Dec 07

2023

Lies Under Ice—Lead a colony on a distant frozen moon!

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Lies Under Ice

We’re proud to announce that Lies Under Ice, the latest in our popular “Choice of Games” line of multiple-choice interactive-fiction games, is now available for Steam, Android, and on iOS in the “Choice of Games” app.

Lies Under Ice is 33% off, and Trials of the Thief-Taker, by the same author, is 40% off until December 14th!

Lead the first settlement on Jupiter’s frozen moon, Europa! What alien life lurks beneath the ice? Who is sabotaging your mission? Who can you trust?

Lies Under Ice is a 200,000-word interactive science fiction novel by Joey Jones, where your choices control the story. It’s entirely text-based—without graphics or sound effects—and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

The year is 2079. Your mission is to build a settlement, explore Europa’s treacherous oceans, terraform the moon, and send findings back to Earth.

But political factions within your colony vie for dominance, constantly on the brink of open conflict. While they are technically collaborating on this mission, each one has their own goals for Europa. Will this colony be a site for new trade? A home for Earth’s ever-growing population? A clean slate where humans can break free of older social models? How far will each side go to get what they want?

With the most advanced science at your disposal—massive terraforming systems, gene splicing, AI therapy-bots, nerve-connected bionic prosthetics, and more—you can venture from the safety of your spaceship out into the hostile frozen world. Descend beneath the ice of Europa, pilot a submarine through frigid waters that no human has ever seen, and uncover ancient secrets of an alien world.

There’s definitely alien life here. But does it pose a danger to you and your fellow settlers, or is it the greatest opportunity that humanity has ever known?

  • Play as male, female, or nonbinary; gay, straight, bi, or aromantic; poly or monogamous.
  • Choose among six distinct professional backgrounds: diplomat, aerospace engineer, arcologist, asteroid miner, pilot, or marine biologist.
  • Manage the complex needs of an extraterrestrial base: prioritize the comfort of the workers, maximize scientific output, build luxury domes, dig mazes of ice tunnels, or engage in terraforming.
  • Navigate the treacherous politics of Earth’s squabbling factions from millions of miles away!
  • Interact with Europa’s alien ecosystem: will you release fish as a sustainable food source, bring along cats for companionship, or rely on synthetic creatures to avoid introducing invasive species?
  • Run for office in Europa’s fledgling government!

Delve beneath the ice, and reach for the stars!

We hope you enjoy playing Lies Under Ice. We encourage you to tell your friends about it and to recommend the game on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other sites. Don’t forget: our initial download rate determines our ranking on the App Store. The more times you download in the first week, the better our games will rank.

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  1. Avatar for JBento JBento says:

    YESSSSSS, AT LASSSSSTTTTT!!!

    I’ve been waiting for this one for so long. :sob:

    (of course, it launches shortly after I’ve found out about Not Your Mother’s Shire, and on the same day as Rogue Trader, which JUST SO HAPPENS to also be a day where I have an afternoon-long meeting)

  2. Avatar for Eiwynn Eiwynn says:

    Congrats @jojo – I have been eagerly awaiting to have this in my library for a very long time.

  3. I had so much fun beta testing this one. The amount of variation written into the narrative is truly impressive, making for a game that felt surprisingly fresh even after multiple playthroughs. The author’s research was obviously painstaking, but he avoids info-dumping in favor of weaving the science inseparably into the narrative. A broad cast of characters add interest and flavor to life in the Europan colony, and add the weight of human interest to the political intrigue. This is a solidly entertaining game with truly phenomenal replay value.

  4. Huh, I wonder why Steam didn’t give me a notification.

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