America’s Next Top Model Comes to iPhone

Price: $4.99    Score: 7/10    By Joey BrightAmerica's Next Top Model

America’s Next Top Model has been a highly popular TV show in America as evidenced by its thirteen seasons and counting. Developed by PressOK Entertainment, America’s Next Top Model is a new game for the iPhone that puts you in the shoes of one the contestants in the series. America’s Next Top Model gives you the opportunity to create your own character and take part in a modeling competition on your mobile.

The game features some basic Sim-like gameplay, and several mini-games. In order to complete certain challenges through the mini games, you need to have a certain amount of energy. You can obtain this by eating, doing activities with the other contestants, or relaxing. When you reach the required amount of energy, you can play the next mini game or take part in an activity that will increase the amount of stars that you have. Each star you earn is added to your total, and you have to reach fifty stars to win.

America’s Next Top Model focuses around completing mini-games and earning stars in order to progress the storyline. There are three mini games that are played throughout each cycle, or season, you choose to play. The mini games involve memorizing outfits, a guitar hero type game for posing for the camera, and a game that involves you making your model stay in the spotlight on the runway. There are three difficulties for each of the games – from easy to hard. While there are other ways to earn stars in America’s Next Top Model, the mini games are by far the most interactive way to do it. Each of the games is repeated at different difficulties throughout the cycle which makes them less redundant.

The cycles that you choose to play correlate with the different seasons of America’s Next Top Model. Each cycle has the specific characters from that cycle in it, and you can choose to play as one of them. If you enjoy playing the game, these different seasons of the show allow for varied character, story, and sim-like gameplay.

America’s Next Top Model for the iPhone, like its counterpart on TV, is aimed primarily at younger girls. Older children or adults may not be familiar with or enjoy the model-contest concept. The mini games are entertaining, but lack the depth needed to keep you coming back. The game design itself could also be improved to utilize more of the iPhone’s capabilities, as America’s Next Top Model was developed for non-smart phones and was just adapted for the iPhone. With that being said, America’s Next Top Model is clearly a game designed and intended for loyal fans to the series. If you enjoy the TV show, it’s a safe bet you’ll enjoy this game.

America’s Next Top Model requires iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch.

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