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Item - High Spy


Series: Lazer Tag Adventures — no. 1
Author: Coulson, Robert
Illustrator: Holloway, James (Jim)
Date: May, 1987
ISBN: 0880385146 / 9780880385145
Length: 128 pages
Number of Endings: 14
User Summary: You are Jason Kare, a young athlete trying out for the U. S. Lazer Tag Team in order to compete in the 3010 World Games. Your life becomes a bit more interesting after you overhear a suspicious conversation between two outworlders, however....
Demian's Thoughts: This is definitely rather reminiscent of the espionage-oriented Endless Quest books, except that it's set in a fairly generically-described future in which Lazer Tag is a major sport. It's fairly dated and not overly creative, but at least the game design is pretty good -- there's a focused story, and it takes some intelligent (though not too difficult) decision-making to reach the optimal ending. The Lazer Tag games that one might think would be a major part of the book are pretty unthrillingly described, though, and I can't help thinking that this might have been more fun with some sort of combat system included. Still, while I wasn't overly impressed by the book, I got at least a bit of enjoyment out of it while it lasted.

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