The Bachelor fans need not wait around for a rose to determine their videogame fate — The Bachelor: The Videogame is, as you guessed it, an iPad game based on the hit reality TV show of the same name. With game characters based on actual contestants, you play a different bachelorette for each season (stage) of the game with 3 seasons in total. Alongside 3 other NPC contestants, the ultimate goal of your bachelorette is to vy for the complete attention of the bachelor to give you the winning rose.
Vying for the attention of the bachelor doesn’t rely much on appearance or personality, but on your ability to play minigames. Note that I said ‘mini games’ and not ‘mind games.’ Each season is divided into 3 episodes. Each episode is broken down into 3 group dates, one 1-on-1 date and the moment in which the bachelor hands out the roses to the lucky ladies. Each date is essentially one mini game, with a total of 4 mini games per episode. Although there are 23 mini games in total, there’s only a handful of mini game types that you actually play over and over throughout the seasons. The mini games include:
- a game in which you tap falling leaves/feathers avoiding ‘bad’ leaves/feathers
- a tap tracing image game
- a boat/jeep/snow cruiser racing game requiring you to tilt your iDevice
- a guess the heavier object by looking at scale comparison game
- a dodge two ball-like objects while tapping to clear areas of the screen
- a game that requires you to press a button to maintain a balance within a colored section of a scale
Taking first place on all mini games for every episode within a season will guarantee that you’ll win the heart the bachelor, and essentially the game. Taking first place and winning each season wasn’t at all a difficult feat. Regardless of difficulty setting, I found that the game was pretty easy and lacking actual challenges. I grew bored of this game, pretty fast.
What would’ve made this game more exciting is a multiplayer mode. When the mini games are as simple as they are, it’s easy for other people to pick up and play along with you. Who doesn’t love a little competition in playing games, especially if it’s a game based on reality TV competition? It would’ve also been more exciting if any of the mini games were related to dating or the actual TV show. The descriptions of the mini game make an effort in making some sort of connection to the show. Unfortunately, the connections are a little hard to make when all you’re doing is tracing an image with your finger when you’re supposed to be on a date.
The graphics and sound were exceptional and fitting for an iPad version of The Bachelor.
Overall, I’d really only recommend The Bachelor: The Videogame to anyone only wanting an extremely casual gaming experience or anyone who is a major fan of the show.
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