Nocked! is a gamebook adventure-style interactive fiction game, with resources management. It’s wonderfully written and has incredible detail and depth. It’s a really interesting and engaging story, with optional “romances” and plenty of battle and strategic campaigns.

iPhone Screenshot 3The theme is Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest, and in an interesting and welcome twist, you can play Robin as a male or female character (and romance Maid Marian regardless of which gender you choose).

I played through twice, and had nearly an entirely different story every time. The only repeat elements were a few structures I had to build. Everything else was different. I suspect I didn’t get particularly far either (I kept dying), so there’s probably a wealth more content to discover.

This app has deservedly got amazing reviews. The dev has also written several novels, which based on the strength of this writing would definitely be worth checking out.


The only regret is that the beautiful artwork doesn’t quite get the exposure it deserves. Even on the + model iPhones, it only appears as a tiny strip.

“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.”

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