|Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks|
|Author(s):||Steve Jackson (2)|
|Cover illustrator:||David Martin|
|First published:||September 25 1986|
|Previous Book:||Trial of Champions|
|Next Book:||Masks of Mayhem|
|Wizard (Series 1)|
|Wizard (Series 2)|
Robot Commando is a single-player role-playing gamebook written by Steve Jackson (2) (the American game designer, rather than the series co-creator), illustrated by Gary Mayes and originally published in 1986 by Puffin Books. It forms part of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy series. It is the 22nd in the series in the original Puffin series (ISBN 0-14-032152-7). There are currently no announced plans to republish this book as part of the Wizard series.
“ Past and future meet in the land of Thalos!
What would you do if you were a rancher on a distant planet, using robots to herd vicious dinosaurs? What would you do if your deadly enemies, the Karosseans, invaded? What would you do if you knew that the protection of your homeland against the invaders and marauding dinosaurs was up to you alone? Now is your chance to find out, for all this is exactly what happens in this thrilling futuristic adventure!
Part story, part game, this is a book in which YOU become the hero! Two dice, a pencil and an eraser are all you need. YOU decide which routes to take, which dangers to risk and which foes to fight.
The reader takes the role of a dinosaur rancher in the country of Thalos on a distant planet who finds themself in the middle of an attack by Thalos' mortal enemy, the militaristic Karosseans. A strange weapon is unleashed which causes all of Thalos, save the protagonist, a deep sleep and leaves the land free to be invaded. Over the course of the adventure the reader gets the opportunity to control a variety of giant robots in their battles against dinosaurs and Karossean invaders while looking for a way to rouse his countrymen.
Introduction/Hints on PlayEdit
- Medikits replace Provisions and restore 1 stamina point each.
- Features combat instructions for fighting between robots.
- 5 Medikits
Cover and IllustrationsEdit
- Main article: Robot Commando (illustrations)
The original cover of the book was designed and illustrated by David Martin.
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The interior illustrations were by Gary Mayes. There were 30 full page illustrations and 5 minor repeated illustrations scattered throughout the text. The paragraphs with a full page illustration were: 1, 13, 26, 39, 52, 65, 78, 91, 104, 117, 130, 143, 156, 169, 182, 195, 208, 221, 234, 247, 260, 273, 286, 299, 312, 325, 338, 351, 386 and 400.
- Capitol Building
- College of Medicine
- College of War
- Fuel-Refining Plant
- Robot Experimental Centre
- Thalian Museum
- The Capital City
- The City of Industry
- The City of Knowledge
- The City of Pleasure
- The City of Storms
- The City of the Guardians
- The City of the Jungle
- The City of Worship
- The Dinosaur Preserve
- The National Treasure House
- The Temple of Fear
- The Temple of Glory
- The Temple of Nothingness
- The Temple of Peace
- The Weather Bureau
- Giant Lizard
- Man-Trap Plant
- Robot Guard/Information/Mini/Surgeon/Towing/Tyrannosaurus
- Street Cleaner
- Traffic Copter
- Robot Commando is one of the few entries in this series to feature multiple successful endings, as opposed to multiple methods of reaching the one successful ending.
- (400) is not the successful conclusion to the adventure.
- The book is one of two (the other being Seas of Blood) where on the original publication with the Adventure Gamebooks banner the words Adventure Gamebooks, Gamebook, and number are in black instead of the regular white.
- This was the first Puffin gamebook to feature a tag-line separate from the rest of the blurb.
- One of the robots in this story is variously called a "Trooper" and a "Trouper", and on one occasion both in the same reference.
Dedicated to my grandparents,
E.B. and Bonnie Lairmore
With special thanks to the playtesters:
Monica Stephens, C. Mara Lee, Jerry Self,
Norman Banduch, Jim Gould, Allen Varney,
Creede and Sharleen Lambard
- Character Sheet
- Fighting Fantasy at Gamebooks.org
- Robot Commando at Gamebooks.org
- Robot Commando at the Internet Archive record of the old Fightingfantasy.com