Kim Kardashian: Hollywood
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Kim Kardashian: Hollywood takes a light (one might even say shallow) look at the rise from everyday person to A-list celebrity. It heavily focuses on what you wear and what level celebrity you are. If you aren't famous enough, no one will even speak to you. If you aren't dressed properly, expect that your date will tell you so in not-so-kind words. There will be plenty of partying, a lot of alcohol, some cleavage, and the opportunity to pose in the nude. There is the occasional fight with an archnemesis (Willow Pape) and more flirting than a daytime soap opera. Those who want to progress quickly or build a sizable wardrobe will be highly tempted to spend cash to move things along. It's possible to get to the A-list without spending a dime, but your kids are unlikely to see it that way.
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What's it about?
KIM KARDASHIAN: HOLLYWOOD invites players into the world of high-fashion modeling, celebrities, and gossip. It is very similar in nature and gameplay to the publisher's previous app, Stardom: The A-List. Choose whether to play as a woman or a man, customize your hair, skin, facial features, makeup, and clothes, and then get to work at a retail shop. We all have to start somewhere! A chance meeting with Kim herself may set you on the path to stardom if you play your cards right. If she likes you, she may suggest that you start modeling, connect you with a manager, and help you along as you go. Start with simple modeling assignments, begin networking, and start to build up your celebrity status. Most actions require using energy, which is in limited supply. You'll also want to save some energy for dating. Your dates and your jobs both will require just the right clothes (they will not be the same clothes) to impress, so save your cash. Just as in life, there will be some moral dilemmas. Will you pose nude? Will you fight for your place on the celebrity list? As you rise up the ranks, more opportunities will arise for longer shoots and catwalk events. You can save up to buy a beach house, a city apartment, a pet, or a swanky car. Get lots of publicity (good or bad), work hard, and get the right hairdo, and you might just work yourself to the top of the celebrity list.
Is it any good?
Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is one of those games that has a sort of guilty-pleasure addiction to it. Yes, it's shallow and silly, but you can't help but wonder what will come next. Unfortunately, there is a missed opportunity here. There just isn't very much to do. Each job places you in a room with a bunch of word bubbles for actions, such as "Chit chat," "Strike a pose," and "Take a break." Tap on them to work your way through the task and release points toward the overall goal. No matter which action you choose, the character stands there, looking bored. Inevitably, you'll run out of energy points before the goal is through and will have to wait for them to refill, search around for hot spots to tap in the hope of earning more, or buy some with real money. Finish the goal in time, and it will be replaced with another that looks very similar. Dating is the same way.
Unlocking clothes is interesting, but the vast majority require special stars that you earn slowly. You might get one for leveling up, where a shirt will cost you 50 or more. Purchasing 50 is about $5. For a shirt. The temptation is certainly there since most of the jewelry and accessories use stars. You'll also want stars for talking to people. Many won't give you the time of day otherwise. There's a reason this app is raking in money. For younger teens, the game moves slowly without cash and sends some questionable messages about friendship, work, and judging a book by its cover. Older teens may understand that it should not inform real life, but they still may be frustrated at how slow the game can progress.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it really would be like to attempt a career as a model. What would be expected? How might people treat you?
Do you think Hollywood is really like this? Why, or why not?
Have you ever met someone like Willow Pape? Why do you think she's so angry?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
- Price: Free with in-app purchases
- Pricing structure: Free (The game offers a range of in-app purchases.)
- Release date: July 23, 2014
- Category: Simulation Games
- Size: 71.10 MB
- Publisher: Glu Games Inc.
- Version: 1.2.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up
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