by: Gustavo Lequerica-Calvo
; edited by: Michael Hartman
; updated: 4/17/2012
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A smart and sexy video game, that takes business simulation games to a whole new level of fun. With Playboy: The Mansion you take the role of “Hef" and your duty is to keep your empire trough a series of missions around the Mansion aided by no other one than the Bunnies.
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To describe Playboy: The Mansion in a sentence it can easily be described as one of the funnest, sexiest business SIM video games out there. The player will take the role of Playboy founder, Hugh Heffner, or “Hef", as his known inside the game, but you have to know two things: the first one is that Playboy: The Mansion is not a game intended for kids, is a game for adults as there is nudity and coarse language; and the second thing you need to know is that you won’t start with all the wealth and recognition that Hugh now has, those are values that you have to earn it during the game course.
The game took a lot of the Sims 2 dynamics and interface menu to let the player move around the scenarios and construct the mansion of their dreams, even we can say that Playboy: The Mansion is a mature version of The Sims, because both games bare too much similarities; still Playboy: The Mansion can be easily enjoyed without any problem of thinking that is a rip-off of the Sims, because the sources of humor are different in the two games.
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The gameplay is really good as it uses the business approach and a great sense of humor, such as contracting new playmates or expanding the venture to a whole new level. As it was said previously, you will start with a basic magazine venture that you need to help grow in the capitalistic market. We have to take a look that even if the game is similar as the Sims 2, is clearly that is not the Sims 2 as it shows more mature situation on every aspect, i.e. – people having sex in the grotto. Besides that, the game is a really faithful recreation of the Playboy Mansion, not only in some of the social aspects but in design and feel as well.
The score given to the graphics are a three out of five, why? Because the graphics in general look a lot like the Sims 2, and for moments you think how much the developers tried to copy the Sims 2 formula to have success. Sure there are minor differences, but still you feel that the graphics and character designs look a lot like the aforementioned game.
The sound and BMX are good, they go between a mix of contemporary music and the game has his own cool musical score. The score given is five over five, because you feel the atmosphere of the Playboy Mansion trough the music of the game.
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Overall, Playboy: The Mansion is a good game and worth buying because it has a good replay value, but you have to take care of your computer requirements because the game can take a lot of your computer resources, and then you can have a problem similar as me, getting a slow performance in the gameplay, but if you have a good computer then I have to say go and buy it.