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Thread: Choose Your Own Adventure books

  1. #1
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    Dec 2007

    Default Choose Your Own Adventure books

    Did anyone else read these? You would read a page and at the bottom you would have a choice of what to do nexted by picking the next page to turn to i.e. if you wanted to run from the ghost turn to page 64. I think I got my first one from saving tokens from a corn flake packets and was sent The Horror Of High Ridge. Also bought a few others but mainly got them from the libary. A couple of mates read them as well but they mainly cheated by going back to the previous page and picking the other choice.

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    I had some and if I remember correctly Some of Enid Blytons Famous Five were made into them. I have to say I never really got on with those types of books.
    I hate making decisions I'd rather just get on with the story, but thats just me

  3. #3
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    Mar 2007

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    I had one called 'Exploration Infinity' which i got from the school book club when i was about 9.
    "Ah, nostalgia ain't what it used to be..."

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    They had some others written by a different author but you had to roll a dice to see what page you turned to. I`ve tracked them down on amazon and ordered 5 already lol. (the ones without the dice)

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    Nov 2008

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    I had a few of these back in the late 1970s. I think I got three for Christmas from one of my mother's catalogues, and managed to pick up another one a few months later. One page featured text, whilst the opposite had a picture containing clues, with the page to turn to next labelled with an arrow.

    One was a kidnapping story set in France, which ended up as a chase through the sewers of Paris. To 'win' the story you had to go through one particular sewer which was almost hidden in the picture clue.

    Another was some sort of smuggling story featuring an old car laden with gold bullion.

    Another one was based on breaking coded messages, spotted in the classified section of a local newspaper. The messages were always in the form "turn to page XX", which referred to a page in the local tourist guide. You were given help on solving each particular coded message as to which cypher it used; however this wouldn't lead to the correct solution. To solve the book you had to have spotted another coded message on one page, and have worked out the particular cypher to use from other messages on the same page. It had me beat for a few weeks.

    I'm sure the final one was set in space, but I can't recall anything about it.

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    Sep 2008
    Liverpool, England

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    I had something similar, one was called footsteps in the fog and was set in victorian London and saw you in the role of a sherlock holmes-type character going after a top-hatted villain. Another was set on a haunted train journey where it would say things like 'You see a white shape from the furthest carriage window, do you take a photograph?' then it would give you the option of turning to a page to take a photograph or turning to another if not. By the time the adventure was over you needed to have at least 3 or 4 ghosts photographed. These books were both in the same series and the inside front and back covers would fold out to reveal these mini-game cards.

    I also had a few Sonic The Hedgehog adventure books which weren't really that great and two mini adventure books which I remember picking up from WHSmiths years ago. One of these was set in a haunted castle while the other one was set in space or on some sort of space craft.

  7. #7
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    Apr 2007

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    I have a couple in a cupboard somewhere, Island of the Lizard King and Citadel of Chaos. Think both were by Steve Livingstone and came out in ealry/mid 80s.
    The only thing to look forward to is the past

  8. #8
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    Jan 2009

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    I've still got six of the Jackson/ Livingston books on a shelf, where they've been sitting for about sixteen years!

    The forest of Doom
    Fangs of Fury
    Daggers of Darkness
    House of Hell (my favourite)
    Spectral Stalkers

    They're not mine though and I recently bumped into the guy who lent them to me. I mentioned them and now he wants them back!

    One of the best I played though was actually quite clever. I forget the title but it was set in a maze where you fight to the death with another warrior.
    The twist was that there were two books and it was for two players so you fought one of your mates.

    But, as yelever mentioned, the problem with all these books is that you just go back to the previous page if you made the wrong choice!

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    I remember getting them from the libary! Oh now im tempted to buy some!!!
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    Apr 2009

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    I got a few out from the library in the 1980s.

    I've still got a one called The Magic Path, which was part of the Skylark series for younger readers.

    Bantam also did some for even younger readers, which were about A4 sized with full colour pictures & hardly any choices. My sister had 1 or 2.

    Bantam also had a series call Interplanetery Spy, my brother & I were each bought one from a newsagent on a caravan site in North Norfolk.

    I've still got them both, along with Asterix & Biggles game books which came with a dice & some other things that were needed to play them.

    Another puzzle book I've got is The Riddle Of The Sphinx, which needed the solutions to puzzled writing in it, spoiling further use.

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