I need to try and remain unbiased for this one as I was a play tester once again for Jonathan Green’s latest fairy tale/ steampunk/ gamebook adventure The Wicked Wizard Of Oz. This adventure sees us flying back over the rainbow in an extremely clever way, in that you can play as a regular goody Dorothy Gale, The Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, Lion or maybe two bonus characters the Wicked Witch Of The West or the Wonderful Wizard himself!
The basic premise is that an automaton “Wizard” has become self aware and is wreaking havoc through Oz with an intention of bursting into Kansas as well. Due to the sheer number of references needed to cater for six different heroes…the adventure doesnt seem to be as long as most Jonathon Green works such as Alices Nightmare In Wonderland, but he utilizes what is left very well giving us plenty of foes and places to explore and tasks to complete. One of the things I love about this book is that your hero gets to meet up with others along the way. Each hero has special abilities and The Pen Is Mightier choices will get you out of sticky situations when used appropriately.
Once again the incredible pen work of Kev Crossley is weaved into the pages to bring the world of Oz to life. Even upon seeing his preliminary sketches I was taken in by the dark steampunk styled sketching of tje four main heroes. These are not dancers and singers anymore, just mean looking action heroes.
To summarize this is Jonathan’s most ambitious project to date. Arriving just a month after estimated release, it was proofread by playtesters and professionals alike in order to get it perfect as can be. Now available on Amazon, I would recommend it to any fan of Baum’s classic tale or game books alike, in order to experience the evolution of a typical 400 reference static hero book into an 850 reference multiple choice hero book. Click HERE to get yours.
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