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Item - Quest for the Cities of Gold

Series: Time Machine — no. 16
Platform: Microsoft Reader
Translated Into: En busca de las ciudades de oro (Spanish)
Iskanje zlatih mest (Slovenian)
Na tropie Miast ze Złota (Polish)
Le sette città d'oro (Italian)
Author: Glatzer, Richard
Illustrators: Stout, William (cover)
Navaroo, José Gonzalez (interior)
Date: February, 1987
ISBN: 0553262955 / 9780553262957
Length: 125 pages (plus data bank and data file)
Number of Endings: 1
User Summary: Your mission is to discover the truth about the Seven Cities of Gold sought after by explorers of the New World.
Demian's Thoughts: This book finally deals in depth with a topic that has been briefly visited in several previous volumes: the exploration of the New World. For some reason, this isn't a subject which I've ever found terribly exciting (I just can't tell any of those explorers apart!), and perhaps this is why the book failed to grab my attention for the first half or so. Eventually, though, I did enjoy the story and find this to be a fairly satisfying read. Strangely enough, though, I have the same gameplay complaint about this book that I did about its predecessor -- unless you pick the right item before the story begins, you are doomed to be stuck in an infinite loop! I can't help feeling that the series would have been better if it had contained a few rules on picking up items during the course of the story; this way, players could have searched for necessary equipment rather than simply being out of luck.... After all, that's what a real time traveler would most likely end up doing.

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