Your robots will change the world! Will you show them the true meaning of love, or conquer Alaska with your robot army? A 300,000-word epic interactive sci-fi novel.
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Release Date: Dec 19, 2014

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About This Game

The robots you design will change the world! Will you show them the true meaning of love, or conquer Alaska with your robot army?

Choice of Robots is an epic 300,000-word interactive sci-fi novel by Kevin Gold, where your choices control the story. It's entirely text-based—without graphics or sound effects—and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

  • Build a unique robot character–you choose everything from its shape to what it calls you
  • Instigate or prevent a robotic uprising
  • Teach your robots to love humanity, or disdain it
  • Build an artificial intelligence suitable to take control of the world's governments
  • Start a war against the United States, and win
  • Marry a human or an advanced robot, and start a family

Play out thirty years of your life as a brilliant robot maker, from graduate school near the present day to a future in which your robots have changed everything. Depending on your choices, your robots may be independent or obedient, clumsy or graceful, empathic or cold…and you yourself may live to an old age happily married or alone with only robots to comfort you.

Play as male or female, gay or straight, with nine characters to romance, four alternate climax chapters, and over seventy achievements to unlock.

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Windows
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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Mican
( 17.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
It's my first game of this type, so I don't have a comparison, but I really liked it. I finished it once, but I plan to do it at least twice again. There are a lot of choices and no way to change something back. I'll update the review then.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD



I named both my robots with the same name and at this point I'm not entirely sure which one I married and which one I had sex with. 10/10 would play again.
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Ale
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Beautifully written, and if you love robots as much as me, you should totally get it. There's tons of scienece and robotic references, many many different paths to choose, (albeit there are a few places where the plot is mostly the same, but it's not a huge disappointment.)

Following the 'dollar an hour' rule, this is worth your 5 dollars (or less, if it's on sale), for several hours of enjoyment. If you don't like reading, or any text based games, this probably isn't up your alley since this is entirely words. Tons of words.

Also 10/10 I got to marry a robot and also become a robot. Hell yeah.
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maxhutch
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Absolutely beautiful game. The choices are varied and lifelike. All the endings are as wonderful as the journey to them. 10/10 you must buy this game.
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Lagamuffin
( 20.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
You think your

Pros;
-Most control over the plot I've ever felt in a video game.
-You make one or more robots. In all my runthroughs, they've been the cutest things (thought I haven't gone down the warmonger route yet.)
- Decriptions of the various Robot possibilies are cool. My favorite is Terminator Statue of Liberty, embodying the concept of the United States.
- You can marry a robot.

Cons:
- No visuals. I had to pull my imagination out of storage. (Good characterization through dialog, though.)
- There are Human NPC's, but who cares about them? Robots are way cooler.
- You're sort of a Mary Sue in that you basically invent AI for the entire world.
- I feel like after I eventually play through every choice I will realize how hallow the illusion of choice is in any video game, or in life itself.
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bunny_slayer
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
My wife got jealous and left me but I married my lady-robot
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Red Panda Death Lord
( 10.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
The first time is critical, the second is askew, the therd is just plan wacky XD. girl bombed my arm off, married her next run. 08/10. The only thing to make this better would be sound and pictures!
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Rintarou Okabe
( 29.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This was one of the best expiriences i have ever had with gaming. It felt like i had lived and entire life time within hours. I actualy felt disilusioned when i got up to go eat because i had missed lunch and 8 hours had past and i had to cook myself dinner.

The best way i can sell it is that its like the game Roy out of Rick and Morty but you can take over the world if you want to.
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pers
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Playing this game/reading this novel for the first time was a transcendent experience for me, despite having noticed some technical flaws that would normally have pulled me out of the world created. I mean this as praise.

I liked...
...that the author/creator either had a detailed understanding of science fictional technology or the confidence to artifice it well.
...that I felt like I was creating a character and really roleplaying in a way I've yet to experience in traditional RPGs-- maybe on a few occasions in tabletop games.
...the style of writing and level of detail, particularly in the first part of the book/game. I was quickly hooked.
...knowing how much there's probably left to explore.

I disliked...
...the occasions in which the text of the CYOA stated I had followed a storyline I hadn't actually chosen. I think the programming and logic side could have been a touch more thorough.
...feeling less engaged towards the end of the story. I felt like perhaps the author had run out of steam.

But my dislikes here are really nitpicks more than anything. There's no one I wouldn't recommend this experience to.
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WalkinGunz
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Me vs the World. Against all odds, I created a machine in the image of humanity. It learned, adapted, and felt the world around it like no other creation before it. Once it was ready, my robot was able to ask the most important question that befell its existence.

