Friday, 15 May 2015

Plant your path

Now something for the kiddies.

This junior novel is based on the very successful Plants vs Zombies game. But even better, this is a chose your own adventure book. I was a fan of the Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone Fighting fantasy books when the first appeared back in the early 80s. So it is good to see these types of books are still being published.

If you are not familiar with these adventure books, shame on you. The story does not progress in the normal manner. Instead you reach a point in the story where you have to make a choice. Like you enter a room at the seed factory which contains caged zombies. The door is locked. So do you pull the lever labelled "release" or the one labelled "out"? Pull the wrong one and zombies eat your brains!

In this book you have teamed up with Matt (the football jock) and Emma (in the drama club) to fight off attacking zombies. With occasional help from Crazy Dave. You start at home but soon end up on a road trip as you try and escape the zombies. Compared to the old Fighting fantasy books this one is fun and simple. There are over 20 different endings and you have about a 50/50 chance of surviving.  

Luckily I was able to call on the help of a Plants vs Zombie expert. This kid knew exactly when to go with a Squash-Jalapeno Combo. It was fun when you reached an end point to go back and take another path. Although I never did find out what happened to Matt after he ran off.

Bite off more Doom-shrooms than you can chew

Mr Rimsky

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