Blood of the Zombies by Ian Livingstone

Terrible things are happening in Goraya castle…

Insane megalomaniac Gingrich Yurr is preparing to unleash an army of monstrous zombies upon the world. He must be stopped and his undead horde defeated. In this life-or-death adventure the decisions YOU make will decide the fate of the world. Can YOU survive or will YOU become a zombie too?
I’ve been taking a break from writing book reviews. Before I get back into the swing of things, I’ll post a brief review of one of my favourite type of books, the “Choose your own adventures”. For those who don’t know, one of the most popular series of choose your own adventures is Fighting Fantasy by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, the same people who are responsible for Games Workshop and Tomb Raider. Blood of the Zombies was created to celebrate the 30th anniversary since the publication of the first Fighting Fantasy novel, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain.

In Blood of the Zombies, you’ve been kidnapped and sold to a megalomaniac who wants to build an army of zombies to exact revenge of those who mocked him. Now you must find a way to escape from the castle before you too are turned into one of the undeads. The story itself is nothing special, I’ve read better Fighting Fantasy stories to be honest but it has a certain old school charm about it.

I read/played through this on the Android app. What I like about the app is that you can pick a difficulty level to reflect how you might play (cheat) in the real life counterpart. On the easy setting, you have the ability to heal yourself whenever you want, go back to the previous decision and unlock any option even if you do not possess the required item and on the hard setting, you must survive the whole adventure on limited health. Luckily you’re given unlimited bookmarks so you can go back should your decision turn out to be unfavourable or a fight didn’t turn out as you hoped.

The difficulty of the book is tougher than I thought. I started off with the medium setting and kept dying to hordes of zombies so I resorted to the easy setting and cheated my way through. Even though I’ve completed it once on the easy setting, I think it will take a miracle to replicate the same success on the hard setting.

I wish there’s an option to switch weapons so I don’t have to waste my shotgun shells on one or two zombies but luckily in my playthroughs so far there’s been just enough ammo.

This was a great nostalgia trip and it was fun to play through the story despite how difficult it can be. For sure, it will take me a while to complete all of the achievements in the app. PS: before finishing this article, I wanna say thanks to Sarah, a mom & pet blogger, who gave me this book. Let’s visit the latest article on her blog – reviews on best outdoor cat house & shelter!