If Twilight is crack cocaine to teenage girls and Justin Bieber is crystal meth, then Lady Popular aims to be black tar heroin. It’s all there. It is specifically designed to tug at the strings which make tweens go “Eeeeeeeee!” Lady Popular is a girlier, Facebook version of The Sims.
Welcome to a Very Pink World
You start the game by customizing your lady. There a lot of things to choose from at the beginning, and later on you can visit the tattoo parlor, hair salon and the mall to buy some new clothes. There is a huge variety to choose from when selecting clothes, accessories and other visual elements. So what does a girl out on her own in a new town do next? Well, there is a lot left to do. First you can go to the employment agency and get a job. After you have a stable job and a few dollars in your pocket it’s time to have some fun. You can go to the club, gym, shopping, get breast implants and a lot more.
This is a menu based game and you have various attributes which are drained or enhanced by various activities. For example by working you gain money, but lose hygiene and energy and by dancing you lose weight, hygiene and energy while it increases your thirst.
There is a whole lot more to do in this game. You can flirt with boys, get a boyfriend, furnish your apartment, get pets and more. This variety is one of the game’s strong points. The other one is the weekly contest. The game is not called Lady Popular for nothing. Each week the ladies participate in a beauty contest in which the community either up-votes or down-votes the avatar’s outfits and looks. This element creates the feeling of a community and living world. It could also be seen as the PVP aspect of the game.
The problem with the game is the way it handles actions like working out or going to your job. When the player goes through an activity there is a timer, and there is no way to queue up multiple actions unless he or she uses diamonds which cost real world money. So unless you are willing to cough up some bucks you will have a long wait ahead of you and you will have to come back to constantly queue up new actions. This has been done before, but right now there are games that offer faster gratification and move at a generally faster pace
So, is Lady Popular worthy of the Game of the Year award? Sure, why not? Especially since it won the Favorite Community Game award. It is one of the few games that are catering strictly to a female audience, and it might not be made to feminist standards, but show me more than a few handful of games that hold true to any standard of human decency. I mean there are so many games that cater to every violent, far-out, childish male fantasy; it is only fair that there is a game that is strictly for girls and girls trapped in a man’s body.
Lady Popular burrows a lot of elements from other games out there, but the weekly contest is a fairly original concept.
I’m pretty sure that a girl might find herself getting addicted to the gameplay. This game, like most facebook games, features elements that are specifically designed to have you coming back and to keep you playing.
It’s very popular. I mean it has Popular right there in the title.
It’s a life simulator like the Sims, but exclusively designed for girls, so you can get your hair done, buy a large selection of clothes, get breast implants, go dancing, get boyfriends, and it has a weekly popularity contest, in which the girls get to compete against each other and receive votes from the community.
GOTY awards won: 1