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High School Story (IPhone App)
When you come across an abandoned lot, you decide to build your own high school. Can you create the ideal place where everyone can just be themselves while fighting off the rival Hearst High?
I’ll be honest, the only reason I checked this game out is because I heard the Monster High characters would make cameo appearances. However, let me say that I did not regret getting this game. For those of you put off by the high school setting, let me tell you that it’s high school as it should be rather than how it actually is. I told you that the Monster High characters make cameo appearances in the game and, let me tell you, it actually fits. For those of you unfamiliar with Monster High, it’s about embracing all of the freaky flaws that make you who you are. High School Story has a similar premise in that, no matter what clique you belong to, everyone will accept you for who you are. It doesn’t matter if you’re a male cheerleader or a female nerd; nobody mocks you at this school. Nerds hang out with jocks; preps can date gamers and so on. Everyone has their own thing and, rather than being ostracized for it, the game celebrates the characters for it.
The game explores many themes such as the dangers of cyber-bullying and the discrimination girls face in the world of computers and video games. One plot introduces an organization known as Girls Who Code dedicated to closing the gender gap in coding using the character Payton. Another plot is about the girl gamer character, Sakura, and the prejudice she faces in MMORPGs for being a girl gamer. I’ll admit that the game does sometimes run the risk of becoming an after-school special but they do so in very tolerable ways. Some quests are just about the characters hanging out and having fun. The game knows when to be funny and when to be serious.
The game play is similar to many simulation iPhone apps. You send characters on quests and wait for them to finish. The quests can take up to a few minutes to several hours, but the rewards are worth it. You can collect books from the classroom, build dorms and collect money, send characters on dates and even party to get one of each type of classmate.
Let me tell you that every type comes with a special side quest. You can also build a library where you can meet a special character and complete vocabulary quests.
However, like Hollywood U, once you finish the extra additions, the game begins to dull. You just continue playing to see what goes on further in the plot. I should also warn you that many of the extra additions cost money and, if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to experience everything this game has to offer.
This game is addictive and insightful. I give it 7 out of 10; loses its appeal after a long while but worth checking out.
Endless Summer (Choices)
This is an unusual post because it’s not really a review as much as a recommendation. This game is one of my favorite Choices games due to having a great story, great characters and a huge mystery that’s up to you to solve. Your choices determine your relationships and if you can gather enough clues to solve the mystery of the island you’re stranded on. However, I warn you, completing the game 100% means you have to make in-app purchases.
I’ve made a decision to post more on my blog, but only post reviews once a week. From now on, I’ll be posting what I make in dollmakers, news about video games or board games, people’s Let’s Play videos and recommendations for interactive stories you can play on your phone. You can even give me dollmaker pictures you made, recommend Let’s Plays I can post and so on. Just make sure that what you suggest I post or recommend has something to do with either video or board gaming.
IT: Escape from Pennywise (IOS App Store)
Pennywise the Dancing Clown stalks you through the Neibolt House. Can you escape the literal monster clown, or will you become IT’s lunch?
Ever since seeing IT in theaters, I’ve been obsessed with everything Stephen King. Therefore, I had to get this game and let me say that I have a love/hate relationship with it, pun not intended. When I first downloaded the game, all I could see was a black screen effect until the game crashed and took me back to the home screen. Then I decided to play the VR experience on YOUTUBE, which is not the same thing but still succeeded in scaring me.
It wasn’t until days later that I was able to play it and, even then, I still had issues with the game crashing in mid-play. It was a miracle for me to go through one single play through without a crash. I can’t even count how many times I had to delete the game, turn off my phone, turn it back on after a few minutes and re-install the game. I found this very frustrating.
I’m sure many people who are familiar with Stephen King know the story of IT. The game’s adapted from the most recent IT film, which itself is adapted from the novel. It’s about a clown that lurks in the sewers of Derry, Maine, luring children to IT’s feeding ground and swallowing them whole. The clown can also take the form of your worst fears and I’ve been terrified of IT since I saw Tim Curry play the clown in the 1990 Mini-Series. Let me tell you, Pennywise in the 2017 version is even scarier and seeing IT in VR is much worse.
