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Complexity Level : Basic (No Game System)
Complexity Level : Intermediate (Some Game Elements)
Format : Paperback
Game System : Randomization Method : Coins
Genre : Science Fiction
Licensed Property : Movie / TV Tie-In
Licensed Property : Toy Tie-In
Product Family : Find Your Fate
Target Age Group : Younger Children
Writing Style : Present Tense
Writing Style : Third Person
This was the first of the Find Your Fate Junior series (the second being Find Your Fate Junior – Golden Girl). Like the other series in the Find Your Fate family, the stories are based on a popular license (in this case, obviously, the Transformers line of toys) and there is little in the way of gameplay (though there's a small amount of puzzle-solving, number-guessing and coin-flipping in a few of the books). Rather strangely, a British series of Transformers gamebooks was released in England at the same time as this series. The only real differences between the British and American books are that the British books are written in the first-person while the American ones are third-person and that the American books seem more faithful to the animated films and television shows than the British adventures. Even though the British Make Your Own Adventure with Doctor Who books were reprinted as part of the Find Your Fate line, the British TransformersTransformers adventures were not similarly integrated and thus never made it to America, nor did this American series see British publication.
I've been a major TransFan ever since I was a kid, collecting the toys, reading the comics, and watching the TV shows. I also enjoyed collecting many other kinds of TF-related memorabilia. This series of gamebooks from Find Your Fate Jr. are excellent collector's items from the '80's, and even though they were not the best gamebooks ever written (as Demian opined in his reviews) they are worth hunting down and owning for the nostalgia value!
My favorite in this series is Attack Of The Insecticons, because it was the first one I ever read as a kid. And no, as Demian mentioned, there is no way that Optimus Prime (the leader of the Autobots) would stoop so low as to use a lame insult towards a Decepticon, much less order an all-out assault on one target, as he did in the book. As for the other books in this series, I also liked the one involving the Dinobots.
As for the two written by the infamous Siegels, Scott & Barbara, they were just appalling! They were also known for writing two books in the Which Way series, one about Star Trek and one about pro wrestling. Two of my other favorite things to watch, yes, but the gamebooks about them were absolutely terrible! I really do dislike any book written by the Siegels, and I advise anyone to avoid their books. They are very substandard in quality!
Anyway, the Transformers gamebooks written back in the 1980's should be enjoyed by TransFans like me, and I own all nine. I even have the box set of the first six. In fact, I wonder if, now that TF has made a 21st Century comeback, there will be more books about the legendary Cybertronians. Maybe they won't be gamebooks, but I hope that there will be more books in general.
So I say, read these, and I hope you enjoy them. And as the Autobots said upon defeating Unicron at the end of the 1986 animated movie:
"Until that day, until all are one!"
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