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Item - Raining Hammers: The Ballad of Johnny MacDonald


Series: Knuckleduster Interactive Western Adventures — no. 2
Author: Harris, Forrest
Illustrators: Harris, Forrest
Harris, Rick
Date: 1999
ISBN: 0966704614 / 9780966704617
Length: 144 pages (400 sections)
Number of Endings: 1 (led to from 50 different sections)
User Summary: The reader follows (and controls) the adventures of Johnny MacDonald, an innocent man accused of murdering his brothers.
Demian's Thoughts: While the previous book was quite good, this volume is superior in nearly every way. Its story is a bit more linear (but not too linear), meaning that completing the adventure successfully takes quite a while and yields a number of interesting plot twists. The historical footnotes augment the story excellently, and the more advanced game system works quite well, giving the reader more of a sense of control over the random elements of the adventure. My biggest complaint is that it is possible to get stuck wandering aimlessly, trying to avoid returning to events that obviously couldn't happen more than once; the fact that this possibility is acknowledged by the rules doesn't make it any less frustrating when it happens. A lesser complaint involves the game's gambling -- while it is nice to have games within a game, the rules are presented somewhat ambiguously, making betting a little confusing. Still, these flaws are easily overlooked, and this is a worthwhile read -- a well-written, interesting and challenging gamebook. I can't help but be disappointed by the fact that no more entries in the series seem to be forthcoming....

My High Score - 121 (1/14/2001)

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