Release: Oct 2006
Reviewed on: PC
Desperate Housewives: The Game
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Desperate Housewives: The Game combines The Sims style gameplay with the popular television series. Fans of The Sims series will feel right at home with the style of gameplay on offer and enjoy the touch of housewife secrecy.
The game features writing from one of the Desperate Housewives writers and voice acting from Brenda Strong who plays Mary Alice Young. The game is loosely set between season 1 and 2 but the game doesn’t require players to have knowledge of the Desperate Housewives TV show to enjoy the game. While the television show isn’t designed for a young audience the game carries a teen rating and carries only a small number of adult themes.
In Desperate Housewives: The Game players play as a housewife who has just moved into Wisteria Lane with her husband and son. You just happen to have amnesia though so you go about a series of episodes gathering clues and struggling to keep your life together.
A majority of the gameplay is very aligned with The Sims series of games with players having a huge amount of control over their character’s visual appearance. This customisation also extends into your house and how you choose to decorate it. Desperate Housewives: The Game uses a very similar need system to that of The Sims but simplifies it down into 4 stats for players to manage (composure, happiness, social and appearance).
On top of managing your needs the game adds a mystery element by requiring players to solve various neighbourhood mysteries to advance the story. Solving these mysteries generally involves a lot of spying, charming, sneaking and entertaining.
The game also adds in a number of mini games to make some game elements more hands on such as cooking and gardening. Desperate Housewives: The Game pulls off a good TV inspired game that will also please fans of The Sims games.
- Converts the TV series into an impressive game with a very Desperate Housewives feel.
- Simplified 4 needs system makes the game very accessible.
- Tones down the maturity to make the game appropriate for teenagers.
- Mini games help break up the core gameplay.
- Includes voice overs from Brenda Strong.