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 (207 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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
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    • OS: 10.6
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    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
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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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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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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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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
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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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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Great game. Loved the story and the choices in it. Great choose your own adventure.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
I enjoyed it to an extent. I don't believe it's one of the better text-based-adventures out there, but I made it to the end of one storyline.
Usually, TBAs have me wanting to play it again to get a different ending, but this one didn't make me eager to play again. Perhaps it was because it wasn't exactly relatable? I mean, being an undead lawyer encouraging young demons to become artists isn't something I've had experience with.

Overall, mildly amusing, okay story.
6/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
I greatly enjoyed this game/story. THe way things were worded - descriptive, strange, familiar. All those at once, and more. You feel like you're in another world even at tiems when you're in the main "Earth" setting, and yet you find things that are wonderful and familiar. I strongly suggest that anyone who enjoys a good read or a good story invest in this. It's pleasant to the eyes/mind, and a stimulating read. Or it was for me, at least. Entertaining and amazing.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
yeah, you might say: "Wait, really? Text-bazed role-playing adventure? Decades after 1975? LOL", but this game worth the money and time it demands, i promise it.
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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 person found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
> tfw you will never be a skeleton lawyer
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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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176 of 207 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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111 of 121 people (92%) 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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61 of 66 people (92%) 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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55 of 60 people (92%) found this review helpful
12.4 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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46 of 52 people (88%) 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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35 of 36 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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