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Superhero Stress

by Michael Yadvish


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(based on 5 ratings)
2 reviews

About the Story

Being a Superhero in New York City is the most stressful job there is. Do YOU have what it takes to survive the day?

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: April 6, 2016
Current Version: Unknown
Development System: Twine
IFID: Unknown
TUID: ee14foypal6p2mn3


Entrant, Main Festival - Spring Thing 2016

Editorial Reviews

Christopher Huang
There’s not a lot going for the game here. What it does have going for it is a trace of attitude. It’s not exactly mature, not yet, but I can see it growing into something more, given time. The author does get us comfortably into the mindset of our hero with the casual, somewhat sarcastic tone of the prose–acknowledging as well that our hero has his little flaws. This isn’t enough to carry the game or the story, however.
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The short, punchy sentences and dripping sarcasm give the impression that the author is auditioning to be part of Clickhole's "Clickventures" comedy team - something like "You Just Got A Sword For Your Birthday, Time To Go Fight Crime!" - and initial impressions are promising. This sentence gives an idea of the tone: "Evil is around every corner and can strike at any time... A Hero needs to stay alert and thank God for 5-hour Energy!". Its funny. But not funny enough. Superhero Stress is flat and unoriginal in its current incarnation. Humorous takes on the superhero genre are ten-a-penny these days so it really needed something distinctive to stand out from the crowd. I, unfortunately, couldn't find it in the brief time I spent with it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
A short, superhero twine game with 3 or 4 branches and some moral choices, April 7, 2016
by MathBrush
Related reviews: Spring Thing 2016

This is a short superhero game written in Twine. Each screen has one to two choices about your actions as a superhero. Save many, or save one? Conserve strength or use your energy?

The game lasts about a dozen or twenty moves. The presentation is minimalist blue on black. The names of the villains made me laugh, but overall I feel the game could be fleshed out more.

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Short and simple superhero CYOA using choice pairs., November 26, 2021
by Wade Clarke (Sydney, Australia)
Related reviews: spring thing 2016, twine, choice-based

(This is an edited version of a review I originally wrote for my blog during Spring Thing 2016.)

Superhero Stress is a light, traditional CYOA of mutually exclusive options that are dramatic, like (paraphrasing): "Will you save person A at the possible expense of person B, or person B at the possible expense of person A?" You can play through most of its situations in about five minutes. It's got goofy, typo-y writing and the traditional sexism of old comic books: Ladies are for rescuing, or for picking up while you're rescuing 'em. It's also got a touch of offhand gore that I found very mildly disturbing amidst the silliness, but only very mildly.

Superhero Stress does have a message that it delivers a few times; that a superhero can't be everywhere at once. The film Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, had roughly the same thing to say about the Man of Steel, but Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice took more than 150 painful minutes to say it, whereas Superhero Stress did it in about five minutes.

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