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Series: Which Way? — no. 3
Translated Into: Il castello della paura (Italian)
Le Ch√Ęteau aux cent oubliettes (French)
El castillo de los horrores (Spanish)
Author: Burston, Patrick
Illustrator: Graham, Alastair
Date: 1986
ISBN: 0744547164 / 9780744547160
Number of Endings: 5 (1 successful, 4 send the reader back to start)
User Summary: Five of your friends have been kidnapped by an evil wizard. With your pet monkey Zetto, you must sneak into the wizard's castle, brave its many dangers and get back out again with your friends.
Fireguard's Thoughts:

This book avoids the randomness I felt hindered The Planet of Terror, and manages to feel like many of the evil wizards' castles I've explored in my time. However, it maintains the trial-and-error approach prevalent to this series, where repeated explorations of different options are the only means of finding one's way to victory.

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Guillermo's Thoughts:

(Review based on the Spanish translation).

The Castle of Fear is a fun fantasy adventure filled with interesting traps and creatures. I have a soft nostalgic spot for it even if most of the visual puzzles are laughably easy. The full-colour artwork by Alastair Graham is superb, making the book (and the rest of the series) feel like a computer graphic adventure game. All in all, my love for interactive fiction owes as much to this little adventure as it does to The Warlock of Firetop Mountain.

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Special Thanks:Thanks to Fireguard for the plot summary and ending count. Thanks to Brett Easterbrook for the first British cover scan. Thanks to Ryan Lynch for the second set of British cover scans.
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