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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September 1, 2014

IMPORTANT | For those players who weren't able to run the game

Hi everyone!

Many of you have played Soul Gambler on Steam and gave us positive reviews and we are very thankful for it.

Some of you have had problems trying to run the game and even though it was a small amount of players, we know how unfair is not able to play a game you paid for. Whether were many people or few people, our duty is to help you as best we can.

Many of you already know the story behind the development of the Soul Gambler and the reason of these bugs and how we cannot help to solve them and how that's why we are making the game from the scratch. Some of you, don't know this story and you just want to play the game you paid for and it's only fair. We must provide you what you paid for.

If you don’t want to read anymore text and just want to get the web version of the game, just skip the next paragraph and go to the instructions.

DISCLAIMER
We cannot fully fix the current game version (PC - Windows), because it was built by another indie game studio based on the web technology available at the time. We, Tlön Studios, are creating an improved version, Soul Gambler: Director's Cut, on Unity 3D and this project is been designed to be user-friendly and absolutely bugs free. Plus, everyone who bought the current version will receive the newer version (to be release on Christmas) for free as an update of the current one. If you can't play the current version of the game on your PC, we will give you access to the webgame, which is available on www.soulgambler.com - and is playable in almost every PC who runs a modern internet browser. Soul Gambler for PC, iOS and Web, are exactly the same game.

INSTRUCTIONS | to request full access to Soul Gambler (web version):

  1. Access the Soul Gambler’s store page on your Steam Client and take a screenshot like the one below, so we can check out your username and if you own the game;



  2. Access http://soulgambler.com/user/signup and register yourself on the website;
  3. Send us an e-mail to play@soulgambler.com requesting access to the web version, we need that you send us two things:
  4. The e-mail you used to register on the Soul Gambler's website;
  5. The screenshot you took on Step 1.
  6. We will give you full access to Soul Gambler and get back to you by e-mail on the very same day (24hs).

We are a small indie game studio trying to survive and making nice games and I'm sorry if we couldn't help you on the forums as often as we would like to. Don't worry we didn't forget you and we are very thankful and grateful for your support and for playing our game.

On Christmas, be ready for the Soul Gambler - Director's Cut!

If you have any other question or suggestion, regarding the game, please contact me directly on publisher@gamestorming.com.br

Horacio Corral | CEO @ Tlön Studios & Gamestorming

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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 achievements (in-game, no Steam)

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: This game REQUIRES Internet Explorer 10 and .NET 4.0 (Client Profile)
    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: This game REQUIRES Internet Explorer 10 and .NET 4.0 (Client Profile)
Helpful customer reviews
17 of 18 people (94%) 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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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
3.9 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!


~ 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. I'm also still waiting on that Director's Cut stuff. Not a deal breaker for me, but thought you should know. Take care!
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9 of 11 people (82%) 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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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
1.4 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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7 of 9 people (78%) 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 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
2.3 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 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
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 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 5, 2014
Soul Gambler is a choose your own adventure type visual novel. You start the game by choosing to put points in four categories: Strength, Persuasion, Charisma and Intelligence. Basic gameplay involves choosing from a list of dialogue or actions. Stat checks during the story will often allow you to make special choices that will affect the game.

I've only completed 1 playthrough as of writing this review, which took about 30 minutes. There are a variety of achievements to earn which show that your choices will have some effect on the outcome. This game was entertaining enough that I want to play through differently just to see how it changes.

The graphics are well drawn and nice to look at. The sound is a little boring and doesn't add much to the gameplay. The writing kept me interested throughout, and made me want to give it another play.

The big downside is the length. The playthrough took about 30 minutes, and I imagine another playthrough would be shorter since I could skip through a lot of the repetitive dialogue. Looking at the list of achievements, there don't appear to be enough endings to require more than 2-3 playthroughs. So, about 90 minutes of gameplay is all you will get out of this. It's fun while it lasts, but definitely think about your budget when making the purchase. Whatever 90 minutes of entertainment is worth to you, that's how much I'd spend.

I recommend this game, but do keep it mind the short length. I got it in a bundle so did not spend much, and did enjoy my time with it.

Grade: C
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9 of 13 people (69%) 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Very good potentail, loved it even though it was short, i hope there is another one coming out! 9/10
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2014
Its a pretty fun game, interesting storyline however it ended too quickly, i was getting into it espeically in the first chapter and then it all when down hill, the ending seemed to be a little rushed. All in all it was fun but its way too short espeically for the price tag on this game, luckily i got it for free in a giveaway.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
A cautious recommendation:

This game plays like a comic with a decision & consequence playstyle.

+ Idea
+ Comic style
+ Decisions & consequences

- Game only takes half an hour to complete
- Decisions don't change the walkthrough much.
- Felt like they could have expanded it way more and so much possible interaction is missing.

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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
This game was actually pretty fun. To be honest I wasn't expecting much from it, but I was surprised at how great it actually was. The storyline is pretty unique, and you can play the game basically anyway you want with all the choices. I don't understand why the game has so negative reviews. If you have $5 to spare, give it a try. You might actually enjoy it.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
This game is not really a game is a story of a boring man you is offered a choice to sell his soul and if he chooses to use parts of his soul he can alter reality. It is very though provoking and is a decent story for its short length.
There are multiple endings so its has much replay value.

8/10 the story could be longer but still a good game worth picking up.
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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Soul Gambler is a surprisingly fun graphic novel style game with quite a few interesting twists. Gameplay is straight forward and fun while the story is well written and engrossing. Overall definitely worth the price of admission.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Nice little point an click game. Short but decent re-playability.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2014
It s funny and little bit scary game :D but I like it
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6 of 9 people (67%) 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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