Julius Caesar: Stayin' Alive!

Player Rating4.78/8

"#230 overall, #8 for 2006"
based on 644 ratings since 05/15/2006
played 8,731 times (finished 688)

Story Difficulty2/8

"walk in the park"

Play Length2/8

"So short yo' momma thought it was a recipe"

Maturity Level3/8

"must be at least this tall to play"
Contains content that may not be suitable for persons under age 10. If this were a movie, it would probably be between G and PG.

This is a game I made for my Julius Caesar project in English class.
You are Julius Caesar in Ancient Rome. Revered by many Romans throughout the Empire as a renowned general and politician, you are about to be crowned as their king! However, there are a few who would rather see you dead than on the throne...
Can you survive, or will you have an early and untimely demise? Choose what you do carefully, and maybe you'll end up changing history!

Player Comments

Julius Caesar: Stayin’ Alive is a good showcase of CYS’s changing standards over the years. I had it in my reading list for a while because I happen to like the source material very much, but it certainly had much to be desired for a story that was once featured.

To start with, the story structure itself was probably the biggest flaw. Many of the choices made simply did not matter. Even choices that seemed as if they would matter, such as being directly warned of the conspiracy by Brutus, were completely forgotten on the next page. A particularly annoying example that made me a bit surprised this had been featured was when Caesar has a choice to go watch the races ir speak with Brutus. If he speaks with Brutus, the page after where he goes to the races is written just as if he never had anyway.
The big attraction to CHOOSE Your Story is just that, choosing your story. If a choice is forgotten by the next page, then what was even the point of having it?
Another, different bad example of choices was when Caesar is taking a bath and gets a knock on his door. If he asks who it is, it is Cassius in disguise, but if he does not, it is a servant. Ain’t that amazing how that works.
Because of this all, there’s no real branching, just some early end links.

There were also some confusing things about the story itself, or rather, some things that showed perhaps some confusion on the part of the author.
The senate is said to be almost empty, but literally dozens of senators were in on the assassination. Add that to those who were not, and you have a full house there. Also, why were hooded men caught wandering the senate with daggers. They ARE the Senate and don’t need disguises.
I also want to point out that yond Cassius has a LEAN and hungry look, not a MEAN and hungry look, and such men are dangerous.

I did like the subject, and I thought the title was very catchy. However, this story just did not live up to my ever-smaller hopes. Check it out if you’re one of those freaks who reads reviews before story-games and are interested in an artifact from the past that, while not bad, will make you ever more grateful that CYS has EndMaster and higher standards in this season.
-- Cricket on 6/20/2019 10:44:56 AM with a score of 0
Seems like a pretty cool game, I just didin't like how the game's choices seem to follow no logical; the deaths are random. I mean, isn't it logical for someone especially like a recently-crowned king to ask who's coming in before alotting them passage? And if you have all these signs from various people like your wife and soothsayers to stay home, shouldn't you probably stay home?

On top of that there's inconsistencies with the story; if you don't ask who it is, the guy doesn't kill you (as one ex).

That's really the only thing that irks me about this story. When playing a CYS, it should be strategic and logical and your choice; not like attempting to traverse a minefield.
-- FazzTheMan on 6/13/2015 1:02:25 AM with a score of 0
This was good.
-- Anastasia on 6/21/2019 11:01:55 AM with a score of 0
Uh... changing history in a game is fun, but isn't this a bit short? Can't we change the entire political structure of Rome? Or am I asking too much. ;)
-- TestingJest on 11/18/2017 2:14:51 AM with a score of 0
Decent game. Good job.
-- Victoria5 on 3/10/2017 3:36:58 PM with a score of 0
Cool story
-- Voltage on 11/28/2016 7:51:52 PM with a score of 0
Eh, good enough to be worth your time
-- KemCho on 9/4/2016 9:06:36 PM with a score of 0
pretty awesome
-- KrazyKat12 on 8/3/2016 8:02:08 PM with a score of 0
Nice game about history.
-- Cutedaisy24 on 7/20/2016 7:00:49 AM with a score of 0
not bad
-- omgitschowhall on 6/30/2016 8:35:49 PM with a score of 0
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