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?
User reviews: Very Positive (207 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 13, 2012

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Includes 9 items: Heroes Rise: The Prodigy, Heroes Rise: The Hero Project, Heroes Rise: HeroFall, Heroes Rise: The Prodigy - Perfect Legend Guide, Heroes Rise: The Hero Project - Perfect Legend Guide, Heroes Rise: The Hero Project - Warning System, Heroes Rise: HeroFall - Ad Space, Heroes Rise: HeroFall - Perfect Legend Guide, Heroes Rise: HeroFall - Warning System

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"Although this is simply a 'choose your own adventure' text-based game, there are many choices throughout the story which lead to many consequences."

Reviews

“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.”
JayIsGames

“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

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Hard Drive: 50 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6
    • Hard Drive: 50 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Hard Drive: 50 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Neat, breezy, text game. And it's ALL text. No graphics, no music, just you and the words on the page. It's basically a front-end for an old-fashioned "Fighting Fantasy"-style RPG gamebook. You have hit points and superpower points, and you have to choose which powers to use, which actions to take, etc.

There are points where the game is essentially on rails - it stops short of "but thou MUST!"-levels of forcing you down one path, but it knows where it wants you to go. There are side paths you can take, but the fundamental throughline is very straightforward.

It's worth a buck or two just to support this oddly archaic playstyle, ESPECIALLY if you have fond memories of marking the pages of a Choose Your Own Adventure to pick the best outcome... (you can't do that here - it keeps track of all your choices.)
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
The key to playing the Heroes Rise Trilogy is to understand there are only two paths: Paragon (Perfect Morality) and Renegade (Badass). The paths boil down to their associated romances and skills.

For Paragon, you will need to maximize Justice, Lawfulness, Defensive, and Team Player (in Hero Project: Loved, Underdog and Hero Points). Romances are geared towards Jenny (in Hero Project onward: Lucky.) For Renegade, you will need to maximize Fame, Lawless, Offensive, and Soloist (in Hero Project: Popular.) Romances are geared towards Black Magic (in Heroes Fall: Jury and Prodigal.) There is some leeway. Some achievements may be achieved by deliberately failing. In the first two games, you are permitted to play offensively for Paragon characters. Renegade characters may be team players. Romances that are clearly geared towards Renegade characters may taken by Paragon with limited stat hits (Prodigal, Jury and Black Magic).


The series finishes with two paths (and in Hero Fall: one hidden Renegade romance ending).

The primary joy of this game then, comes down to the journey. It is a long series. It is written in a very serialized, soap-operatic style. It is very dramatic. Superheroes are handled with fantastic flair. There are big battles, big powers, and big villains. There are great swings in fame and fortune, suprise tribulations, that pay off in a grand style.

There are also childish adults doing very stupid things, and events you can't change the outcome of.

I think the best way to go into this game is to recognize it's pulp, and enjoy the pulp for what it is. It isn't very good, but it might be great fun.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
My favorite series so far from Choice of Games!

Heroes Rise The Prodigy is well written, with an amazing climax, I havent read a book that good in a while @_@
Price wise it's just about the same price as a decent book at Barnes&Noble if not cheaper, with the the amount of chapters inside its definitely worth $2.99 in my opinion.

If you like/love reading books and like/love games like ME you have to give Heroes Rise: The Prodigy a try.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
OVERALL REVIEW: YES IT IS WORTH IT BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT

