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Item - Gladiators Game Book No. 2


Series: Gladiators — no. 2
Author: Hemming, Alistair
Date: 1993
ISBN: 185283885X / 9781852838850
Length: 92 pages (350 sections)
Number of Endings: 7
User Summary: As in the previous book, you must face the seven standard challenges.
Demian's Thoughts: This is a more traditional gamebook than the previous one. You first determine your gender and randomly roll up five attributes (Stamina, Agility, Upper Body Strength, Lower Body Strength and Luck), then you compete in the various Gladiators challenges. Stamina and Luck work basically like the same attributes in Fighting Fantasy. The other three are roughly equivalent to specialized versions of Fighting Fantasy's Skill score. You compete in events by rolling skill tests and making the occasional choice. Challenges and opponents are different depending on your gender, increasing replay value. Overall, it's a slightly better book than the previous one, but it's not very exciting, especially if, like me, you're unfamiliar with the show that inspired it. There's also far too much emphasis on luck to make it much fun; point-based character creation would have been an improvement, as would the inclusion of more strategic choices. I guess for some this is something of a collector's item, but that's about all it's good for.

My High Scores - 16 points with a 4-second loss (male), 38 points with a 5.5-second win (female)

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