If you are a comic book fan and a gamebook fan, then Appointment With F.E.A.R. is right up your alley. This classic gamebook written by Steve Jackson is Tin Man Games’ latest outing and adapts for the iOS the mechanics of a classic gamebook with an interesting new twist.
Appointment With F.E.A.R. parodies many familiar comic book heroes, villains and locales. As the main hero of Titan City, your job is to keep the city safe from an assorted lot of evildoers and thugs. Mainly, however, your mission is to prevent the meeting of F.E.A.R., a powerful organization of baddies, from taking place. Without much clues and only three days to do it, the challenge is to do the superhero stuff and be a detective at the same time. Oh, and as in typical super hero stories, your superhero identiy is a secret and you are a meek newspaper reporter by day (Clark Kent? Peter Parker?) with a mean boss.
I grew up on X-Men comics and used to spend my allowance just to buy trading cards and the latest issues of the biggest storyline at the time: Age of Apocalypse. While comic book collecting was all the rage when I was a kid, the culture slowly died out as the years wore on and comic books began to gather dust.
Around two years ago, I tried reviving the habit. Now that proved to be quite expensive, and it was simply head spinning to keep track of older storylines. Most of these older comics were in book form and that took out some of the thrill of poring over each page – I was always anxious not to wear out the spine in order to preserve the books for years to come.