Stardom: The A-List

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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No big thrills, but celebrity life sim can be hypnotic.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

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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.


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. 

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byfamilyof8lovekids April 6, 2020

This is terrible

Found a couple hundred/thousand charges on my card from this game. Not happy!
Parent Written bytcforre October 3, 2012

A free game for $110?????

I'm still trying to figure out what happened here. I got an email last night about charges on iTunes associated with this game. From what I can see, it... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old December 17, 2016

There really isn't anything wrong with it

There isn't any problems except sometimes there is a dating theme and there are some movie titles that may or may not be appropriate for under the age of 8
Kid, 9 years old November 27, 2013

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
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: December 14, 2011
  • Category: Simulation Games
  • Size: 262.00 MB
  • Publisher: Glu Games Inc.
  • Version: 1.0.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0 or later
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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