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Tenopia Island

Series: Escape from Tenopia #1
Translated Into: La isla de Tenopia (Spanish)
Author: Packard, Edward
Illustrators: Huerta, Catherine (cover)
Perry, David (interior)
Release Date: June, 1986
ISBN: 0553254723 / 9780553254723
Length:133 pages
Number of Endings:1
User Summary: You are the only survivor of an unfortunate encounter between a spaceship and a meteor. Your lifepod lands on the dangerous planet of Tenopia, and you must find a way home.
Demian's Thoughts: I found note-taking to be rather essential for this book. During your travels on Tenopia Island, you're often asked if you've been to certain specific locations before. Since the place names are all rather unmemorable, it's hard to keep track of where you've been without writing some things down. Perhaps I took the note-taking too far, however; I also wrote down some clues, and by following them, I managed to finish the book so quickly that I didn't have much chance to be entertained by it. I certainly wasn't as thrilled as when I first played it during my childhood and fell in love with the series. Still, this isn't a bad design -- it's much more game-like than Edward Packard's better-known Choose Your Own Adventure books, with map-reading and puzzle-solving playing important parts on the way to victory. The fact that there's no way to lose may disappoint gamebook fans looking for a challenge, however; Fighting Fantasy this is not....

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