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Item - Could You Be a Deer?

Series: Survival — no. 1
Translated Into: Lu di mao xian ri ji [鹿的冒險日記] (Chinese)
Sapresti vivere da cervo? (Italian)
Sobrevive como un venado (Spanish)
Author: Tabor, Roger
Illustrators: Hayward, Tim (interior)
Pragoff, Fiona (photographer)
Date: 1989
Length: 23 sections
Number of Endings: 6 (only one victory)
User Summary: As a deer, you wander around the forest looking for food and mates, all while trying to avoid danger.
Guillermo's Thoughts:

(Review based on the Spanish translation.)

I enjoyed this first entry less than other books in the series. The book takes much less advantage of the visual format to enhance gameplay, and in many situations the correct decision you need to make in order to stay alive is quite obvious. It's still a decent gamebook, but not much more than that. It earns points for having a combat sequence (which is not something I've found too often in this series so far) and for openly mentioning animal mating, which is something an American gamebook would usually just gloss over. Since it'll probably be a while before I get to review another book in this series, I would also like to mention that I would have preferred to see more variety in settings (all or almost all the books deal with forest animals that live in the UK), though I suppose that would have made the series much more expensive to produce.

My high score: 136

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