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 (202 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."


“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

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Hard Drive: 50 MB available space
    • OS: 10.6
    • Hard Drive: 50 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Hard Drive: 50 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
77 of 120 people (64%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
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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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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16 of 28 people (57%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
I don't have much experience with text based games, but I was willing to give this game a try since superheroe games have a sweet spot in my heart. Perhaps I expected too much from this: like choosing to be a hero or a villain, vigilante or caped crusader, maybe even choose my own powers or create my own character. However, none of these concepts seem to be involved in this game. In fact, this game is much more similiar to a short novel (I read through it in 2-3 hours). Very linear with some unnecessary decision making throw in for good measure. For example, you can write who your superhero crush looks like. Yet your choices don't have much impact on the progression on the story, really, your choices only seem to affect your "legend" meter, which interprets how famous you are. Also, at times I wished this book went deeper by making the characters, world, or dialogue more believable instead of superficial. The book is also riddled with various cliches and cringe-worthy character development ( I mean come on, a villain named Lolli that controls a prostitution ring?). Nothing about this game seems memorable in my opinion. It reminds me more of a trashy teen novel than a video game, and therefore, I wouldn't recommend this.

TL;DR: 0/10 not a weal game

SIDENOTE: I tried to make my character a soloist, and not fall in love with Black Magic. However, the exact opposite happened. I quit the hero team, but the game forced me rejoin anyway. And I was a huge ♥♥♥♥ to the Black Magic yet somehow still she fell in love with me anyway. I miss City of Heroes. :'(

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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 24

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
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
I laughed. I cried. I became aroused.

If you loved R.L. Stine's Give Yourself Goosebumps series or any 'Pick Your Own Adventure' type books as a kid, then this 'game' is for you!

First off I will say, I wouldn't call this a game. This is a virtual book, which you interactive with. There are no pictures. There are no sounds. There are choices and there is story, and boy what a story!

Essentially a rags to riches-esque hero themed story, with a heavy dose of moral choices to really make you 'hmm' and 'ahh' on what to pick.

If you enjoy reading books and picking the path the character leads, then this is where it's at yo!~

Overall I give Heroes Rise: The Prodigy a score of 8/10
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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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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Be warned, this is not a text-based adventure game like the ones you may be familiar with (Zork, Hitchikers Guide.. etc.)

This is merely a choose your own adventure novel that you can read on our computer. I was confused and thought there would be more of an actual game here but there is not. My bad for not reading more about this and making an impulse purchase but hopefully others do read this and are informed.

If you are looking for a choose your own adventure book, then maybe this is for you. I could not get through more than the first few parts as the writing style did not intrigue me. It seems to be written for children who I think may be the target audience for this.
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16 of 29 people (55%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
The good:
It is cheap.
The story is compelling.
And it is a good way to kill boredom.

The bad:
The game suffers from too many just happen to have/happen moments.
You hero motivatetion is set in stone.
So instead of being just a nice who wants to help people you are the child of two wrongfully arrested superheroes forced into the witness protection programe by bad story telling.
Good story telling would have let you pick your own background but moving on.
My biggest problem with the game is that you arent given alot of choice.
Yeah sure you can deside if you wipe out an entire town district or let the psychopath run free.
But where are my choices to help the everyday man.
Why cant i simply ignore the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ threating me and have to take him out?
How the hell did i get hypnotized when i am strongwilled and paranoid person.
The game biggest weakness is that it doesnt give you meaningfull choices.
A good story would go like follows:
You where a (insert gender here) who was traveling on there way to(insert location here) while underway you heard someone being rob do you(insert action here)

Instead of got this.

My advise:
If you want something to kill some time it does the job.
If you want something where choice mather's get alpha protocol.

EDIT: the story succed at making me angry.
So it is well written.
Still i hated the options given to me.
There where a hunderd different ways i could have used the powers given to me.
Instead i get fail offensively or fail defensively.
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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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