My Robot:
"What is my purpose, master? You treat me as your child, but the others say that I am merely your sexbot. Is that what I am? A sexbot?"

Me:
"... Do you wanna be one?"

[TO BE CONTINUED]
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lisa
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
I really enjoyed playing this game. For anyone old enough to remember adventure book games, Choice of Robots is a must. I would also recommend it to anyone who likes RPGs or who is looking for a great story.

There is so much more depth to this game than many of the 'your choices matter' type of games. One review I read before buying CoR, recommended playing it exactly as you really would if it was real life. This was great advice as once you reach the end (well before that actually), the RPG mechanics become clear and it is a great experiment to see where you would end up. In further playthroughs you can try to shape the story depending on what ending you want to achieve and see if you can make it happen.

The story is immersive and interesting but I don't want to discuss it in any detail as I honestly think knowing too much beforehand will spoil the experience, especially in light of what I said above. What I will say instead is this:

By the end of CoR you will believe in the power you and your robot have to change the world. You will believe in your own autonomy as every decision you make ultimately shapes the kind of person you are to become. By the end you will like yourself more or less than you did before you started playing.

+ Great story
+ Fantastic RPG elements
+ You get to design and build your own robot
+ Interesting experiment to see whether you use your power for good or evil
+ Value for money. It's easily worth the £4 price tag and is an absolute bargain when on sale

- Text only format (this didn't bother me at all but it will be an issue for some)
- The high standard of writing does peter out a little towards the end
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
With a very non-linear storyline that can change drastically depending on what "trait" you design your robot around, as well as superb writing that does a good job of inspiring emotion, Choice of Robots is by far my favorite Choice of Games title and one of my all-time favorite games. While one's first playthrough will typically only last a couple of hours, the game is meant to be replayed, and you can easily get at least a dozen hours by making different decisions and going trophy-hunting. Additonally, while Choice of Robots doesn't neccesarily explore any "new" concepts about A.I. and such, the storyline is quite thought-provoking and, at times, a bit sad. And, yes, your choices do matter, so those of you out there concerned that this is going to be like most modern "RPGs" and have a linear plot with the illusion of choice *brief cough* Fallout 4 *end cough*, don't be. Don't come into this expecting "gameplay" and such, though. It's an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure type title. A text-based RPG, essentially, but not in the same sense as, say, Zork, as in games like Zork, you have to type in your own commands and choices. In this, you have a variety of pre-determined decisions to choose from.

Even if you are not a fan of science fiction, such as myself, you will likely end up enjoying this excellent, thought-provoking text-based RPG. Overall, 9/10.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Makes a robot with no mind of its own, robot decides to start a rebelion. Perfect logic
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Love this game! I love robots and science fiction!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
I really enjoyed playing this game. For anyone old enough to remember adventure book games, Choice of Robots is a must. I would also recommend it to anyone who likes RPGs or who is looking for a great story.

There is so much more depth to this game than many of the 'your choices matter' type of games. One review I read before buying CoR, recommended playing it exactly as you really would if it was real life. This was great advice as once you reach the end (well before that actually), the RPG mechanics become clear and it is a great experiment to see where you would end up. In further playthroughs you can try to shape the story depending on what ending you want to achieve and see if you can make it happen.

The story is immersive and interesting but I don't want to discuss it in any detail as I honestly think knowing too much beforehand will spoil the experience, especially in light of what I said above. What I will say instead is this:

By the end of CoR you will believe in the power you and your robot have to change the world. You will believe in your own autonomy as every decision you make ultimately shapes the kind of person you are to become. By the end you will like yourself more or less than you did before you started playing.

+ Great story
+ Fantastic RPG elements
+ You get to design and build your own robot
+ Interesting experiment to see whether you use your power for good or evil
+ Value for money. It's easily worth the £4 price tag and is an absolute bargain when on sale

- Text only format (this didn't bother me at all but it will be an issue for some)
- The high standard of writing does peter out a little towards the end
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Me vs the World. Against all odds, I created a machine in the image of humanity. It learned, adapted, and felt the world around it like no other creation before it. Once it was ready, my robot was able to ask the most important question that befell its existence.

My Robot:
"What is my purpose, master? You treat me as your child, but the others say that I am merely your sexbot. Is that what I am? A sexbot?"

Me:
"... Do you wanna be one?"

[TO BE CONTINUED]
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253 of 272 people (93%) found this review helpful
172 people found this review funny
Recommended
78.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2015
Terminator hurries back to the car, covered in blood.

"She is dead, Master," rhe says. "Did I pass the test?"

"Yes, Terminator," you say. "With flying colors."

"Yes, that happened!" Terminator exclaims. "And all of the flying colors were clustered around the RGB value known as 'crimson.'"

