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This full-color, large-format gamebook, a small part of the output resulting from the massive Pokémon marketing phenomenon, allows the reader to control the actions of Ash the Pokémon trainer as he searches for a new addition to his collection of miniature monsters. The book is written at a very basic level, lacking any game mechanics and avoiding the development of a very complex plot. The book appeared a little too late to catch the full force of Pokémon mania, and it thus failed to inspire any follow-up volumes.
GamebooksPokémon: Choose Your Own Pathway to Adventure
This book was released by Sybex, a company better known for its video game strategy guides. It's full-color throughout and a bit larger-sized than your average paperback, though this format isn't used too interestingly -- the artwork is just the same stock pictures of various Pokémon repeated over and over. Considering the complexity of many Pokémon-themed games relative to their target age groups, I had hoped that this would be a fairly sophisticated gamebook with a combat system and an inventory for collecting Pokémon. Alas, it's just a simplistic Choose Your Own Adventure style book.