Julius Caesar: Stayin' Alive!

Player Rating4.76/8

"#248 overall, #9 for 2006"
based on 644 ratings since 05/15/2006
played 8,919 times (finished 695)

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
good, wish the outcomes were longer tho
-- DarthBacon on 9/2/2020 3:34:40 PM with a score of 0
While there is a proper amount of early choices, they all lead towards the same branch and the conclusion feels too summarised. While the setup of a plot is there, act 1 is about your personal leanings and personality, which affects how the assassination will take place in act 2, it doesn't work for me. Act 1 has too little impact on the following story. Act 2 has too little groundwork to feel anything more than random, and act three is only a short paragraph leaving the reader little to work with.

The writing also clashes with the subject matter. There's a serious plot, the last days of one of the most (in)famous persons in history, but the yadda yadda's, BIG WORDS, and other immature word choices cheapened the impact of that plot. It made me not care about the world and the characters in it.

All in all, there's a good story hidden in there; it just needs a bigger wordcount and change of atmosphere to come out.
-- enterpride on 7/30/2020 6:52:07 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
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