The sequel to "Heroes Rise: The Prodigy." It's America's #1 reality show for heroes! As a contestant on "The Hero Project," you'll battle villains and heroes alike with your newly discovered "Infini" powers.
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Release Date: Sep 20, 2013

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“From the way people perceive you, to potential romances, unexpected events, battles and beyond, The Hero Project is all about giving you the freedom of choice to succeed… or fail.”

About This Game

It's America's #1 reality show for heroes! As a contestant on "The Hero Project," you'll battle villains and heroes alike with your newly discovered "Infini" powers. Will you vote to eliminate your rivals, or betray your alliance to curry favor with the celebrity judges?

"Heroes Rise: The Hero Project" is the sequel to last year's hit "Heroes Rise: The Prodigy," the epic interactive novel by Zachary Sergi, where your choices determine how the story proceeds. The game is entirely text-based--without graphics or sound effects--and driven by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

Play as male or female, gay or straight; you can even start a "showmance" with the other contestants. What will you sacrifice to become the nation's next top hero?

How high will you rise?

  • Over 175,000 words
  • Continue the adventure from "Heroes Rise: The Prodigy"
  • Become the nation's next top hero

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    • OS: Windows XP
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
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    • OS: 10.6
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    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
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203 of 269 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2014
The main problem with this game is that instead of selecting choices that you want to make, you have to look at the wordings of the choice and try to GUESS what the developer think of those choices. Even worst, if you guess wrongly, you lose the game.

I guess it is really like a reality game where you have to guess the preference of the judges, but it does not feel super hero worthy at all.

Unlike the first game where I get the feeling of actually giving my super hero a personality, this one seems to be about making random choice with unknown consequence again and again.
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91 of 145 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 18, 2014
Fittingly for a sequel, this is pretty much the same as Heroes Rise: The Prodigy. If you've played that and liked it, you'll like this one. If you didn't, then you won't like this one either. Both are too linear for my tastes, though to be fair the writing in this one has improved somewhat.
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34 of 52 people (65%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2014
Considering the price (I got it for 4 euros), I really enjoyed this. Actually, I paid 4 euros for "The Hero Project" and "The Prodigy", but I had mistaken the order and played "The Hero Project" first.

It took me around 4 hours or so to finish, but it was quite a nice 4 hours. It's definitely not an A-list story, I'd expected a bit more and it did end rather abruptly, but it's quite a nice little thing.

I've wasted more money on A-list games that provided less entertainment. If you want a nice little distraction, get it. If you're hard to please, go write your own damn book.
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22 of 33 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2014
The best one within heroes rise trilogy
To me, it has the most lengthy story ( 5 hours for one playthrough comparing to 3 hours for the other two
The most difficult choice to make ( where you have to choose between dream and friendship
And the best conflict in the whole game
It's not as good as the Prodigal, it's better
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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 12, 2015
So, after my disappointment with The Prodigy, I was set to never touch this series again - once I had gone back and finished it, of course. A family member assured me I was wrong and that the series got better in The Hero Project - to their credit, they were right.

However, even in that case, THP barely struggles to make *average*. The writing style continues to be quite sophomoric and not in the entertaining sense of being young. It's sophomoric in the sense of awkward phrasing, juvenile handling of sex and bizarre, immersion-shattering rants about correct gender pronouns. It's immature and banal. Look, I get that more games should deal with sex and gender, and I get that interactive fiction is one of the best genres for it, but Zachary Sergi needs to handle it with a bit more deftness. Credit for attempting it.

To Sergi's additional credit, there are some interesting choices in this game. I thought many of the ones relating to Null and Lucky were quite good and hard to choose from. Unfortunately, much like the previous entry in the series, THP suffers from the stark feeling of being stuck on rails with an author that's waiting to jump out and go 'aha!' at you for not picking the right choice (while giving you no indication of what might be the right choice unless you *pay for it as an in-game app store-esque purchase*. THP, however, seems to have less of those ridiculous options like The Prodigy had (infilrating and forgetting to take off your hero costume, anyone?) - so, that's some improvement. But it's still not embracing the strength of an interactive medium because good IF rewards choices and does its best to disguise the rails (eg; Choice of Robots).

Much of the worldbuilding and setting continues to be a bit on the nose - again, it's very sophomorric. The fact that Sergi continues to interject 'slugger' into so many sentences as a catch all term that seems to be a general epithet, noun, verb, adjective and so on is lazy. Honestly, if there is one thing I could remove from this whole trilogy, it's this word. As a whole, the world feels very derivative of superhero comics and doesn't offer much in the way of originality.

For a simple premise (superhero reality TV) the plot has too many characters (of course, expecting you to remember/care about all of them) and a slow development where things just seem to happen. I'm not sure how much control over my story I actually had, thanks to the aforementioned of feeling like I'm on rails. What's worse, is that the characters aren't particularly likeable - again, due to the writing style.

So, what's good about it? Well, there's a fair bit of customisation. If you're looking to feel like you're in a superhero story and you want a bit of a self-insert fantasy where you can craft your dreamworld to exacting specifications then this is for you. If you want something that advances the medium of IF, offers interesting, branching choices with clever writing and wit - avoid. As someone who looks for the latter, I cannot recommend THP.

Additionally, I ran into a bug near the end that caused me to need to restart my entire story. I won't mark the game down for that but it was quite unfortunate.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 3, 2014
For a text-based game it's quite good, the writing's solid and it took me about 4 hours to finish, which is a fair length for a game this cheap, I mean, some of the more modern Call Of Duty titles have shorter singleplayer campaigns. Some people may point to the fact that the game is linear and that occasionally your choices may make you feel "Boxed In", however, the choices presented to you are great enough and of a large enough depth that you may deviate from the main story arc and play the kind of hero you may want to play, however you will soak the fallout for whatever decisions you might choose.

