[Beyond PlayStation] The Warlock of Firetop Mountain: Goblin Scourge Edition Review
The Warlock of Firetop Mountain by Tin Man Games is a board game RPG style take on a choose your own adventure classic! Learn more in our The Warlock of Firetop Mountain: Goblin Scourge Edition Review!
Have you ever wished you could play a tabletop roleplaying campaign whenever and wherever you wanted, but don’t want to deal with the hassle that comes with setting up characters, the story and, most importantly, scheduling things with a group of friends? Well, you aren’t the only one, and that’s exactly why Choose Your Own Adventure books and games used to be a big hit many years ago. The Warlock of Firetop Mountain comes to fill that gap that many still have and hit many others in their nostalgia bones.
The Warlock of Firetop Mountain is a beautiful video game adaptation of a “choose your own adventure” book classic of the same title that released back in 1982, adding a new take on the original formula. The story is fairly simple and straightforward. As the title suggests, there’s a mountain, and there’s a warlock. There are also several spells to learn, items to collect, battles to complete and fantastical races all over the place, but what will YOU do in this adventure?
That’s basically the charm of a “choose your own adventure” – it may be a pre-set story, but there are so many variables and possibilities you can play any way you want to. The tabletop aesthetic doesn’t end there though, as Tin Man Games has decided to drive that even further by making the game a true tabletop game with set pieces, figurines, dices, and grid-based movement to really make you feel like you are playing an RPG campaign not shying away from the fact that fantasy is part of this particular sub-genre’s charm.
You go through the game and act on choices depending on the character you pick, thus affecting the options available to you. Every character has slightly different stats and abilities unique to them, changing how their journey through Firetop Mountain will be, so when you combine that with the hundreds of choices you can make you can imagine how there’s a ton of replay value. There’s also the fact that you can play this game at home and then immediately pick up where you left off as you play on the go on Portable or Tabletop mode.
While the game is certainly nostalgic and has a very classic feeling to it, it’s still a videogame, and some of the elements from a book don’t translate as well. First, while it can be a hassle to make a character, sometimes making one yourself is part of the big charm of tabletop games, so that can be a downside to some people. Another thing is that as pretty as the tabletop and figurines aspect is, you can’t really appreciate them properly, even in docked mode. The controls are also not the best as they sometimes respond weirdly to your inputs, so I recommend using the touchscreen for a better time.
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!
This The Warlock of Firetop Mountain: Goblin Scourge Edition review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Tin Man Games.