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There used to be a series of adventure puzzle books at the local library where I grew up, and I have been having a real hard time tracking them down.
- SciFi was a constant theme. As far as I remember, the books always took place on alien planets, or some other SciFi setting.
- The books almost always involved having to escape from some sort of predicament.
- The books were non-linear. For example, you might be asked to pick a direction and flip to a differant page. You might be given multiple possible solutions to a puzzle, each one pointing to a differant page. This was a less common element, as these books were not of the "choose your own adventure" sort, however, if you took the wrong path you could die.
- The books were vivid in colour, and had particularly strange artwork (even for a SciFi book - though these were the impressions of a 10 year old boy).
- In one book, the hero crash lands on an uncharted alien planet. Throughout the pages, the hero points out the particularly odd and amazing creatures and phenomenon encountered on the planet.
- I remember one scene where the hero has to escape from some giant alien frogs.
- In another scene, the hero is presented with a sort of maze, with three exits. Two exits led to other pages, and could be played on until successful completion. One exit led to the hero dieing a grizzly death.
- I read these books in a library in Sydney, Australia. At the very latest, I would have read them up to 1999.
- As I previously stated, the books heavily featured interesting art work depictions of the scene and puzzle. As such, the books were fairly large - about as tall as an A4 page, but wider.