When I heard that there was going to be a game based on the hit NBC series The Office I was intrigued, excited and eager to install it. I have been a fan of the show since it originated on the BBC but I’ve also grown to love the NBC version too so I had high hopes as I downloaded, installed and fired up NBC The Office Challenge.
Unfortunately I was disappointed from the start. For an officially licensed game the decision not to use the real theme music is an unusual choice indeed, instead a strange hybrid tune introduces you to the game and while there are times that you think it’s about to break into the theme music you are repeatedly frustrated.
You start playing as Kevin from Accounting and the idea is to complete a set of challenges set by Ryan the Temp. These take the form of office based mini-games from catching a piece of paper falling from a fax to stomping on a box as it rolls along the floor. The mini-games appear on a computer monitor meaning that they only take up half of the iPhone/iPod Touch screen, even if the graphics were any good they wouldn’t be being well utilized, but the problem is they aren’t any good. The characters from the show which include Jim, Pam and Dwight as well as the two previously mentioned appear as, poor, hand drawn caricatures of themselves. And don’t forget, this is an officially licensed game so where are the real likenesses, and where’s Michael Scott?
The mini-games offer the usual challenge that you would come to expect from such titles. Single taps, repeated taps moving left and right all at the appropriate time are the simple actions you’ll need to use. You have a set number of lives in each level, lose them all and you will have to start over. As the game progresses and you unlock more of the available characters the ratio of wins to loses becomes much harder and you’ll be back at the beginning of the level again trying to do the same mini-games until you can get to unlock Pam.
There is no multi-player aspect to the game, no online leader-boards.
- 36 mini games
The Not So Good
- An officially licensed game with none of the official sound, graphics or images.
- Too easy
- Playing area only takes up half the screen
Reviewed By: CraigWillis
NBC’s The Office Challenge Screenshots
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