During my first attempts, I found myself too scared to play the game all the way through. Then I started pulling my Google Cardboard away at frightening moments. I found my heart pounding like mad when Pennywise would get a close up, similar to how I felt in the VR experience on YOUTUBE. The game play itself is also rather simplistic as you hover over a door and wait for it to fully light up. Unfortunately, this process takes awhile and destroys the game’s sense of urgency. During the game, you also see clever nods to the movie such as Eddie’s leper and Pennywise appearing on TV in a kid’s show. Be prepared for a huge let down as the game only has two endings and, no matter what door you pick, you’ll always end up in the same room. The only difference is that, when you have to choose between the first three doors, you get a different experience each time.
Then you have to choose between two doors, one that will get you out of the house and the other puts you in Pennywise’s clutches. It feels less like a game and more like an advertisement for the Blu-Ray.
This game is scary and frustrating. I give it 5 out of 10; it’s an amazing experience, but not worth all of the trouble you have to go through.
Hollywood U: Rising Star (iOS Store)
A mysterious benefactor offers you enough for Hollywood University, the most prestigious college for anyone who wants to make a living in show business. Will you attend as a movie star, fashionista or a director?
Even though Pixelberry abandoned this game for Choices, you can still download it on your smart phone or handheld device. This game does have a story attached to it, such as finding out whom the mysterious benefactor is paying your way through Hollywood University. You also have your own enemies to deal with in the form of Bianca and her father. The MC and Bianca have a rivalry similar to Jem and Pizzazz from the 80s cartoon show. However, there are two differences. For instance, Bianca knows how to turn everyone against the MC and make herself look like the innocent victim. This is something Pizzazz could never pull off. The other difference is that the MC doesn’t get everything handed to her as Jem did. He or she has to struggle through various obstacles in order to succeed. Let me tell you, it gets rather tough. I can’t recall how many times I’ve empathized with the MC and actually felt frustrated or upset with what he or she goes through.
The game does not shy away from certain issues found in Hollywood. For instance, one of the characters, Addison, used to be a movie star until she had an affair with a director. The director in question lied to her about leaving his wife and, when the affair became public knowledge, he lied by claiming that Addison seduced him. However, if you ask me, even if his version turned out to be true, he’s still at fault. These incidents happen in Hollywood with one example being Kristen Stewart’s casting as the title character in Snow White and the Huntsman. The news reports revealed that the reason the director cast her is because of an affair. Many people slut shame her though, since I don’t know the whole story, I won’t pass judgment. I do know that it cost Kristen Stewart her job while they still kept the director. Some people call a double standard but, personally, I believe that it’s because Kristen Stewart was more expendable. I’m sure you can find many other stories of such instances all throughout Hollywood but, more often than not, people blame the woman and it ruins her career.
Another instance from real life the game drew inspiration from is Miley Cyrus in order to create the character of Lisa Valentine. She is a former teen pop star who played the main character in a children’s show called Lisa Mermaid. Now that Lisa’s all grown up, she goes out of her way to remind everyone of this, something her mother and manager disapproves. While most works would portray Lisa’s mother as the sympathetic one and Lisa as the evil slut, this game does not fall victim to such thinking. Instead, Lisa is the one in the right and the game implies that, if she wants to be a party girl, that’s her choice. No one has any right to judge her for it. As I said, the game drew inspiration from Miley Cyrus for this after her Hannah Montana days were far behind her. Except I always suspected that her father encouraged her to act crazy in order to stay in the spotlight. Now that Miley Cyrus is voicing one of the original Guardians of the Galaxy, I don’t think she needs to act crazy anymore. I am not kidding; she voiced the robot in the credits teaser showing the original Guardians.
The game play is that of a typical smart phone game, with you assigning characters to task. It can take up to 24 hours to finish tasks, so you’re free to clean house, do homework and take care of anything else while you wait. I call it the video game version of the Crockpot. You can also throw parties to attract certain character types and go on dates. You can hook up various characters in Couples Corner and send the MC on dates in the Amour. You can also purchase buildings and collect money.
Oh, and those character types you collect from partying each come with their own side quests. The game comes with many extras, such as A-Listers and side quests, but you have to pay in diamonds, which costs real money to purchase. Let me tell you, the game is very addictive and you’ll want to see everything it has to offer. After you’ve collected all the characters and done all of the side quests, the game loses most of its appeal. By then, you just want to continue playing to see what happens in the story.
