Newly discovered powers. Mysterious mentor. Evil controlling empire. Perhaps you're thinking these are the points for a superhero story. Well, then you'd be wrong as it's the points in the superheroine visual novel, Wonder City, designed by Naomi Clark and written by Phoebe Harris Elefante. You play as Ada, a seemingly normal high school student who discovers her ability to control Quant, the energy of the universe.
Created as a partner to the documentary Wonder Women!, this game sets out to create strong female characters who call upon the strength of real life strong females from history, encompassing a wide range from Amelia Earhart to RuPaul. Unfortunately, the constant insertion of these names is more distracting than impactful, but the rest of the writing is so well done that the name-dropping can be seen as a minor issue.
Wonder City is of 'lunch break' length, making it a relatively easy visual novel to get into. Achievements are presented as awards for the different ways you can play out the story including being collaborative in your efforts and being secretive with your powers and identity. With over a dozen of these achievements to earn, some of them opposing in nature, you're sure to play through several times to earn them all. Whatever message you take away from this game, it's a well written adventure that anyone can enjoy. So, by Oprah, get out there and start saving your fellow students!