Friday, 11 August 2017

Gamebook Friday: The Wicked Reviews of Oz

The Wicked Wizard of Oz has been out for a couple of months now and has garnered some rather pleasing reviews.

Here's what some people have had to say over on

"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....."

"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."

"Highly recommended to any fans of the Wizard of Oz or multi-path,choose your own adventure books such as the Fighting Fantasy series."

And this is what one kind reviewer posted on

"The Wicked Wizard of Oz is a choose-your-path-adventure book dealing with a dark version of Oz. While generally following the conventions of such books, it adds some interesting twists. You can choose to be one of four characters from the story: Dorothy, Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, or the Lion... The writing of the sections make or break this type of book and Jonathan Green's clear descriptions bring the scenes to life, such as "... , a dolorous klaxon starts to sound and caged lights on the chamber walls flash red..." and "... You land with a dirty splash in a quagmire of mud and industrial effluent...". There are 850 sections in the book, with many of them seen only by certain characters, so there is a good deal of replay value here. Familiar characters and places populate this book from the Oz series, but slightly darker and stranger, making encounters more unpredictable even if you know the original stories.

If the idea of returning to a darker, dieselpunk version of Oz appeals to you, then you can purchase your own copy of my second ACE Gamebook adventure here.

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