Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998)
La flecha fantasma (Spanish)
La fletxa fantasma (Catalan)
Spuk in der Goldgräberstadt (German)
Terror em Monte Alto (Portuguese)
Terrore a High Ridge (Italian)
Yuurei satsujinhan o oe [幽霊殺人犯を追え] (Japanese)
(pseudonym used by Hedin, Don)
0553238671 / 9780553238679
116 pages |
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|User Summary:||While on vacation with your friends Ricardo and Lisa, you encounter ghosts in a town with a dark past.|
This is a fairly effective horror gamebook. It's successfully atmospheric and has some interesting plot threads. It's also something of a sequel to House of Danger since it has Ricardo and Lisa in it.
This sequel to House of Danger improves somewhat on its predecessor. For instance, while the former book had some chills, it was also hampered by a wandering, sometimes confusing series of plot possibilities. In this one, the premise is in place from the get-go: you and your friends are up in the mountains when suddenly you're caught between two factions of angry ghosts and have to decide whether you want to get away or find out how to put them to rest. It's a pretty effective horror story for CYOA.
That said, the book isn't without its share of problems. The plotting is tighter than in House of Danger, that's for sure (since it was written by someone not R. A. Montgomery), but at the same time I felt like I'd had my fill of the book sooner. This is mainly owing to some paths feeling like I was just bumping around in the dark until the author decided he'd reached a good stopping point. The Horror of High Ridge might also be a little too scary for younger readers. Some of the endings are pretty grisly, such as on pages 51 and 68.
If a scary and challenging CYOA book is what you're looking for, though, this one earns my recommendation.
Reading other reviews, it looks decent. I'll think about it, because maybe it's like Ghost Hunter!
|Waluigi Freak 99's Thoughts:||
An interesting premise marks the beginning of a good book. The characters were more developed than usual for this kind of gamebook, and provided for some memorable banter. What really stands out, though, is the difficulty that has to be overcome to merely survive, let alone to learn the legend and stop the curse.
This is definitely one of the scarier Choose Your Own Adventures. Ghosts committing suicide! Ghosts beheading each other! Ghosts killing you! But there is a way to stop the horror. You and your two friends can solve the mystery. I wouldn't recommend trying to leave town in the story - as far as I remember, all choices to do so lead to death. Here's a hint - try to head for the library when possible.
I really love reading and re-reading this book. There is a definite atmosphere of creepy dread, and it's fun exploring all the different choices.
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Choose Your Own Adventure / Weetabix Ad #1
from Eagle comic, June 23, 1984. Thanks to Ed Jolley for the scan.