Soul Gambler puts YOU in the role of Faust, an ordinary young man living in the present day whose DESTINY is about to be change forever.
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Release Date: Aug 1, 2013
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"An comic book style visual novel adventure game with various choices to make and consequences to be felt."

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February 14

Major Update with Fixes, Achievements and Steam Cards!

After changing teams twice since release, we finally managed to make a major update.


*Fixed the "White Screen of Death" and the "Loading from Hell" that were prevent the game from running in some computers.

*Changed the requirements. The game no longer needs Internet Explorer or .Net Framework installed in order to run.

* Added Steam Cards

* Added Story Oriented Steam Achievements

*Fixed some "storytelling bugs"

Enjoy

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Special Edition

Soul Gambler: Dark Arts Edition includes:

  • Artbook (76 pages) featuring making of, character creation, scenarios and unreleased illustrations;
  • Original Soundtrack on the MP3 Format.

About This Game

SOUL GAMBLER is an interactive graphic novel inspired by Goethe’s Faust, a tragic play written in the 19th century. This is a contemporary and engaging adaptation of the masterpiece.

Soul Gambler puts YOU in the role of Faust, an ordinary young man living in the present day whose DESTINY is about to be change forever.

When Faust was leaving his boring job, a mysterious woman approached him. She made him a tempting proposal: SELL parts of his SOUL in exchange for the fulfillment of his every WISH.

NOW it is up to you to decide his fate!

  • BECOME Faust and transform yourself in a Soul Gambler
  • CHOOSE how the story unfolds, and even how it ends
  • AMAZE yourself with gorgeous comic book-styled illustrations and environments
  • OWN the ability to sell parts of your soul in exchange for many pleasures
  • IMMERSE yourself in this shady world while listening to an involving soundtrack
  • COMPLETE more than 20 challenging story-oriented Steam Achievements

Faust's FATE lies in your hands.
What are you waiting for? Time to GAMBLE your soul!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 - Service Pack 1
    • Processor: 1 Ghz (Single Core)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any Directx 9 compliant Video Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any Directx 9 compliant Sound Card
    • Additional Notes:
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 - Service Pack 1
    • Processor: 2 Ghz (Dual Core)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any Directx 9 compliant Video Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any Directx 9 compliant Sound Card
    • Additional Notes:
Helpful customer reviews
20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Soul Gambler is a very nice game and i like it much. I had have problems with playing it on steam. The installation works but the game doesn't run. So i got after a few days the access to the full episodes on their website and could play it as browser game. My english is not the best, but i understand the very nice but short story.

The "Dark Arts Edition" is on sale at the moment (-80%) for only 1,39 EUR. Who don't know the game should take it now until the low price ends. I don't know what is different to the normal version, because i couldn't buy it as "Dark Art Edition" again. I got error message that i already own this game :-(

I don't know why it got's so much bad reviews in the last days. Maybe because others couldn't run it with steam too or because the story is to short. (only 1-2 hours to play)

The author said that they are making a directors cut which will be free to everyone who bought Soul Gambler and that it will also fix the problem with the game being unplayable.So i guess we only have to wait for the Directors Cut of the game.

Nice is that it has Steam Trading Cards, Emotions and Backgrounds since a short time. I have the Level 1 badge and sold the :DemonLady: Emoticon on market which i got through crafting the badge and bought me from this money the very nice "Gambling with Souls" background (you can see it on my profile)
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Well, there have been quite a few well documented issues with this game that persisted for way too long, such as the white screen loading issue. I am happy to report that this has finally been addressed with what I believe was a new programming team if I understand things correctly.

Anyway, I was pleased to finally be able to play this game, and it was actually quite enjoyable, so in tis case, it was well worth the wait. It's an interactive novel presented in comic book fashion, with the page frames and such. The artwork is quality. You would expect to see this published by a larger comic company if it was in paper form due to the excellent artwork and coloring. The story was also well written and engaging, and in fact, there seem to be many variations on how this tale can play out, so it carries a choose your own adventure style to it as well. You start out with some very basic RPG options which impact your choices later. There arent upgrades or anything....whatever you choose is what you stick with, although your choices may end up adjusting some of the stats as part of the story.

There are some issues with the actual script itself, such as poor sentence structure at certain points (much like my writing here in this review, lol). It seems like English may not have been the original language for this script, and the translation was solid with just a few blemishes. Anyway, nothing major, but you will notice it when you read through the text.

