For some they were the glory days and for others the nerdy days, but most people can probably look back on their high school days with a good laugh. The clothes you thought were in style, the hair styles you thought were cool…here’s your chance to relive it all.
Surviving High School from Electronic Arts lets you experience high school the way it always should have been. Be a popular jock, a nerd, or the star of the school play – it’s a choose-your-own-adventure game where each decision you make leads you one step closer to who you want to be. However, just like in your own high school days, each decision carries its own consequences, and those decisions have an impact on the outcome of the game.
Wishing you had lived outside the lines a little more in high school? You don’t have to be a bookworm in Surviving High School – you can choose from a number of different character types, including a rebel and an outcast. And just like any good teen drama, some of the storylines in Surviving High School are a bit exaggerated and perhaps unlikely in the “real world,” but that’s the beauty of the game – it lets you be whoever you want to be.
Surviving High School revolves around an 8-week long story at Centerscore High. The end-point is, naturally, the homecoming dance – and there’s a fair amount of game content packed in to this first episode, including mini-games, pop-quizzes and optional extra-curricular activities which will keep the average casual gamer occupied for a decent amount of time.
New “episodes” are released weekly, which add new content and challenges to the game. Each episode is available free to download during the week in which it is released, but there’s a catch – it’ll cost you $0.99 to download a previous episode if you miss it at the time of its release. Just like the first episode “Football Season”, each new episode has a number of different storylines and multiple possible endings depending on how you play the game. There are also secret scenes that can be viewed if you manage to play the “perfect game” – which involves making all the “right” decisions for your particular character.
Even your virtual parents are involved in your high school survival. You can get rewards for scoring well on exams and doing your chores. While it is a bit unlikely that you’d ever get a car for getting straight A’s, in Surviving High School it’s the deviations away from the realistic that gives the game it’s ultimate appeal.
Surviving High School isn’t a game for everyone – the content is aimed squarely at the teen market, but it’s still a lot of fun regardless. The graphics have a distinctive comic-book style and the dialogue is entertaining. The mini-games and quizzes also help to make the game varied, but it’s the choose-your-own-adventure style of play which will keep you coming back and adds some interest to the “life-altering” decisions you have to make. Surviving High School is your chance to make it right. Who will you be?
Surviving High School requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with both iPhone and iPod Touch.