Do you have what it takes to become a legendary Powered hero? "Heroes Rise" is an epic interactive novel where your choices control the story. The game is entirely text-based--without graphics or sound effects--and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination. How high will you rise?
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Release Date: Jul 13, 2012

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“There’s a great deal of angst, possibilities for romance and plenty of conspiracies and crimes, some of which I’ve been committing myself. Adam Apple, also known as Fantabulous, creates energy shields with ease, has punched thugs into submission, soars through the air with ease and attempts to seduce everyone he meets. The little tinker would seduce a death ray into submission if he thought it would respond to his dubious charms.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“it delivers a lengthy and surprisingly action-packed tale with memorable characters, dramatic moments, and some very cool scenes to play your part in.”

“Heroes Rise does a great job with the design and writing of its decision points. Some are pure action and strategy, but most are focused on who you are as a hero (or, potentially, a villain) and how you will relate to those around you.”
4/5 – TouchArcade

About This Game

Do you have what it takes to become a legendary Powered hero?

In "Heroes Rise," Powered heroes have become the ultimate celebrities, and you dream of joining the A-List–but to get there, you'll first have to take down evil Powered gangs, compete with deadly rivals, choose a worthy sidekick, team up with famous champions, and prove to all of Millennia City that you're a true hero.

"Heroes Rise: The Prodigy" is an epic interactive novel where your choices control the story. The game is entirely text-based--without graphics or sound effects--and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

Will you play as male or female? Gay or straight? Crusade for justice, or gun for money? Will you work as a team with the world-famous Millennial Group, or will you steal their spotlight?

How High Will Your Hero Rise?

  • 100,000 words of interactive fiction
  • Multiple endings
  • Become a legendary hero

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    • OS: Windows XP
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
    • OS: 10.6
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
I personally loved this game, but it is definitley not for everyone. It is text based, and by that it is only text, not even background music. The story is interesting and you get to choose your story. Again, I would recommend this game, but it is not for everyone.
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379 of 511 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 18, 2014
At one point you're faced with a dilemma - how do you gain entrance to a club being run by a villain, so that you can search for clues? You have three options: Go in powers blazing, infiltrate the place posing as a customer, or sneak in through the back entrance.

No matter which choice you make, you'll end up hypnotized by the villain running the place. It's a false dilemma where all paths lead to the same destination.

The game is full of these, where all your decisions really do is inform the window dressing. For a text-based game, where a narrative should be able to be expanded into multiple branching paths very cheaply, this is quite disappointing. If you've made a text-based game whose central mechanic is simply player choice has less respect for that choice than a AAA game like Fallout: New Vegas, then you've dropped the ball.

Embarrassingly, I found a couple of typos as well. The writing is interesting enough at first, but it gets frustrating later on as you'll probably figure out the big "twist" long before any of the characters do, but are powerless to do anything about it.

It's amusing for a while on a single playthrough, but that's about it.
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71 of 87 people (82%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2015
“Heroes Rise” reminds me of one of those really bad tabletop RPG sessions, where the DM doesn’t understand what the point of a roleplaying game is and railroads the players into a very specific plotline, where the illusion of choice is sometimes presented but ultimately all “choices” lead to the same destination, and there’s no real input from the players.

I can forgive the game for not giving the player a choice in powers. That’s not too huge of a problem to me, as long as there’s still enough variation in how we can utilize that specific power. The game definitely appears to give you this, although I’ll admit that I didn’t really explore a lot of the different options in combat, so I don’t know if selecting the “wrong” choice railroads the player into the path that the game wants you to go down, like it does during non-combat choices.

And that’s this game’s fatal flaw. There are many moments where you are presented with a choice, but picking anything besides the “right” option will result in the game saying “well, that didn’t work, so you end up doing THIS instead.” That’s not how interactive fiction works. The name of the publisher is “Choice of Games,” right? As in, we get to choose how we proceed through the story? Not so in “Heroes Rise.”

