Wonder City

Release Date: May 1, 2013

Become a high-school superhero and discover your style of heroism



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A companion to the independent documentary film Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, Wonder City looks to give people — primarily 8- to 13-year-old girls — the opportunity to become female superheroes and discover their style of power. Wonder City is an episodic, decision-oriented adventure that puts the player into the shoes of a high-school girl who discovers that she has the ability to control Quanta, a scientific phenomenon that grants people superpowers. The first episode, “Origins,” focuses on introducing the cast and setting the foundation for identifying what type of superhero the player will become.

There are many opportunities for expression and self-exploration in Wonder City, from naming and determining the appearance of your character at the beginning of the game, to discovering your “style of heroism” based on the decisions you make throughout the game. Some decisions that you make will then lock or unlock future decisions, creating a significant continuity across the narrative. The world of Wonder City distinguishes itself from other superhero fictions through its interesting characters and quirky dialogue, where expressions like “Oh my Amelia Earhart!” and “Hold the pie!” become commonplace in conversation.

Online/Web (Free)

PBSNBC Latino, Beyond the Box

IVTS (Independent Television Service), Bay Area Video Coalition, Cal Humanities, Games for Change, Tribeca Film Institute

ITVS (Independent Television Service)


  1. 7
    Total Game Reviews: 2

    It was a cute and fun game. I liked it. Though customization of the character is a good option, besides just the body type and skin color.

  2. 9
    Total Game Reviews: 2

    great game

  3. 9
    Total Game Reviews: 1

    Fantastic, refreshing game. The characters were fun, as was the dialogue. Would love to see more games like this where girls/women are represented in a positive, diverse way. The only thing I would change is the colour (pink) of the character’s clothes – or at least the option to change to another colour. Overall, great game, and I’m looking forward to more episodes!

  4. 9
    Total Game Reviews: 2

    Wonderful game, good plot, the humor was great (I especially loved it when someone tried to interview Photon: "so what’s your other life as a supervillain like?") It runs pretty smoothly, the way the story unfolds is good. I especially love that there’s one person willing to stand up for her right NOT to be tested by this thing.

    Not entirely sure about the way dialogue in it is done, though. I get where you’re going: to introduce girls to women who’ve made a difference in the world, all that. And maybe to encourage them to look up names they don’t recognize. But it ends up being a little hokey sometimes, like "what the Julia Child..?" That sort of thing, I mean. Maybe that could be worked on.

  5. 5
    Total Game Reviews: 2

    I did not like the dialogue being communicated towards each character. This is a really big thing for me, because I think many teenagers begin to talk and act like who and what they are around. They are in a crucial part in their lives, where everything they are exposed to, will influence them, good or bad.

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