“Lilith Wants to Buy Your Soul” is currently FREE on steam. It’s a quick game. During my playthrough, it only took me about 15-20 minutes to complete and read through, but it’ll likely take you less; I tend to ponder questions pretty hard!
So stick around as we review and walkthrough a few of the potential dialogue options!
Similar to but less severe than games like The Test, Lilith Wants To Buy Your Soul sits you down in front of Lilith; a clingy demon girl who tells us that she’s here to buy your soul from you. Only issue is, most humans have their souls pre-appraised by one of the many upper-level demons; your file is missing, so Lilith must do the appraisal herself, via a short questionnaire of 20 questions.
These questions range from simple, like “are you a Dog or Cat person” (hint: Lilith prefers Dogs) to deeper questions, like “Do you have a purpose in life?”
The game is extremely charming, with quick-witted humor and a well-written Lilith. But what really sells this game is the endings you can get (as well as the results of your ‘appraisal’, that seem to have more than 5 different possibilities. Some I’ve seen are Pet Dog, Truck, A house in Iowa, Chicken Nugget, and a video game console, but there are more to find!)
I highly reccomend this game on steam, so here’s a link. Once again, it is free! From here on out, we’ll be discussing the message of the game, which leads to huge spoilers. So take this as your warning.
Going in to the finale of the game, after you’re given your appraisal by Lilith, she asks you, flat out: Do you want to sell your soul to her?
Now, my personal run went like this: I said no, because I got the “Pet Dog” ending, which tells you your life is worth only $1234. I rationalized to myself that I can make more than that on my own, that I could make something worth more than that on my own. That I didn’t need Lilith to tell me how low-value my soul was.
So, I said no.
Lilith was initially quite upset, but understood. She tells us that she’s actually a pretty low-level demon and is quite weak. After all, she rarely gets anybody taking her up on her offer after an appraisal. In fact, the appraisal itself is a scam — all human lives are worth the same amount. Her job is to get us to sell it at the lowest price.
But, Lilith tells us that she likes us (not in a confession type way, but more like she sees the value in us as humans) and warns us.
“There will be more powerful demons out there,” she tells you. And those more powerful demons might give you a better offer — they might try to tempt you, or persuade you, to give them your soul. They’ll purposefully sell you short and try to force you to agree to sell your soul to them.
So, Lilith asks us to promise that we’ll never sell our soul to a “More Powerful” demon. That if she can’t have our soul, she wants nobody to have it. After all, our soul is ours to do whatever we want with it.
I promised Lilith in my playthrough that I wouldn’t, and she said that she’s happy to hear that. Her life force is weakening due to her being a weak demon, and she won’t be able to appear before us again — but she still will watch over us, and be happy when we see we’re keeping our promise.
The game closes on its own, and if you reopen it, you’re greeted with only this:
Lilith is gone.
No matter how many times you uninstall/reinstall the game, or seemingly even clear the game files, she doesn’t come back. Perhaps somebody else figured out a way to completely reset the game; I tried many of the tried and true methods, and couldn’t figure it out.
The message is extremely cute! After all, we’ve covered a very similar manga here on LAN titled “I sold my life for 10,000 yen per year”, where a man actually does go through with selling his soul — and his price was quite, quite low.
While the thesis of that manga is different (the manga tries to make the point of “It doesn’t matter how long you have, but rather the quality of that time”), I really enjoy these existential themes being packaged in short, goofy, quirky, yet deep games like these.
I really admire the developer Pyon Pyon Platinum for this game, and I’m eager to look forward to any future releases! As of now, this is the only release under that name.
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