Author and developer Andrew G. Schneider has released an enhanced desktop version of his interactive fiction game Nocked! True Tales of Robin Hood, which originally saw life as an iOS-only text adventure in 2017.
Primarily a text-based experience, Nocked! is still something of a lavish production featuring more than 300 pieces of original, hand drawn art by illustrator Amanda Spaid and over 400,000 words (editor’s note: The Pulse was about 150,000 and it almost killed me, so this is impressive).
The game also features an hour of medieval-inspired music by composer Ivan Oberholster; and this new version features a new recording by Bellowhead frontman Jon Boden.
Like many interactive fiction titles, Nocked! True Tales of Robin Hood began life as a simple Twine game. That is, until Unmapped Path (co-founded by Twine’s own Chris Klimas) took up the challenge of working their magic on the game to develop both the iOS and desktop versions.
The peasants of Nottingham bow under the weight of Prince John’s taxes; nobles fall to the Sheriff’s political machinations; deserters from the Crusades pillage the land; and fairies lure the unwary into the depths of mist-shrouded Sherwood Forest, never to be seen again.
Step into the chaos of a magical England at the end of the Third Crusade.
Maid Marian hides breathless amidst the brambles after the sack of her father’s castle; Little John charges a bodyweight in gold to cross a lonely log; and Will Scarlet holds court in a brokedown tower surrounded by trees as tall as the sky, waiting for a king who will never come.
The time is ripe, a spark is lit – from the ashes of your home, from the shadow of anonymity, step into legend.
You are Robin Hood.
Nocked! True Tales of Robin Hood is available for desktop now on Steam.