'As a game ... it's surprisingly swift and exciting, with the hectic, minute-to-minute battling and health management beats of Left 4 Dead, and a real sense of the old-school RPG as you keep neat lists of the things you've collected and maybe draw a map as you go. It's not an easy game if you're going to successfully stop Gingrich Yurr from triggering the apocalypse, but it's filled with clever elements: keys, pas scodes and phone numbers that unlock specific paragraphs, cameos that include Charlie Higson and Tom Watson (he was dead when I found him, honest), references to Lara Croft and The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, and eleventh-hour jokes about valley girls and Pokemon. The text is smart and quietly witty, the choices still make you weigh up your options (and cheat, of course) and the wonderful art, by Kevin Crossley and Greg Staples, hits just the right notes, invoking the lurid horror of old video nasty covers - 9/10' -- Eurogamer 'Absoltuely ideal as a gift for the nines-plus, these are books the keen reader/adventurer will enjoy.' -- Caroline Franklin, n2 Going Out the Arts
About the Author
Ian Livingstone has been a leading pioneer of the UK games industry since 1975 when he co-founded Games Workshop and launched Dungeons & Dragons in Europe. In 1982, with Steve Jackson, he wrote The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, the first of the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, which went on to sell over 16 million copies in 28 languages. In 1995 he was instrumental in the flotation of Eidos plc where he served as Executive Chairman until 2002. At Eidos he helped to secure and launch many of the company's major franchises, including Lara Croft:Tomb Raider. In 2002 he received the BAFTA Special Award for his outstanding contribution to the interactive entertainment industry and in 2006 he was awarded an OBE for services to the computer games industry. In the Wired 100 list for 2012, Wired magazine ranked him the 16th most influential person in the UK's digital economy.