Demian's Gamebook Web Page

Item - Quest for King Arthur

Item-Level Details

Translated Into: Alla ricerca di re Artù (Italian)
Iskanje kralja Arthurja (Slovenian)
La leyenda del rey Arturo (Spanish)
W poszukiwaniu króla Artura (Polish)
User Summary: You travel back in time and search for the real man behind the legends of King Arthur.
DavidSky's Thoughts:

I thought this was a weaker entry in the series. The writing was too simplistic, and many scenes fell into the pattern of: See historical event, listen to exposition pushing towards the right choice, make the right choice, repeat. This made my choices seem obvious and therefore pointless. There were times that clues were too oblique, however, but many choices led right back to the option I didn't choose after a few steps. Finally, the choice of bringing matches or sugar along in the beginning doesn't work at all; if you choose matches, you’re stuck in a loop starting at page 78 — which means you have to choose sugar at the beginning, making the choice at page 94 pointless (and impossible). You can see my map of the book here.

More reviews by DavidSky

Demian's Thoughts:

The writing of this book was more or less inevitable; how long could a time travel series go without bringing King Arthur in somehow? Fortunately, despite the somewhat familiar subject matter, the book is well-done and interesting, even managing to have something of a message at the end. The game design is also quite challenging, requiring the reader to think carefully about where and when to go on several occasions. My biggest complaint is one that I've had about a couple of previous volumes -- if you pick the wrong item before starting the adventure, you get stuck in an infinite loop with no hope of escape! Once again, I wish the books had made better use of inventory management....

More reviews by Demian

Special Thanks:Thanks to Ryan Lynch for the cover images.
Users Who Own This Item: Ardennes, bigcobra, Cyan, egokun, exaquint, Ffghtermedic, firefoxpdm, Gartax, Gurvo, horrorbusiness, katzcollection, kinderstef, mlvoss, Mr ?, nelsondesign, Nomad, Pseudo_Intellectual, Radical347, spragmatic, theyodaman, waktool (First printing)
Users Who Want This Item: bonhomme, bookwormjeff, CSquared, dblizzard72, Greeneuva, HAMBORSKI (i want this book), NEMO, Ryuran333, Sheridan77, SherlockHolmes, stock, ThisIslandEarth, Waluigi Freak 99

First printing





Series: Time Machine no. 23
Item: Quest for King Arthur
Author: Ashby, Ruth
Illustrators: Vess, Charles (cover)
Caple, Scott (interior)
Date: April, 1988
ISBN: 0553271261 / 9780553271263
Length: 124 pages (plus data bank and data file)
Number of Endings: 1
Cover Price: US$2.50

Ibooks reissue

Series: Time Machine no. 23
Item: Quest for King Arthur
Author: Ashby, Ruth
Illustrators: Vess, Charles (cover)
Caple, Scott (interior)
Date: May 1, 2017
ISBN: 1596876344 / 9781596876347
Number of Endings: 1

Microsoft Reader edition

Series: Time Machine no. 23
Item: Quest for King Arthur
Platform: Microsoft Reader
Author: Ashby, Ruth
Illustrators: Vess, Charles (cover)
Caple, Scott (interior)
Date: 2001
Length: 124 pages (plus data bank and data file)
Number of Endings: 1

Please log in to manage your collection or post a review.