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3.0 out of 5 stars Anniversary zombie fun, 22 Aug. 2012
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This review is from: Blood of the Zombies (Fighting Fantasy) (Paperback)
Ian Livingstone was always the master at the plot where the hero must infiltrate the dungeon/fortress/castle, etc and slay the evil wizard/sorcerer/demon, etc. I was never much impressed with his efforts in the past to stray from this . Thus when I heard that his thirty anniversary book was to involve zombies in the modern day I was sadly dissappointed (what! no Allansia, Old World or Khul). Despite my initial prejudice, and obvious flaws with the book, I found, to my pleasant surprise that I quite enjoyed it.

The main problem with Blood of the Zombies is that it doesn't really feel like a Fighting Fantasy adventure, despite a few fan indulgent references that are a little amusing. This is mainly because Ian Livingstone has dropped one of the greatest of strengths of FF - the fantasic combat system that made FF stand out from its competitors in the 1980s. Instead we are offered a very basic system based entirely on the roll of the dice (I was unfortunate enough to roll two consecutive double ones and went instantly from perfectly healthy to dead). This is the only thing that makes the adventure difficult. It is certainly not challenging on the brain and the path through the castle is relatively simple (and a little dull). Dice rolls aside, you should be able to complete this relatively easily.

The book also feels more like a computer game adaption (most likely due to Ian Livingstone's later career) than the other FF adventures. It also has far too much unnecessary equipment which is a pain to keep writing down every attempt at completing the book.

Despite the above criticisms though this book is somehow quite enjoyable and a welcome addition to the series of FF adventures. Its much better than Eye of the Dragon (Ian's previous and quite shoddy effort a few years ago) and is quite acceptable as an anniversary special and an effort at trying something a little different.
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