YOU are Titan City's resident superhero in this interactive graphic novel! Fight crime and solve clues to discover FEAR's fiendish plot!
User reviews: Mixed (51 reviews) - 66% of the 51 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 26, 2014

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"An interactive comic book, with an impactful decision to make on every page. Recommended for fans of choice and consequence elements."

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“There are loving references to real comics everywhere, the tone of the story is just right, and the presentation is stylish and energetic.”
4.5/5 – TouchArcade

“A bright, bold, and rather brilliant gamebook, Appointment with FEAR is a step in an interesting new direction.”
9/10 – Pocket Gamer

“It’s very, very replayable; you’ll get through your first game quickly and then find yourself diving in again straight away.”
9/10 – Starburst Magazine

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Feature List

  • Customize your character and costume!
  • Choose your gender for a fully customizable super hero!
  • Different super powers to choose from which give unique styles of play!
  • Awesome comic book stylized presentation! A graphic novel which you control!
  • Solve crimes by discovering clues and using your high-tech Crimewatch.
  • Over thirty supervillains to fight! Beat Tiger Cat, Chainsaw Bronski and more!

Appointment With FEAR has been created using Tin Man Games’ enhanced Gamebook Adventures Engine featuring:

  • Dyslexic friendly font support, to aid readers with dyslexia.
  • Hidden achievements to find throughout the gamebook.
  • Narrative-based combat! Watch the battle unfold as combatants trade quips!
  • FEAR cards, including special rare cards. Collect them all!
  • Advanced Checkpoint system easily allows you to jump to previously visited locations!
  • Specially composed soundtrack and sound effects.

About This Game

As Titan City’s courageous and incorruptible champion of law and order, use your super powers to protect its innocent citizens from the danger and deviousness of a host of super-villains bent on taking over the world!

Travel back to the 1980s as a superpowered defender of justice in this all-new edition of Steve Jackson's Appointment With FEAR! This dynamic edition is stylized as an interactive graphic novel. Your choices guide you towards new villains, super dilemmas, and ultimately, the Titanium Cyborg himself!

Your mission is to discover the location of the top-secret FEAR meeting, capture the Titanium Cyborg and his cohorts and bring them to justice.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: 2 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with dedicated memory
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 7/8
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with 1GB memory
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS 10.7.5+
    • Processor: 2 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with dedicated memory
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS 10.8
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with 1GB memory
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
    • Processor: 2 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with dedicated memory
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with 1GB memory
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
As with most Tin Man games Fighting Fantasy book adaptations, this one is very faithful to the original gamebook. With it's tongue planted firmly in it's cheek (ala 1960's Batman) you play a hero trying to track down the evil mastermind behind F.E.A.R. while meeting people who are nothing at all like Marvel and DC characters along the way.

Good, kitchy fun.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
I was looking for a less linear story. Different missions are given, however, only one path won't end in game over. Short and not very funny dialogue. Didn't really relate to my character (or any character), which is sad because that's what I look for when I'm customizing my own character. The art is good and so is the music, but not worth $10 or the time I spent trying to guess that perfect sequence of events that the game wanted me to follow so that I could end the game.
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42 of 49 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 28, 2014

This game has nothing to do with the horror/semi-action series F.E.A.R., it's an adaptation of an old Steve Jackson book. Got that?! Everyone ok with that? Good, moving on. This game is awesome!

Steve Jackson's CYOA books have a strong positive reputation, so I won't focus this on the base material. I'll focus my commentry on the adaptation. Tin Man Games have stayed faithful to the original material, focusing on using the format of the VN to enhance the experience. Sound and music stings, strong colour illustrations, the whole adventure has a nice oldschool sense of fun, and there's a lot of new content here. They've done a lot more than just transcribe the book.

My two main notes to caution people: this is an old school Choose Your Own Adventure book. Tin Man have done a good job of enabling replays and turning back to a prior page is very simple, but inspite of this, you're still going to want to play through things a few times to really understand how to tackle things.

Also, the comedy on occasion is a little blatant. I laughed at the fact that our 'civilian clothes' are a Clark Kent hat and glasses.... over our superhero costume. ;) Still, the compulsary random names is something that might irritate people.

However, Appointment with FEAR was still a ton of fun. I'm now replaying it, come in and join me! Titan City needs its defenders
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
Now that visual novels are quickly becoming the next big thing on Steam it’s getting harder to find out which ones are worth the money and time, and which ones aren’t. Appointment With FEAR might not reinvent the genre but it does its best to give you a unique experience nevertheless.

