Kim Kardashian: Hollywood

Common Sense Media says

Not much to do in shallow sim; lots of temptation to spend.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

It starts with a tutorial, and help is available by speaking to certain in-game characters. There are some important things left out of the tutorial that would be useful for beginning players.

Violence

There are some verbal disagreements and harsh words between characters.

Sex

Expect revealing clothes, references to kissing, lots of flirting, and the occasional job that asks you to pose in the nude (nothing appears on-screen). 

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

There are frequent full-screen pop-up ads, and in-app purchases range from $2 to $40. 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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some of the venues are bars, and purchasing a drink or a round of drinks is regularly an option on missions. The lead character may be asked to promote an alcoholic beverage at an event.

Privacy & safety

Players can connect to Game Center and Facebook to share updates, which is optional.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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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. 

Families can talk 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?

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
Price:Free with in-app purchases
Pricing structure:Free
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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Adult Written bymarinaa April 7, 2015
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10
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Free stars video

What happened to the videos that give out free stars? They only give one every time I tap on the video sign. And this is for every time I press the video sign they only seem to give one for every few videos. The last time I used it the videos would always give all the stars when I watched one video. Every video I watched used to be one star each video but now it's for every few videos. Whatever happened, please change it back.
Teen, 13 years old Written byFathomT December 30, 2014
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2
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App blows, sends Kim's twisted perception of life into your hands

I downloaded this app, wondering what it would be like. I hate this app for 2 main reasons. For 1, you can't do anything without long waits and an urge to purchase stuff from the little bimbo herself. What's important for children is that Kim has decided to throw her twisted perception of life into the hand of the player (i.e. no one will speak to your character unless you are a celebrity). You can also pose nude, promote booze, and (heavily) flirt with as many people as freaking possible. Plus, ads come up like crazy. Plus, do you really want to pay for her next plastic surgery operation? The one thing I enjoy about the game is that I can laugh at Kim quotes which all basically say that getting new clothes and changing your appearance "can get you noticed by the media." Even that gets old after a while. Keep this away from you, your kids, and, most importantly, your wallets.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 12 years old November 8, 2014
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10
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Good game

I think this game is good for mature kids and teens.There is nothing wrong with this game
What other families should know
Easy to play/use

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