The OST was quite nice, and appropriate to the theme of the game as well.

All told, I think I give this game an 8 out of 10 surprisingly, and I would encourage people to read the more recent reviews when making a determination as to whether or not you might purchase this game, as the technical issues that caused a lot of the negative reviews have been solved at this point.
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
Great Visual Novel game. You can explore and build your own fate at your own.

This game has a good concept about soul and destiny. I really love the idea about spend pieces of your soul to achieve something that normally hard in your life. And if you are player who boring about same dialogues, I assure you this game will offer many possible dialogues that waiting for you to found them. At least, there are four possible endings.

2 months ago, I used pirate windows and I can't open this game. Right now, I use licensed windows and this game runs smoothly. I don't know are there connection or not but may be this can help some people who having problem of this game won't start.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
Interesting story and many choices that make story different. Down side is that there are only very few different endings but I still liked this game. I bought it with 90% off coupon and don't think that the game is worth full price. Glad I had the coupon!
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Short, fast-paced story and you can easily finish with all achievements in about 2 hours or less. If you bear with it, there are interesting moments, even if just to see what the writers had in mind.

What first caught my eye was, of course, the the incredibly sexy red-head hanging over Faust's shoulder. The art style really appeals to me and I love that the graphical user interface and scene composition is made up of comic book elements! The characters are mildly interesting but ultimately it's this red head, and her presence changing the scenes to macabre versions of themselves, which kept me playing.

Now, the story has some serious moments and some of the explanatory options do satisfy my curiosity, but overall the dialogue feels strange to me: "I couldn't understand this entire situation." for example. The few atmospheric NPCs (doctor, flight attendant, your boss) are not using lingo fit for their professions: "Keep yourself quiet. You need to rest. I've requested more exams to better understand your health status and what happened to you." It's not intolerable and can be amusing. One solid gripe I'll offer is my annoyance with the repetitive music, which loops itself far too quickly.

I haven't played any other game (so far) that involved making choices around gambling/bargaining your soul off and while there aren't an awful lot of long-drawn out or creative choices, there's just enough content to appropriately play out the story.

Some WTF moments. The girls were hot (except one crazy ratchet ho'). It most certainly satisfied me. If you're as hungry as I am for artsy visual novels and don't mind a cheap thrill, this might be for you. Notice that emphasis on might!

See it for a buck or two? Buy it!


~ REVIEW APPEND ~
- Director's Cut extras have been released
- Steam Trading Cards and Acheivements are available!
- Added links to my technicality warning


~ TECHNICALITY WARNING ~
I got an endless loading bar my first few sessions, but a quick google helped me get the game running. To fix, I had to install the latest Internet Explorer and make sure that my .NET Framework was up to date. Not a deal breaker for me, but thought you should know.

*Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2
*Latest version of Internet Explorer

Take care!
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2014
For playing it only ones and right after, it might be unusual to write an review about a game, but I think it should be played like this at the first try:

The gaming:
I simply love games like this one. It is not so much about an game-experience but self-experience. It is an touching game if you take your time and just do what you would do by having the same choices and chances as the main character has. You figure out luck and waste chances while you are trying to find out why you are in your position in the first place.

The contra-side:
As charming as the game is, you will need to run through the game again, having the knowledge you haven't had before and that is making your choices become more or less incorrect to what you would do usually. Therefore you are only trying to break your own destiny. You are desperately searching for the best outcome and I bet you will make it all worse.

My thought:
This game is art and not really gaming. The clicking of up to 4 possible answers/reactions on any given moment will change your personal outcome and represent how miserable your life is. It is deep, hard and true.

So:
As I said before, I like games like this. The almost everlasting run for the best possible ending on the other hand turns games like this into an mountain you can never climb up on to see what would happen by the change of every single choise. It would just take to long. But as morbid and macabre entertaiment it is.. I will surely give it at least one or two more runs and see what may change in the end.

Recomended to "Story-Based"-Gamers 9/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
I really like this game, For the people thinking about playing it, I'd suggest you to do one thing as I did. Don't play the logical way you think will benefit you the most and make you to "win" this game. Play it the way as you were the person who got these chances, play it like YOU were the faust, when I did it, I figured out, I would die. Isn't that nice? :)

Graphics looks good the only thing I find that is bad is that I can't play this game in windowed mode, but it seems like it's running in borderless mode so Alt+tabbing is working without any problems.

On the other side, audio is really bad, it seems like it's lagging but that may be my problem only. Characters are not talking, only subtitles are there, but I don't really mind it.

