GameSpot: Fighting Fantasy First Impressions

Fighting Fantasy was a popular role-playing gamebook series in the '80s--selling more than 14 million copies worldwide--that might be compared to the Choose Your Adventure novels except you used dice that would determine your character's stats, as well as the outcome of battle. Created by Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson, cofounders of Games Workshop, the books are described as a single-player fantasy game, set in the world of Titan in which you take on the role of a brave adventurer. As with many other hobbies that experienced a decline in popularity thanks to video games, Fighting Fantasy is hoping to make a return. Instead of using your imagination and rolling dice, developer Big Blue Bubble is bringing the gamebook experience to the Nintendo DS with Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain.

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