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 (212 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
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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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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
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
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
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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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
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
2.9 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
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: May 1
Good variety of paths and endings, and the writing also has some sharp wit to it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Very pleasantly surprised by this one. I bought it more on a lark than anything else. Writing was actually really good, characters were likeable despite not being fleshed out (or even described, though the lack thereof could have been intentional to let every player imagine them differently), and the humour was always on point. The choices were average, nothing really has any bearing on the story, but you'll want to go back and pick all the other options just to read what happens.

If the description of the game sounded interesting to you, I can't recommend it enough.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
The story is well written and interesting; I really adore their writing style in this (and ha, the humor). Characters are also loveable. Somehow I still can't get enough of them. 10/10, would decide to punch the dark god in his face again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
44.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
If you love reading books & stories, especially in the fantasy genre, get this now. VERY fun interactive novel! I greatly enjoyed playing thru this storyline and was left wanting to read an actual book set in this universe.

As a game this works very well. The story is immersive and the options lead to different outcomes. It's short, but there is multiple replayability, and your actions will lead to completely different options and results.

Also there are dozens of other games like this (all with different themes and storylines of course) on their website. I think only a few of these other stories are available on Steam. Grab it here on sale, it's worth it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
I did weird ♥♥♥♥ and ended up a living skeleton so all in all it was cool. Would most likely be better for Mobile devices though
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
If you like Choose Your Own Adventure Books but really don't like the style of Visual Novels -- PLAY THIS GAME. If you like weird, occultish themes -- PLAY THIS GAME. It's all text though, so I'm not sure how that will go over with the majority of Steam users, but I think it's the bees knees. It also felt good to pay off student loans, even if they were just my virtual ones.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
On other choice of games without choice.
The shoud really call it the railroad games.

If you want a game where choice accauly mathers get choice of robots.

If you want to be forced down the same path regardless of the choices you make....
While it is a good book.
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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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