Battle demons and undead attorneys, and win souls to pay back your student loans! At the elite demonic-law firm of Varkath Nebuchadnezzar Stone, you'll depose a fallen god, find romance, and maybe even make partner, if you don't lose your own soul first.
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Release Date: Dec 20, 2013

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Battle demons and undead attorneys, and win souls to pay back your student loans! At the elite demonic-law firm of Varkath Nebuchadnezzar Stone, you'll depose a fallen god, find romance, and maybe even make partner, if you don't lose your own soul first.

"Choice of the Deathless" is a necromantic legal thriller by Max Gladstone, Campbell Award-nominated author of Three Parts Dead and Two Serpents Rise. The game is entirely text-based--without graphics or sound effects--and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

  • Explore a fantasy realm with a rich and evolving backstory, based on the novels published by Tor Books.
  • Play as male or female, gay or straight, dead or alive (or both).
  • Build your career on carefully reasoned contracts, or party all night with the skeletal partners at your firm.
  • Navigate intrigue and mystery in a world of scheming magicians and devious monsters.
  • Look for love in at least some of the right places.
  • Balance student loans, sleep, daily commute, rent payments, and demonic litigation—hey, nobody said being a wizard was always fun.

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Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • OS: 10.6
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
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117 of 128 people (91%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2014
Nice "Choose your own adventure" type of game. Liked the books, when i was a kid, so i have no problems with the absence of pictures and sound (though both couldn´t hurt, if they were included at least sometimes).
Writing and story is quite good, you have some decisions, which will change the game a bit also you can build up your skills as well as your relationships with important persons, all which have impacts on your ending of the story.

For the price i had two hours of fun and am looking forward to other games of the developer :)
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181 of 216 people (84%) found this review helpful
58 people found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2014
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68 of 74 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
You know that bittersweet feeling you get at the end of a great story, where the satisfaction of wrapping up an excellent journey is balanced by the disappointment of having to say goodbye to all the characters you've come to know, and the world they live in?

Buy this game.
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58 of 64 people (91%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2014
I had never played a text based game before but with such an amusing description I knew I had to try this game, and I do not regret it. With a clever story, interesting world, and a good cast of characters Choice of the Deathless is a solid buy.
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49 of 55 people (89%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2014
I read the description and knew instantly that I couldn't live in a world anymore with this not in my Steam library. I knew I would love this and after playing for around ten minutes it is exactly what I wanted it to be.This game is pretty much a brilliant modernization of interactive fiction games of the past.Think Zork if it was multiple choice instead of parser (type words) interface. This creates a friendly modernization of the genre that is all too welcome.

The game itself is awesome. It is old school and self aware of its own absurdity. You work at the demonic law firm of Varkath Nebuchadnezzar Stone, you will try to stay ontop of your student debt, and even manage your love life!

If you're on the fence just check it out! It is a great adventure that is also reasonably priced. It reminded me today just how great the imagination is.
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37 of 37 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2015
Ok, I've played a lot of these 'Choice of Games', and I've really had fun with them all. I realized, though, that this one was extra special when I noticed I was replaying it for the 4th time in a row. While the others are a blast, I rarely replay them, and have never replayed one as much as this one(except Choice of Robots, go play it now if you haven't). This one is exceptionally written, and if your a book worm like me, and really 'get into' the story and 'transport' yourself there, you'll have a freaking blast. I even name my character my real life name just to add to the immersion, and I recommend this for any Interactive Novel, it really adds to the fun. Anyways though, without giving away spoilers this game/story is a lot of fun, you'll especailly enjoy it if your into lawyer, crime, and supernatural shows. 5 stars!
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37 of 38 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
A captivating and adult story about magic, demons, law and relationships. You can truly build the kind of a main character you wish, making choices not all too black and white. No music, no images, no narration, only the story to indulge in. Well worth the small price and time, will definitely read Gladstone's other stories as well. Steam needs more games like this.
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2014
In a game like this, the strength of the writing is the ultimate criteria by which to judge. And it delivers with stunning success.

