"The Pool of Blood" achievement - I'm sure everybody's found this already by now but...
1) Escape from the room where the sacrifice is taking place down the corridor to the side while the worshipers are preoccupied. You'll need the pentacle or a successful Luck roll depending on the options you choose in this room. Recommend the pentacle as you need a low luck score for the achievement. The pentacle can be found inside a book in the study. 2) Try door on left. 3) Fling door open. 4) Defeat the GREAT DANE. 5) You wish to escape: Test your Luck. For the achievement you must be Unlucky. 6) Slip in the pool of blood.
This one took me forever to unlock - you need 4 art pieces for this achievement, and there's no clues indicating where to look for them. Once you find them you can see an alternative cover by Dan Maxwell.
The rooms where these can be found are:
1) Azazel Room. 2) The Study. 3) The room below the Drawing Room. 4) The er...place where they keep the Great Danes.
S P O I L E R
1) Check inside the cupboards. 2) Open the Book on Hypnotism and resist the power of the eye. 3) Look for a weapon to use. 4) Defeat all 3 Great Danes.
I played this app yesterday. It took me all day! It was every bit as fiendish as I remember the book being. Incredibly atmospheric. What I'd forgotten from playing this book as a brat was just how much of it there is, and how little you actually need to visit to win through. In fact the final solution is fairly simple, but the exploration of the house is frequently thrilling, and usually fatal. The new colourised illustrations are great, as usual, although I was disappointed still to have had three to find in spite of getting the achievement for visiting every location in the house. I found all the canvas piece to get see the alternative cover though, something I failed to do in the Forest of Doom app, and it was quite worth it.
A little bit of metadata creeps in to the gameplay, though. Avoiding spoilers, you don't have to find the relevant information to be given the option of the correct password in the text of a particular location. If ever there were a time where the player should have been asked to type something in, that would have been it. Instead options are given, and one of them is one that should not have even occurred to the player without having spoken to a certain somebody. This actually allows the player to cut out a short section of the game completely.
Anyhow, another fantastic conversion of a classic, but often frustrating, gamebook. Perhaps one of the first in the Fighting Fantasy series to involve so many deaths for deviating from a route. Don't be surprised if you've just fought and won a battle, elated to have cheated death once again, only to be killed without mercy or options in the following paragraph. Like all my favourite gamebooks, this one allows much entertaining exploration away from the 'true path', allowing for a non-linear adventure.
I like the version of Android of House of Hell because it is extremely loyal to the original. My eyes can only wait to see the outstanding event that it would be the publishing in Android version of the incredibly amazing Fighting Fantasy book Crypt of the Sorcerer, with no change at all, but with an easy probability of winning! That would be an awesome achievement by Tin Man! Is he capable of doing that kind of magik?