Unless you have been locked away in solitary confinement for the past 20 or so years, you know about the show 90210. 90210 – The game for iPhone is based on the hit show and puts you right in the middle of the social environment you see on the show. The premise of the game is to see how you stack up amongst the show’s cool crowd and see if you can go from zero aka new kid to hero. The game packs a solid storyline and has several mini-games that keep the game fresh and fun.
I must say, I do not watch the new version of 90210 but I did catch the original show a few times here and there so I understand the idea of the show. The game follows suit by pitting you as the new kid that is trying to fit in. You are tasked with making decisions that dictate whether or not you will be part of the “in” crowd or not. The social platform that you are trying to scale to the top is West Beverly High in Beverly Hills, CA. This is no simple task and there will be tons of decisions along the way that will play a role in how high you can go.
This game is a role-play game at heart with mini-games that allow you to pepper in some different game experiences. At the beginning of the game you have to select your character and their appearance. You will have to make decisions that determine what people think of you and that directly affects your popularity. For instance, one mini-game consists of picking out some clothes for an event. Another mini-game is when you get a job at a diner and you have to serve patrons. These mini-games along with others help keep the game from getting stale. Another type of task that you will tackle is when you are faced with situations like almost dropping your tray in the lunch room, there will be a timing game that pops up and if you stop it in the green disaster is averted but if you stop it in the red then you drop the tray. Obviously things like this have a huge effect on your popularity.
For the most part, this game is a still frame game where your spend time making decisions about what you should or shouldn’t say in a given social situation but mini-games change the pace and give the game another feel. Most of the decisions are no brainers but sometimes you are faced with picking the lesser of two evils. This part can get tricky but it is mostly straightforward and somewhat entertaining because you are living out your version of a 90210 character. One decision I recall from early on in the game is when you are still considered “the new kid” and you have to decide how to explain your mom dropping you off at school.
The audio and visual presentation of the game vary. The visual aspects are nothing to write home about but the game is not made for the visual appeal as much as the role playing aspects which it does quite well. The audio isn’t bad and the fact that you can use your own music in the game is a great feature. I love having the choice to replace game tunes with my own music.
Overall this game is about role playing and it does a great job with it. The mini-games change up the delivery of this game and adds multiple games in one. The story is a good one and you can easily get caught up in it just as you might in a series on television. The story and ever-changing gameplay keeps this game fresh. The fun comes from the social situations that you work your way into and the mini-games that ensue from those decisions.
- Great Story
- Game Play Types Vary
- Custom Music
- Needs more animation
$1.99 (View in iTunes)
Released: Mar 01, 2011
Size: 25.1 MB
Seller: Hands-On Mobile
© (c) 2011 Hands-On Entertainment
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content or Nudity
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later