Everything about how this game is written is fantastic. There is rapier wit to spare in the clever dialogue, narrative and general premise, the characters are written exceptionally well, and the descriptive writing makes the absense of visuals a moot point; your imagination, from the visual cues indicated, is the most effective tool.

The story is quickly paced and never stagnates. Exposition is kept to a minimum and you make decisions frequently and often. Speaking of decisions, the choices you make in this game DO influence so much about the story and the characters and how everything ends. It feels like this could be your story, though the protagonist is probably a good deal more clever than you.

It's just an absolute riot, a delight to read, and you're guaranteed at minimum 2 hours on a single playthrough, and if you see those achievements you can tell there are MANY directions you can take the game. I'm gonna go for a replay soon enough!

For this pricepoint? It's an absolute steal. Highest recommendations.
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24 of 29 people (83%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
To call this a choose-your-own-adventure story would be doing it an injustice. This is far more sophisticated. This is a beautifully constructed game that takes a fun format and brings it to the next level. The story is completely engrossing, I couldn't turn the game off, it was that engaging. The writting is immersive and a pleasure to read, the choices are well constructed and satisfying (with just the right amount of humor thrown in), and the world is unique and intriguing. I was sad when the game was over, I wanted to explore the world more.

I'd also like to note that I found no offensive content in this game during my play-through: nothing sexist, racist, homophobic--in fact it is very easy and satisfying to play as male or female, gay, straight or bi, and the race of your character is never mentioned or assumed. The cast is also racially diverse, which was a pleasant surprise. I never found the experience awkward or felt that it was only intended for a specific type of player. It's so uncommon to find a game that seems to be constructed for everyone to enjoy, but I think Choice of the Deathless has made it happen. I wholeheartedly recommend this game, and look forward to playing other titles by this developer.
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25 of 33 people (76%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2014
I helped a Goddess, encouraged a Demon to become an artist, died....ended up as a skeleton and still got the girl!
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13.0 hrs
Posted: October 25
I know that I've chosen that I don't recommend this game, but it's not terrible; in fact, I enjoyed parts of it. But this game isn't as good as others in the genre. Choice of Robots, for example, is a much better game.

This game lacks a few things:

1) consequences for actions- many of the "paths" lead to the same destination. There are plenty of fake choices in this game, and the stats have seemingly no bearing on your character's ability to succeed in this game. In fact, as I write this review, I'm realizing that the stats are virtually meaningless in this game. The author doesn't seem to know how to integrate the "Choice of" mechanics very well.

2) Clarity- I've played through this game 3 times as of my writing this, and I still don't understand what's going on in a few scenes. It's not because I'm too stupid to get it, either (I know when something goes over my head, and I'm not too proud to admit it :-P ). The mechanics of "the Craft" and how its analogous to being a lawyer seems tenuous at best. In some scenes, there are so many different versions of reality (e.g., nightmates, demonic planes, god/goddess realms, etc.) that it's really difficult to understand what's going on. There are a few other egregious examples of this, but in the interest of avoiding spoilers, I'll just say that the overall arc that binds the story is needlessly complicated and ends in a very confusing way. Mr. Gladstone (the author) must have never heard of the old adage K.I.S.S. : keep it simple, stupid.

3) Interesting characters- This might seem like a trite complaint, but none of these characters have any life in them. Character tropes can be a good thing, especially in these "Choice of" games, but none of these characters fall into familiar archetypes in a way that enhances the storytelling. I can think of a few off the top of my head: a rich and pretentious scion, three superficially different intimidating bosses, a family man, a horrific monster who turns out to be harmless. It was just lacking

4) Satisfying puzzles- The best Choice of Games are the ones where there is a particular situation in which your character will most likely fail in any given playthrough, but there is one narrow path in which your character will succeed in that situation. This happens arguably once in this game at the casino night, but there are no consequences, and it's not at all satisfying. In Choice of Robots, for example, it feels sooo good to earn the grant from the National Science Foundation toward the beginning of the game; there's nothing similar to that in this game.

