Those who were on Kickstarter in 2012 should recognize the name Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption. Lori and Corey Cole are well known in the adventure game community for their work on Sierra On-Line’s Quest for Glory series and they’ve returned to Kickstarter to get funding to finish off the game. They know good storytelling and like to pun-ish players with bad jokes and it’ll show up in spades in Hero-U.
In Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption you play as Shawn, a wanna-be thief trying to get into the local Thieves Guild. Unfortunately for him, he’s caught as he’s leaving the house he’s burglaring and is talked into going to school as the only other option is prison. So, as anyone would do he chooses to attend Hero-U. And, with the exception of the opening scene, the vast majority of the game takes place in the academy.
The entire Hero-U series (there are five planned should Rogue to Redemption take off) combine turn-based RPG combat with adventure staples of walking around, talking to other students and faculty, and solving puzzles. With plenty of humour interwoven into our roguish friend’s storyline. And unlike most adventure games he can’t do everything in one playthrough.
Does he attend his classes and chat up fellow students or will he traverse the danger-filled dungeons beneath the school? Will he be a rogue with a heart of gold or a jackass to everyone he meets? It’s all up to the player to decide how to deal with situations. And nothing can be considered a “right” or “wrong” approach.
While Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption has very little to show for itself in the past couple of years of development, what they have shown to original backers is a big improvement over what they had before. They’re asking for $100k to complete the first title in the series and in just the first day have managed to get about a third funded.
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