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  • Summary: Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain is an elaborate roleplaying game based on the legendary book series by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. The ancient Dwarven Keep at Firetop Mountain has been held by the sinister warlock Zagor for decades. Many have tried to plunder theFighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain is an elaborate roleplaying game based on the legendary book series by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. The ancient Dwarven Keep at Firetop Mountain has been held by the sinister warlock Zagor for decades. Many have tried to plunder the fabled riches hidden deep within the mountain, and none have returned. Only the evil scourge of the warlock and his minions stand in the way of your prize. [Aspyr Media] Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 10
  2. Negative: 6 out of 10
  1. RPG fans should make it a point to play this sleeper gem. While certainly not perfect, it's quite good and I think it's safe to say it's one of the best RPGs on the platform to date.
  2. Fans of Dark Spire and other old-school dungeon crawlers will find solace, but most gamers will likely quit a few hours in.
  3. Taken as a whole, Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain certainly has a lot going for it. Unfortunately, unclear mechanics, uneven difficulty, uncomfortable controls, and some serious glitches and hiccups do a lot of damage to the overall experience.
  4. 40
    The seven to fifteen hours required for completing Fighting Fantasy will be a by-and-large frustrating experience.
  5. Nintendo Power
    40
    It's no fun facing monsters that are suddenly too tough to kill. [Dec 2009, p.89]
  6. The old school charm quickly wears off and gives way to a game that simply does not want you to have fun. It's absolutely tragic, because I was just starting to really get into it before the game basically slammed the door in my face and said "f..k off." So I fu..ed off.
  7. 16
    The DS game doesn't capture any of the magic inherent in Fighting Fantasy's formula. Instead of an adventure packed with mystery and excitement, the series' first videogame provides a dull story and frustrating controls in a generic dungeon crawl wrapper. It's a shame, because I remember enjoying the "Choose Your Own Adventure" style so much as a kid, and I bet that formula could make for a great game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. MikeT
    Dec 3, 2009
    10
    One of the best RPG games on pocket platform and by far the best 3D RPG. My DS was collecting the dust for 6 months until I got this game. One of the best RPG games on pocket platform and by far the best 3D RPG. My DS was collecting the dust for 6 months until I got this game. Highly recommended! Expand
  2. ZoranK
    Nov 23, 2009
    10
    I just passed through few rooms. Game is fantastic. I can't believe they pulled off something like this on DS. Hopefully they bring this I just passed through few rooms. Game is fantastic. I can't believe they pulled off something like this on DS. Hopefully they bring this game to next gen. Expand
  3. timmyisme22
    Dec 1, 2009
    9
    A worthwhile play. Short, yet entertaining throughout the whole game. Controls were much better than quite a few games currently out there, A worthwhile play. Short, yet entertaining throughout the whole game. Controls were much better than quite a few games currently out there, but could always use some tuning. Story is fine and opponents, while troublesome when stumbling into instant death, are rare enough that you won't have trouble avoiding that area until you're stronger! If nothing else, just reload the auto-save and leave the room immediately; I've done that without a hitch. All in all, it's a good game. Short as I had stated, yet quite sweet. Expand
  4. BobbyDavro
    Nov 26, 2009
    9
    This game is great. The graphics are stunning, controls are up there with the best the DS has to offer in the FPS field and if you are an This game is great. The graphics are stunning, controls are up there with the best the DS has to offer in the FPS field and if you are an FPSRPG fan, this is for you. The DS equivalent to Elder Scrolls! Expand
  5. PepitoH
    Dec 2, 2009
    9
    Yeah the game is hard, but it's the closest thing to an Oblivion DS you're going to find, and that is a goooood thing.
  6. Aug 29, 2016
    9
    This is the only real-time first-person dungeon-crawler for the Nintendo DS and oh how great it is.

    This game is hard. Like the old-school
    This is the only real-time first-person dungeon-crawler for the Nintendo DS and oh how great it is.

    This game is hard. Like the old-school RPGs.

    But it's still great fun, because even though you die a lot, you can simply respawn in the same room, with a chance for easier enemies, or the ability to escape.

    You don't even need to grind much

    The game feels like the older Elder Scrolls games, but if you liked Oblivion and Skyrim and want such a game for the DS, then this is your best bet.

    The graphics are amazing, for the DS, everything except for the NPC-s are in 3D and the rooms are detailed.

    The lack of any music doesn't disturb me, since there are still ambient sounds and other SFX.

    The controls, while not the best, are still not a reason to not like this game

    I don't see why this game received so much negative reviews, since I still to this day (2016) often play the game, while I have a capable gaming PC with Skyrim and all the other stuff on it.
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  7. retrox40
    Dec 8, 2009
    7
    It's a shame there are only two "professional" reviews out for this game, and both of them are rife with inaccurate information. The 1UP It's a shame there are only two "professional" reviews out for this game, and both of them are rife with inaccurate information. The 1UP review in particular is almost criminal. I was shaking my head throughout the entirety of it, wondering if the reviewer had actually played the game for more than 15 or 20 minutes. While certainly nothing groundbreaking, this game is a breath of fresh RPG air for the platform. Anyone who enjoys old-school western-style RPG gaming should give this one a go. Expand

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#14 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
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#44 Most Shared DS Game of 2009