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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June 19

New build

Today's build of the game should address two issues:
1) Save/restore should work more reliably. We added bullet-proof armor around the code to make sure it'll work every time.

2) A few players reported being asked to "pay" for the game near chapter 5, even though they'd already bought the full game. This issue should be resolved.

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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

System Requirements

    • 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
2.0 hrs on record
If you play this game you have to realize this is a series. If you only play one you will feel unsatisfied. I enjoyed the game and played the series many times.
Posted: September 28
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13.8 hrs on record
Really interesting game, especially if you are a fan of super-heroics. Quality story and easy replay if you want to see different endings depending on what choices you make. Since it is an interactive novel there are no graphics but I didn't need any as the story was so well written. Definitely worth checking out!
Posted: September 27
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346 of 466 people (74%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 18
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77 of 117 people (66%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 21
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80 of 125 people (64%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 17
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98 of 166 people (59%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 17
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44 of 73 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Excellent writing! This is not your typical game. You could consider it a cross between a Choose Your Own Adventure book and an RPG. The best description comes from the game's publisher, calling it an interactive novel.

You play an orphaned Powered citizen. Milennia City's corrupt mayor is responsible for having your parents locked up years prior. Now you have come of age, and are embarking on your Heroic career. Hilarity and explosions ensue. It's quite awesome.

I am not typically into superheroes, but this series has me totally and completely sprung. I can not wait until Hero Fall comes out in a couple of weeks!
Posted: June 17
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
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
Posted: September 12
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
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.)
Posted: June 30
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39 of 66 people (59%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
While this game doesn't look impressive, it certainly stands taller than most as a modern role-playing experience.

The first installment of the Heroes Rise series is essentially an electronic version of those two dollar Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books you picked up as a kid, so I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who doesn't like reading for pleasure. You're a super powered young adult (whose gender, name, and preferences you either input directly or choose), looking to become a fully licensed hero for whatever reason(s) you the player chooses. Fame? Justice? Revenge? The ability to flex your muscles and fly wherever you want? The choice is yours.

Speaking of choices, this game is crammed with them - quite a few of which carry a lot of weight story/character-wise. Do you offer a villian mercy, later experiencing the consquences of their actions? Do you wipe out a city block just to catch a criminal? Some, of course, are just for flavor. For example: Does the superhero you have a crush on look like Theodore Roosevelt, Kayne West, a giant blob, or something/someone entirely different? Any game that lets me pretty much plaster TR's face onto a man that runs around with his costume's neck zipper down to his belly button is a game I can get behind.

Despite the preconception that these types of games aren't "interactive" enough, there is a stats screen -- all depending on your actions, of course -- and you can even die should you use too much energy / lose too much health during fights. Though you may might just be clicking choices, there is a sense of strategy and management to it. Deciding whether or not to use all your power early on might stop the maniac from burning down the orphanage quicker or it might just backfire onto innocent civilians, ruining your standing as a hero and getting you hounded by the police.

If you're looking for a recommendation on whether or not to buy this game, I'd suggest that you do. The price is just about right for this type of game (at the time of this writing, it's on sale by itself for $1.99 and in a bundle with its sequel + DLCs for $3.99; the normal price is $2.99 and $4.99 respectively otherwise), and the sheer amount of choices you get to make about your character is astounding for a modern game. The writing is decent, if not good -- sometimes touching, sometimes surprising, but always engaging.

Should you want to create an actual character instead of just an avatar on your screen who hits people, look past this game's appearance and have fun.
Posted: June 17
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
I highly recommend Heroes Rise. The story is really engaging, as are the choices. Do not mind the absence of images or music : this is an interactive novel and it has kept me in front of my computer until I finished the story. Then I started to read the sequel, with my choices carrying over. I can't wait for the third entry in the series to come out. And for the price it is offered at, it is absolutely worth it.
Posted: June 18
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16 of 27 people (59%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
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. :'(

Posted: June 19
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
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
Posted: June 23
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 7
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 8
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18 of 31 people (58%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
A terrific in-depth interactive novel.

Worth the buy.
Posted: June 17
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record

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!
Posted: June 24
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 24
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 24
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15 of 27 people (56%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 20
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