Take one parts masochistic fun, two parts stress relief, and then add just a dash of the Truman Show. What do you end up with? Contact George Pro, by developer Re-Create Entertainment, a unique blend of realistic tomfoolery and interactive (game)play that will have you rolling on the floor laughing.
How Does It Work?
Merely explaining what Contact George has to offer sounds a bit creepy, but we’ll do it anyway: The game features a haplessly ordinary bloke named George, whom you may prod, poke, slap, tickle, hit and otherwise annoy to your hearts content. Why on earth would you want to do that? Because, as it turns out, it’s completely hilarious!
The iPhone app puts George within his natural environments (of which there are four, including the office, his bathroom, his living room, and his bedroom). Within each location you are free to either touch him directly to illicit a response, or use objects laying about to create fun scenarios. For example, turning off the lights in his living room creates some—shall we say—interesting results when illumination returns. With each time you “rig,” or set up, a nearby object, it’s subsequently harder to perform the same sabotage. And with each time you do an action, George responds differently, producing an array of often hilarious results. It’s all great fun, and if you annoy him enough you can de-stress George by giving him a prize, bringing his happiness up and raising your total score.
There are unlockables for you to achieve, but this is not a goal-oriented game. The only thing Contact George Pro wants to impart is a little more fun and a little less stress: Something any good game for iOS should offer.
How Does It Look?
The game features realistic environments as well as a cool television style metaphor. George is performed by a real person—possibly even one named George—and the environments in which he lives feel like they’re being seen through a hole in the wall. As mentioned, this gives the whole game a sort of voyeuristic pleasure reminiscent of the Truman Show, but without all the crying and plot holes. It’s all very well done, and I appreciated the craftsmanship displayed in both George’s responses and the environments themselves.
Yeah, but Would I Really Use It?
I was very excited going into this review, as the idea of harassing my fellow man usually gets me pretty pepped up. Thankfully, Contact George was every bit as fun as I’d hoped it would be. I laughed hard and often at monsieur’s misfortunes, and as billed by the developers, the app genuinely offers a great de-stressing value. Contact George is $1.99 in the AppStore, but there’s a free lite version available as well if you’re still hesitant.
Contact George Pro iPhone app [ iTunes Link ] requires iOS 4.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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