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House of Hell (Puffin Adventure Gamebooks) Paperback – 29 Nov 1984


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; paperback / softback edition (29 Nov 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140318313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140318319
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.3 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kelnor on 8 May 2003
I managed to pick up an original copy of this masterpiece in a second hand bookshop a few years ago. I had read books like it before but they were, frankly, rubbish. You only got to make a few decisions and the endings were clumsily written. However, I decided to give this book a go. It's brilliant! Really well-written and atmospheric. The artwork is brilliant and gives you a really good idea of the story. Even after I had beaten it I kept going back to read the different endings. Each reference was written with great care and there were some really creepy ones.This book I loved and so did my friends. In short, if you like this kind of book, buy it. If you don't buy it anyway, you could be pleasantly surprised.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alaran on 3 Feb 2013
Another ground breaking adventure from one of the series founders, Steve Jackson. This was the only Fighting Fantasy adventure set in the modern world until the publication of `Blood of the Zombies' to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the series. In some ways it seems an obvious or predictable idea to write a haunted house gamebook, but this has rarely been done. It only needed to covering once in Fighting Fantasy because `House of Hell' does it to perfection. This is one of the best written and atmospheric gamebooks. It is frequently claustrophobic and tense, the inclusion of an ever increasing FEAR statistic escalating the pace. There is an unsettling feeling in reading it and it is, perhaps, the only adventure gamebook to occasionally be genuinely scary.

Typically of Steve Jackson, this is one of the more difficult FF adventures. It is remorseless in the traps it sets and has some of the nastiest deaths to be experienced in Fighting Fantasy. The house is particularly hard to navigate and the route you take is vitally important. It is much more of an intellectual adventure rather than relying on combat, magic or items.

`House of Hell's, major strength though is in its plot. The storyline unfolds in a measured pace, slowly revealing its mysteries. The reader must engage in much investigation and puzzle solving to eventually reveal what is happening in the house and how to deal with it. The final confrontation manages to keep its twist a surprise (even though `Crown of Kings', by the same author, utilises a similar technique). It is a very well-constructed plot climaxing in one of FF best endings.

The variety of monsters is relatively limited, mainly concentrating on the ghosts and undead you might expect to find in a haunted house.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Athos on 31 May 2003
Steve Jackson gives us a fast paced and imaginative present-day thriller which is fiendishly hard to complete.
From the opening pages we are cleverly drawn deeper into the book, which is very atmospheric, and soon find ourselves questioning our every decision as the dark story unfolds.
The book is surprisingly unpredictable, unlike some of the Ian Livingston titles in the FF series, which were very formulaic and a little disappointing.
It should appeal to all fans of "Citadel of Chaos", arguably Steve Jackson at his best, and will have you re-attempting it a good many times in the hope of solving it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By London75 on 5 Sep 2014
As a schoolboy , 10 years of age back in 1985, my mother would take me to the book store once a week, and I would pick up the latest Fighting Fantasy books that they had. I built up a large collection over the years. I was never any good at following the rules to these books, but I would attempt to play them and read through the books. I was fascinated with the art and story lines. And out of all the books I had, this is the one I kept coming back to, it just sucked me in to its dark and twisted world, I loved it along with most of the other FF books. And over 25 years later it is these books, along with comic books like Dandy, Beano, that are the memories of my childhood.

Great times , when life was simple and full of joy at the simple things in life like a comic or Fighting Fantasy book.
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