This game is addictive and intriguing. It deserves 9 out of 10, emotionally affective but not enough for a full mark.
Awakening: Kingdoms (iPhone App Store)
Queen Sophia’s away on another quest. As steward, it’s your job to bring Skyward Kingdom back to its former glory.
Okay, I wasn’t going to touch this game because I try to avoid free-to-play whenever possible. If Monika Guballa from Boomzap (the company that made the Awakening games) hadn’t emailed me personally, I would’ve never even played it. Like I said, instead of taking the role of Queen Sophia, you take the role of the steward. You meet characters from previous Awakening games and help them accomplish their goals.
The game play is a mixture of hidden object and building sim. You gather materials by participating in various hidden object scenes. You use the items to construct buildings throughout the land. During the game, characters will give you quests and it’s your job to complete them. You can also send messages to your friends and play mini-games in various buildings.
This game is beautiful and addictive. I give it 7 out of 10; it renewed my interest in the Awakening series.
Kim Kardashian: Hollywood (iPhone App Store)
You’re just working a boring job as a sales clerk when Kim Kardashian shops at your store. At first, you thought it was just something you could brag about to all your friends until she offers you a modeling job. Can you keep up with the hassles of celebrity life?
That’s right; I downloaded a celebrity fashion game on my iPhone. As someone who fantasizes about celebrity life, I couldn’t resist. The game’s simplistic in its nature. You take job offers where you can get them and try to become the number one A-list celebrity. You can also go on dates and check your Twitter feed. Changing your outfit every now and then will also get you even more fans. After a while, you eventually get to number one and there’s no reason to play it anymore. I think they should add an update to where, if you don’t do anything for a while, you’re in danger of losing the number one spot. It would be motivation to keep playing.
This game is simplistic yet addictive. I give it 3 out of 10; nothing more than an escapist fantasy.
Tamagotchi Angel L.I.F.E. (iPhone App Store)
Tamagotchi’s back and this time it’s an angel. Maybe you’ll raise this Tamagotchi to perfection. Maybe you’ll be the death of it.
That’s right; the iPhone released another version of the Tamagotchi. Just like the original, you feed it, play with it, clean its poop and turn off the light when it sleeps. Only differences are that you can feed it candy to increase its angel powers and, if you catch it praying, ring the bell to add to its deed meter. Unfortunately, the iPhone won’t alert you when that happens, so you might never catch your Tamagotchi praying.
This is the same concept as the original Tamagotchi. I give it 6 out of 10; like the original, you grow to care for this guy.
Tamagotchi L.I.F.E. (iPhone App Store)
The beloved digital pet from the 90s is back and it’s on your phone. Take care of the little alien and make sure to keep it alive.
Even if you didn’t have a tamagotchi in the 90s, you probably had an equivalent. When I was a kid, I had two giga pets, a cat and a T-Rex. They never lived very long because I had to go to school and I couldn’t take the toys with me. There’s really not much of a plot to these things except an alien came to earth and you have to raise it. However, I will say one thing. While Tamagotchi’s popularity skyrocketed in Japan, it fell out of favor in the U.S. I don’t know if they brought these things to the iPhone to bring back its popularity or to give nostalgic adults like me a taste of their childhood.
The game play is the same as it was on the toy. You press the correct button to meet your Tamagotchi’s needs. If you don’t tend to the creature, it will die. You can pick which Tamagotchi you want between Generation 1 and Generation 2. As you play, you can unlock various wallpaper and shell designs. You also have two choices to play the app. You can play it as an actual app, by pressing the correct icon, or, if you’re feeling really nostalgic, play it in shell mode. In other words, tap the left button until you get to the icon you want and tap the confirm button to select it.
This game is not deep yet addictive. I give it 6 out of 10; you get attached to the Tamagotchi after a while.
Pong (iPhone App Store)
The very first video game ever created has found its way on your iPhone. Bounce a ball around with paddles in this 2d tennis court.
I got this game because I saw a few screenshots of it on That 70s Show and wanted to see if it’s any fun. Despite the simple concept, I’d have to say that it is. Sometimes it’s nice to play a game where you can turn your brain off. My only problem is that you can’t make the paddles smaller if you’re way too good at the game.
This game is simplistic and addictive. I give it 7 out of 10; the perfect game to play when you’re drinking.