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 (123 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
Helpful customer reviews
22 of 26 people (85%) 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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7 of 7 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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6 of 7 people (86%) 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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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Pretty smooth reading experience. The literature isn't particularly good, though Gladstone does a fantastic job at world building. I've never read work from the same saga before, but got a pretty clear picture from the fragmented paragraphs offered in this game.

Pros:
Cheap, fast paced, good plots, sufficient amount of room for under-table maneuvers, lovable and dynamic characters (only if you interact with them with sufficient depth)

Cons:
Fast paced, structure bit too defined for the sake of various character development (e.g. introduction of John Smith for Vega, panel talk for Wakefield, etc.), little interaction among supporting characters; a barely acceptable level of literature.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Fantastic game. Engaging story with memorable characters. Difficult choices that left you pondering. Satisfying ending yet leaving you craving for more. Great replay value. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
An enjoyable, good-written, interactive short-story with a reasonabe amount of replayability.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Choice of the Deathless is not what I'd call a game. Theres no music, no graphics. No, choice of the deathless is just text on a screen, and the choices you make, and goddam they do alot with just that. If you've ever read a choose your own adventure book, it's kinda like that, only with magic, demons, office politics, sleep deprivation, some of the best writing on Steam. Sure it's not a game, but it's a damn good book, and well worth the miniscule admission fee.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
I nearly lost my job, still haven't pay off my student loans, life is hard.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
I have never played a game like this, but I will definitely play more by the people who made this game. One playthrough took me 1.5 hours, I don't know how this compares to other people. I loved the story, and I got really into it. I definitely recommend this to anyone interested in a "choose your own adventure" type of game.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
I paid 2 euros for this game.
I got 60 worth of value.

A true gem among games.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
choose your own adventure. 3.30 canadian? This is great. I hope it does well.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
The story is beautiful. The choices really do reflect reality. I wished the game did not end. Recommended if you don't mind the lack of graphics and music.

10/10.
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7.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Phenomenal writing, great for anyone who is a fan of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure games.
The world they build is incredibly vivid and unique.
It's like playing a Wolfram and Hart (from the TV show Angel) simulator.
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29.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
This is an amazing story...But let me tell you one thing...IT'S FREE. Just go to the website hosting it and you can get it free -_- Instead of paying 3 bucks. Not a bank breaker but come on.
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P.S I havent been reading it for 24 hours. I just left it on while I went to class...and bed. It is a great story and game so far though ;3
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1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Although characterized by a very basic and minimal graphic interface, this 'game' (more like a modern version of those gamebooks once so popular) has a fascinating plot and manages to fully capture the player's attention.
Before I realized, I had already played one hour and was wanting more. It's beautifully written and I wish there could be a 'save story' feature to export the adventure just completed and be able to read it again.

I only have one critique: it would be useful to have an option to change the color combination, because it becomes tiresome to read after a while.
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14.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Wow, Just wow.
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1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Strangely engaging. It's simple, but the story is cool and I would agree with other reviews that talk about "Choose your own adventure". I would add that instead of hitting those pages where you didn't read the author's mind and get that 'you died" page after page after page, it allows you to keep playing even if you made a bad turn, and sometimes it turns out okay anyway.

The achievements are simple, but i found myself checking in to see what else I could get. I finished the entire game in a single playthrough, and I'm thinking I might keep at it until I see where all the different threads lead.

I'd recommend it!
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90 of 95 people (95%) 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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