This game represents the most important thing, I think, that makes or breaks a video game: the story. There are no graphics, it's completely text based and yet I don't feel like it needed them anyways. The story and the emphasis on the choices you make is absolutely enthralling. I normally don't sit down and finish a game, I'll put it off till later and eventually get to it- not the case with this game and it's sequel.I stayed up until 4 am (started this one in the evening) just to get to the conclusion of both games. Overall the time to do one run of this game is about 4 hours. But there's definite grounds to justify replaying this game- there are so many choices to make after all.
Overall great game, and I'm really looking forward to the third game in this series!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
I was a bit unsure about dropping money on a text based superhero adventure game, mostly because there are a lot of potential pitfalls in combining the genres, but I think steam has chosen it's first text based game well. It doesn't overcome the limitations of the genres, such as the sometimes constricting linearity of text adventures, and the cheesiness and melodrama of superheroes, but instead embraces them and works within these constraints to craft a satisfyingly complex narrative that lives up to the best standards of the genres. The choices you make are convincing in how they drive the story, and it's nice to have a meaningful stats screen that actually helps, rather than hinders, you to enjoy the game. For those who already like the genres: you'll enjoy this; for don't like these genres: look elsewhere; to the majority just looking for an entertaining game: keep an open mind and I promise you'll get your money's worth. This is a smart, well written adventure, and that's something anyone should be able to get behind.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Speaking as a body who greatly enjoys story focused games, this was a delight. I meant to give it five minutes and then accidentally stayed up all night whipping through it a couple of times in a row. For those of you who enjoy reading stories, exploring characters, and the knowledge of more chapters to come in this story, then definitely give this a shot.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
I was really surprised by this. I picked up the demo and FLEW through the first five chapters. It allows you enough creative freedom in your origin story to craft it to how you would like. Reminded me heavily when you create your Commander Shepard character in Mass Effect 1. Look forward to finishing the tale.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
If you like text based adventure games, like those Choose Your Own Adventure books, and like superheroes, you will like this. Granted the game is not perfect and a lot of choices don't matter as much as one would like it (something that was corrected in the sequel), still the story is interesting and has a lot of potential to go to interesting places.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
If you enjoy making your own protagonist and still have fond memories of Choose your Own Adventure books then this game is a wonderful addition to your Steam Library.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
I've never played a text adventure prior to Heroes Rise, for the obvious reason of being before my time. Heroes Rise has kind of sold me on the idea though.

What you get (for crazy cheap), is essentially a knock-off Telltale Games adventure (in the best possible way). The story is fairly simple in the Prodigal, but manages a few really good moments. It manages to sustain "the illusion of choice" throughout the whole story with only a few hiccups. There are a few decent twists, though the main twist was clear to me even before they started giving clues which the protagonist fails to put together.

Heroes Rise also has a fair bit of comedy, both the intentionally written and when you screw with the ability to write in your own name. An example of the latter would be my heroic codename: Grimdark. It was hilarious imagining serious people and heroes referring to my hero as Grimdark. As for intentional writing, my favourite moment was blackmailing two superheroes having a homosexual affair, because it was the most heroic thing to do clearly.

The 'combat' is mostly a veneer. You'll have text options to choose a series of attacks that will generally cost a differing number of 'power points'. However despite the games numerous warnings of the need to conserve you're strength and to use appropriate levels of force, I rarely came close to running low and never ran out. Same thing with health, so the risk of hitting zero (and death) is virtually nil.

So I do recommend it. Buy the bundle while its at a discount or even after that. What this game is, is a fairly fun romp for a decent number of hours (depending on how fast you read).
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Very well written, the options are thought provoking and the story depth is beautiful. Things don't always turn out as expected but the flow is non stop and realistic. Very glad to see someone making text based games again!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Awesome game, I loved it.
Text adventure fans will love it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Very cool innovative game. Goes way back to the choose your own adventure books. Very glad I bought it and will be playing the next game in the series. So many ways for your story to branch out. Very fun.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
48.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
It is like the Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) series. I especially love that there is no fancy music or animations, just cut and paste words that you read. If you were from that generation of kids who had those books growing up I would recommend this game to anyone.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Truly great game. I would love to see this format become more popular. Gonna download the sequel now. Keep up the good work!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
64.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
(Unless you care for background and padding, skip to the seperation line)

I've played a good few Text-Based games before. I remember the days of my boyhood where I would go to Funcoland (Something that existed before Gamestop younglings) and would buy PC text-game with my hard earned 5$ allowance. Back then I barely understood what I was doing half the time and just tried to get the the "official" end of the game and could by this point claim satisfaction as a kid playing his windows game.

