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.
User reviews: Very Positive (199 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 20, 2013
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"Although this is simply a 'choose your own adventure' text-based game, there are many choices throughout the story which lead to many consequences."

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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.

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
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    • OS: 10.6
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    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
Helpful customer reviews
52 of 57 people (91%) found this review helpful
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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34 of 35 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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17 of 19 people (89%) 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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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
An amazing game where you can be a gay lawyer who enlists the help of a goddess to take down a corrupt client set loose in the demon world. 10/10
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
This is something I would recommend to anybody who was a fan of Choose Your Own Adventure books, as it brilliantly recreates and builds upon the experience. The prose is little overwrought in places, but the setting is brilliant, the characters and plot are engaging, and I can honestly say I had a great time with this game.
Fairly quick to play through on your first go, but there's some solid replay value, and it's not like they're asking you to fork over that much cash for it anyways.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
If you enjoyed the old "Choose Your Own Adventure" books, this is PERFECT for you. The story is absolutely fantastic. I cannot wait to replay it, try a few things differently. Seriously, EVERYONE should give this game a try. It is very engaging and extremely easy to play. Hell, you can even play while you eat a meal. I can't wait for more games like this.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
It's amazing world setting combined into interactive book of choice. It left me with unsatable longing for more, until i picked books written by Max Gladstone (writter of Choice of the Deathless) Love it.

I want more of it <3
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
Wow. Wow. All I say is wow. Every scene had me on the edge of my seat or caught me in a very tough choice. I really needed to think about what I wanted, and who I wanted to be. All my actions very clearly had consequences that were explained so elegantly. The quality of the writing is simply amazing. Easily my new favorite game. Playing this game not only yields a fun adventure, but an experience.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
One of the better-written games from Choice of Games. Seriously, the writing is gorgeous. Like a good book you can't put down, Choice of the Deathless is something you play until you've romanced everyone, beaten all the bad guys (or became one), deciphered all the manipulation around you, and lots more. There is always suspense and tension, and there is even someone who might love you even after you become a gross skeletal thing. 10/10, would eat the star again.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
Very interesting game. It was done well. It kept you interested throughout it all. I wished it was longer! If you're considering this game, the wise choice would be to buy it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
Choice of the Deathless is a text-only interactive fiction game that takes place in a post-cataclysmic world that is a mix between high fantasy and modern day Manhattan. The Gods have been slain, and demons are bound by magic to serve mortals, but they are always looking for ways to threaten the physical realm. There is a lot of awesome bits of lore like these that hint at a greater world. Your character is a member of a law firm that deals with demon contracts, so you are an interesting mix between lawyer and wizard.

You start off by just getting out of school and getting a junior position in the firm, shackled by crippling debt. Your goal is to earn money and power, while also dealing with interpersonal dilemmas. Each chapter ends in a personal conflict related to your case, which can be resolved in multiple ways. I chose to employ powerful magic and political backstabbing, but there are also options to deal with these by means of charm and friendship, sheer force of will, or trickery. The game keeps track of your stats depending on how you handle a situation, and you also develop reputation with certain characters.

There is a lot of great descriptions of the other lawyers, especially the more powerful ones, and ideas about magic that can only be expressed in text. I don't know how well the game will hold up on a second playthrough, but I suspect the scenarios will be the same, but with different side stories and reactions. I think there is more in depth characterization, even romances, if you specialize in charm, but I was a pretty ruthless guy who only had time for work. The ending was a satisfying conclusion. My bosses loved me.

It's cool to see Steam branch out into interactive fiction. It's a pretty underrated genre of video games. At the end, it's a well told story with a unique setting and an interesting take on demons, so I'd give this a full recommendation!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Choice of the Deathless is a masterful blend of politics, humor, and romance presented as a "choose your own adventure" novella. The incredible narrative alone is topped with visuals.

Recommended to all readers and non-readers alike.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Awesome, like reading a book. Sometimes reminds me of Philip Kindred style (In Milton Lumky Territory, for instance), or Paranoia by Joseph Finder. Top score.
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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: January 16
I had fun playing this game, but it's definitely an acquired taste. The story is nonsensical and most of your choices don't actually matter outside of getting achievements. The endings don't feel like endings. Other then that the writing is funny, though a bit hard to follow at times.

Get it on sale if you want to kill an hour.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Pretty smooth reading experience. The literature isn't particularly good, though Gladstone does a fantastic job at world building. I've never read work from the same saga before, but got a pretty clear picture from the fragmented paragraphs offered in this game.

Pros:
Cheap, fast paced, good plots, sufficient amount of room for under-table maneuvers, lovable and dynamic characters (only if you interact with them with sufficient depth)

Cons:
Fast paced, structure bit too defined for the sake of various character development (e.g. introduction of John Smith for Vega, panel talk for Wakefield, etc.), little interaction among supporting characters; a barely acceptable level of literature.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Fantastic game. Engaging story with memorable characters. Difficult choices that left you pondering. Satisfying ending yet leaving you craving for more. Great replay value. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
An enjoyable, good-written, interactive short-story with a reasonabe amount of replayability.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
A fun interactive fiction game about being a demonic lawyer. Tells an entertaining story with an impressive number of branches and meaningful choices.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Terrific and crazy 'modern' fantasy text-based adventure game, written by an amazing novelist. Sooooo good. Tons of endings and options -- I played on my phone a while ago and I'm pleased to see it on Steam!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
Incredible prose, fun writing, and excellent queer options. A great game for fans of things like Ace Attorney, and other legal games with twists. A little linear, but definitely worth the money. 5 stars.
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