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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Very Positive (308 reviews) - 87% of the 308 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 13, 2012

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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.”
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

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
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    • Storage: 50 MB available space
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Very Positive (308 reviews)
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Vicb
( 16.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Your choices don't really matter here sadly, still a great read , that I enjoyed quite a lot. Recommend it highly 9/10
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Cas
( 9.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
Lovely and relatable charcters and good writing covered in a generic super hero story.
This little flaw doesn't matter too much though, since the management of resources makes it a whole lotta fun during the fighting scenes.

Had a great time playing this game.
It's in fact my favourite "choice game" second to "Choice of the dragon".

9/10
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Shadowthrone
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
great writing. great game.
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Videogamevegas
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 8
Heroes Rise: The Prodigy is like Skyrim, but good! It's like the Telltale games (ie. The Walking Dead and Tales from the Borderlands) but without all the annoying quick time events.

In all seriousness, this game is amazing! Sure, I'd love to see some graphics, great voice acting, music and sound. Even some type of character creation tool, so you could craft a perfect graphical representation of how your character looks, but this isn't that type of game. It's essentially a more advanced video game representation of the old "Choose Your Own Adventure" books I grew up with. Brilliantly built game with an amazingly crafted story!

I've already started the sequel, "Hero Project," where your decisions from this first game carry over seamlessly! I can't recommend these games enough!

The price these games go for can seem a little steep (Steam pricing ecosystem) for what they are, compared to other indies at the same price point, since they don't have any graphics or sound. I still say they're worth it. I got the "Heroes Rise" bundle of games on a sale, but even then, I've never seen them dip more than 40% off. Overall, I say the amount of fun I've had with Heroes Rise: The Prodigy, is well worth the price of admission. Check it out!
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harku1446
( 23.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
I got this series during the summer sale last year and I have not regretted it. I had a lot of fun the first time I played this as my hero Ryan Writer who was secretly Ryan Writer and I have continued to have fun even after replaying it multiple times with my other characters so as to get the achievements.

While the story can be linear at times with your choices only affecting your stats sometimes, it's still a lot of fun and there's a lot of ways to make your hero unique and how you want them to be.

Plus you can flip off or flirt with your rival at certain points, what's not to like.
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almacher
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Simply outstanding. An emotional roller-coaster of a VN which nonetheless rewards consistent choice according to your chosen values as a hero. Can't wait to play the sequels, The Hero Project and Herofall!
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Classy-Ass
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
The actions you choose actually have consequences in this game. It's easy to become the type of hero (or villain) you want to be in this story. As with all stories, your imagination will carry you far if you let it.
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TheOneEyedOne
( 9.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Had Sex in The Fiery Pits Of Hell with a girl who looks exactly like Arnold Schwarzenegger
10/10 would bone in hell again
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nighthawk925
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
Very enjoyable game. I played the Hero's series on my phone when they first came out and I'm happy that they made it to Steam. Just as fun the second time through. Definitely reccomend.
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JaysonFour
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
(Note: This review covers the whole trilogy.)

How many of us read comics when we were kids? You know- you'd go on down to the comic shop, drop a few coins or dollars on the latest issues of your favorite caped crusaders, and then proceed to simply lose yourself in the battles and adventures within- and maybe gripe when the blasted thing ended on yet another cliffhanger. Of course, that and a cup full of whatever colored sugar-water they used to call a kids' drink was enough to fuel hours of afternoon playtime as we imagined ourselves to fly like Superman, swing through Gotham like the Batman, or to deflect bullets and fight crime like Wonder Woman. But nowadays, well... video games can only do so much... so why not load up on your favorite sugary drink and see where your imagination takes you? Time to suit up and fight crime in the "Heroes Rise Trilogy".

This is a set of text adventures published by Choice Of Games, the same wonderful people behind another game I reviewed, "Slammed!". I told you this is a company you ought to throw bags of money at and support, and I still stand by that. The options you have are staggering in character creation- you craft up your own hero, with the only caveat that you can't choose your last name. Pick your options (name, superhero name, gender, sexuality- just like the other CoG stuff I've played, you're free to choose among all the options no matter what you pick, which is a plus!), and go to town. There are other options you'll end up choosing, but those are spoilers, and you don't get any from me, especially on these games!

