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Item - The Magic of the Unicorn

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Combined Summary

Series: Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998) — no. 51
Choose Your Own Adventure (2005-) — no. 43
Translated Into: La màgia de l'unicorn (Catalan)
La magia del unicornio (Spanish)
Det magiske enhjørningehorn (Danish)
Author: Goodman, Deborah Lerme
Illustrators: Cannella, Marco (ChooseCo reissue edition - cover)
Nugent, Suzanne (ChooseCo reissue edition - interior)
Wing, Ron (Original edition, Troll edition)
Dates: December, 1985 (Original edition)
May 1, 2017 (ChooseCo reissue edition)
ISBNs: 0553252429 / 9780553252422 (Original edition)
1937133257 / 9781937133252 (ChooseCo reissue edition)
Length: 119 pages (ChooseCo reissue edition)
114 pages (Original edition, Troll edition)
Number of Endings: 27
User Summary: It is 1507, and your village's water supply has become tainted. You must find a way to purify it, perhaps with the help of a unicorn, before it is too late!
Demian's Thoughts: The fantasy adventures in this series always tend to feel a bit flat when compared to the more interesting competition (like the Endless Quest or Forgotten Forest books). This book is no exception, though it certainly isn't the worst of its kind. It's just a bit bland, and its unremarkable story isn't helped much by its disappointing gameplay -- victory is far too easy (it's amazing just how many different ways you can find to purify the water), and when death comes, it tends to come at random, without warning. As a result, the decision-making doesn't feel particularly meaningful, and the whole book is rather unsatisfying.

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Waluigi Freak 99's Thoughts: Well, this book certainly went against my expectations! Rather than being a light, fluffy tale, this fantasy adventure contains several dark elements. I normally love things like this, however, it's far too easy for its own good, and a lot of the outcomes of your choices are incredibly random. These two flaws hinder the book as a whole and keep it from being the great gamebook it could've been. Oh well.

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