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Series: Stephen Thraves Compact Adventure Gamebooks — no. 2
Translated Into: Chudovishteto ot Loch Ness [Чудовището от Лох Нес] (Bulgarian)
Il mostro di Loch Ness (Italian)
Reportaje en el Lago Ness (Spanish)
Author: Thraves, Stephen
Illustrator: Dennis, Peter
Date: 1993
ISBN: 0340588624 / 9780340588628
Length: 163 sections
Number of Endings: 1 (not including failure caused by running out of photos)
User Summary: You are an inexperienced reporter given a golden opportunity: save your paper by photographing the recently-sighted Loch Ness Monster! Unfortunately, rivals have stolen your equipment, so you have only six Polaroids left. Snap your photos wisely!
Demian's Thoughts: For the most part, this is quite similar to Haunted Island -- you have to find a limited number of things (in this case, opportunities to photograph the monster) before you lose by making too many mistakes (in this case, wasting photographs). The vast majority of decisions are completely arbitrary or rely on having stumbled across key inventory items (a map, a newspaper article or a nature trail guide). I did find this marginally more interesting than the previous volume -- the photography theme is somewhat unique, the visual depiction of every photo you take is a nice touch, and at least a couple of the choices seem slightly more meaningful -- but it's still a fairly bland exercise in luck and memory. The whole thing is brought down a notch by the portrayal of your rival photographers, Dave Conn and Kate Dupe. Besides the cheesy names, these characters show up in disguise to sabotage you so many times that it defies all credibility and detracts from the story. In any case, this book could certainly have been worse, but it's not good enough to spend much time or energy on.

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