The Play's the Thing

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About this game

Can you win fame, fortune, and romance as a playwright, before a deadly curse brings the curtain down for good?

"The Play's the Thing" is a 245,000-word interactive romantic fantasy novel by Jo Graham and Amy Griswold, best-selling authors of "Stronghold: A Hero's Fate" and "The Eagle's Heir." It's entirely text-based, without graphics or sound effects, and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

Become the official playwright at the Odeon, the most prestigious theater in Medaris. Here, high society gathers to gossip, frolic, and flirt. Dazzling special effects, enhanced by real magical enchantments, keep the audience in their seats. The plays you write have the power to manipulate public opinion, changing the course of history.

But as you're waiting for your first opening night, rumors begin flying. Deadly, shadowy creatures are stalking the city's streets. Mysterious accidents threaten your productions. It's a curse, people whisper—but only where the city's harsh ruler, the Raven, can't hear them. And to discover the roots of the curse, you'll have to dig deep into secrets that the city's nobles would prefer to stay safely buried.

The city's quarreling rulers have strong opinions about your theater, but they're also susceptible to its powers. Will you inspire them to save Medaris, or destroy it, as they destroy each other? Will you insinuate yourself into their hearts and minds? Will you expose their darkest secrets?

Will you write your way out of the tragedy that threatens your city, or call down the curse deliberately, carving your name in the annals of infamy?

• Play as male, female, or nonbinary; gay, straight, bisexual, aromantic, or asexual.
• Win popular fame, critical acclaim, or royal favor and avoid scandalous exile.
• Find love or lasting friendship with your actor buddy, the theater's acerbic director, a swashbuckling city guard, or the heir to the city.
• Manage quarreling actors, skeptical critics, deadly enemies, and a dancing bear!
• Uncover mysterious secrets from the Raven's past—and your own.
• Battle dark creatures with enchantment, swordplay, or spectacular monologues.
• Assassinate the city's tyrannical ruler, or win them over with your inspiring productions.
• Use your fabulous wardrobe to play whatever role will win the day.
Updated on
Mar 27, 2022

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60 reviews
Sheena Felmey
August 28, 2021
This is a really well written story with a good variety of choices, notably being able to choose from a variety of options of what kind of play to write. I liked playing as a dramatic over the top playwrite . The curse fantasy elements really kept it interesting. My only complaints are that I wish the Salar charecter had been introduced sooner in game and that the romance was a bit more involved (I romanced kit). I however did appreciated the few tame yet spicy romantic scenes that were there.
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Veloce Vayford
August 30, 2021
I enjoyed this game a lot. To add to some other comments, I feel like the games description on focus with romance was a bit inaccurate. There is a bit of it, but it does not stand out and many others have done it better. What was amazing and fresh in this game was writing plays! You are a full on playwright, with full control of your work and you manage the direction your art takes you. These choices are also made relevant to the game itself. Can replay at least once. Definite buy for the price.
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September 16, 2021
Pretty good. If you played Canon fire Concerto or that Broadway game then it'll feel pretty familiar. The romances sucked in my opinion but the story was pretty cool. Being able to use magic for stage effects was a neat idea. Still, if let the characters were rather boring and the stakes seemed kind of silly. Pretty good though.
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