Overall, I'd say this game isn't very good; but honestly, for the price...... what the heck. Buy it, play it, and see what I'm talking about.

Also, what the heck kind of writing is going on during the sex scenes. Really? It's all about the lack of plural second person pronouns in the English language. It's bad. Really bad.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: September 28
This setting, the so called Craft Sequence, is one of the best ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ settings I have ever had the fortune of reading in fiction. And this game and its sequal are THE best choice of games that have come out hands down. You are doing yourself a disservice if you dont read it.

Gushing aside the one problem I do have with it is I wish it would go into more detail for entry level readers. This game doesnt pull it punches regarding its lore and though a significant portion of the imagery itself is left to the readers imagination, I feel it could have been better with a smidge more detail regarding the laws (or lack thereof) that goevern this universe which the books do a better job at doing than this game does.

My low playtime is because I have it on my phone as well and did the majority f my playing on that device. The same is true for a quite a few other Choice of games actuall.
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4.7 hrs
Posted: August 22
What if lawyers were magic? Well, then our whole reality would become a matter of who has the best arguments and every legal case would change our world in ridiculous ways. But as this game shows, humanity is a clever and greedy breed of beast and our thirst for profit would spare us from total oblivion.

10/10 would human again
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5.5 hrs
Posted: August 15
It's not bad. It's not amazing, either.
Overall I recommend it, though. Especially if you're heavily into Pratchett (though don't really expect his level of writing from this game) - it seems that the author is.

It's rather interesting. (Though not better than "Choice of Robots" - another Choice of Games creation)

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14.7 hrs
Posted: August 10
Buy the game! You play a normal lawyer, 100% accurate. The only twist is it's more American centric I think. I think the American legal counsel veterans are immortal skeleton lawyers, The UK has wig wearing trans-vestites [part of the job, don't knock it til you tried it.]. Also generally right across the board with having to pay of hundreds of thousands of souls worth of debt. [I legitimately wrote "death" on accident.]

I highly recommend you find the static book [as in book you just read or listen to without choices] series. A lot of characters make it into this and the sequel to this game.

I like the less focused on telling a story more focus on telling YOUR story here. It works very much like a legal contract, if you pay attention you'll get ahead. Both while playing and actually paying attention as a character. It takes things to the next level when one magical plane is literally only able to exist as negotiated. Can't breath if oxygen and your lungs are on strike or were never negotiated for hire! [Not a spoiler, Just an example of one area's funniness]

Worth the price, Very replayable,
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3.0 hrs
Posted: July 23
At the time of this review I've only played about 1h and 12mins of Choice of the Deathless and I must say it's amazing. The game is told with an amazing voice used by the Devs to illustrate the protagonists changes throughout the game. All of that topped with masterfully crafted dark humor and situations that would leave any player with a sense of solace in their gameplay. Based off what I have seen already 9.8/10.
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1.7 hrs
Posted: July 20
I guess I can see why some might see the appeal here.... unfortunately, I didn't. The story was rather confusing from the start, and entirely too much extra information to process at once. There was little to no character development throughout. Honestly, this is only the second Choice of Games title that I really don't like.
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1.9 hrs
Posted: July 19
Brilliantly well written, a game that encourages you to play again rather than punish you for not maxing out your stats for the perfect ending or forcing you to re-try until you get a passable ending. The rules of its universe would be complicated if the author didn't give the player so much freedom with how they chose to interpret it. It's rare for a writer's description to be both detailed and abstract yet that somehow fits this style of writing. By far one of the best games published by Choice of Games at the time of this review.
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1.9 hrs
Posted: July 16
Good game but hard to understand if skimmed through.
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2.2 hrs
Posted: July 3
waa waa wee waa, is very naice game, it give me all sort of fun time with its words, very good
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