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Recommendations by MathBrush

These are games featuring superheros, with my thoughts on them. I haven't tried the Frenetic Five games yet.

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1. Cape
by Bruno Dias
(2015)
Average member rating: (32 ratings)

MathBrush says:

My favorite superhero game. A Raconteur game where the text slowly spools out and changes as you click on links. Choose one of three powers and make moral choices. Gritty and urban.

2. Max Blaster and Doris de Lightning Against the Parrot Creatures of Venus
by Dan Shiovitz and Emily Short
(2003)
Average member rating: (12 ratings)

MathBrush says:

A quite long and slightly buggy superhero game with two superheros you can switch between. I had bugs stop me twice, but by switching to the other character, I got through. Very funny, very intricate, great for fans of big games or comedy.

3. Earth and Sky
by Paul O'Brian
(2001)
Average member rating: (64 ratings)

MathBrush says:

The first Earth and Sky game. Short and linear and fun. A brother and sister team get power suits and face a foe. Features the sister.

4. Earth and Sky 2: Another Earth, Another Sky
by Paul O'Brian
(2002)
Average member rating: (43 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Winner of the IFComp, this game continues the story by having you be the brother on an alien planet. Visit all sorts of parts of a globe, use your powers, solve hard puzzles.

5. Earth And Sky 3: Luminous Horizon
by Paul O'Brian
(2004)
Average member rating: (31 ratings)

MathBrush says:

The final game, and, in my opinion, the best. Also an IFComp winner. Switch between the two fighters, fight machines and other heros, and save the world.

6. Heroine's Mantle, by Andy Phillips (2000)
Average member rating: (12 ratings)
MathBrush says:

Ultra, ultra long game. Huge. Playing through with the walkthrough took me over a week, doing an hour or two at a time. Become the Golden Crusader, guardian of Atlantic City, and fight five mini bosses before a main boss. Incredibly hard. Has some sexual content.

7. Future Boy!
by Kent Tessman, Derek Lo, Dan Langan, and Nate Laguzza
(2004)
Average member rating: (8 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Great commercial game. I got it by contacting the authors at their website. Graphics, voice recordings, etc. A long game with great NPC's, some fancy implementation (like a convincing DOS shell), and some fun boss fights.

8. Bolivia By Night, by Aidan Doyle (2005)
Average member rating: (15 ratings)
MathBrush says:

After a slow, casual, historical start about Bolivia, a strong finish. A long, easy game in five parts, with unusual powers and a folk-hero-earthy-hero feel.

9. The Frenetic Five vs. Sturm und Drang, by Neil deMause (1997)
Average member rating: (13 ratings)
MathBrush says:

A mid length game with 5 superheros with odd powers (like knowing the news at all times). Get out of your house and stop two melodramatic villains.

10. The Frenetic Five vs. Mr. Redundancy Man, by Neil deMause (1999)
Average member rating: (8 ratings)
MathBrush says:

Continue the saga as you spend most of the game using your extraordinary powers to get a printer to work.

11. The Frenetic Five vs. the Seven Deadly Dwarves, by Neil deMause (2002)
Average member rating: (8 ratings)
MathBrush says:

The adventure concludes as you deal with such challenges as getting home while drunk and searching underground caverns.

12. Flight of the Hummingbird
by Michael Martin
(2010)
Average member rating: (27 ratings)

MathBrush says:

A game where you possess the power of temporary flight, and must deal with 3d movement.

13. Hero, Inc Part 1: Calling All Heroes, by Nate Cull (1996)
Average member rating: (3 ratings)
MathBrush says:

A game whose sequel never arrived but which is quite fun on its own. You become a superhero and have to defeat several villains. Runs about an hour.


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