This game is very short when you play it only once but I believe this game is not meant to be played only once, considering every action you do changes the story. First time I played this game I finished it in 40 minutes, second playtime I finished in 30 minutes. And I'm not bored yet, I will play this game when achievements will be working.

So if you ask me, I highly suggest you this game, :)
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
well i just finished my first playthrough of Soul Gambler and i must say i really enjoyed it!
It's a very original game that somehow resemble a VN at first sight but as oppossite to that it's actually all about choiches and very light on text.
The story itself is quite interesting but the "meat" of the game are actually all the choiches and subsequent different paths and endings the game present you with. I've really enjoyed to put my self into the protagonist shoes (it's very easy to) and see where my choiches would led!
The only fault i can find to this game it's too short (not in the "oh, crap that's it?" way but in the "man i wished there was more of this" way), but i've seen just one ending and according to the achievements there are 5 plus all the different choiches i could have make i think there surely enough room for a couple other playthrough at least :)
In my opinion if you are interested in VNs with RPG elements \ adventure games this is totally worth the 5 euro full price, but right now is on sale for 1.25 and you cant really go wrong with that.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
This is a great game!
The characters are so interesting and the storyline is amazing!
I loved playing it. :)
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
the game is super,
the only thing missing are recorded voices/dialogs...
still, I had a lot of fun.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
A good game, interesting story, cool scenario and choices, but really not a long playthrough though.
It tooks me less than 4 hours to get all of the achievements.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
For what it is, Soul Gambler is a fantastic RPG-VN.

Of course, as with every such "Choose your adventure" type of game, a good portion of the content is static - no matter the choices, you will re-read a lot of the same material, perhaps with subtle differences here and there, but which you'll probably miss; rushing through what you thought was the same text, to get to the new bits, only to miss out on some new bits in the process xD

However, I thought the story was very interesting and contained notions worthy of (spiritual) contemplation, despite the at-times choppy translation. The RPG elements felt a little tacked on / not as deep as they could have been, but then, the game is short, and what was done with them was commensurate considering.

Plus, the game is still being updated and I saw, in passing, a remark on Steam from the developer stating that a Director's Cut is soon to come(?)
Plus, looking at the way the game, the DLC and the bundle are priced... THAT is how you price such things. Respect.

I recommend this game.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2014
if its on sale give it a shot but dont count on more that 30min or so of game play there is no branchin story to tell here all chosie lead you to the same place doing the same thing with only minor differences in the out come

FACT-only 30-50 min of game play
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
This game is great, but really short. You end up knowing pretty much as much as you started, only factions align differently and friends become enemies and vice versa.

Hopefully they make a part 2, my first playthrough I ended up with 140% of my soul and a huge desire to see past the ending.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
57% Concluded, 0-3-3-3 Stats in the end and 150% Soul, had some nice drinks, got laid and In the end I voices in my head.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
WOW really suprised me i bought it on sale and decided to play it a month later it was pretty fun and there are different endings i think i only have to go thrpugh the game 2-3 more times to unlock all endings and acheivments ive played through it twice but i highly reccomend it if its on sale
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
After the latest patch 13th Feb 2015 it has loaded fine on my Firefox browser. It's a fun little game with an engaging story, and the music is alright too. Not all that long, but entertaing enough to reccomend. Oh, some of the character designs are pretty good too.

Shocking, the Dublin pub didn't appear to have the black stuff on.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
I like this small game Soul Gambler. It's like playing through an interactive comic book adventure where you have to choose whether or not to give away part of your soul in exchange for some benefit. These choices will affect things later in the game and there are other things you can decide upon as well. In that way its a bit like Telltale's The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us games. Soul Gambler has some clever ideas and they are implemented pretty well in the game. Definately worth playing.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
An interesting, although very short, story. A lot is left unexplained, and it feels more like the beginning of a series than a standalone game (although I have no idea if there will be any sequels). There are a few possible paths, but so far as I can tell they all lead to the same points eventually, which may limit replayability for some people. It's also important to note that there are technical issues that have kept several people from being able to play the Steam version of the game, and the fix that was promised last year has still not been released. The publisher has made a web version of the game available to anyone who's purchased it on Steam and had these issues, but that may not be an acceptable solution to everyone http://steamcommunity.com/games/313020/announcements/detail/193974105988622121
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
A very nice story and with choices that seem to mold the character according to what you want to do.
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