Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, the casual, free-to-play role-playing game that was created by Glu Games Inc. has received an upgrade!
Our rating: 4/5
Available on: iOS and Android
Released on iOS and Android in June 2014, the game made $1.6million in the first five days and by the end of its first quarter it had 22.8 million players, making $43.4 million. The aim of the game is to increase your fame and reputation, starting as an E-list Star/Starlet and working your way up to an A-lister by creating your own aspiring celebrity. Its a game that has a sort of guilty pleasure addiction to it, what parents need to know is that it takes a light albeit revealing look at the rise from an 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 speak to you or if you aren’t dressed properly your date will tell you in not-so-kind words. There is plenty of partying, a lot of alcohol, some cleavage and the opportunity to pose in the nude.
Although the game is free to play, additional in-game currency can be purchased with real money. You can disable your in-app purchases in the device settings however you can't progress to A-list without spending any money. The currency in this game is cash and stars. Cash is the standard currency that you earn throughout the entire game by completing various tasks, and Stars are the ‘hard’ currency that is earned slower than cash and has more incentive of being bought with real money. Cash is used to buy clothing, travel, houses or even gamble, while stars are used to purchase special outfits, energy, cash or to please other characters in the game
You can also add In Real Life (IRL) friends to share gifts with, co-star on projects, acquire relationships, or even date throughout the game's storyline – which is narrated by Kim – with characters that are randomly generated according to each individual game.
The game’s storylines revolve around ’goals’ that are given by characters in the game, such as creating a fragrance, meeting certain people or attending certain events – check your goals if you are unsure of what to do next in the game.
Depending on what level you are on, you can travel to different places all over the world by unlocking locations. When you are looking for locations, an information block will inform you about the location, such as what level you have to be on to go there, plane fare, transport fare, how many buildings you can visit to complete your goals and how many ‘tappables’ available. Tappable’s are objects you can tap on to gain bonus cash, XP points (needed for your star or starlet to level up) and energy. Tip: Tapping cash and XP before it vanishes reduces the waiting time for energy to regenerate by a few seconds.
Of course you also have a wardrobe where you can purchase tops, dresses, pants, skirts, shoes, hairstyles, facial features, nail colors as well as fashion accessories like bags, jewelry, and tattoos. However, you have to be on top of current fashion to maximise fans. You can purchase multiple homes (but cannot resell them), cars and pets in multiple countries and cities. Unfortunately, you cannot transfer or travel with your pets and can only get curtain homes and cars once depending on whether your XP status goes up and on what level you are on. You can get practically any animal ranging from a lion to a chameleon for each home, so your choices are varied.
You can date anyone on your contacts list. You must meet people first to get them to your contacts. If you meet them and you flirt with them, you get a small boost in your relationship meter with them. You may date either gender. If you neglect your date for some time, however, they will break up with you. Note that you will always have the option to break up with them anytime you choose by calling them on a date and then selecting 'break up'.
While dates can be expensive, it is fairly rewarding to date for fans and XP. If you leave your partner alone for too long, he/she will call to break up. A choice is given to either breakup or to charm the person. Charming them (to continue your relationship) costs K-Stars and the more serious the relationship, the more K-Stars it costs to charm the person. If you break up there and then, a broken heart will appear by their name in your contacts list. You can also get married and have babies with the latest version of the app, however, if you want babies you have to reach 12000 relationship points with your significant other.
If you are into having a “second life” this is probably the game for you, its addictive and you can virtually live the life of luxury. Dress for success and live to impress.
Watch the video below to see the gameplay in action!