posted by Amozarte (CHESTERFIELD, MO) Mar 19, 2008
Member since Apr 2007
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I need to start this review with a disclaimer: I tried this game because I respect Hugh Hefner as an entrepreneur and liked the idea of building a publishing empire. Having played the game, I wonder how I was so naïve as to believe a game with Playboy in the title could be more than a softcore boobfest.
The Mansion has two possible target audiences, yet it manages to miss both completely. The first group consists of voyeurs looking for some tasteful nudity and a somewhat more "interactive" experience than the magazine. Unfortunately for them "tasteful" is not the first word I'd use to describe The Mansion, nor will they find the "interactivity" they seek. In order to steer clear of an AO rating, there is no nudity below the waist and "sensual encounters" are essentially heavily watered-down lap dances.
As for the other target audience, I'm thinking of folks who enjoy the Sims-style play serving as the foundation upon which The Mansion is built. Apart from a lot of bugs, the obvious problem here is that any innovations The Mansion might bring to the table are obscured by all the boobies.
The central theme is to play the role of a young Hugh Hefner and set out to build a publishing empire. In order to improve circulation of the magazine, you need to attract celebs for photo shoots and interesting people for interviews. In order to convince these individuals to work with you, you must prove you know how to have a good time by throwing endless parties, paying careful attention to the guest list to avoid potential personality clashes. While this all works well for the first few hours of the game, it quickly becomes a tedious chore to keep everyone in a constant state of elation.
The reality is that, at its maximum depth, The Mansion will barely reach your ankles. In fact, this review is probably somewhat superfluous because upon looking at the game's title and box artwork it's highly likely that any presumptions you might have are already completely accurate.
posted by JAMMASTERJ (BOULDER CITY, NV) Jul 8, 2006
Member since Nov 2005
gamers (87%) found this review helpful
Playboy: The Mansion is an adult version of The Sims. Playboy brings every man's dream to life. You become Hugh and build the Playboy empire. You start as little and unknown. You must network with celebs and models and bring your magazine to the top. You start just owning the mansion with little inside and know a model or two. From there, you must pimp out the mansion, network to make celebrity friends, hire a staff of writers, photographers, and models. As you play the game, you must meet certain objects like publishing Playboy. For each issue, you must take pictures of two different models or celebs, one for the cover and the other for the CENTERFOLD! Each one will help determine your magazine sales. But, that is not all, you must also include an interview, two articles, and an essay by someone in your network! It is awesome. As you develop into the man Hugh is today...you will meet more and more famous people like Carmen Electra and Jose Canseco.
posted by Linerunner (PROVIDENCE, RI) Apr 13, 2006
Member since Dec 2005
gamers (87%) found this review helpful
50 years of Playboy history is yours to wheel, deal, grope and party your way through in this adult take on The Sims. From scouting talent for your latest issue to mending celebrity feuds to sweet talking whatever models are currently gracing the halls of the mansion, you are Hef. The game does get a bit tedious near the end, but overall it is well executed, easy to learn and engaging to play. Beside gathering your wealth and talent. you need to find time for those famous mansion parties and the sweet rewards that come from them!