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Item - Galactic Raiders

(American cover)
(British cover)
Series: Star Challenge — no. 5
Translated Into: Bandidos de la galaxia (Spanish)
I cavalieri della galassia (Italian)
Ginka no ryakudatsusha [銀河の略奪者] (Japanese)
Les Pirates de l'espace (French)
Author: Black, Christopher
Illustrator: Cintron, Maelo
Date: 1984
Length: 117 pages
Number of Endings: 39 (25 victories and 14 failures)
User Summary: A valuable mineral has been found in a distant star system, and convoys of prospectors are flocking there to extract it. You must stop a group of bandits who are attacking the convoys and return with a piece of the mineral so the planetary network can study it.
Guillermo's Thoughts:

(Review based on the Spanish translation).

I enjoyed this book much more than Planets in Peril. This time, the author does use the scoring system to its full potential, meaning that getting a high score at the end will require making several choices that involve careful thought and logic. There are several different ways to tackle the adventure and different optimal endings to achieve, meaning that the book has considerable replay value. In addition to the above, the author and illustrator made this book more lively than other entries in the series (the "So long, suckers!" note left by the pirates is particularly memorable). Finally, the adventure has an element of moral ambiguity that is quite rare in gamebooks. I definitely recommend giving this one a go.

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Special Thanks:Thanks to Ben Nelson for the British cover scan.
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