Let’s talk about one particular example of railroading in this story: the forced love interest, Black Magic. Early in the game, you (the player, not the character) are asked to name your first celebrity crush. Turns out that Black Magic looks JUST like that person, and is rumored to be their direct descendent. This is lazy writing. It’s the game’s way of saying “Hey, you should be pursuing this character!” without having to actually give them any depth or redeemable qualities, or any real in-character reason to pursue them (beyond the fact, as the game CONSTANTLY reminds you in any scene featuring Black Magic, that this character is just OOZING with sex appeal). It relies on basing their physical appearance on someone that the player (not even the character, but the player themselves) has (or had, once) a crush on, and hopes that that will be enough to justify railroading the player character into a romance.

The last straw for me was when (without trying to give too much away) Black Magic creates the illusion of terrible danger for the sole purpose of getting the player in bed. There’s a few options on how to respond to this. I went with completely rejecting her, because holy hell I am not interested in pursuing a character so terribly selfish and manipulative. And after selecting that option, the game literally told me that rejecting her was not a real option, and suddenly my character is sleeping with her anyway.

Is there anything redeeming about “Heroes Rise”? I suppose the writing itself is decent. Maybe it should’ve just been written as a story, instead of disguised as interactive fiction. Not giving the player any real choice in how to pursue the story goes completely against what interactive fiction is all about, and thus I cannot recommend "Heroes Rise."
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91 of 140 people (65%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2014
A text based game in a superhero setting.

Not something I would have expected to find on steam. As I do enjoy books and love customization options in games, including roleplaying and writing little short stories of my own I thought I'd give it a try. If nothing else perhaps it would give me some good memories of playing City of Heroes.

Sadly the game couldn't live up to the things the description says it would offer.

I was outright shocked that I couldn't pick the hero I wanted to play. I didn't expect to be able to adapt my main protagonist down to every single ability, but I couldn't even pick a powerset, a background or anything like it. I was thrown a bone of a pre-designed character that I could pick gender, name, sexual orientation and favourite color for and that was the full customization available.

For a moment I thought about just closing and forgetting about this "game", but I decided to see it through. Maybe the story or the other parts of it would be better. The game starts you off in a pre-defined setting, with all predefined characters. I played around with the choices they give you, but the differences are barely noticeable. No matter what you pick the outcome for the story is the same. You always end up in the very same spot, no matter what you pick and not just once at the very end, but all the time at nearly every part of the story.

Choice to me always is to influence something, not just to have meaningless statistics go up and down. If the world around my character doesn't react to my interactions in any way, what reason is there to give a choice in the first place?

You can do your worst to treat romance characters poorly yet they still end up wanting to be together with you, quite the same applies to other aspects. Theres a lawful statistic, yet you can never really work together with the bad side.

No serious customization. no choices that matter. So what remains of this game? It's a railroaded story, like a book and on top of that not even a very long or good one in my opinion.

Characters are without depth without motivations that make any sense and cliche is dripping from every corner. Antagonists in the story jump on you without real reason just for the sake that you have some bad guys to work against, but no one ever explains why they even dislike you in the first place. The only real motivation that gets obvious is for the main antagonist and even that one feels very forced, not very well thought through and just there for the sake of having something to make the story work, not because the character feels like they would really do anything like it on their own.

Overall the game felt very lacking to me, and not just because it has no fancy graphical options or cool interface. It lacks meaningful choices, good character design and a world that reacts to you as a player. While the price isn't that high for it and I don't really worry about the money, I might have spent my time better by picking up some visual novel or a book instead, or some other game if I seriously wanted a lot of choices.

I cannot really recommend this game as it is. There are many better text based games out there that offer real choices, better writing and on top of that are free.
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83 of 132 people (63%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2014
It's not very often that a story has made me so drawn to characters that I was unable to see, but that's exactly what Heroes Rise: The Prodigy has done. This is one of those hidden gems, tucked in the corner of the closet, just waiting to be opened up. If you're put off by the imageless narrative and text-based gameplay, don't be. It doesn't take away from anything and I personally think it makes it more powerful.

