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Zip! Speedster of Valiant City

by Eric Moser

Superhero
2020

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About the Story

Use your speedster powers to defeat the superpowered Sloth and save the day, all while tracking down a deadly new weapon threatening your city! There's no room for error in the hero business, not even for the fastest person in the world. One tiny mistake against your deadliest foe threatens to end your career and plunge your city in chaos.

Zip! Speedster of Valiant City is a 48,000-word superpowered interactive novel by Eric Moser. It's entirely text-based, without graphics or sound effects, and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

As a superpowered hero, you've beaten the Sloth before, but this time he's finally gotten the upper hand (claw?) and he's aiming his deadly new device right at the innocent citizens of Valiant City. It's up to you to stop him and his terrible machine before time runs out!

* Play as male, female, or non-binary; gay, straight, or bi.
* Use your speed powers to battle an array of superpowered foes.
* When facing especially tough decisions, use your limited supply of Juice to run even faster.
* Focus on your struggling relationship with your romantic partner or flirt with a new hero.
* Train your snarky sidekick to prepare for battle with the Sloth, or leave her to make her own mistakes.
* Unleash your powers to run for mayor, land a lucrative endorsement deal, or run your enemies out of town.
* Destroy the Sloth's machine, learn how to disarm it, or even convince to Sloth to give up his criminal scheme.
* Paying to turn off advertisements (or buying the whole game on Steam) will also unlock a special power boost feature!

Are you fast enough to thwart the Sloth's scheme and save the day?


Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: February 20, 2020
Current Version: Unknown
License: Freeware
Development System: ChoiceScript
IFID: Unknown
TUID: rjdetgs5bep2gaeq

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
A mini version of an outsized hero story, March 1, 2021
by MathBrush
Related reviews: about 1 hour

I enjoyed playing the Heroes Rise trilogy by Eric Moser before [edit: it's been pointed out to me that Zachary Sergi, not Eric Moser, is the author of Heroes Rise; I would never have noticed without someone pointing it out!], so I was interested in seeing this game. I knew ahead of time that it's a 'mini' game, free on the omnibus apps. designed to be a bonus to whoever downloads those apps (together with another 'mini' story, Sky Pirates of Arctorus by Kyle Marquis).

Overall, I think this game is quick-paced, charming and fun. You play a super-fast hero who is getting old (sadly, their 'old age' is pretty much the age I am now) against an enemy called 'The Sloth'. You're married, but to a person who cheated on you, and there is another romantic option (but not one you are required to pursue). The other main things you can do are getting a shoe sponsor deal, running for mayor, or training your sidekick.

This game was good, but it felt like a regular 100K-200K story that had parts removed instead of being built for a smaller game. For instance, it has well-defined, clear stats and clever use of resources, but the opportunities to build and use those stats are limited, and there are quite a few (I think 6 major skills). Contrast this to the even-smaller Choice of the Dragon, with 2 major stats (although Choice of the Broadsides has 12, so it's not hard and fast).

Another 'big game made small' feature is the numerous story threads that aren't given much treatment: your relationships with spouse, sidekick, romantic option/rival, and the CEO of a company; your background with the Sloth; handling the outbreak of other minor villains; etc. I feel like if each theme got twice the screen time it could have been stronger.

I don't have any suggestions on how to write shorter games (I know a lot of great authors have tried it over the years to varying success). This game wasn't bad, and is free with the app, so if you're thinking of getting into Choicescript games, it's one of the better free options on the omnibus app.


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