If you’ve ever enjoyed a “choose your own adventure novel” then you will like this game.
Billed as “an interactive visual novel” by m.gaia studio, this solo rpg has a contemporary setting, but is based on the 19th century play, Faust by Goethe. Actually, your only choice of character is a male named Faust. He is offered a seemingly preposterous deal by a mysterious old lady at a bus stop: sell pieces of your soul for anything you may want. Using supernatural powers, she quickly convinces Faust that she is for real. Since the game hinges on him wagering his soul and refusing the deal just prolongs the inevitable, Faust soon enters into a pact with forces beyond his comprehension.
Currently, only chapter one is available, and the character creation screen is simple and logical. Faust begins with six points to distribute across 4 attributes (Health, Intelligence, Charisma, Manipulation), but cannot initially add more than three points to any attribute. During the course of the game, there are problems that Faust needs to solve and anytime he sees his reflection, a demon offers to help for a percentage of Faust’s soul. Depending on the situation, if he has high enough scores in certain attributes, he can save some of his soul and get the job done on his own.
Overall, if you’re looking for an action-packed, fast-paced game, than this isn’t for you. If you would like something that takes some careful decision making and you like the idea of watching a story unfold as you take part in it, then this game may be a lot of fun. It’s also perfect for a smartphone, because it’s so easy to put it down and come back later to where you left off. You can play the free demo version on your computer here or download it through your smartphone’s app search feature.
This is a kickstarter.com game still in pre-production, so if you want to find out more about the developers or about donating, check out soulgambler.com