Defend Napoleon's heir in this steampunk alternate history game of political maneuvering, airship adventure, and romantic intrigue! Will you bring liberty to France, or plunge Europe into bloody war?

"The Eagle's Heir" is a 200,000 word interactive novel by Amy Griswold and Jo Graham. It's entirely text-based, without graphics, or sound effects, and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

Since Napoleon won the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, seventeen years ago, Europe has enjoyed an uneasy peace. While the great empires of Austria, Russia and England have tried to stem the tide of revolution, France has mastered steam power to conquer the air and sea. Now, Napoleon’s health is failing, and France is torn between his legitimate heir, Franz, and his illegitimate son Alexandre.

Luckily, Alexandre has you, his loyal bodyguard and childhood companion, skilled in the arts of the duel and the ballroom, and ready for anything from diplomacy to airship combat!

It's brother against brother as you choose who will rule France, and how. Will France have a king, an emperor, or become a republic? Can you guide your lifelong friend Alexandre to the throne, and keep not just your prince but his revolutionary ideals alive? Or will you throw your weight behind his half-brother Franz? Will you defeat France’s enemies with the thunder of airship guns or forge a marriage alliance in gaslit ballrooms?

• Play as male, female, genderfluid, or non-binary; gay, straight, or asexual
• Race airships across the English Channel
• Find romance with a journalist or a lady's maid, or ménage a trois at the Tuileries Palace
• Join a motley crew of actors in the revolutionary cause, or spy on them for your allies
• Duel aristocrats to preserve your and Alexandre's honor
• Plan a scandalous elopement which sends Europe into an uproar

When swords cross before the throne, who will be the Eagle's Heir?

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

45 Ratings

45 Ratings



I'm a huge history buff and love Napoleon, so this has turned out to be one of my favorite choice of games. The only problem I've noticed so far is the ending of the game acts as though you've romanced Constance regardless of whether you have or not, and you seemingly can't romance Eugenie without sacrificing parts of the mission. I would recommend fixing whatever the bug is with Constance asking you to practice fidelity with her even if you've never romanced her, and perhaps separating romance opportunities into a different section so you don't feel like you are abandoning your post as a bodyguard to go flirting. Other than that I thoroughly enjoyed The Eagle's Heir and recommend it to anyone reading this review.

Favorite So Far


I usually neglect reviewing even my FAVORITE games, but a month after completing this gem I've decided to do it justice. The Eagle's Heir excels in one of the more troubling spots for interactive fiction: characterization. Simply put, if you like your NPCs and player characters to feel like they have actual histories and quirks, this is worth a gander. Not to mention it's refreshing historical fantasy setting, well-researched details, and ease of style. Any niggling criticisms are beside the point and frankly I don't remember anything that stands out. Either Napoleonic CYOA is your cup of tea or it isn't.

Great fun!


I'm a big fan of choice of games but have fallen behind in my playing lately. This game reminded me why I love this type of game so much. A rip roaring adventure for sure! Even if you aren't a history buff there is plenty of fun to be had in this what if/alternative take on history. Air ship and spy games and romance and politics galore! I look forward to replaying because there seems to be quite a few endings one can get.


Choice of Games LLC
42.2 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
© 2017 Jo Graham and Amy Griswold


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