Friday, 16 June 2017

Gamebook Friday: The Wicked Wizard of Oz - the first reviews!

The Wicked Wizard of Oz has been out for a couple of weeks now, and on top of that the original Kickstarter backers have started to receive their copies. As a result, the book has already received a number of reviews on, and I'm very pleased to report that they are all 5-star reviews.

Here's what people have been having to say about my latest ACE Gamebook...

"I've played a few of Jonathan's books such as Howl of the Werewolf and Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland so I knew this book would be well written. The first thing that strikes you is just how big the book is. It's a whopping 850 sections long. No wonder though, seeing as you can play through the book as any of the 6 characters! I've played through as Dorothy, the Lion and the Tin Woodman so far and each story varies more than enough to make playing through the book as each character worth while. You won't get the feeling that "you've done all this before"."

"Having received a preview copy of Wicked Wizard and played it , I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Being an Oz fan, I loved this dark dieselpunk version of the Land over the Rainbow! The gameplay was suitable absorbing using either dice or playing cards. Also, being able to play as different characters from the original stories gives this game book great re-playability! Finally the illustrations are beyond awesome..."

"First impressions: it looks beautiful and it's a huge book - so lots to look at and enjoy and lots to and have fun with. It''s been a long time since I last had a choose your own path adventure book but this was a wonderful reintroduction to the genre - easy to follow and to play. Well written and engaging storylines. I love being able to play the different characters. Have played several times in the 24 hours I've had it and have had a completely different experience each time. Highly recommended!"

"Once again Jonathan Green hits the bulls-eye with this incredible gamebook. Take what you think you know about that famous "land over the rainbow" and prepare for a trip into adventure. Journeying through the land of Oz you get to choose which of the famous Oz characters you wish to play - all of whom start in different places and have their own specific strengths and weaknesses. Never a dull moment, this adventure gamebook will keep you gripped from start to finish - and the best bit is you can then swap characters and explore a different path through Oz."

You can pick up your copy of The Wicked Wizard of Oz here.

In other gamebook-related news, my Kickstarter backer copies of Steve Jackson's The Trolltooth Wars graphic novel arrived yesterday, and they are a glory to behold. I especially like the FF pin badge.

 The Wicked Wizard of Oz ACE Gamebook, alongside Steve Jackson's The Trolltooth Wars graphic novel.

You can order your own copy of The Trolltooth Wars here, or you can pick one up at Fighting Fantasy Fest 2 in September.

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