The Luminous Underground

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4.0
82 reviews
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Teen
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About this game

Blast spirits out of a haunted subway system! Can your team defeat rival exterminators, shoddy gear, and City Hall?

You've been a daemon dissipator for years, carrying a rainbow blaster and learning the ins and outs of magic to zap electromagnetic monsters into static. After following the jobs from one end of Septenland to the other, you've settled down here in Barrington: an old city. A weird city. A city boiling with spirits, specters, and daemons. It's the perfect place to start a company of your own.

"The Luminous Underground" is a 660,000-word interactive secondary-world science fantasy novel by Phoebe Barton, 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.

Your team is just you and McCowan, your friend and business partner, but it's hard for two people to run an operation like this. When you applied for a contract with the Barrington Transit Commission, you didn't expect anything but a flat rejection. But you got it! And now you've got to find more teammates, sharpen your skills, and put a dent in the spirit population while staying well clear of the electrified rail.

But you'll find that Barrington's underground is much more than its tunnels. There's a forest down here, teeming with crystalline trees that glitter under your flashlight. There's a portal to the Vitalscape, a super-luminous alternative realm of being. You can enter it through a mural, but you'll need a crystal tuning fork to get back. There are giants, robots, daemons, and even a giant robot daemon.

Of course, corruption and mismanagement festers down here. Is this all part of your competitors’ attempts to secure the subway contract for their own? Is City Hall's stingy maintenance budget to blame? How much can you get paid not to fix this problem?

Are you ready to patrol your patch of subway, or will you stand by and let it crumble?

• Play as male, female, or nonbinary; gay, straight, aromantic, or asexual.
• Descend into a magic-drenched subway and face down spirits beneath the streets!
• Help time travelers integrate into the incredible world of today.
• Dig up megacorporate corruption while you dust off vacuum tubes.
• Investigate mysterious disappearances down in the underground.
• Cooperate with other outfits in town, or act on your own
• Lead the mayor to safety through a gauntlet of terrors!
• Save the lives of a missing crew under an impossible sky.
• Calm down a giant woman who's got you in the palm of her hand.

Strange things are crawling out of the subway. Someone better call you.
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Mar 27, 2022

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Ratings and reviews

4.0
82 reviews
Jillian C
December 28, 2020
Bought the full choice game because I was sucked in, but I have to agree with the other Google reviewer. The writing is excellent, but the modern day politics and excess of obscure pronouns changed the tone midway through, and seemed to pander to a subtype without any true depth. I play choice games to escape from real life, and enjoy subtle ties, but nothing was subtle here. I'll finish it just because I'm the person that has to, but my hopes aren't higher than a 3 star.
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Charvi Kumar
December 21, 2020
I really liked the writing and the premise. I thought our "ghost-busting" (technically, "daemon-dissipating") crew was delightful, a time travelling girl is in particular very delightful. I liked all the adventures we went on. The romance was lacking and I think it's best to just give it a skip. The world building can also get a bit confusing initially, but stick with it! It's lovely. That, plus the sheer size of the book, should be enough to satisfy most fans.
19 people found this review helpful
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Sheryl G.
May 31, 2021
Other reviews have mentioned the pronouns, but really, who cares? So the pronouns for some of the characters are a bit weird, big deal. Just mentally replace them in your head or something. The writing is superb, the characters and plot are complex and interesting, the world the author has created is vast without being overwhelming. Definitely pick this one up!
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