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Inca Gold

(reissue)
Series: Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998) #85
Choose Your Own Adventure (2005-) #20
Translated Into: El oro de los incas (Spanish)
Adapted Into: Inca Gold (Graded Reader) (Gamebook)
Author: Becket, James (Jim)
Illustrators: Walotsky, Ron (cover)
Morrill, Leslie (interior)
Marron, Jose Luis (reissue cover)
Nugent, Suzanne (reissue interior)
Release Dates: November, 1988
2006 (reissue)
ISBNs: 0553274155 / 9780553274158 (original)
1933390204 / 9781933390208 (reissue)
Length:115 pages (original), 125 pages (reissue)
Number of Endings:16
User Summary: With your friend Sally, you have developed software to detect ancient ruins in satellite photos. You hope that your latest results will lead you to the Lost City of Gold in Peru, but you must avoid jealous adversaries in order to reach the ruins safely.
Demian's Thoughts: I had somewhat high hopes for this adventure -- archaeological themes tend to appeal to me, and this is a bit faster-paced than many of the later entries in the series, with a higher number of endings and generally briefer text sections between choices. Unfortunately, it is the book's brevity that prevents it from being especially satisfying -- while there are a number of dead-ends and tangents to prevent the reader from finding the Lost City, once the path to it is discovered, it isn't especially satisfying. In arguably the most successful ending, you completely elude the villains and thus reach a conclusion rather lacking in excitement. Down another path, the bad guys can reach a sufficiently gruesome fate, but the success of your mission is less clearly defined. Either way, the opportunity to experience the thrill of archaeological adventure by making choices within the ruins is sadly missing. In the end, whether your choices lead you to success or failure, you're likely to close the book feeling that something is missing.

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