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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Very Positive (281 reviews) - 93% of the 281 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 20, 2013

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About This Game

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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    • OS: Windows XP
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    • OS: 10.6
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    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
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Very Positive (281 reviews)
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Lord Biscott
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Simply worth playing.
If you like a good read, this is the perfect game for you.
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CodPor
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
The illusion of interactivity falls apart on a second playthrough.

The plot never changes. There is no failure, and there are no branching paths. It's always the same sequence of events, with only a few side scenes and ending details that can be changed by your choices. The only time you can become a skeleton is so late that it only gets a token scene before the story ends. Becoming a partner at the firm is the last choice you get to make, and has no effect other than an achievement.

Oddly, the gender of one of the supporting characters changes to match your stated sexuality. I guess this was done to ensure the player always has more than one romantic option. I found it weird on a second playthrough for this character to be exactly the same (even their physical description is identical) in every way except which pronouns were used. If you don't have a preference, their gender appears to be selected at random.

The player is warned about the danger of losing souls or neglecting sleep, but I never ran out of souls even when I tried to, and sleep deprivation doesn't seem to have any consequences. Both of which mean there's no reason not to pay off your debt, except the debt has no consequences either, and the only reward for paying it off is another achievement.

The game seems to treat achievements as the primary motivator for playing. But there's no challenge to getting them, so they don't feel like rewards.
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ForlornGodiva
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
Wonderful storytelling. One of the best experiences I've ever had playing a game. I really hope there's a follow-up to this.
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jammies
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Excellent story, engaging characters, and surprising twists and turns. It's like buying a book, but you get to read several different versions of it with different endings and choices. Can't recommend it enough.
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Some Peanut
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
I don't have much experience with these story telling games, so that should be noted. Writing isn't that great unfortunately. I can't recomend this game.

I've never been to impressed with the options that were laid before me and how the choices I made interacted with each other. Now, the obvious thing to say is "the nice thing about these kind of games is the various options they provide and how your story changes with each play through"; but when things are so boring you barely can stand playing through a game once, do multiple branching paths really matter?
While "Adventure" was an acomplishment for its time and still manages to somewhat hold today, this game should be able to hold up to the fun that can be found in adventure but fails to do so. It feels like a constant reminder of the difficulties with interactive storytelling when such a media was still a fresh consept.

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One of the main complaints I had is that the description of this game sounds like the adventure. I thought there will be some kind of take on modern office life or some kind of commentary on how a law firm operates or even a hard boiled detective/ lawyer story that just happens to involve the undead. This isn't the case, as it gets into the undead part more than the reality part that I was hoping for. Maybe you might be okay with that, but I have a feeling even those of us who are looking for an undead fable will be much happier with something else.

Wasn't impressed, but at least it never crashed on me.
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PlanXVII
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
I absolutely loved this game.
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Heeroneko
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
We need more games like this. Most worthwhile purchase I've ever made for $2.99 and it's worth far more than that. If you like RPGs with deep engaging stories or just love a good read you'll enjoy this immensely. If you hate reading...uh....maybe this will change your mind? Btw the sexual content is NOT explicit in case that bothers you.
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JonOsterman
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 7
A unique storyline with multiple choices and endings. Very reminiscent of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books I read as a child.
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The Lord of the Pidgeons
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
Its like one of those choose your own adventure books without the pain of having to find where your choice continues each time
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Moonie
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
I'll start by saying this is well worth the money. The writing is done very well and the lore is pretty interesting. The only complaint i can think of would be the length, but that shows that it's worth playing because you end up wanting more. Bits of humor usually hit well and you really can see that your choices matter most of the time. If you're a fan of CYOA games you're gonna like this game. If you're a fan of developed backstories you're gonna like this game. If you're a fan of skeletons you're gonna like this game. You're gonna like this game.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
The illusion of interactivity falls apart on a second playthrough.

The plot never changes. There is no failure, and there are no branching paths. It's always the same sequence of events, with only a few side scenes and ending details that can be changed by your choices. The only time you can become a skeleton is so late that it only gets a token scene before the story ends. Becoming a partner at the firm is the last choice you get to make, and has no effect other than an achievement.

Oddly, the gender of one of the supporting characters changes to match your stated sexuality. I guess this was done to ensure the player always has more than one romantic option. I found it weird on a second playthrough for this character to be exactly the same (even their physical description is identical) in every way except which pronouns were used. If you don't have a preference, their gender appears to be selected at random.

The player is warned about the danger of losing souls or neglecting sleep, but I never ran out of souls even when I tried to, and sleep deprivation doesn't seem to have any consequences. Both of which mean there's no reason not to pay off your debt, except the debt has no consequences either, and the only reward for paying it off is another achievement.

The game seems to treat achievements as the primary motivator for playing. But there's no challenge to getting them, so they don't feel like rewards.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
189 of 223 people (85%) found this review helpful
47 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2014
FINALLY, A GAME ABOUT SKELETON POLITICS ON STEAM
TOOK YOU LONG ENOUGH VALVE
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115 of 126 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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66 of 72 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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 63 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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48 of 54 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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36 of 36 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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36 of 37 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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
Recommended
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 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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