In short; the game is good, and gives you more entertainment than expected of a game with such a small pricetag.
Oh, and if you have the few extra units of whatever currency you possess, buy the bundle or the perfect legend guide + warning system. They help in the long run.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 29, 2015
I don't even know how to start this. I'm leaving this same review on each of the Trilogy pages because it's an across the board review of 5 out of 5 or 108 out of 100 or A++ or whatever you can think of.
This has been one of the most emotional, roller-coastering rides of my life, and it happened in a videogame. One that's entirely text-based. You start off as a little hero still trying to figure out who you are and you end as a big one, no matter what path you take, knowing exactly who you are. You'll go through so many ups and downs and surprises and disappointments and happiness and sadness and successes and failures, you'll get into all the great beat em up action that comes with being a hero and all the baggage and consequences, too. But if you stick to who you are, just like in life, you'll pull through and make the right calls, and become a legend. The fate of the world is in your hands. The fate of your world is in your hands. Now get to it. And buy this trilogy.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2015
For a game which claims to be powered by my imagination, it is too much railroaded. Straight to the point of almost nonexistant replayability.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 15, 2015
Basically, the whole Heroes Rise Trilogy is a clichéd, cartoonish and somewhat poorly written imitation of Choose Your Own Adventure game. It had a potenital to be a lot better, but unfortunately the myriad of missed opportunities and obvious "plot twists" bog it down to be a passable game, 3/5 in my book.

If you are into teenage superhero fantasy, than you might actually like this one.
However, if like me you prefer something more mature and serious, than I suggest you buy "Choice of Robots" by the same developer instead. A far better experience, as far as I am concerned.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2015
Enjoyable, but can be a bit railroady at times and the legend guides do not help at all. Game can be frustrating for Perfect Legend scores, but the story is amusing enough that i will play the third one.
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5.9 hrs
Posted: August 31
Please keep your ham-fisted liberal politicizing out of videogames.

An excerpt:

""It remains unclear whether Culic is indeed a Zehir, another form of genderqueer, or fully male," The Monk begins. "Whatever Culic's gender identity, his association with any genderqueer community is obviously potentially damaging."

"As both an Animalistic Powered and a potential genderqueer individual, Culic must have faced harsh judgments from many sides," The Monk continues. "If that is indeed the case, it is understandable why he would feel the need to stand up for fellow outcasts—those who don't necessarily have a voice in our society. But Culic is also a remarkably sad example of what can happen to a person who faces such persecution—he obviously harbors some deep anger and a need to fit in to our larger society."

"So I feel it is my responsibility as a public Zehir figure to take this opportunity to draw attention to the lingering stigmas that still plague—"

"I'm dying to know what equipment that sexy he-she is working with," The Bear cuts in. "Besides, I'm way hotter than Fistfull any day of—"

"The proper pronoun is ze," a new voice says from the door. "And posing that question is precisely the kind of ignorance we gender-progressives have to deal with every single day." "
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8.7 hrs
Posted: July 24
The Hero Project is even better story-wise than the first! Can't wait to play the next one and continue my adventure! Major turn off points however for the author's incessant lifestyle choice rhetoric, but otherwise, a near perfect game!

See my review for Heroes Rise: The Prodigy to see my suggested improvements for the series.
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5.7 hrs
Posted: July 16
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6.1 hrs
Posted: July 4
A well-written, engaging game, as was the first in the trilogy (The Prodigy). My one criticism is that in this installment there were rather more characters, some rather sketchily-defined, and this made it hard to keep straight who was who. This confusion affected my ability to make choices consistent with a chosen strategy throughout the game. I think The Hero Project could benefit from a non-spoilery "Quick Who's Who" link accessible from any point in the game.
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40.4 hrs
Posted: July 1
When I first played this game, I didn't like it as much as the first, but I realize now that i felt this way because of the choices I made in the game or at least the ones I felt I had to do to make my girlfriend in game happy. However after replaying it so as to get the strategy types and seeing what else could happen I have really grown to like this one a lot.

It took like like 8 play throughs to get the elimination badge (The game makes it out like it's an easy to thing to do when it's actually not) and even though the game chided me every time I got eliminated, I now wear that badge proudly because it was a ♥♥♥♥♥ to get.

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Huxley Pig
4.8 hrs
Posted: March 28
Possibly the best game of the series (so far), The Hero Project takes your hero from the first game and catapults him/her into the exciting world of television. Choose what kind of hero you want to be and stick to it to win The Hero Project!

Excellent writing, more character development for the main supporting cast too, which is great.
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6.3 hrs
Posted: March 5
The whole trilogy is amazing!
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8.4 hrs
Posted: February 17
Great story
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9.4 hrs
Posted: February 12
I sluggered my way through this slugger game and sluggered some bad guys trying to slugger up my slugger reputation. Sometimes I didn't know what the slugger was going on and it sluggered me off that my character was acting in a slugger way that wasn't sluggering up with what I sluggin' wanted. I found out that slugger is a word that is a slugging substitute for any old slugging word, and it appeared in almost every other sentence which kind of sluggered me off a slug. I also found out that slugger is in the slugging sequel as well. The only thing I have to say about all of this?


I swear I'm going to go nuts if I see another person say "Slugger" in this story.

Edit: After finishing this game, I've officially gone insane and started smearing the word "Slugger" across the walls with my own feces.
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8.7 hrs
Posted: February 6
While I enjoyed the first game I have to disapprove of this one.
I have no issues with certain political agendas and issues handled in a game but I don't want to get rubed in the face with certain agendas otherwise I'd make a tumblr account. So no thanks.
Mind you, there was only one scene which felt forced and pushing into certain agendas though I have to say it really ruined that game for me.
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