5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A fantastic Fighting Fantasy game book,
By A Customer
This review is from: Creature of Havoc (Fighting Fantasy Gamebook 4) (Paperback)
This game book is really hard, complex and epic as far as most Fighting Fantasy books go, but it's definitely worth buying and reading. In fact, it's really good and will impress any fan of the series!
Creature of Havoc treats the player as an adult and doesn't offer any easy paths through to the goal. It's truly bizarre too! The reader starts off as an uncontrollable beast, an unidentifiable monster that acts on its animalistic instincts to survive alone! Your destiny guides you to find and confront an evil sorcerer called Marr!
I won't reveal anymore of the story, I don't want to give too much away, but Steve Jackson really excels himself here. This book takes us through multiple and interesting environments in the main character's huge quest to discover the origins and the truth of its existence!
You get to travel from place to place in the game and meet different characters who can help or hinder you. But beware; the world is a dangerous, cruel and unforgiving place. You have to be on your wits to survive in this game book as it's very cunning and quite lethal!
At 460 references long, there's plenty of scope to explore the subterranean dungeons, plains, towns and forests in the story. The author has a great love of placing artefacts that reveal hidden treasures and doorways that can only be accessed by adding or subtracting to the reference numbers. This clever ploy makes it much, much harder for the reader to cheat!
This is a great Fighting Fantasy game book; I was really impressed by it when I first read it! It's stunningly original, well written and illustrated. It's cunningly difficult, frequently lethal, and will keep a determined player coming back for more.
Your character even has to learn to understand language as you start as an unthinking monster. This is brilliantly done by encoding normal spoken language so you can't understand or benefit from it. If you discover a way to comprehend language, you'll go much further!
Remember, determination, persistence and curiosity are the most important qualities to have when you tackled this book. You'll die many times before you get to the end successfully! I did, before I managed to complete it!
In my opinion, it's the best one written in the whole series. (...)