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An interesting idea, but not one of Ian's best gamebooks.
on 25 July 2011
A departure from the other Fighting Fantasy books, FREEWAY FIGHTER is set in 2022, after a virulent disease has slain most of the world's population. You are a citizen of New Hope, one of the last surviving colonies, and are charged with driving a long journey to the refinery at San Anglo, to claim much needed petrol for the settlements survival. The wasteland outside is a lawless place, but your Interceptor car has been specially modified with armour and an assortment of weaponry to give you a fighting chance.
FREEWAY FIGHTER is essentially a road trip gamebook as you move across country fighting outlaws, gangs and a whole host of other hoodlums. The standard Fighting Fantasy rules apply but you also have car to car combat, so keeping well stocked in missiles, fuel, med kits and other essentials is vital. (Run out of fuel or burst your two spare tyres, for instance, and it is game over!)
First published in 1985, FREEWAY FIGHTER will appeal to people who enjoyed the Mad Max and Doomsday films. It is certainly exciting enough and well written, but being an acquired taste it will not appeal to all. It is also a little shorter than most Fighting Fantasy books, having 380 paragraphs in total.