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3.0 out of 5 stars An underwater adventure, 19 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Demons of the Deep (Puffin Adventure Gamebooks) (Paperback)
This is the only Fighting Fantasy book to take place in Titan's fourth continent of Atlantis. Atlantis is sunk beneath the sea during the period of time this adventure is set (as a result of the machinations of Myurr according to Titan history in other FF media). As such this adventure has some uniqueness to it. Not only is it set in Atlantis, the reader spends the vast majority of the adventure under the sea. Being underwater doesn't actually have that much bearing on your character (with convenient magic gills and atmospheres) and it soon becomes much the same as any adventure taking place on dry land.

What is offered by the author though is a variation on the usual selection of opponents. Most are underwater based denizens unlikely to be encountered on land. Although some are really just substitutes, ie a sea dragon as opposed to a normal dragon. There are sharks, barracudas, mermen, water elementals and even a legendary Kraken to face, alongside the usual demons and skeletons. You can even befriend a dolphin or a swordfish.

There lacks a storyline thread. The plot is a simple 'get revenge' type idea. Your exploration of the sunken continent (or really just the sunken city and environs) is little more than a series of events and encounters lacking connectivity other than you. The reader merely searches for a way to return to the surface and extract vengeance. Perhaps more could have been made of the history and culture of Atlantis.

The path to vengeance can be varied though (even foregoing it). There are several approaches including utilising water elementals, sea dragons, dolphins and black pearls. This book does not traditionally end on 400 to reflect various possible outcomes (much like the author's earlier 'Scorpion Swamp'). This gives the book some scope for replaying after completing (even though some of the endings only vary depending upon the treasure you obtain).

This book is a bit basic in its writing style but there are some nice ideas and some interesting encounters. It is also just about sufficiently different to pique a reader's interest. It is a shame that the FF series never featured any further adventures concerned with Atlantis.
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