1-800 SUPER // The crisis hotline for helpless heroes and vicious villains. A story-driven game for iOS. Your advice will lead to peace and freedom or to mayhem and chaos!
*** Nominated for "Best Sound" at German Developer Innovation Prize 2020! ***
*** More than 15 English and German speakers, 20+ superheroes and villains, thrilling subplots & an exciting story. All served up with a lot of dark humour, cinematic sound design and an original ambient soundtrack. ***
As a hotline operator for 1-800 SUPER you are giving advice to superheroes and villains, which are coping with everyday problems, as well as questions of life and death. 1-800 SUPER plays like an interactive audio-drama: You accept calls and messages from your clients, listen to them complaining about their lives or give them urgent advice in the middle of a fight with their arch-nemesis. You also follow the heroes’ and villain’s social media feeds and collect information about all these quirky characters inhabiting the game world - who knows what it will be good for…?
The story of 1-800 SUPER takes place in a dystopian future in the year 2056, similar to ours but humorously exaggerated. The tone of the plot shifts between dark comedy and drama and is generally inspired by classic superhero narratives: Melancholic vigilantes and explosive supervillains fight for their very own goals with and against each other, while the player learns to be the puppet master that makes major decisions in the background.
1-800 SUPER follows a lovingly crafted main plot with the length of a feature film. The side-events and social media feeds that accompany this story are randomly selected and recombined and make every playthrough unique.
This game was funded by the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.
*** Optimal performance on iPhone 6S and above. ***
*** Not optimised for iPad but tested on iPad (6th Generation) ***
- new Twixta content
- small fixes
Ratings and Reviews
Fun, immersive, so much potential, fatally flawed
So I’ll start with the good:
The game is really fun! The premise is unique and It’s obvious that a lot of time and care went into it. the interface is simple but polished, the character art is absolutely gorgeous, the voice acting is 5 star, and the characters have depth and complexity, their stories and personalities are interesting. These things all help to create a really immersive experience.
For its $3 price tag, it’s far too short. I played through from beginning to end in just a couple of hours. You’ve got a lot of content here but it seems like the plot is pushed forward very fast, maybe slow it down a bit. You also have a lot of different elements, phone calls, messages, the Twixta feed, you could space them out more to make the story last a bit longer.
There’s some pretty glaring continuity issues too. For example the second time I played I got the message from Dr Know it all that the Hydra was at his lab, tame, but then after that Ears was attacked by the Hydra as if that hadn’t happened yet.
It states that your choices matter, however in conversations with the characters it’s largely arbitrary what your responses are, the characters say the same things regardless.
Due to the fast pace of the plot there are several characters I’ve never even gotten to meet or only spoke with them once.
I hope this feedback is helpful! This would be a 5 star game if the plot didn’t feel so forced. Great job devs!
Developer Response ,
First of all: thank you so much for that detailed and thought-through feedback!
Great that you enjoyed the game so much - even if you felt that the main story was too short or too rushed. We really would love to add more to this world. It would be really exciting to dive deeper into some of the character’s stories or to even add another main-story arc. But we also do like the idea of „slowing down“ a little as you propose. You are right: There already is a lot of content and e.g. so many characters that you don’t even speak to them all in one playthrough. So there are a lot of parameters we could tweak to give the game a different pace.
We are also looking into these continuity-issues you described. These are difficulties that we encountered because parts of the story are created / combined randomly. But we will find solutions for that!
We are already thinking about how to improve the game in one of the next updates and we’re definitely learning a lot from all the feedback we are gathering right now - like from this one you wrote. Thank you again for your time and all the best from our team here in Berlin!
Absolutely beautiful illustrations and a wonderful soundtrack. On top a refreshingly calm gameplay in our turbulent times. Well done!!
Nice relaxing game about the end of the world but very very short for game at the price
Developer Response ,
Thank you for your feedback and for you support! We understand your wish for more main story content and hope to add more to this world in a future update. We believe that for example a second character’s view on the story could be worth exploring. Until then we hope that the randomized side stories and Twixta content offer some replay value to you. All the best from our team in Berlin!
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- Pangolin Park GmbH
- 478 MB
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Age Rating
- 17+ Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes Frequent/Intense Realistic Violence Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes Frequent/Intense Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- © 2020 Pangolin Park GmbH
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