Lead a superpowered team of "Superlatives" to defend 19th-century Victorian London! Battle a Martian warship, clockwork monsters, and nefarious inventors.
"The Superlatives: Aetherfall" is a 260,000-word interactive novel by Alice Ripley. It’s entirely text-based, without graphics or sound effects, and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.
The prestigious Society for the Advancement of Individuals of Superlative Talent and the Protection of the Queen has invited you to become their newest member! But on the very day the Society plans to initiate you, unknown Villains destroy the Society headquarters and kidnap your colleagues! As the sole remaining full member of the Superlative Society, you must initiate new recruits to investigate the abduction.
Meet your team: Nimble—faster than lightning; Wailer—a "banshee" with sharp blades and sonic shriek attacks; Arturek—the gruff Martian warrior; Tua—a Venusian who commands the power of plants; and Black Orchid—a strangely familiar new recruit. Your efforts are bolstered by your faithful Clockwork assistant, Gatsby, and your always-butting-in rival, Hallow.
Will your gain your team’s trust and convince them to work together, or will they fall apart under the pressure? Will you cut a deal with London’s Villains, or even turn the Society into Villains yourself? Will you trust the mysterious Dusk and Mr. Ink, who offer you help, or will you uncover their many secrets?
• Play as male, female, or nonbinary; gay, straight, bisexual, asexual, or aromantic
• Draw power from your preternatural nature, alien heritage, or genius gadgets
• Protect the Earth from torrential aetherfalls
• Keep your identity secret from your nosy landlady, Mrs. Rathbone
• Negotiate with minute Mercurian monarchs (Mercurians stand only four inches tall)
• Push your teammates to transcend their origins or pursue their destiny
• Foil the Nefarious Clockwork Contraptions of Dr. Eisengeist and discover his origins
Don your mask, take to the skies, and God save the Queen!
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Ratings and Reviews
Interesting, replayable and fun
The story is quite good. It is not the most original concept but it is handled well and there are quite a few elements that turn now mundane story tropes into something refreshing and almost new. Most importantly it was a lot of fun. I thoroughly enjoyed reading through every line and page and I especially appreciated the length, allowing you to get drawn into the story and characters without feeling like it drags on. There are some errors in coding but nothing that won’t get sorted out within a few days. And perhaps even more so this was the first time since probably choice of robots that I did not feel like I had to restart on the first playthrough. The game is very good about working within your choices as long as you present consistency of character. It will still punish you on mistakes but even those are done so well that you feel like it’s just indeed another branch or path as opposed to a mistake. I loved the main character and playing as her and felt like my play style very well reflected in the writing.
My first review for a first rate game
I don’t review things, but in my fever induced mania perhaps I’m turning over a new leaf. I’ve played lots of excellent Choice Of games, my favorites being the Heroes series, so you can probably see a trend here.
But I don’t know if I’ve ever been as drawn into a world like I have with Superlatives. Weather Control is one of my favorite powers so that helps, and I genuinely enjoy leading a team where other games have only given you the facade of doing so, that I’ve played anyway.
I like the characters, I’m genuinely interested to see what each one thinks and says, who they are as people and heroes.
Now I’m not that far in, maybe chapter 5 or so, but everything is so consistent thus far that I’d be surprised if it took a nose dive.
I’ll certainly review again once I’ve finished but I look forward to playing the rest with great aplomb.
One of the best
Most CYOAs don't flesh out the main characters much, but this one gives you lots of choices. Lengthy, with replay value, sets up for sequel. One of the most deftly handled worlds I've read, considering a its a hodgepodge of steampunk science fantasy with aliens to boot. Not completely debugged but mostly wasn't too bothersome. Like most Choice Of games it's cloyingly PC, to the point of stuffing a bunch of gender and minority characteristics into one character in a way that felt more political than integral. But one reads for story, not politics, and Superlative has the former in spades. Hope to see a sequel.
- Choice of Games LLC
- 37.4 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 Horror/Fear Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- © 2017 Alice Ripley
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