Rent-a-Vice

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3.6
353 reviews
10K+
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Content rating
Teen
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About this game

What doesn't kill you...kills someone else, and leads you down an ethical rabbit hole. In the near future, paying users can rent the "virtual experiences" of other people. These "feeders" sublet their own bodies, at the risk of their own lives, so that customers can safely enjoy extreme, potentially self-destructive vices, like binge eating, cliff diving, or worse.

"Rent-a-Vice" is a 150,000-word interactive cyberpunk-noir mystery novel, and 2018 Nebula Award for Game Writing Finalist, by Natalia Theodoridou, 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.

You're a private investigator with a bad habit, an ex, and mountains of debt--troubles so deep that you stand to lose custody of your kid. When a mysterious client asks for your help finding their missing lover in the seamy world of virtual experience, it's up to you to gather evidence, experience the technology for yourself, and solve the case.

Delve into the darkest corners of the clandestine Rent-a-Vice industry. If you believe the etho-politicians, VE compromises the well-being of society, and normalizes vice and disorder. But what are users after? Is it entertainment, or something deeper? And is there anything in it for the feeders, other than profit?

As for you, will you resist your own vices, or go all in?

• Play as male, female, or non-binary; gay, straight, or bisexual.
• Fight or embrace your personal demons, struggle against the machinery of power, and find friendship in unlikely places.
• Save those in trouble or extort them for your silence, or go rogue and burn the entire industry to the ground.
• Expose corruption or exploit it for your gain.
• Test your skills as a PI while you share other people's experiences of life and death.
• Trade favors to retain custody of your child; reunite with your ex, or find romance with someone new.
• Become a champion for the marginalized, usher in a new ethical standard, or step on corpses to climb to the top.
Updated on
Jul 15, 2024

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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
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Ratings and reviews

3.7
336 reviews
Stranger Danger
February 16, 2023
The premise was great but after the first chapters, it completely falls off. The dialogue is bland at best and robotic at worst. Characters seem to "bond" with the player based on maybe 2 interactions and are locked away if not chosen with no way to retry later in the story. The climax of the story is incredibly strange and had barely anything to do with what had been happening so far so much so that it feels as if it was the easiest way for the author to get the story done and over with. 3/10
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Adam Young
December 6, 2020
I actually purchased this book. This story offers an interesting premise: the idea that humans can connect to each other with technology and feel other people's experiences. The story moves very quickly and the ending happens abruptly. The main character in this is a private investigator tasked with solving a suicide. Its a decent story although I would have preferred a bit more action.
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