Kitty Powers' Love Life

Game review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Play cupid in amusing socially inclusive relationship sim.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Goal is to help people gain true love; you can't get more positive than that. Methods of flirting, gross out humor limits impact of good messages.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters' admirable qualities vary, just like real people.

Ease of Play

Simple gameplay, easy to learn. Majority of gameplay is based around mini-games; progress of relationships, balancing characters needs and wants can be challenging.

Violence
Sex

Flirty dialog, mild references to "spicy" behavior, a euphemism for sexual activity. Discussion of naked pictures, dancing nude in dialogue.

Language

Some gross out humor with fart and booger jokes.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Villages have bars with people hanging out in them. But drinking not shown.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kitty Powers' Love Life is a single-player life simulation game where players help couples (of all sexual orientations) find true love. The game lets players connect with real-life friends who play the game and import existing couples from Kitty Powers' Matchmaker. Characters engage in flirty talk and make reference to “spiciness,” the game's euphemism for sexual activity. Characters also discuss things like dancing naked and saucy pictures, although nothing's shown. Some gross-out humor (consisting mainly of fart and booger jokes) are included in dialogue. Players can build a bar for their village, and characters will spend time there, but no one's shown drunk. The balancing of character relationships, along with their individual needs and wants, could frustrate some players.

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What's it about?

KITTY POWERS' LOVE LIFE expands upon the dating sim, Kitty Powers' Matchmaker by adding new mini-games and a new village management mechanic. Like the previous game, you play a fledgling matchmaker working for outrageous drag queen and professional love coach, Kitty Powers. You're given a small village with limited housing and resources as you try to build it up to a love-filled money-making paradise. After advertising for different types of couples (geeky, glam, practical, etc.) to move into your village, you then help them find happiness both in and outside of their relationships by advising them on matters of both heart and home. On top of that, you help them find fulfilling friendships, hobbies, and professions, all by playing a new collection of mini-games. The better you life-coach your clients, the better your reputation, which affects how large and  prosperous your village becomes. The ultimate goal as always though, is to help young couples find everlasting love.

Is it any good?

Even though there's some repetition, there's plenty of twists and new activities to make you want to help characters find their soulmate. The core of Kitty Powers' Love Life remains to grow your matchmaking empire under the watchful eye of the stylish Kitty Powers, but the town sim aspect provides a whole new level of fun and complexity. To begin with, instead of simply matching couples, you now have to manage all manner of relationships. Your couples have neighbors and friends to contend with, and their happiness levels vary depending on how they get on with those people. You're juggling not only the concerns of fledgling couples still getting to know one another, but also each individual's personal needs. Are they happy at work? Are they bored at home? Does their partner understand them? Do they long to share a secret yearning with someone else aside from their partner?

It's up to you to help them become their best selves, even if it means their relationships go down the tubes. The whole thing's pretty tricky, but the mini-games by which you do it keeps things entertaining. Well, mostly. Even with a fast-forward button, things can get repetitive and progress pretty slowly, and you might find yourself wishing your clients were a tad less needy. On top of that, parents could take issue with the game's saucy language, (talk of nude dancing, for instance) crude jokes, (talk of boogers and farts) and scenes set within a bar. Still, even with those concerns, Kitty Powers' Love Life is a smart, funny relationship/town sim that's sure to keep aspiring matchmakers engrossed for hours.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about honesty in healthy relationships. How important is it to be honest with your partner?

  • Discuss couples of differing sexual orientations. Do gay and straight couples face the same obstacles in their relationships?

  • Think about the idea of true love. Do you think it's possible for two people to stay together forever?

Game details

  • Platforms: Mac, Windows
  • Price: $12.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Magic Notion
  • Release date: February 8, 2018
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions

For kids who love simulations

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