Stardom: The A-List



No big thrills, but celebrity life sim can be hypnotic.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game is well explained and isn't difficult. It's more of a time sink than a head scratcher. 


Your avatar can get in verbal scuffles with other characters and do his or her own "stunts" -- though any violence and insults are very mild. You'll also star in a "horror" movie that's really not that scary.

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Players can purchase in-game cash with real world money (in amounts from $1 to $100) to speed things up in the game, but it's not aggressively pushed, as in some other games -- and the game warns players up front that this is not a part of gameplay.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One of your regular haunts will be a bar, where you can buy an alcoholic drink if you so choose. Drinking is not a critical part of the game, though. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Stardom: The A-List is a simulation game that lets players work their way up to a celebrity lifestyle through a series of acting jobs. The game contains very mild verbal scuffles and some scary elements (which are also mild), but the chief issue of concern will be the use of in-game currency that can be bought with real-world money. It's not as aggressively pushed as some other games, but parents may want to disable the functionality before letting kids play. Additionally, users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

Is it any good?


STARDOM: THE A-LIST doesn't break a lot of new ground -- and isn't the deepest simulation you'll ever play -- but there's something about it that still manages to chew up bursts of your time. As you try to become a celebrity, you'll work a series of jobs, all of which rely on you simply tapping the screen repeatedly. Thrilling, no? But sometimes hypnotic. 

Tapping earns you credits, which buy you new clothes, but those aren't really essential. And, if you're the impatient type, you can use real world funds to buy in-game cash, but it's not essential -- and Glu warns users about this functionality in an obvious fashion at the start of the game, unlike many other games using this economic model. It's not a game that will hold your attention long-term or that will stick with you long after you've completed it, but for a short-term diversion, there are worse choices. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:December 14, 2011
Category:Simulation Games
Size:262.00 MB
Publisher:Glu Games Inc.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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Kid, 11 years old April 18, 2012

fun game

fun game, actually. It gets better later on though. But the thing is, the energy disappears so fast, your new itunes cards will be gone in a flash.
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Too much consumerism
Kid, 9 years old November 27, 2013

Best game i ever got!

It's good.
Kid, 11 years old October 7, 2012

life lesson for kids

I think that it will give a life lesson about how life isn't a game
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Too much violence
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