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.
Hidden gem! It's the only RPG game on the DS that is first-person with nice graphics, smooth (have not seen any lag while playing the game), with a great gameplay you would expect coming from a fantasy-type RPG game. It's almost 2 decades now and I still enjoy this masterpiece, props to the devs for making it playable on a machine with only 4mb of RAM!
Remarkable masterpiece!!! Far better than any Elders' Scrolls game, with captivating story, witty dialogues and very creative character progression. How can you make the world so filled with details, so rich, with so many beautiful surroundings like birds, water flowing or forests, and yet it runs on a console with 4 Mb of Ram. That's insane.
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.
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.
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.
This game is really underrated, and a good example of how reviews don't always tell the whole story. The number of positive user reviews says it all.
The graphics are actually quite nice with a lot of cool and detailed environments, and although it looks a lot like an ancient PC game, it seems impressive for the DS. There is next to no story, but that didn't bother me. Gameplay was solid, although it could be a little deeper. My main problem is that it's just too short; you could probably conquer it in a single day if you really worked at it. Don't expect to get dozens of hours out of this one.
I don't think the comparisons to Elder Scrolls are accurate, but it is an old school first person action RPG and it's worth checking out if you're into that kind of thing. It's not perfect, but I had a great time and was addicted for the short time that it lasted. I think a lot of people wrote it off right away without giving it a fair chance, because it does come across as kind of low budget. Stick with it though, you'll come to like it.
SummaryFighting 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...