You speed away in the night. Problem solved. (+++Military) (----Empathy)

10/10 would pass with flying colors again.
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200 of 212 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
45.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Wow. That was such an unexpectedly wonderful experience.

As this is a CYOA (Choose Your Own Adventure), your experience may vary, but, I say with little hesitation that my own experience with the story is the most meaningful experience I've had with a game - ever.

Although wonderful in their own right, choice oriented games like The Walking Dead and Mass Effect don't even come close to what this game accomplishes.

What Choice Do I Have?

CoR gives you choices.

CoR gives you lots of choices that make the story feel like your own, fostering immersion in a way that traditional literature cannot.

CoR gives you lots of difficult choices that may have you thinking hard and agonizing about the potential consequences. The game has no manual save function. If you make choices that lead to a premature ending, you can't undo and must start over. (such branches seem rare, though, and replaying doesn't take much time once you're familiar with the text)

CoR gives you lots of difficult choices that have a real impact. Something that is uniquely possible when the creator is unconstrained by the need to create full art assets for every possibility.

Deep Dive

This "game" has no graphics at all except for the cover image, which is exactly akin to a book cover illustration. Is it a game or a book? I say it is most certainly a game. Graphics is not a requirement of a game. Interactivity is. A series of choices that impact the experience do a game comprise.

CoR's language is competent, but not "literary". It reads like a matter-of-fact narrative of events that might actually happen in your life if the stars align in just the right way. Initially, I got an "amateur" vibe from the writing, but later realized that the experience may actually benefit from the simple, contemporary writing style. As the story progressed and sucked me in deeper, I became much too busy thinking about what was going on to criticize the writing style.

CoR is (mostly) accessible. Although the fact that it was written by somebody with a Ph.D. in Computer Science does show. Having a CS degree myself, I certainly appreciated that perspective. Although lots of artistic license is taken for the sake of plot, there is lots of grounding in contemporary technology.

The story makes mostly "reasonable" extrapolations starting from the near future forward several decades. Like all good science (or 'speculative', if you prefer) fiction, the story poignantly references the present while writing about the future, framing the timeless human condition in extrapolated contexts.

To elaborate about why I put "reasonable" in quotation marks above, the story explores the future in ways that could, for the most part, conceivably happen, and many futurists would even claim that CoR's extrapolation towards the Singularity doesn't go far enough. However, the author is not afraid to explore fantastic scenarios that probably won't happen, at least not soon, and in some cases, hopefully never.

The scope of the story is indeed quite epic, following the main decades of a lifetime of the character you control. I do have to object to the game description's categorization of this as a "novel", though, as it is not nearly long enough to count as one. At best, it is the length of a (very) short story (a single playthrough takes a matter of hours). On the other hand, the sheer amount of content of all possible branches easily exceed the length of a long novel (50% longer than Moby ♥♥♥♥). It's quite an accomplishment.

And, if you are worried about this being a boring, technical slog, don't be. Despite the apparently sterile subject matter of robots, there is plenty of emotion in this game - or, at least, there can be, depending on your choices.

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I've only explored one of the many, distinct branches of CoR. I will probably be going back to explore the others.

I heartily recommend CoR to anyone who can read English, especially those with an interest in technology and/or science fiction.

Note that there is also a free demo where you can play through the first 2 chapters (out of 7), either via Steam, or on the developer's web site.

UPDATES

Having now explored a few other branches and having made more "optimal" choices, I feel that choosing less optimally for the first playthrough does make for a better experience.

My first playthrough involved an above average number of failures and tragedies, which amounted to a much more poignant experience than when everything basically goes well.

I do suggest playing the game "organically". Perhaps it is unlikely to play optimally the first time around anyway. Certainly I would discourage any attempts to "cheat" by looking up optimal choices beforehand. That would truly ruin the experience. You can always go back later and "fix mistakes" on subsequent playthroughs.
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154 of 171 people (90%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2015
My brother and I started this game at the same time, I created a robot that looked like a human and felt emotions and together we explored the moral ideas concerning robot rights and the future of robotics. He created a gigantic war machine and had to stop a robot uprising from destroying the world. 10/10 best $5 dollars I've spent on a game in a long time.
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122 of 130 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2015
I have been in multiple psychology and sociology classes.
I have discussed multiple types of technologies and sciences of questionable morality, agreeing with them.
Things like the use of robots in war, and the creation of human AI.
Never have I questioned my morals, in the face of friends, family, colleagues, anyone.

This game has actually made me question myself.
I love it.
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107 of 114 people (94%) found this review helpful
81 people found this review funny
Recommended
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2015
I DIDN'T MEAN FOR ALL THIS TO HAPPEN.

I WAS JUST TRYING TO CREATE A FRIEND.
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