Your role is an up-and-coming superhero, taking your first steps into the heroic life- and trust me when I say that enemies come in all shapes, sizes, and shades of gray. This isn't like the Adam West Batman show, this is more like a damn good season of Justice League Unlimited, the original Teen Titans, or the original X-Men cartoon that used to run on Fox Saturday Mornings. It'll suck you in, and it'll grab your attention to where you want to see what happens next. Every choice you make could influence how you are viewed, how others react to you, and how your powers could develop. It's honestly a great thing, and there are many, many different endings. Characters can live, die, change views, but one thing will always be the same- it's up to you and your decisions alone. How you live, how you talk, how you fight- everything has repercussions.

The story wouldn't be out of place on a comic shelf, drawn by some popular artist. That's what makes this whole game- the story and writing are easily top-notch. There's not a damned error or grammar screwup anywhere. I honestly had a hard time finding anything to knock this game for.

About the only thing I really can knock it for is the lack of the ability to save. If you want to see how choices play out, you've got to restart the whole game- and some of the choices from the first game have far-reaching implications, so sometimes you'll need to replay "The Prodigy" and "The Hero Project" to see new material in "Herofall". Being able to simply save and poke around, even if it's certain points like new chapters. would be welcome.

Other than that, well... there's not anything I can complain about it. You have to think about what some of the characters look like, but... brush off your imagination and use that. If you can draw, do that. But don't just chuck this game out because it doesn't have pretty pictures.

However, it's been confirmed that we are getting a part 4: "The Hero Project: Redemption Season". It launches on April 8th and I almost did the Snoopy dance when I saw that. I'm sure that I'll end up buying this day one when it hits Steam because it is that damned good.

Currently, you can buy these individually on Steam, or you can scoop up the whole trilogy along with DLC for eight Gabendollars. This is the best eight bucks you'll ever spend if you love superhero things or text adventures.

I wish more games like these existed- this is worth every dollar you'll pay for it and every minute you'll put into it.

TL;DR - Do you like heroes, text adventures or just great stories in general? You'll love this. 9/10.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Lovely and relatable charcters and good writing covered in a generic super hero story.
This little flaw doesn't matter too much though, since the management of resources makes it a whole lotta fun during the fighting scenes.

Had a great time playing this game.
It's in fact my favourite "choice game" second to "Choice of the dragon".

9/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Simply outstanding. An emotional roller-coaster of a VN which nonetheless rewards consistent choice according to your chosen values as a hero. Can't wait to play the sequels, The Hero Project and Herofall!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
I got this series during the summer sale last year and I have not regretted it. I had a lot of fun the first time I played this as my hero Ryan Writer who was secretly Ryan Writer and I have continued to have fun even after replaying it multiple times with my other characters so as to get the achievements.

While the story can be linear at times with your choices only affecting your stats sometimes, it's still a lot of fun and there's a lot of ways to make your hero unique and how you want them to be.

Plus you can flip off or flirt with your rival at certain points, what's not to like.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Heroes Rise: The Prodigy is like Skyrim, but good! It's like the Telltale games (ie. The Walking Dead and Tales from the Borderlands) but without all the annoying quick time events.

In all seriousness, this game is amazing! Sure, I'd love to see some graphics, great voice acting, music and sound. Even some type of character creation tool, so you could craft a perfect graphical representation of how your character looks, but this isn't that type of game. It's essentially a more advanced video game representation of the old "Choose Your Own Adventure" books I grew up with. Brilliantly built game with an amazingly crafted story!

I've already started the sequel, "Hero Project," where your decisions from this first game carry over seamlessly! I can't recommend these games enough!

The price these games go for can seem a little steep (Steam pricing ecosystem) for what they are, compared to other indies at the same price point, since they don't have any graphics or sound. I still say they're worth it. I got the "Heroes Rise" bundle of games on a sale, but even then, I've never seen them dip more than 40% off. Overall, I say the amount of fun I've had with Heroes Rise: The Prodigy, is well worth the price of admission. Check it out!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
great writing. great game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Your choices don't really matter here sadly, still a great read , that I enjoyed quite a lot. Recommend it highly 9/10
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375 of 507 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 18, 2014
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.
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72 of 89 people (81%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2015
“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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87 of 136 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2014
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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83 of 132 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2014
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.
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