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Item - Shipwrecked on Mystery Island

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Series: Fantastic Adventures — no. 3
Translated Into: El náufrago de la isla misteriosa (Spanish)
Author: Wandelmaier, Roy
Illustrator: Pinkney, J. Brian
Date: 1985
ISBNs: 081670533X / 9780816705337 (hardback)
0816705348 / 9780816705344 (paperback)
Length: 101 pages
Number of Endings: 25
LC Cataloging in Publication Summary: You are shipwrecked on a beautiful Pacific island in 1869 and must choose a course of events that will get you off, keep you there, or, indeed, ensure that you survive at all.
Demian's Thoughts: This is a good, fast-paced gamebook. Unfortunately it relies on a lot of cliches which have already been used repeatedly in other gamebooks, so there's very little here that doesn't sound familiar.

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Nomad's Thoughts: Fantastic Adventures, while not an overly innovative or groundbreaking series, managed to capture a sense of nostalgic fun and atmosphere despite the short-lived nature of the series. Shipwrecked on Mystery Island, while relying heavily on clichéd events as noted by Demian, manages to be an entertaining read despite the flaws I found inherent in this series. Fast-paced with a good sense of exploration involved for such a short book, it's a good way to kill off a little time on a slow afternoon. While I can't say that this is a book that will change your life or even set a new standard for gamebooks; it's one I recommend regardless.

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