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 (187 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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    • OS: Windows XP
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    • OS: 10.6
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    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
Helpful customer reviews
173 of 204 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people 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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43 of 48 people (90%) 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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33 of 34 people (97%) found this review helpful
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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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2014
pros: skeletons, magic
cons: you cant bang r'ok

9/10
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14 of 16 people (88%) 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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14 of 18 people (78%) 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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8 of 8 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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9 of 10 people (90%) 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 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2014
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2014
Choice of the Deathless

Choice of the Deathless is a choose your own adventure type text-based adventure. As the store page mentions, you can choose your gender and sexuality without this affecting anything in the storyline, and thus you start your journey working at a “law firm” dealing with demons and other beings that exist in this world.

Quickly you have to get used to your new work environment, and choose how you budget your expenses (Live downtown but pay high rent? Give yourself less pocket money?) These choices don’t affect the story at all as far as I can tell, maybe unless you either go broke or completely pay off your student loans, none of which I’ve done yet (I went for a neutral path moneywise).

You get to meet a variety of characters, some colleagues, some superiors, some clients, human, demon, and others. What you choose to say and how much time you choose to hang out with them affects your friendships and possible romance with them, which is pretty interesting - socializing matters! And if you’re an ♥♥♥ people remember… So I’d say this aspect is pretty interesting and where the game actually branches.

Scenario wise, I think you usually get the same most major scenarios to progress the story, and the choices you make in between aren’t able to cancel a future major event happening. It will just affect what options you can choose to do in the scenarios. For example if the major scenario in year 3 is happening and you have some allies by spending time/ helping them in the first few years they may help you out. Or if you became enemies they might mess you up.

Storywise I found it quite entertaining, the writing style is alright, I’d say 7/10 in terms of smoothness and clearness. Would have liked some more details in how their world with humans and demons and other forms of life work, but how the author paints is it interesting and vivid enough on a small scale.

Overall I really enjoyed the 1.5 hours it took to finish this story, and there are way more paths I could choose. As mentioned though major scenarios are mostly the same, what makes variety is your relationships with other characters. Just like a real life workplace! (Minus the necromancy of course) :p
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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
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 15, 2014
Not bad of a game, but i have reccomendations


(SPOILER ALEART!!!!)


Make it so it doesn't end with you being a skeleton all the time (Not sure if thats already an ending, just saying)

Also, make it so it generates a picture of your character.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2014
Choice of the Deathless appears humble, but was one of the most solid gaming experiences I've had in a while. It's a catchall of horror, fantasy, romance, and comedy. I'd recommended this to anyone.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2014
Easily worth the price if you like text games. After one run-through I was enthralled by the interesting setting (I feel a little bit like I just played a lawyering investigation minigame inside The Secret World, if you've played that title) and enjoyed the variety of romantic options and the complex moral choices you have to juggle. At some points this game suffered the failing of not making it clear what my decisions would lead to (I was surprised to find out siding with my firm in the goddess case was considered the more morally wrong option), but it was much better about this than past Choice of Games I've played, so I give the writer points for clarity - particularly impressive given how easy it would've been to muck up that aspect with the very unusual premise the story is based on.

With the amount of intriguing options I still plan to pursue in future playthroughs and achievements I want to grab, this game is an excellent value for the very cheap asking price.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2014
Just buy it. 11 of 10, hands down one of the best text based games i have ever played. The storyline is not at all boring and every, and i mean, EVERY choice you make will affect your story, unlike some text games where its actually mostly scripted events, you can prevent deaths. form friendships, and cause your own relationship. Worth every penny, and i would buy this for two times what its selling for. You will not be dissapointed, and try out their other text based games, they are are unique and can be found at https://www.choiceofgames.com/category/our-games/. I plan on buying more off their site. :3
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2014
I just finished playing through Choice of the Deathless and it is easily one of my favorite games in the past few years, a few 'pages' in and I was caught, it's claws sunken deep into my flesh.
The writing was great eerie and yet beautiful both at the same time, the world was weird and wonderful and yet the writer made it seems so common place easily.
I cannot remember the last game that had me thinking hard about the choices it presented me, I easily spent minutes at a time debating choices and at the end spent much longer on the presented choice.
Likewise I also cannot remember the last game that made me feel emotionally attached to the characters that had been introduced to me and made me want to do right by them so well.

The lack of eye catching graphics and wonderful music was without a doubt counteracted with overwhelmingly breathtaking writing and should not be thought of as a con for the game.

All in all this is a game that has left a strong impression on me and I will wholeheartedly urge others to try 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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