When I saw Heroes Rise on Steam Sale, I looked and thought "Here comes some poorly animated, poorly done, badly written mess with a ♥♥♥♥ty story and terribly graphic'd final-fantasy fights. Safe to say I was shocked to hear that this was a text-based game and of all things the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure kind. It made me curious and I bought the game only to load it and start playing with the intent that the game would be something of a time-passer at best when I was sitting in my classes or pretending to listen to my friends over the phone.

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Firstly I will say this about Heroes Rise. If you bought this game expecting to play a variety of characters, then you will be sorely disappointed. Your story is summarily pre-written with you only to change certain things to fit your mood or tone. Sadly you cannot be a vigilante with no special powers, an alien who crashed on earth, or any of the other overused and overdone origins we see in most superhero stories. The explanation for "Powered Heroes" however makes up for this and if thought about considering the setting, does fit the bill enough if you suspend your disbelief the amount NEEDED to play a game like this.

However it should be noted that your characters name, gender, alias/codename as a hero, costume, morals, and their sidekick are yours to decide from several options that make the game in my opinion more than worth playing over again some few times after you've beaten it, just not excessively because let's face it...You wouldn't crack open a book you just finished a week ago to read it again, would you? For replayability value, the same ideal applies to this game. Though in all of the decisions that you could make that I listed, you're likely realizing that I didn't list what often is wanted in a Superhero for wanted variety. Powers.

Sadly, your character comes with predetermined set of powers and that is sadly what drags the game down from being better in my honest opinon. With a bit of extra writting and coding I'm sure they could've given more lovable variety to this game by letting you choose a bit of variation to your powers such as elements or origin. However again, when you consider the story they are telling, it can be forgiven and glanced over. Especially given the twist concerning your powers and your potential should you press the subject during gameplay. Which brings me to make clear that the game has it's moments of deep immersion and well-written storytelling (aside from some typos you can spot) throughout your playthrough.

It both caters to and even manages to stray away from some of the tropes and stereotypes a fan of comic-books or superheroes would be familiar with. Some things that I myself as a reader of comics had assumed would happen, ended up proceeding -completely- differently than I expected them to. Though I'll admit there are several inconsistencies I believe to have spotted...however again this game is based off of your imagination and suspense of disbelief so such things can be forgiven easily so long as you don't dwell on them as critically as I have.

In the end I can say that this game is worth the money you pay for it. It's fun, stimulating, makes you think of how you want your character to act, and really the only thing about it that saddens me is that the game doesn't have actual graphics to it. However it wouldn't be TEXT-BASED then, now would it? With this being the first installment and my already buying the sequel as well as awaiting the third installment to complete the trilogy I'm sure things will be revised as time goes on. All in all the game is worth the few dollars it cost when I purchased it and so long as you aren't expecting a priceless gem, and can settle for something that just shines on it's own...I reccommend buying it despite my critical review of it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
It's a very good interactive story, with some really interesting choices and events. I'm picky when it comes to books and novels... and I liked this game very much.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
This is truely an amazing game if you enjoy make your own adventure games, love the quirkey word play and the choices throughout this game.

But holy crap does this game get dark along the way!

It's great, but imagine you're told to carry a cute little puppy and a cute little kitten down the a path. You know, you're going "yay, what a cute little adventure I will go on with these animals~!" going along with the story, this game. Until after a while, the puppy and the kitten slowly start becoming more demonic, bleed from every orafice, head spinning and whaling "KILL ME~" at you, and you're freaking out but you have to carry these animals to the destination. And then, at the destination the guy who you're suppose to give these animals to, yells at you "What the crap did you do! WHAT THE CRAP DID YOU DO!?" and you can only reply truefully, "I don't know!" and start crying "I don't know!"

That's this game.
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