Go to Wisteria Lane and be the new resident in Desperate Housewives: The Game, a prequel to the hit TV show!
Build friendships with your favorite characters on the show and unravel countless mysteries.
Decorate your house, expand your wardrobe, make friends, and find love in the Fairview!
Desperate Housewives: The Game is quite an interesting adventure. If this were a Japanese game, we would have called it a souped-up visual otome (for girls) visual novel. With that said, it is a game for the ladies, considering that you will be playing as a young single lady who is moving in to Wisteria Lane doing girly things. We’re not sure where guy gamers fit into the equation, but they can definitely enjoy the game’s little quirks. Regardless if you’re a fan of the TV show or not, is it something you would want to try out?
In Desperate Housewives: The Game, you start off by customizing your character. She’s a single lady on her late 20s or early 30s, and you get to change her appearance, making the game appear like a dress-up. Customization options range from her hairstyle and color, as well as her eyes, and the shape of her lips. The clothes selection ranges from camisoles to short-sleeved shirts, while you can pick jeans or shorts for leg wear. Accessories like earrings and necklaces are in the game, albeit limited.
After you’ve decided how your character looks like, you will then decide on a name. Regardless of what you’ve chosen, you will have a set background. Apparently, you’re treated as a celebrity considering how outstanding and popular your newspaper column is. You will be moving in with your father who is an old, retired accountant. The characters will know who you are and at the same time, look forward to interacting with you.
Within the first few minutes of the game, you will be involved in a mystery involving your father. Apart from which, you will also be invited to a poker game, an opportunity to talk with your newfound lady friends. Without diving much into spoiler territory, the game mainly lets you interact with NPCs and enable you to solve mysteries as you progress.
Interaction with the environment is done by tapping points across the screen which will denote actions like “pick up groceries” or “fidget nervously” while talking with a muscular police officer. It’s not much of a gameplay mechanic considering that you only have to point and click dots across the play area. After you’ve finished tapping the dots, you will receive a certain amount of money and experience. At the same time, your reputation, which is extremely vital, will also increase.
Quests are mainly impromptu tasks, like getting through a police interrogation and interacting with friends during a poker game. The game does have a good dialogue and you have the ability to choose how to respond. For example, you can either lie or dodge the question. Your options barely change the storyline though, so you’re free to react the way you want to. Though it has vibrant graphics and a quirky gameplay, Desperate Housewives: The Game, does have some adult themes. These include romance, flirting with male characters, and even a murder case. Regardless, everything is PG-13, so young teens are able to play it.
Overall, Desperate Housewives: The Game is something you would want to invest time in if you’re a fan of the TV series. It’s not something high on the “must-play” list for someone who isn’t, but it’s worth a shot. Give it a try and see if a trip down Wisteria Lane is worth taking!