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 (274 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

 

Recommended By Curators

"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
23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
“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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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
-Do I recomment this game?
-No.
-Is this a bad game?
-No.
-Do I regret buying it?
-No

How is that?
Wrighting is simple and story is nice. Reading it is fun and you just can stop. Almost every page is a cliffhanger that is making you read the next one.
Buuuuut
Its way to linear most of the timee and most of the choices tend to be unclear. Making you guess, hoping for a good outcome.
There also were times when I was like "I don't want to do it like this, this is wrong!" But I had no other choice.
Not the best "choice of games" game out there for sure.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
This game uses the word "Slugger" as a curse word.
Ex: "What the slugger?"
10/10 would cringe again
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