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About the Story
One musician's tale in a dying world.
Read Death Song
Read Necromancer (by the same author) first. It's responsible for the greater world events that take place in the story, and is very important to fleshing out the setting of the world. This story would be less interesting without that additional context, and there are references to elements of that story which are not explained in this one. Feel free to stop reading now to avoid spoilers.
Death Song is a sequel to Necromancer where the events occur at the same time. The branching style is still in the same, satisfying Cave of Time style, and has the same effect of providing more background information as you read the side passages you missed the first time, to enrich the overall setting.
Instead of a power trip, however, you play the opposing role of someone helpless to stop the events around them, which play out according to (Spoiler - click to show)the "true" path where the necromancer succeeds, ultimately. Thus there is no (Spoiler - click to show)winning scenario in the game; this doesn't make the game any less interesting for its variety and the actions you take (and you can play parts in world events of the associated story game, of course!).
Once again: read Necromancer, then read this for the best effect.
If you haven't read Necromancer before, I suggest you do so. Although Death Song is more of a parallel, most recommend reading Necromancer first.
All of that aside, this game is amazing. The plot tells of a musician struggling to survive in (Spoiler - click to show)the world ruined by the main character in Necromancer.
The writing is emotional, even haunting at times due to the desperation, struggles, and the dismal situation of the time. There are a variety of endings, each with it's own sense of despair. Some are where (Spoiler - click to show)The musician dies alone, humming a tune to himself; The musician plays one last tune before the NECROMANCER, before drifting off, etc.. You can really relate to the character as it is extremely well written, the choices feel logical and every character has a great backstory, defining characteristic, etc. Nearing the end, you feel that death is surrounding you, that you are running away(if you survived) but it is slowly catching up, as if every step you take is closer to doom.
Overall, I would recommend it for anybody who would want an extremely emotional play(Spoiler - click to show)(Don't say anything, but I almost sobbed), another great one from EndMaster. 5/5!
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