Impersonate your identical twin as the Swashbuckler, masked champion of justice! You have two weeks to rescue the REAL Swashbuckler and marry the mayor before superpowered criminals take over the city.
The Hero Unmasked is a 300,000 word interactive novel by Christopher Huang. It's entirely text-based, without graphics or sound effects, and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.
As our story begins, you have everything you've ever wanted. Your TV news show is the highest rated in the city, and you're engaged to the mayor, with two weeks until the wedding. But when superpowered criminals kidnap the Swashbuckler, you realize the awful truth: the person in the ransom video is your identical twin, and everyone thinks it's you!
Now, you must draw the Swashbuckler's laser sword and wear the Swashbuckler's mask to bring down three of the city's most wanted super criminals before time runs out.
How is this going to work? Can you keep up the charade? Do you want to? When you meet the Swashbuckler's sweetheart, will you remain faithful? To whom?!
Who is really behind the mask?
• Play as male or female, gay or straight
• Infiltrate high society events and root out criminal hideouts
• Uncover the true identities of Caledon City's superpowered criminals
• Disarm a bomb and save the city's finest from destruction
• Maintain the masquerade as you learn about the Swashbuckler's secret hero life
• Find romance with a journalist, a pyromaniac, or a vampire
• Become a powered hero in your own right
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Ratings and Reviews
easily one of the best CoG
This game has it all: vivid characters, dynamic plot, carefully detailed choices with plenty of replay value, rich worldbuilding. The idea of separate "issues" as chapters was clever, and the epilogue was one of my favorite sequences ever. The romances were much more subtly and realistically written than usual (particularly the choice of sexual orientation - there's no clunky screen where you pick your preferred gender, it just weaves itself into the narrative). I also loved that there was an option for asexual characters that continued to influence how the MC viewed other characters without dictating them, instead of either being a throwaway line or putting an end to romance altogether.
The only very minor issues I came across were a few instances of railroading, as well as some of the more fantasy-ish elements ringing a little false in the mostly realistic setting. Really, though, the fact that I even noticed these issues showed how immersive and real this world felt most of the time. Simply put, the game made me care about each character and their world, in a way few others have achieved. An excellent achievement.
Very Well Written; Only One Real Flaw
Out of all the COG I've played; this one is by far the one with the least "railroad" feel to it. It's very refreshing. The basic plot points are there- clearly- but there's so many options with different outcomes that lead you to the next point. It makes replays much more enjoyable. Leading to point #2...
There's SO MANY achievements. I LOVE to (attempt to) unlock all of the achievements in a COG. I've played through so many times and still haven't found the keys to unlock them all. Which leads to my final point.
My greatest, and really only, issue with the story is the Stats. They don't do much and after a number of replays I'm still not 100% sure how to play them to get what I'm aiming for achievement wise. Honestly a few choices are made at the start and then the stats just sit there. I don't mind having to work to achieve my desire stat to get an achievement but it's very difficult in this game.
Excellent Choice game
I've played a large number of CoG titles, and this one is one of the most responsive--a surprising number of things will change based on your choices, and even in what other games would be critical failure states that require a restart, you are instead given alternate scenes that still allow you to continue and make a comeback. Worth replaying to see just how much variability there is!
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- 21.3 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- 12+ Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- © 2017 Christopher Huang
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