Surviving High School – Relive The Glory Days

Price: $2.99   Score: 8/10    By Yantézia PatrickSurviving High School

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.


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8 Responses to “Surviving High School – Relive The Glory Days”

  1. Reinald says:

    Did you try to download an episode? I can not connect every time I try to download. I have wifi, but still it said “Connection Error,” please help me. I love this game.^^ Thank you very much

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hmm.. Did you on your wifi and check your internet connection?

    Sorry if i were to no help..

  3. Jenny says:

    I wish they’d make a girl version, i like it, but it’s not ideal for a girl player. i’d much rather not know what he’s thinking about the girls he meets!

  4. Anno says:

    I have the same problem as reinlad

  5. Leah says:

    I’m having the same problem downloading the new episodes. I tried downloading episodes 1 & 2 and it let me pay for them but then came up ‘connection error’ and it shows this every time I try to download anything with the game after a certain amount of time. By the sounds of it this is a common problem? Has anyone found the answer to sort it out?

  6. anonymus says:

    yeah me too! i bought the stuff but i updated it n it still won’t work. i feel cheated out of my money!

  7. kewl cat says:

    well there is a girl version of it but u have to pay like $2. its about beating Paula and becoming the homecoming queen instead of her

  8. jessica says:

    My problem with the game is that they reuses the same backgrounds WAY too much. I haven’t seen a new background for ages. What am I paying for? LAZY.

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