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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.
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.