Choice of Alexandria

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About this game

Can your steam-powered inventions save the ancient Library of Alexandria? Will you sacrifice the library to protect the city? Or will you protect the future king Ptolemy IV instead?

"Choice of Alexandria" is an interactive novella by Kevin Gold, author of "Choice of Robots." Your choices control the story. It's entirely text-based--90,000 words, without graphics or sound effects--and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

The year is 245 BCE; you’re a heroic polymath librarian, invited to Alexandria to tutor prince Ptolemy IV. Coach the prince in the Olympics--or help him ditch the Olympics to show his art and poetry there instead.

Or disregard your tutelage to focus on inventions instead! With the help of Archimedes and Euclid, you can discover the steam engine, the germ theory of disease, or even robotic automata, thousands of years ahead of schedule.

Will you deplete the libraries of other cities to enrich your own? Achieve popularity for your scientific inventions, or protect the legacy of the empire? Will Ptolemy IV grow up hedonistic and selfish, or wise and just? Will you be ransomed by the pirate queen Nefertari, or can you win her over with your silver tongue?

Change the course of history in "Choice of Alexandria!"

• Play as a brilliant inventor, a gifted speaker, or a life-saving doctor
• Make great discoveries while protecting Prince Ptolemy IV from manipulators at court
• Save famed mathematicians Archimedes and Euclid from untimely deaths
• Based on the real life of Eratosthenes, ancient genius who calculated the size of the Earth
• Save the Great Library and invent the steam engine two thousand years early!
Updated on
Sep 10, 2023

Data safety

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This app may share these data types with third parties
Location, App activity and 2 others
This app may collect these data types
Location, Personal info and 4 others
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

294 reviews
January 7, 2022
I liked it so much. After playing it, I finally found a way to romance the King and I wish it lasted longer. I know romance isn't the main focus here but if only it was more explored and expanded upon. Regardless, it was still a fun experience, whether it teaching the prince and guiding him or just in pursuit of knowledge and inventions.
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Ivan Yordanov
March 28, 2022
This was a great concept and a story. It inspires thinking about the vital importance of preservation of knowledge. About the endless possibities of a curious and aspiring mind, having access to it. I only wish that it was longer. Hope they will make an extension of it some day.
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Thorin Anderson
July 11, 2020
This was a fantastically written story with a a clear and concise plot. The way they told you how your decisions and stats affected history was truely a brilliant twist, imagine if they did something like this with a story about Sparta.
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