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Superhero League of Hoboken is a hybrid of adventure and role-playing, set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland in the Northeastern United States. Toxic pollution and war have reduced the United States to a state of anarchy, except for the occasional city-state. Almost the entire area is covered by water, and dangerous mutants roam the wasteland. The player takes on the role of the Crimson Tape, the new leader of the Superhero League of Hoboken, imbued with the amazing power to Create Organizational Charts. The initial team also includes Tropical Oil Man (capable of raising the cholesterol level of his opponents), Robomop (an intelligent kitchen appliance capable of cleaning up almost any mess), Iron Tummy (capable of eating spicy foods without any distress), Captain Excitement (whose "aura of lethargy and dullness" can put many opponents to sleep instantly), and Mademoiselle Pepperoni (capable of seeing inside a pizza box without even opening it).

The goal of the game is to complete missions assigned by the Commissioner and relayed via the League's computer, Matilda. Gradually, the player will raise Hoboken League's ranking, and finally be able to take on the evil Dr. Entropy who is seeking to thwart the rebirth of civilization. As the League's ranking and prestige grow, new superheroes with exotic names and superpowers will join up and make life easier.

Gameplay is divided into adventure and role-playing sections. Adventure gameplay manifests itself in the overall structure of the game: to complete a mission, the player must travel to various locations, talk to non-playable characters, and solve predominantly inventory-based puzzles. The interface for the adventure parts of the game is similar to other late Legend Entertainment titles such as Death Gate: locations are presented as still first-person view screens, and the player selects verb commands to interact with the environment. These locations also usually contain shops where the player can buy weapons, equipment and items to outfit the heroes.

The exploration of the game world that contains all the individual locations is done in a role-playing style. The player navigates the party of heroes over top-down overworld screen, gradually exploring larger areas and accessing new locations. During the exploration, enemies attack the party randomly. Combat is viewed from first-person perspective and is turn-based. Heroes have a range of stats (brawn, brains, toughness, and health) and numerous equipment slots along with their superpowers, which can be used in combat beside regular attacks. The party of heroes may include up to nine active combatants. Experience points are collected following battle victories, eventually leveling up the playable characters.

The player also receives experience for fully exploring areas, as well as eliminating all the enemies in a given area (after a series of random encounters enemies eventually stop attacking). Often specific items must be acquired in order to traverse certain terrain types (e.g. deep water) or gain access to subway lines that connected between various areas. Text comments appear not only in adventure parts, but also during combat, humorously describing the course of the battle. The CD version of the game includes voice acting.


Superhero League of Hoboken DOS Party Stats
Superhero League of Hoboken DOS The Liberty Bell
Superhero League of Hoboken DOS Introducing Dr. Entropy
Superhero League of Hoboken DOS Looks like some people still live in luxury... like this idiot

Promo Images

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User Reviews

The only game that allows you to see the contents of a pizza box without opening it Unicorn Lynx (181409) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
Great superhero game that's smart enough to be silly. Terrence Bosky (5458) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
A fascinating and not-too-taxing apocalyptic-superhero parody James Hofmann (13) unrated

Critic Reviews

High Score Oct, 1994 5 out of 5 100
Secret Service / New S Service Nov, 1994 270 out of 300 90
Just Games Retro Apr 11, 2009 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Joker Aug, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Power Play Aug, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Score Nov, 1994 84 out of 100 84
PC Gamer Oct, 1994 84 out of 100 84
PC Games (Germany) Oct, 1994 80 out of 100 80
PC Player (Germany) Aug, 1994 70 out of 100 70
Gameplay (Benelux) Oct 10, 1994 68 out of 100 68


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Superhero League of Hoboken has won the following awards:

  • 1995 Premier Finalist - Best Adventure Game
  • 1994 Games Magazine Top 100 Games of the Year Award
  • 1994 Computer Game Review Golden Triad Award
  • 1994 Strategy Plus Multi-Character RPG of the Year Award (Runner-up)

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