Remember the “Choose your own adventure” books of yesteryear? With multiple endings and a sense of interactive entertainment in their every page, such books kept me reading for hours. Fast forward several years to the interactive game eBooks found on the iOS platform. From comics to novels, these apps include minigames and different choices throughout to keep the story different for every user. Along these lines is a new app from Tin Man Games: Judge Dredd: Countdown Sector 106. Based in the popular Judge Dredd comic book world, this app allows gamers and readers alike to police the streets of Mega-City One with Judge Dredd.
I really enjoyed the Gamebook Adventure Engine’s RPG mechanics used in Judge Dredd: Countdown Sector 106. Basically, battles and other confrontations are solved through this system, using dice rolls and character stats. In true RPG form, these confrontations play out nicely through the game, with nail biting battles against criminals using a attack-defend set of dice rolls. It’s a fairly easy system to learn and your characters stats will make a big difference, so be sure to spend time leveling him up at every opportunity.
Visuals in Judge Dredd: Countdown Sector 106 are impressive. With illustrations by several different Judge Dredd artists, the overall graphic style is great, true to the Dredd tradition. There aren’t visuals on every page; instead, they are placed at pivotal moments in the game book. Such comic graphics may then be viewed at a later time through the gallery in the Achievements section.
Overall, Judge Dredd: Countdown Sector 106 is a splendid game book for the iOS. With a solid story, excellent visuals and a decent price for such a large project ($4.99), Judge Dredd: Countdown Sector 106 is a true page-turner of a tale. Comic book fans and interactive game book fans alike will find this app to be a truly fun on the iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone with iOS 4.0 or later. With multiple difficulty levels, solid story by Nick Robinson, and a comfortable eBook-style interface, Judge Dredd: Countdown Sector 106 offers something for comic fans everywhere!