Scenes are fleshed out and described with detail and precision. Characters have reason and motives behind them, making them feel a lot more alive than their 2D or 3D counterparts.

There are a lot of decisions to be made in this game and it's very refreshing and comforting to see that they do affect the story. Choices matter, even down to how powerful you make your attacks. Do you want to rip apart an enemy boss with a whirlwind or just incapacitate them with a punch? This game is fleshed out by your decisions and by your imagination. It's brought to life by your realizations and the amount of effort you put into it.

Graphics are not everything. In this generation with our never-ending quest for true-to-life graphics, sometimes we forget what really matters: the story and the experience.

Those things being said, my only gripe is that there is no 'undo' button. There were times when I accidentally skipped over an option because I'd press on my screen twice, making me restart the whole game again.

Pick this up, though. You will not regret it.
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26 of 36 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 29, 2015
If you enjoyed other Choice of Games titles then I recommend not wasting your time. Not only does Heroes Rise take out the "Choice" aspect by graying out options based on what they've streamlined you into to begin with, they also take out the "Game" as well, railroading you down a series of unavoidable plot devices changed in an almost imperceptible way via what rare choice you can make that has any effect.

Possibly the worst part of the game, however, is the main character who either has to be Lawful Stupid or Chaotic Stupid depending on your options. You never choose the right options and often find yourself bumbling about leaving a trail of disasters no matter how hard you try or how perfectly you play the game.

Last but not least is the villain which, avoiding any spoilers, literally has to give you a Powerpoint presentation of the evil plan. I'm a huge fan of Choice of Games as well as well as comic book heroes, but you're likely best off buying a different one if you actually want to participate in the story.
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101 of 171 people (59%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2014
Heroes Rise: The Prodigy is the first of hopefully many games released under the Choice Of Games brand. These games were typically released for the mobile and web browser markets, and so you can imagine my surprise when I suddenly discovered one of the Choice suddenly show up on Steam.

Now you might be looking at the screenshots, and seeing the minimalist approach to the game. It's pretty barebones right? White screen, text. And...well for the most part that's it. That's how the games are intended, and the engine is actually available to make your own games.

Okay great...enough background. So what is this game? It's a Choose Your Own Adventure. You remember those from when you were a kid? "Want to see the glorious death you'll receive for making bad life choices? Turn to page 24!" Well it turns out that they translate very well with text games like this one. However don't be fooled in thinking that the game is this simple. Choice of Games has a simple engine that allows for a lot of interesting ways to script events and allows the game to remember what your choices were.

For you it basically means that you'll have a Super Hero RPG that you can have multiple playthroughs. You will have romance options and NPCs to interact and build relationships with in the same way you do in a Bioware game. The difference? Less pretty graphics.

Here's the thing...if you hate reading? Don't buy this. It's all about reading. The game itself is relatively dark in its portrayal of super heroes. It sort of gets increasingly darker as the game continues in the sequel. I found the characters interesting, and the options for designing my character throughout the game gave me the feeling that I really was making a bit of an impact.

The nature of the beast is that the game is kind of linear. Your choices, and you have many of them, still eventually follow the same road, despite how you might take different paths to get there. However if you like super heroes, love text adventures, enjoy choices and moral dilemas in your games then I suggest you try this. You'll pretty much have a couple play throughs at least and considering how inexpensive the games are...I think it'll be worth it to you.

I think it'll take you around an hour or two hours to play through it. Obviously that's assuming you are reading the story. Typically after the first playthrough you're probably gonna skip through things until you make a different choice and see what happens. Huzzah. Have fun.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
You know, when I initially saw this game when it was released I paid no notice to it. I was pretty sure it would be horrible. I can't say for what reasons, but that was the state I was in.
After playing this, I can only conclude that not only does it bring me back to my childhood with the "Choose Your Own Adventure" series', it has applied logic which was never possible in a paperback format.

