HOT SAUCE REVIEWS: GAMEBOOKS
Blunt, wicked, reviews of gamebooks. Don't just stand there, roll the dice and pick a review. Any review.
What’s a fascinating story doing, being buried under tedious grind-like number crunching and routine hack-slash tedium?
Without any doubt, Small Creatures/Wide Field is the most entertainingly bizarre acid trip of a gamebook that isn’t a gamebook I’ve ever come across.
If you are looking for some stimulus to get yourself to play with Google Earth, this one is a pretty decent gimmick to do the trick. It’s supposed to be educational too!
If Tin Man Games puts as much effort in actually creating playable gamebooks as they do in making their products so pretty, we may be on to something good here. Once again, possibly good concept, horribly tedious and mechanical execution.
The Way of the Tiger renaissance begins with this prequel, written by an upstart named David Walters. So how was it? Well, it’s… easy, which may be a good or a bad thing depending on how you look at it.
How on earth did this interactive app win an award? It’s pretty but far from user friendly. Cute story, but the app hurts the eyes and numbs the brains too much for its own good.
So, you want to play a harem game where you have all the hot guys chasing after you, but you are too young for the pornographic versions? Well, this one’s for you, for those days when you don’t feel like playing the Sims.
It’s quite surprising. One of the authors here is well-known for having co-written one of the best “Japanese” gamebook series out there, but the same magic is nowhere to be seen in this “Japanese” gamebook.
This is an interesting campaign featuring an amnesiac wizard, but it is marred by needlessly complicated rules and a story that works better as a novel.
Giant insects are on the loose, and it is up to you to catch them all.
Lone Wolf goes mobile, and becomes another hack-and-slash game more style than substance.
Another gamebook with intriguing premise ruined by shoddy random maze-like design. Sigh.
What happens when you blow it?
Death by water nymph. Ugh.
You need to retrieve the Sword of Glee from the evil wizard so don’t stop be-lie-eee-ving!
“I turn to page 345 – AND I KILL YOU! YOU DIE!” Eh, still sounds silly.
Round two of you and your friend trying to kill one another with gamebooks. Still sounds dumb.
Now you and your friend can sort out your differences violently.,. with gamebooks! Wait, that sounds silly.
You and a friend can now stab one another to death by flipping pages of a gamebook. Wait, that sounds dumb.
More random deaths, more unfair fights… but at least your journey’s end is nigh.
- Falling into Forever by Phyllis Bourne
- Eve of Passion by AC Arthur
- Bride for a Knight by Margaret Moore
- An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
- The Gunslinger and the Heiress by Kathryn Albright
- Trade Me by Courtney Milan
- Shotgun Wedding by Olivia Rupprecht
- The Apple Pie Knights by Deborah Smith
- Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare
- A Lady’s Secret Weapon by Tracey Devlyn
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