I can be very short about Appointment With FEAR. It’s a challenging, but fun interactive graphic novel where you make important choices and battle enemies, graphic novel-style. In other words, you fight crime, to the best of your abilities. And while you’re doing all of this you also have to find out where the evil organization FEAR is having its next secret meeting. The thing is, you only have three days to find out. Oh dear.
The game starts with you selecting a gender and, after that, your abilities/superpowers. Then it will show you an avatar that you may use as your character. If you don’t like it you can switch between several other designs and once you’ve made your final choice you can then select a primary and secondary color for your costume and after that a totally random and wacky name (that probably doesn’t come anywhere close to what you had in mind).
Once the game begins you’re given choices about what you want to do and where you want to go. So you can go to work and on the way there stop a thief or get to a seemingly more important situation. Your CrimeWatch will also frequently give you updates about situations and villains.
Some situations will help you find clues that you can later use to try and solve other situations; getting a note from a person on the street might help you prevent an assassination on the president later on, for example. All you have to do then is select the appropriate clue from the list and the game will give you new options to work with. If you never received the note then he might be assassinated. This is just one of the many situations the game throws at you. In fact, there are so many choices that you never really know if it’s the right one until a few hours into the game, after you played a few more games. Yes, your first game might not last as long as you think. That’s partially thanks to the fact that it’s game over if you didn’t find out where the secret meeting is located within the given ‘time’ limit (there’s no timer, but obviously doing activities progresses your day).
Each of the superpowers has you finding different clues so you can’t just make the same choices each and every time you play with a different character. These superpowers also impact the fights with villains and other enemies; some might become harder, others easier. Fights are turn-based and you can select an easy, medium and hard attack, with the latter one having a bigger chance to miss (but of course it does more damage if the hit connects). If any of the stamina stats is depleted then the battle is over. So far, the battles haven’t been much of a problem and they’re usually rather easy.
Solving crimes and problems will help you earn hero points. These will show up once the game is over and if you earned more than 15 points you’ll earn a free FEAR card. If you fail to solve a problem a predefined number will be subtracted from your total score. Let’s back up for a bit. ‘FEAR cards ?’, I hear you saying. Yup, there are collectible cards to be earned just by playing. Beat an enemy or properly solve a problem and it might earn you a card. There are quite a few cards to be collected and these range from common to very rare. By finding and collecting clues you can try to increase the percentage of getting a better card. Each clue will increase this number by a few percent. It’s a time consuming activity and it will take you probably tens of hours before you have the complete set. The problem is, you’ll probably have lost interest after 5-10 hours of playing. There just isn’t enough gameplay to keep you occupied for longer than that.

The presentation of Appointment With FEAR is more than solid. It has a comic book vibe (with lots of unused space on the sides, unfortunately) with some cool animated effects, even though the use of effects is kept to a minimum. The characters and drawings are done very well, but some of the civilians’ faces could’ve used a little more work in my opinion. Some of them are just plain ugly.
Clicking the mouse will move the screen down in comic-book-style-fashion, which looks cool and is absolutely something you would expect to see in a game about being a superhero.
Unfortunately the music is quite repetitive and the sound effects are also kept to a minimum so that department could also have benefited from some extra work and polish. There’s no voice acting, by the way.

Length-wise a game will last you roughly thirty minutes max I think. But it’s fun to just fool around with the choices to see what happens. However, should you decide to try and complete the game it will probably take you at least 5 hours before you’re done with the first character. After that you can try out the other characters and even though the clues are then found in other places many of the other events will play out the exact same way as your other character. So, like I said, it will probably be fun for 5-10 hours. Others might enjoy it more, of course, and some might enjoy it less. It’s hard to say really.

Appointment With FEAR is a cool game with quite a bit of replay value. I have to say that I expected a more straightforward game here so I can say that I was, once more, pleasantly surprised. It’s a game about making choices so if you’re looking for an action packed game you will have to continue your search. But, if you liked what you just read and/or if you’re intrigued (even if it’s a little bit) then this is definitely something you have to check out. Recommended !

[Rating: 78/100]
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29 of 38 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
edited for clarity ...

I own a lot of FF books, loved them since I was a kid. As soon as I saw this on Steam, I threw money at it. Was I disappointed? Yes.
The graphics are really nice, well-done comic style that really fits the theme of the game. The name generator and much of the text is anywhere between amusing and downright hilarious. Gameplay is set over the course of several days, giving you a chance to stop (or ignore) different crimes, explore different locations, and make a lot of decisions about where to go next.
So what's the problem?
It is too faithful to the unforgiving nature of the original books - specifically, those books where you had to collect certain items ('do you have a <statue, etc>?') and / or paragraph numbers to go with them, meaning that if you took one misstep, you would end up failing. The better amongst the original gamebooks didn't use that system, and gave you more chance of being able to complete it without having to follow an absolute sequence. Yes, there is a rewind feature ... but that made it feel a bit more hopeless to me. You have to pick the exact right way through, otherwise, you get to sit through that same damnable ending of the bad guys win, city is destroyed, you fail. Along the way, you will find lots of clues that you're supposed to match to various locations; I've played through maybe 3 or 4 times, and managed to match one or two clues, total. Frustrating. I keep thinking, yeah, I want to beat this ... but every time I go back to play, I think about how frustrating it is, knowing that if I don't follow that golden path, none of my choices are going to mean anything, and I am going to see that same ending again. Also, stopping crimes / capturing bad guys nets you Hero Points (for use with the in-game collectible card system) ... if you fail the adventure, said points are generally wiped out by the loss you take for failing the main objective.
Maybe I was more flexible as a kid, and the books were harder than I remember, but I can only think of one out of the dozens I played through that gave me anything like this much trouble (Starship Traveller)

tl;dr: might be worth it for the nostalgia and the fun of the first couple of playthroughs, but can get very frustrating, and feel very shallow.
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