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The Treasure Seekers of Lady Luck

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Jump to hyperspace aboard the Lady Luck, the fastest starship in the galaxy! Join her ragtag crew of space pirates, or infiltrate their ranks, working undercover for the Galactic Police.

Treasure Seekers of Lady Luck is an interactive sci-fi novel by Christopher Brendel, where your choices determine how the story proceeds. The game is entirely text-based—without graphics or sound effects—but driven by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

Play as male or female, and gay or straight. Will you unlock the mystery hidden in the heart of the ship? Its fate is in your hands!
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

If you like the idea of being a space pirate and you enjoy visual novels then games like Treasure Seekers of Lady Luck are like candy. I enjoyed much of the game but I couldn’t help but notice some things don’t add up. You can effect various stats with your choices throughout the game such as kindness; bravery; loyalty; etc but and they will in turn mean you won’t be able to complete certain tasks in certain manners. I like that idea but in practice sometimes the game picks weird things to not allow me to do. For instance I had a very high kindness rating so at one point when I want to burn down a shed to cause a distraction the game said I failed because I was too nice. Another time I wanted to lie to a person and had the same issue, I was too kind to pull it off. Later on though I could literally murder a character in cold blood and the game was cool with it. I loved the story; I loved the interaction between different characters and I enjoyed the game overall but it’s cause and effect from the stats often felt broken. There is still enjoyment to be had though. The game has no graphics or audio so it has to get you to imagine the characters and locations and it does a great job describing them. I also felt that despite the system being broken that I could make the character my own for the most part. My only other issue was that your health could drop if you got injured from fights but at no point could I find a way to heal myself, not even back on the ship.
I played Treasure Seekers of Lady Luck on Linux. The game didn’t crash on me once. I didn’t notice any spelling errors. There is no manual save system, the auto saves every page and upon exit. The game isn’t long enough to make this an issue and does make the choices you make feel more important as you must restart the game to change them. My system RAM usage during play was 2.4GB; my CPU usage was at 2%; and my VRAM usage was at 506MB.
Overall this is a solid visual novel. It’s positives outweigh the negatives. If you enjoy other games from Choice of Games then you will probably enjoy this. I finished the game in just under 2 hours. I paid $3.39 CAD for it and can say it is easily worth $5.
My Score: 7/10
My System:
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X | 16GB DDR4-3000 CL15 | MSI RX 580 8GB Gaming X | Mesa 19.2.2 | Manjaro 18.1.2 | Mate 1.22.2 | Kernel 5.3.7-2-MANJARO

Review from Steam

The Good:
-You're thrown into the action right away. Three initial paths: help others, lone wolf, selfish.
-You're in a bad situation, but the author introduces a few mysteries to get you curious and play the long game.
-You'll meet a crew of unique aliens. The author does a good job of establishing their personalities early, so you can support who you like. Reminds me of the TV show Farscape.
-No long walls of text, usually 2-4 options per decision.
-3 career paths: combat, science, or infiltration.
-One of the unique features of this game is the ability to lie and use your deceptions later down the line.
-Can buy items to help you on missions. You can also find items during missions.
-The author sets up things early on that come back later in the game. Also later in the game you have more options tied to your stats. So for example if you're very loyal to the crew you'll have a 'loyalty option' for some decisions, in addition to the 3 regular options. Some options are greyed out if your stats is too low.
The Bad:
-Some parts went way too fast. There's just very little justification on why a decision produced a certain outcome. Sometimes not enough background is given to make an informed decision.
-While the crew is unique, we just don't get enough time with them. The story is just too short.
-My ending was very sudden, but I did like how it left things open.
Final Verdict:
-Overall it was a fun sci-fi, really felt I got my money's worth. The crew is a big plus, I definitely had my favorites. The author sets things up really well and understands how to use stats. You will want to replay again to see other paths and avoid mistakes. However it is very short, so don't expect the greatest CYOA ever.

Review from Steam

A fun game, imo. I've always been a fan of the Choice Of games, and this one didn't disappoint. They really do a good job of diverse player choices that will eliminate options later on in the game if you aren't careful in your decisions. Some scenes do have you run in a circle until you make the right choice to progress, but that only happened to me once or twice in the overall game. I've only played through it once, but I'll definitely try different paths to see the different endings.

Age Verification
To be able to see content under adult tag.