The Phoenix (WIP) - DEMO OUT [13/08/23]!

title

Hi! I’m Sahara, and I’ve been doing taekwondo since I was 7 years old. The Phoenix is my first real attempt at an interactive fiction game, and the first time I’m putting my writing out into the world. So any feedback/constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated : ) <3

MOVED TO ITCH.IO - tumblr - donate

There were many names they called you. Prodigy, cheater, phoenix. On the mat, however, none of that mattered. All you had to do was strike.

Once, your parents had been the darlings of the sporting world. Both Olympic gold medallists in the art of Taekwondo, they were revered as the pride of their nation, the golden couple.

That is, until word of the doping scandal came out. Since then the now disgraced golden couple dipped out of the spotlight, deciding a more domestic life was suited to them. Never in their wildest dreams did they expect their kid to want to join the sport who’s name they had tarnished.

At 25 years old, you had been fighting since you could remember. Now, you have the chance to restore your family name to its former glory: as the masters of Taekwondo.

Begin your rise, phoenix, and show them what you are made of.

13/08/23 : prologue released! just a small taster into the day to day life of MC before the olympics.

Features
  • Choose your sporting persona. Will you be the arrogant young prodigy or the humble underdog?
  • Romance one of 4 RO’s, each with their own paths and personalities.
  • See what the public think of you and your actions on social media in a responsive system.
  • Attempt to balance training, relationships and your health as you get busier and busier.
  • It is possible to lose matches and be eliminated later on. Your choices will matter if you want to win.
  • Fight, obviously.
172 Likes

Okay, this is simply fire :fire: :100:
I can’t remember the last time I got so pumped for an IF just from the description…

10 Likes

Nice! It’s always cool to see more Sport-themed IFs (especially the one where we get 1vs1 action), and the current demo already shows a lot of promise.
I dunno how ROs will look later on, but I am already interested in the couch.
I enjoyed the fact that we can choose our own Persona for the media, stuff like that always interesting too see, so I hope we will get to see more reactions from the fans and hates later on.
The training scene showed a lot of promise as to how the fights will look in the future, I kinda wished we had an actual spar, but oh well, for the first update it’s already very good.
Anyway - great stuff! Can’t wait to see more

Obligatory Hwoarang image

10 Likes

This looks really interesting, some fresh concept.

2 Likes

haha thank you! i did originally try to get an actually sparring match in but it felt too cluttered :frowning: we will get real sparring soon though, hopefully next chapter if i stick to the plan!

3 Likes

This is really good, we don’t typical see Slice of life/sports WIP anymore so this is really amazing. The storyline/plot is good, and the scandal adds drama to the story! I don’t really see any cons! Keep of the amazing work. :martial_arts_uniform: :+1:

2 Likes

I liked it, we need more WIPs about sports, about all those not so followed by the public.
looking forward to seeing how the story progresses.

4 Likes

I enjoy the story so far, can’t wait to see more!

2 Likes

Wow, what a great start! Consider me hooked! Your writing style is very smooth and engaging. Im genuinely interested to learn more about mc and the other characters. Getting to play as an Olympian is really cool. Im looking forward to our fights and maybe getting into some trouble in the Olympic village.

2 Likes

I have never felt so much happiness, just to trade fists with someone

1 Like

thank you for the nice words!! sparring match is definitely coming up, and there will be lots of things to do in the olympic village for sure :stuck_out_tongue:

3 Likes

Shouldn’t he call MC ‘soul brother’ if my MC is male?

1 Like

thanks for pointing that out! changed it to soulmate so it works for all genders : )

2 Likes

Thank you! :pray: I felt really weird when my MC was called that.

2 Likes

This was really fun, love the coach. One minor thing, I selected very short hair but later before training the text says I put my hair in a pony tail.

4 Likes

This seems pretty promising! I’m always down for a good sport-based game, especially with martial arts involved, and the drama in the background only makes it more engaging. Thanks for the demo, I’ll eagerly await for the next update!

3 Likes

thought i had fixed this :smiling_face_with_tear::smiling_face_with_tear: will be checking again in a bit, thanks for letting me know!

1 Like

thanks for the nice words!! means a lot truly :slight_smile: <3

1 Like

You had me in the first half just for a second I thought is somebody finally going to make a game about a underground tournament with no rules?

2 Likes

What will MC have to do to win? It depends on the stats? I’m not sure whether to focus on two, e.g. attack and tactics or just a little increase everything.

2 Likes