I have mixed feelings about this game. One the one hand, I consider myself a card-carrying, proud member of the nerd community and Hottie Hookups by BigStack Studios blatantly discriminates against this demographic. On the other hand… this is a really fun game!
The basic idea is to hook up the good-looking people in the club while flicking, tapping, rolling or otherwise shooing the nerds away. When a nerd gets on a hottie’s nerves (indicated by a color coding beneath him or her), the hottie leaves. When hotties successfully hook up, you lead them to the correctly colored taxi and you’ve gained 200 points. There are several different kinds of nerds with several different stats and abilities and several different ways to knock them off the board. They introduce these different nerds one at a time, so it’s not so confusing, but once you get to higher levels where you have to match hotties to like colors and watch out for all different kinds of nerds, the game gets frantic and full of mind-bending fun!
The great part of this game is that it challenges how quickly you’re able to think while accomplishing several different tasks at once. Lead hotties to those of the same color, then lead the hooked-up hotties to a taxi, all the while flicking, tilting, tapping and frantically looking for the next hottie to hook up. It doesn’t sound like much, but you’re constantly mentally matching each nerd to their respective weakness and executing your moves as quickly as possible in order to return to your hotties. It becomes a frantic race against the clock, and each pair of hotties has their own clock! Each color represents a greater or lesser amount of “nerd tolerance.”
Like I said, I’m a proud member of the nerd community. To be fair, there shouldn’t even be any nerds attempting to go to a club unless there’s some kind of video game convention going on. But this game more than makes up for their discrimination with gameplay that any nerd can truly appreciate on a fundamental level. This is one of the best games I’ve seen on the iPhone for quite some time.
Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.