Tuesday, June 5, 2012

MYSTERY OF THE ANCIENTS gamebook review by Wmpyr

review by Wmpyr

This is a fascinating book one that has been very memorable over the years for me. At first I wasn't too impressed with it, because I kept wanting this to be a Conan type story. After all the main character on the cover looks like a barbarian, but instead of being a charismatic king of all warriors, he is more like a caring brother from a humble village that is clueless to the technologies of the ancient world. You encounter a Han Solo type character who has a robot sidekick, and they were pretty cool. It seems to me that this story was influenced by science fiction classics such as Beneath the Planet of the Apes. Most of these kinds of books can be a bit too kiddy but this one seemed written for the older teen. I remember in particular some swamp mutant monster that had a ton of humanoid arms on it, dragging my brother down into the murky swamp until it became quiet. This book feels more mature than Lights on Quests Mountain which is another one set in a similar type setting, except that one has a more fantasy type story. There were some frustrating deaths, and reading this as a kid I found it to be a bit difficult, and harder to progress than Return to Brookmere. I do like the Gamma World post apocalyptic future type setting. Some people are living in tribes trying to start over, while others scavenge through the ruins for lost technologies, and let's not forget the mutants from the radiation. I have to say all in all, this book left quite a memorable impression on me.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

WAR WITH THE EVIL POWER MASTER choose your own adventure game book

WAR WITH THE EVIL POWER MASTER Game Book review by Wmpyr

It seems like this book is not too popular, but I personally enjoyed it. First of all let me point out that the author is a former consultant of the Peace Corps in Washington DC and West Africa. To me this is very interesting because I like to imagine that some of his personal experiences had to affect some of the scenes depicted in this book. Also the incredible illustrations were done by an artist who has worked for Marvel Comics and Heavy Metal magazine. In this book you are a young but able commander of the Lacoonian System Rapid Force. Your going to be running around this science fiction setting attending important meetings, flying in space ships, and infiltrating the enemy base. Once the action starts things can move very fast because large significant actions can take place in a few sentences without much detail just informing you of what happened. This can make things feel a little detached for you, but at the same time, forces move in and take care of the job all thanks to the information that you were able to discover, in other words your still just a pawn of a large team, and it feels that way as it should. The Evil Power Master does have a generic name but he the character is quite interesting, he changes appearances into some very curious forms such as the three-headed person, small lobster thing, and old/young two-face, and there is also the question of perhaps he is not all that evil. I didn't know that this was a sequel to Prisoner of the Ant People, I haven't read that one and it doesn't seem to be a problem if you start off with this book. At least on the most part, decisions that you make seemed to be quite logical in my opinion, so many times in other game books I find myself shaking my head at the results of the choices. My final conclusion is that this is not bad at all but it does require multiple readings to enjoy it, for me it was one of those, it gets better as you reread it type of things.