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Item - World War II Code Breaker

Series: Time Machine — no. 25
Platform: Microsoft Reader
Translated Into: Las claves secretas (Spanish)
Author: Lerangis, Peter
Illustrators: Fastner, Steve (cover)
Nino, Alex (interior)
Date: September, 1989
ISBN: 0553281577 / 9780553281576
Length: 159 pages (plus data bank and data file)
Number of Endings: 1
User Summary: You must investigate the role of code-breaking in both theaters of World War II and bring back a copy of a cracked code from each.
Demian's Thoughts: This is the second World War II adventure in the series, but it is very different from its predecessor. While the earlier WWII story concentrated on a few people in a small area, this one details the entire war! The book is the longest volume in the series, though it's still rather short when you consider the size of the conflict it describes. Nonetheless, it successfully covers a lot of territory and portrays the war in an interesting fashion without overly glorifying it. The only complaint that could really be raised about the storyline is that the reader often takes an active role in events -- perhaps not entirely in line with the laws of time set forth by the series. This flaw aside, though, the book is a success. Game design is also good, with the mission being divided into two parts which can be tackled in a non-linear manner. Probably the strangest thing about the book is its manner of illustration; half of the pictures are hand-drawn while the other half are historical photos. It might have looked better if it had been more consistent. In any case, the book is a respectable end to the series, though it still seems a shame that the series had to end at all; there's a lot more history that could have been made into great gamebooks!

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