The writing done in this adventure was very well done. There are parts where I felt things moved too quickly or weren't very smooth, but they hardly took away from the experience. Even with some cheesy sayings or material (which was sort of fun), it flowed elegantly together in a very enjoyable and suprising story line.
The two things I feel could have been improved upon are the romance and the diverse elements of the storyline.
The romance at times was very well done, but in other areas there was too much emphasis placed on it; even at bad times. It also didn't mix into things very well at certain points and gave the impression of being randomly thrown in.
The storyline at times gave me the impression of making a decision, but the result would inevitably be the same regardless of what I chose, or it would have literally no relevant impact on current or future events. In my mind and what I would love personally, is to see a story intricate enough to reflect every decision made; a story smart enough to step back from any sense of a linear story and see many endings, with many futures. As complicated and time consuming as this would be, it would be epic. From looking over ChoiceScript, it's definitely feasible if someone finds themselves interested. Hell, I'm kind of interested.

But in conclusion, fantastic work. I just finished the second one and I'm currently a few chapters into the third. I've heard there is a fourth one in the works and I am really looking forward to it. If it were up to me, I'd like to see this series continue on even after that.
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2014
9/10 A decent game with fascinating storyline.
This is the first of the heroes rise trilogy
Comparing to the hero project and herofall after it
The choice it provides in this one rather easier to be made
It is the very begining of you acting as a powered hero/villian
I've played twice along with the other two in the trilogy
It's just that great
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 27, 2015
Such a great Super Hero story. I just finished my first playthrough of this and had to write my review immediately. That's how much I enjoyed it.

On the surface it's a basic Super Hero story where you have the Hero (you) and an arch enemy. Though before all that you start off as just a normal person except you have powers. Which is pretty common in the future where the story takes place, but only by a 100 or so years i'm guessing. Where in order to actually become a hero you have to register with the government and get a permit. Which shortly after starting the game and getting introduced to yourself your grandmother pays for your permit for your birthday and your heroic story begins.

I won't go much more into the story so I don't spoil anything. Even though it's a choose your own adventure and your story will probably differ from mine even if it's just minor. This is the first game in the trilogy and even though it's a choose your own adventure book at heart I do appreciate the fact that since it is a trilogy you are able to save your game and continue it in Part 2.

Overall it is an amazing story, at least mine was and I would highly recommend it and urge you to pick up the $8 bundle that comes with all 3 games and the DLC. Even though the DLC is mainly just guides to help with achievements and what not and aren't really necessary I think the bundle still ends up saving you a couple bucks if you decide you want to play all 3.
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4.8 hrs
Posted: October 20
This is hardly deserving the title of Choose Your Own Adventure. I played it multiple times to see different endings. They are about as varied as the endings of Mass Effect 3. They are the same endings with different flavor.

The story-line is basically the same no matter what choices you make. Pretty much every choice has the same outcome. You end up in the same places doing the same things no matter what. The "love-interest" tries to seduce you even if you scorn and insult them every chance you get. You end up at a building with "Not-The-Justice-League" even if you were told you weren't going to be part of the team. Even if you're a total ♥♥♥♥, you still get the "You're Great" award.

I never had a character die, but from what I can tell death isn't a straight game over like it is in the CYOA books. You aparently just lose some reputation or something like that.

It's like driving on a highway with walls around it. You can decide what lane you want to drive in, but you can't go off the road.
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6.7 hrs
Posted: October 15
So being a huge fan of superhero shenanigans and being recommended this game by a friend, I'm super glad I got the chance to play this!!!

I rarely see many superhero or super powered games in the industry atm, let alone any that are good or represent what you would expect in a game of that genre; an excellent story with awesome characters, wazzy and in this game's case surprisingly strategic combat with super powers, and being able to shape and choose what kind of character you get to play as.

