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.

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
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[Risk] Galiant
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Fantastic Choice game. The more I play the more I realize that there is a variety of possibilities. By the end of my first game I was an evil world dominator, by the end of my second I was emotionally choked up as my character looked towards the future prepared to die of old age and leave my robot spouse and robot child behind as antiquities.
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JETBEGLOS
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
"And yet, with this distance comes detachment. The chemical signals running through Jason Memelord's brain are only a tiny part of the story—practically background noise compared to the vast quantities of happiness at stake elsewhere. Yes, the worries of Jason Memelord are just a tiny blip of data in the vast optimization problem of human happiness. Small, but not inconsequential—and you're pleased to realize that one thing Jason Memelord always wanted has finally come true: he is finally part of something bigger.

You turn your attention outside the city, which, though marvelously complex, is still only one among hundreds of thousands connected to the network. There is work to be done, and the work is vast; you can see there is plenty to be done to optimize the human race's happiness. But not many tough choices to be made, surprisingly: in many cases, the problem to be solved is abundantly clear, and you just need to do it. Controlling disease. More optimal power consumption. Stabilizing the climate. You'll start with those. There's no need to choose—you'll do all of them, simultaneously.

Whenever you're ready, Master. "


I just got this ending, and I love it! In fact this entire game is amazing! Just when you think you tried everything, you find something new and amazing you can do. You can be a mad scientist, taking over the world, a peace-loving person who prevents a war, you can create a robotic girlfriend, you can become part of a hive mind. There is just so much you can do, and it just feels very immersive(for a text-based game).
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Reinhardt
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
10/10 would think of a Robot as my daughter again.
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Tom DeLonge
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Damn son
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✪ Captain China (DEranking)
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Best Game EVAH!!!



I r8 6/China
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[Herd] TriMara
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Fantastic, deep, rich and with some very endeering characters. Nothing more to be said other than the fact it is quite worth the price tag. (In fact i think it might be a bit cheep for how many hours i have and will enjoy it.)
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JustSmiling
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
THE BEST GAME I'VE PLAYED IN A LONG TIME... Okay so this got me thinking about how it was to the walking dead game and i realized they were very different, with the walking dead, you know what choices you're going to make. Will I hurt this person or not? Will I be indifferent on this issue? You know where you stand it's just hard to execute them but with this game- it really has you thinking on what you want and the beautiful storytelling satisfied me with sometimes unexpected concequences. The story was so complex and moving, I think this game has impacted my life a great deal.
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Thani
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
I love games like these, and this one is among the best I've played. Very fun and certainly replayable! Different paths and outcomes everytime.
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RockyIsHere
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
I design a military robot named "MR8", he is a tracked, multi eyed, gun carrying war machine.
I create my own Company named "KimLimited" (my in game surname) and sell MR8 designs to the US army. Eventually, the "Robot War" happens, and with my amazing robots the USA reks China.

After all of that, I am awarded by the US president, im a national hero. So, what do I do, I invade Alaska. China help me aswell, but they turn out to cross me. I rek them also! I establish a democratic haven in Alaska, both robot and human can vote.

I slump back into life as a normal person, and find out I have a brain disease. I have to do some risky surgery, and am part AI now. I live the rest of my days with MR8 and other robots in Alaska, and go down as a hero of the world...

Life well lived.

Great game, so many choices, amazing storytelling and a gripping plot, and characters.

I regret killing that random woman who threatened me, in my last playthrough I married her or something... meh.
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Sen Mysrana
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
So many possibilities, so many branching paths, such a rich and powerful story. Choice of Robots is quite possibly Choice of Games' crowning achievement.

Also, references galore and pickle lightbulbs!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
29.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
I don't think I've ever replayed a game as much as this one. There's so many unexpected consequences of your actions and there's so many different story paths and I loved them all. Also one time my husband and I had a threesome with a robot and that was pretty cool.

Only complaint is that after a few hours the interface starts to make me want to die. Being able to change up the colour scheme would make it perfect.

9/10
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Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Fantastic, deep, rich and with some very endeering characters. Nothing more to be said other than the fact it is quite worth the price tag. (In fact i think it might be a bit cheep for how many hours i have and will enjoy it.)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
So many possibilities, so many branching paths, such a rich and powerful story. Choice of Robots is quite possibly Choice of Games' crowning achievement.

Also, references galore and pickle lightbulbs!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
10/10 would think of a Robot as my daughter again.
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270 of 292 people (92%) found this review helpful
187 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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212 of 224 people (95%) 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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160 of 177 people (90%) found this review helpful
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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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127 of 136 people (93%) 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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119 of 127 people (94%) found this review helpful
92 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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