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Series: Be an Interplanetary Spy — no. 3
Contained In: Be an Interplanetary Spy Box Set (Collection)
Translated Into: Robotlandia (Spanish)
Robotvärlden (Swedish)
Author: McEvoy, Seth
Illustrators: Hempel, Marc
Wheatley, Mark
Date: August, 1983
ISBN: 0553237004 / 9780553237009
Length: 121 pages
Number of Endings: 23
User Summary: An experiment to see if robots can be used as settlers goes terribly wrong when the robots involved decide to destroy humans for their imperfection. You must stop the rebellion and rescue Dr. Cyberg, the creator of the robots.
Aussiesmurf's Thoughts:

Robots take over! Evil laugh!

The plot is hackneyed. Evil robots take over from creator?? What are the odds?

The book is okay, with the interesting idea that you have to move through the world disguised as a robot, and if exposed as a human you will die.

There is one silly sequence where you have to play a computer game, and the idea being that if you play well enough, you will short circuit the game by playing better than any machine could. However, if you make a wrong choice, it nails you as a human because you are 'less than perfect.' So, if less than perfect exposes you as a human, and perfect destroys the machine, what the heck score are the other robots getting? Always bugged me as a kid.

The big final robot is straight from Transformers, although I can't recall if the movie came before the book.

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auximenes's Thoughts:

In Robot World, the Interplanetary Spy must free a planet that has been taken over by the Robot Revolution. Continuity is established with previous volumes, as you start at the planet on which you ended the previous volume in the series. There is a nice little call-back to The Galactic Pirate, in which members of his family take their revenge upon you in one of the death endings, which I thought was humorous. I found the plot to be a little bland, as most of your interactions are with mindless robots and not with intelligent/sentient beings. The sole exception is the cyborg scientist who created Robot World, the appropriately named Dr. Cyberg. Your mission is to rescue him and defuse the robot threat. This one gets 2 out of 5 stars.

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Demian's Thoughts:

The difficulty level is a bit higher in this book; some of the puzzles require a bit more thought than those in the earlier books did. Some effort is also made to make the book slightly less linear by allowing the reader to visit a few locations in random order.

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Dtar's Thoughts:

This was always my favorite of the BAIS series. The art, with all the robots and different environments, is great, the puzzles are good, and there are a number of mind expanding futuristic ideas in the story.

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