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'.