: Countdown Sector 106.
Using The Gamebook Adventures Engine, Countdown Sector 106 is an interactive story where the reader plays Judge Dredd himself, having the ability to choose the direction of the narrative by making decisions on each page.
Sector 106 of Mega-City One is short of senior Street Judges and only the most experienced Judges have been reassigned to fill this shortfall…foremost among them yourself, Dredd! What begins as a routine patrol arresting juves and skysurfers turns into a race against time, as mysterious ‘Voices of Dredd’ find their way into the hands of the local perps. Riding your Lawmaster bike and armed with your trusty Lawgiver, you must pit yourself against Sector 106′s brutal criminal underworld. Quick Dredd! The countdown has begun…
As well as having the ability to choose the story path, the reader must also use a realistic dice-based battle system to defeat the many perps of of Sector 106. Neil Rennison, Creative Director for Tin Man Games said: “We’ve kept the traditional melee turn-based battle system and skill rolls from our fantasy series, but also designed a faster and more intensive system for dealing with shootouts. As Dredd you get to choose the difficulty of the encounter, which makes the rolls easier or harder depending on your Lawgiver skills. Do you choose to try and take down all of your enemies in one go, or just one at a time, risking getting shot by the remaining perps?”
Judge Dredd: Countdown Sector 106 includes all of the features that have become standard in the Gamebook Adventures series such as bookmarking, which act as save points, and an inventory system to keep track of skill stats and information picked up during the patrol. Along with collecting artwork and achievements, readers can now also acquire ‘perp rap sheets’, containing mugshots and background information on the arrested individuals.
Basing an app on Judge Dredd is Tin Man Games’ first foray into licensed gamebooks, and the Tin Men worked closely with some of the team that contributed to the recent tabletop role-playing game. Writer, Nick Robinson said: “As a fan for thirty years of all things 2000 AD, I wanted to try and create a gamebook where those new to the world of Dredd and old hands alike would both find an enjoyable story that reflected life in Mega-City One.”
Neil followed up: “This is certainly the year for Dredd, with the movie coming out soon as well as it being 2000 AD’s 35th Anniversary. We are very excited to be part of the 2000 AD universe and believe that we have created an awesome interactive adventure.”
Judge Dredd: Countdown Sector 106 is available now to download from the App Store.