While most Fighting Fantasy books are either archetypical Dungeons & Dragons/Tolkein-inspired dwarf tossing, or else dragged kicking and screaming from popular culture and made to wear a slightly different coloured dress and told your name is Krazy Ken (see Freeway Fighter), Robot Commando appears to be entirely the product of a 13-year-old’s fever dream where giant robots herd dinosaurs… IN SPACE.
It seems a bit mean-spirited to single out one particular Fighting Fantasy book for being contrived, but even at my tender age with an enthusiasm for vampires I recognised Vault Of The Vampire as a collection of generic vampire tropes, and ‘Mortvania’ as the pseudo-Germanic that it was.
The Fighting Fantasy books are specifically designed for the reader or listener to guide the story. By making a choice, the story changes. The reader and listener transcend the aspect of a passive listener or reader to become an engaged participant and author of the story that unfolds.