Monday, January 21, 2008

My books #5: Stormin' Sonic

Storm clouds over Mobius.

Sonic and his pals have never seen anything like it. All the Zones are being affected by a mysterious weather egg creating climate chaos wherever it goes. Only you and Sonic can save Mobius from a weather wipeout.

Use your skill, luck and stamina to help Sonic in this amazing gamebook adventure.

‘Stormin’ Sonic’ followed hot on the heels of ‘Theme Park Panic’. Where the first book had been based within an out of control theme park, the second Sonic adventure Marc and I created was based around the idea of bizarre weather affecting the world of Mobius.

We worked just as we had for our first collaboration but, having gained the confidence of writing one already, we put in rather more of Sonic’s world, rather than take him out of it (as we had effectively done with the first adventure). ‘Theme Park Panic’ had featured the hyperactive blue hedgehog Sonic and his twin-tailed foxy pal Miles Prower, a.k.a. Miles Prower, and (inevitably) his nemesis Dr Robotnik. In ‘Stormin’ Sonic’ we also threw in Sonic’s girlfriend Amy (a pink hedgehog) and his rival Knuckles (a red echidna).

We had great fun thinking up bizarre weather systems and what it was that might be generating them. I remember much laughter was had when we came up with the concept of Foggy Froggy the Fog Frog. We also enjoyed juxtaposing creatures with the setting in which they found themselves. For example, there was a walrus stuck up a tree and a penguin foreign legion in the desert zone, with a polar bear selling ice creams.

There was, of course, the obligatory final battle with the big bad boss Dr Robotnik himself inside his insidious Weather Egg. And that was the end of my involvement with Sonic the Hedgehog. It was fun while it lasted, and I’ve recently been fortunate enough to come back to the popular-IP-gamebook-gig with my Doctor Who: Decide Your Destiny adventure. But there will always be a special place in my heart reserved for Sonic the Hedgehog.


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