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Terror on Kabran

Series: Escape from Tenopia #3
Translated Into: Terror en Kabran (Spanish)
Author: Brightfield, Richard
Illustrators: Huerta, Catherine (cover)
Perry, David (interior)
Release Date: August, 1986
ISBN: 055325636X / 9780553256369
Length:129 pages
Number of Endings:1
User Summary: At last you've reached Kabran... but now you need to figure out where the Galactic Patrol Station that holds the key to your freedom is actually located!
Demian's Thoughts: This adventure has the best sense of exploration so far in the series. Rather than giving you a general direction to travel in and forcing you to plod along while avoiding setbacks, this book instead gives you no initial clues as to where your destination lies; you've got to do all of the detective work from scratch. Unfortunately, I didn't find the ultimate solution to be very satisfying; in fact, I don't know what happened -- after wandering in circles I eventually randomly came across a signpost displaying some familiar symbols, and I was out. Trying to act on clues didn't seem to help much. Perhaps I missed some important detail somewhere, but I don't think so... I also think the book might have been a little more fun if it required the reader to keep track of Pango seed expenditure; the seeds are used as currency in the book, but the reader's supply dwindles and is replenished for the convenience of the plot rather than in any realistic way. It might have been more fun to have required seeds to be spent at certain times and earned by playing minigames at others. Of course, this probably would have made the book more complex than the authors would have liked... but perhaps a little more complexity is just what the series needed. In any case, this is the most fun I've had up to this point in my exploration of Tenopia, but it's definitely far from perfect.

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