Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Review: Von Doogan and the Curse of the Golden Monkey by Lorenzo Etherington
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Trade paperback
Released: June 5th, 2014
The Curse of the Golden Monkey is BOTH a brilliant puzzle book AND a thrilling adventure story! It;s jam-packed with challenges for you to solve, and every step of the way our hero's fate is in YOUR HANDS! Can Doogan uncover the MYSTERIOUS and TERRIFYING secrets at the heart of Javasu Island? It's up to YOU!
If you like puzzles and adventures then The Curse of the Golden Monkey is the book for you! It contains absolutely loads of challenges that, quite honestly, took me ages to complete. There's an ongoing comic story all about Von Doogan, a daring young adventurer, which ties in to the various puzzles included.
A progress bar at the bottom of each page constantly reminded me just how slow I am when it comes to mind-bending puzzles (hey, I was tired ok?!) and the more you complete the more of the story you can unlock. I quite enjoyed learning a bit of Morse Code and unlocking a door in the right order, and lucky for me the solutions are all included at the very end of the book.
The Curse of the Golden Monkey will keep any reader occupied for HOURS, regardless of their age. Just make sure you're awake and alert, otherwise you'll find yourself muttering questionable words and wishing you could just figure out the four things Kuthulu will be made from. All in all this is a clever, entertaining addition to The Phoenix Presents series of books, and I hope to see Von Doogan again soon. Now, I'm off for a much-deserved sleep!