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 (137 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
Helpful customer reviews
98 of 104 people (94%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
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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110 of 134 people (82%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
FINALLY, A GAME ABOUT SKELETON POLITICS ON STEAM
TOOK YOU LONG ENOUGH VALVE
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46 of 50 people (92%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
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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40 of 46 people (87%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
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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27 of 28 people (96%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
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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30 of 35 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
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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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
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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19 of 26 people (73%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
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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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
A simply AMAZING story that you write. Like one of the old school choose your own adventure books. So many possibilities, so many ways it could have gone wrong or right. The replayability is amazing due to the amount of choices you make through the seven years you are with the firm before the final choices (yes, the final CHOICES) reveal themselves. Everything you do effects how the game ends. For me I had five choices, and I am sure there are a ton more possible, but honestly, I got the ending that I most wanted out of it all. By the end, I was happy. Everything went the way I wanted it. All because of the first choices I made in the game, then stuck with my guns, made some choices that I felt right, even if they contradicted my best interests. In the end, it was a VERY memorable game and I HIGHLY suggest grabbing it up, it's not that much and well worth the play through.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
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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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Probably the best "game" I played in recent years. When I purchased it I was sceptical, but now I'm really glad. It was hard to follow a story at first, but when I finally got it - it was awesome. I really recommend this one for everyone. 2 euros really isn't that much for a good book that you write yourself. 10/10
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
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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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
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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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Brilliant writing, amazing imagery and enthralling characters. This may just be a digital version of a Choose Your Own Adventure story, but it is worth far more than the paltry $2 for such a well written, humorous and engrossing story of the fast paced world of a modern day law firm that works with magic, demons and gods.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
Well, this is a nifty little game. Well, it's really a game in the loosest sense of the word, but it is definitely worth your time. What it actually is...is a very well written and evocative choose your own adventure style interactive novel. I fully intend to play this a couple more times to see how different choices will impact the story. Anyway, this is as simple as it gets game wise: just striaght up text on a white screen with your choice options on the bottom of the screen. No graphics, no audio...nothing like that. Basically, if you have read a kindle bok before, that is what you are getting here, but with achievements, lol.
Anyway, I really enjoyed the story, and my first reading didnt take too long. I can easily recommend this one to anybody and give it a 9 out of 10 for being well written and give extra props to the developers for selecting an appropriate price point for the game AND for offering a demo so you can decide before spending the $3 it will cost you.

I'd say definitely add this game to your library. It is well worth your time.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Really enjoyed this! Excellent writing in an intriguing world.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
I think it speaks a lot for the quality of 'Choice of the Deathless' when you consider that I bought it before it became available on steam when it was available for android devices. And here I am, having bought it again. Quite simply, Choice of the Deathless is one of the finest games from developer 'Choice of Games' and it's all thanks to the creative, imaginative world so beautifully crafted by Max Gladstone.

Now, I understand that the prospect of a text only, choose your own adventure game on Steam sounds mad, especially considering the current age of gaming, where titles are often harshly, and mostly unfairly, judged by how they look and how impressive their visuals are. I also understand that this game simply isn't for everyone. But I think this game is worth a shot.

Set in a universe where lawyers use magic known as craft to negotiate contracts, aid demonic clients and even fight for their life, the concept of Max Gladstone's world itself is very interesting, although you could claim it's nothing entirely new. With masterful worldbuilding, witty dialogue and exceptional imagery, the world of 'Choice of the Deathless' comes alive and lures you in. As your character is flung from choice to choice, you'll definitely find a few favorite characters along the way as they are all packed with personality and life.

And of course, while the game doesn't offer you much physical character customisation, the way the story is written pretty much allows you to simply just imagine your character in the story. That is the key to enjoying this game, imagination.

If I had any complaints, it would have to be that the game is largely linear. The main story path never deviates that much on repeat playthroughs with the exception of one or two minor details. But the choices you are given lead to a surprising amount of flexibility. By the end of each playthrough you'll have crafted a mostly unique story each and every time.

So while the idea of a text only, choose your own adventure game being released on steam seems a bit mad, at the end of the day you'd be hardpressed to find a better example of the choose your own adventure genre out there and for an exceptionally low price, it really is hard to say no to 'Choice of the Deathless'.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
pros: skeletons, magic
cons: you cant bang r'ok

9/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
mystic alcoholic demon lawyer simulator

This interactive novel is great - awesome world and characters developed by really solid writing. The choices are varied and seems to have a big impact on the story. If the premise sounds interesting to you (and really how could it not?) and you have the patience and imagination for an interactive novel with no frills then pick this up.
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