Death and Taxes

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Available on:PCFeb 20, 2020

Developer: Placeholder Gameworks

Publisher: Placeholder Gameworks

Genres: Simulation, Strategy

In this small Indie, short narrative-based game, you take the role of the Grim Reaper... on an office job. Your job is to decide which people are going to live or die. Your choices will affect the world around you. Keep the chaos away or foil plots to destroy the world and rise through the ranks of Reapers all the way up to MIDDLE-MANAGEMENT, wow! Death and Taxes is a game in the vein of narrative-based indie titles, such as "Papers, Please", "Reigns", "Beholder" and "Animal Inspector", to name a few. The consequences of your choices are yours to bear, while the mystery of your incarnation awaits revelation! Have a.. totally normal.. office job Talk to your boss Get monies Buy stuff from Mortimer’s Plunder Emporium(?) Decorate your desk Do some paperwork Pet the cat?? Stare in the mirror and talk to yourself Don’t let the existential dread set in DONT LET IT SET IN (ONLY THE FATE OF HUMANKIND IS IN YOUR HANDS, IT'S 100% OK) Listen to that one really catchy tune in the elevator Features: Meaningful choices Branching storyline with multiple [SECRET] endings Make-Your-Own-Grim-Reaper! Fully voiced NPCs Original Soundtrack Original artwork featuring watercolour graphics Dialogue options Upgrade shop Twitch integration!

Death and Taxes Reviews

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Death and Taxes is a short, fun game with plenty of replay value and enough challenge to keep you reincarnating a few times over.

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Good storytelling and voice acting is matched with colorful characters and nice visuals but the gameplay is very lacking in the fun department.

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Despite looking like a management-style game and bearing many of the signature elements of such a game, the goal isn’t necessarily to follow the rules. In fact, there isn’t really a set “goal” that you’re aiming for, as bad endings can be every bit as amusing as good ones, and you’re mostly figuring out how much you can get away with before experimenting with killing and sparing people based on coin flips, the voice of Grim’s conscience that sometimes confronts you in the mirror, and whatever capricious whims strike when reading a short synopsis of a person’s life. There aren’t any bad decisions, after all: just ones that can accidentally wipe out the human race.

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Death and Taxes has so much more going for it than I’ve even been able to discuss. The art style is fantastic, the voice acting is perfection, the music is brilliant, and the mechanic is sure to delight any Papers, Please fans. But what really, really stuck with me was not only how it dove deeply into existentialism in an entertaining way that didn’t get mired in the macabre, but how it quietly — so subtle, you could miss it — elevated the feel right back up at the end, aligning morals back to a human scale and setting the expectation and desire to do better.

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