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Item - Jungle Trek

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Combined Summary

Series: Temple Run: Run for Your Life — no. 1
Author: Wilder, Chase
Dates: 2014 (eBook edition)
2014 (First printing)
ISBNs: 1606845713 / 9781606845714 (First printing)
1606845748 / 9781606845745 (eBook edition)
Length: 152 pages
Number of Endings: 26
User Summary: On your way to your birthday celebration in a remote area, your plane crashes into a jungle. Can you escape from the jungle with your life or will you perish while exploring the ancient ruins located therein?
Guillermo's Thoughts:

This book (the first of six) belongs to a series based on a video game for iOS and Android devices. Luckily, whoever wrote it made an effort to create an actual gamebook, and not just a promotional for the game. There is not much here for the people who prefer rules mechanics in their interactive books - the only mechanic is a very simplistic inventory system. Nonetheless, the book (which draws inspiration from the Indiana Jones films) has a strong game feel to it, with clear goals to achieve and choices that actually require reasoning and strategy. Unlike many of the Choose Your Own Adventure books, this one has a single underlying plot, and reading the book several times allows you to uncover different aspects of it.

The book is not perfect, though; of the three major paths through it, one is considerably less well designed and interesting than the other two. Nonetheless, this book was for the most part an engaging read, and a sign that in the 2010s, gamebooks continue to be alive and well. Here's hoping that the author decides to combine a similar premise with a game system for his later works.

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Special Thanks:Thanks to Guillermo Paredes for the plot summary and other details. Thanks to Garth and Guillermo Paredes for the lower-resolution cover images that were previously used here.
Users Who Own This Item: Ardennes, Demian, Gamebook, mlvoss

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