Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Great Fighting Fantasy Book Ranking

Over at the forum, regular poster Zagor has ranked all 67* Fighting Fantasy gamebooks according to his personal preferences.

It's certainly provoked a lot of discussion and some of my contributions to the series have fared better than others. However, I'm pleased to say that Howl of the Werewolf made it to the heady heights of number 12 in Zagor's list.

#12 - Howl of the Werewolf by Jonathan Green
In my mind, Jon's best gamebook (sorry Theme Park Panic fans), Howl of the Werewolf has some great horror moments and plenty of interesting characters and encounters. It also has some excellent extra rules as you become more powerful through your lycanthropy. With many paths through the book, it's very replayable too, though perhaps a minor complaint is some paths are alot longer than others. It's looking like this might be the last FF at present but at least the series will finish on a high.

I don't agree with all of the rankings of course, because it's all based on personal preference, but kudos to Zagor for tackling such a monumental task and for playing every single FF gamebook, and then writing an erudite review of each and every one.

Maybe in the future we'll see how other people rank the books in the series. But for now, if you would like to check Zagor's ratings out for yourself, click here.

* '67? Are you sure?' I hear you cry. Let me explain. Puffin Books published 59 normal FF gamebooks, the 4 that formed the Sorcery! epic and the 2-player Clash of the Princes. Wizard Books have since released 3 original titles. Hence 67 in total.

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