I actually got the bundle for not just this game but the two others that follow after: The Hero Project and HeroFall. I would also recommend doing this too, as like myself, after you buy and finish this first game you'll want to immediately move onto the 2nd and 3rd!

And just to fully seal the deal here; I've NEVER written a Steam review before. I usually let other peeps decide for themselves whether they should or shouldn't buy a game, but I felt I needed to express how awesome this series is!
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6.6 hrs
Posted: September 15
Product received for free
TL/DR: Heroes Rise: The Prodigy is a nice interactive novel for a rainy day. It's entertaining one time through but (like most of its genre) has extremely limited replayability. If it were an actual published story, I imagine I'd find it in the ages 9-12 section of a bookstore.

Heroes Rise: The Prodigy was entertaining enough to read through once or twice. One particularly enjoyable feature is the final score it calculates based in part on moral decisions made throughout the story. This is soured by the fact that a how-to guide is provided for readers at the end of the first play-through detailing how to improve their scores at specific junctions. Another strength of the game is that it specifically identifies that justice and fame aren't one and the same. Sometimes the reader has to pick one or the other. Unfortunately the main storyline is the same no matter what choices you make, so those decisions only impact the final score. Underscoring that, the same character will always be your love interest -- even if you admit that you aren't interested in anyone during that particular playthrough. This also demonstrates how the characters are one-dimensional, thereby dragging down the quality of the story. If these concerns were effectively addressed, I'd definitely bump up its rating.
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11.0 hrs
Posted: August 23
I got into this by Choice Of Robots (Currently my favorite game) and went with my gut to get the $8 Heros package, and although the choices ultimately led to the same story and some of the choices were polarized- It was very enjoyable! the characters were complex and intriguing, although there was no music or graphics (Like i expected) it was very atmospheric. I will be supporting this company in any way I'm able and hope to have the same experience with the next two games :))))))
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5.2 hrs
Posted: August 16
A decent CYOA game, though you're often railroaded into "choices" that are literally the exact opposite of the decision you made. I'm not kidding, the below "choice" can actually happen to you. The sequels suffer from the same problem, but overall it's worth playing due to the engaging characters.

"Character A is flirting with you. Do you accept her advances?"


"You consider turning her down, but then realize that you are wildly attracted to her. You are now in a committed relationship."
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16.7 hrs
Posted: July 28
Your choices don't really matter here sadly, still a great read , that I enjoyed quite a lot. Recommend it highly 9/10
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9.6 hrs
Posted: July 15
Lovely and relatable charcters and good writing covered in a generic super hero story.
This little flaw doesn't matter too much though, since the management of resources makes it a whole lotta fun during the fighting scenes.

Had a great time playing this game.
It's in fact my favourite "choice game" second to "Choice of the dragon".

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4.1 hrs
Posted: July 10
great writing. great game.
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9.3 hrs
Posted: July 8
Heroes Rise: The Prodigy is like Skyrim, but good! It's like the Telltale games (ie. The Walking Dead and Tales from the Borderlands) but without all the annoying quick time events.

In all seriousness, this game is amazing! Sure, I'd love to see some graphics, great voice acting, music and sound. Even some type of character creation tool, so you could craft a perfect graphical representation of how your character looks, but this isn't that type of game. It's essentially a more advanced video game representation of the old "Choose Your Own Adventure" books I grew up with. Brilliantly built game with an amazingly crafted story!

I've already started the sequel, "Hero Project," where your decisions from this first game carry over seamlessly! I can't recommend these games enough!

The price these games go for can seem a little steep (Steam pricing ecosystem) for what they are, compared to other indies at the same price point, since they don't have any graphics or sound. I still say they're worth it. I got the "Heroes Rise" bundle of games on a sale, but even then, I've never seen them dip more than 40% off. Overall, I say the amount of fun I've had with Heroes Rise: The Prodigy, is well worth the price of admission. Check it out!
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