Set up your own virtual high school and enroll your friends
Level up your fellow classmates and send them off on engaging story-rich quests
Throw fun parties, go on dates or even play matchmaker and set up your friends
Experience a wide range of relatable high school drama through engaging, story-rich quests and you can even link your friends on Facebook to characters in the game, set them up in relationships or throw a fun party to attract more students to your very own high school in High School Story!
However, your new school is not the only school in town. Hearst High is dead-set on putting your school back to the ground and their effort to do so is led by their head cheerleader, Kara, and her boyfriend/headmaster’s son, Max. It seems that the town isn’t big enough for two high schools... and it is now up to you to make sure your school is the last one standing!
That said, starting out as a new high school isn’t exactly a walk in the park. You’ll have to keep enrolling new students to keep it populated enough to keep the cash rolling in and to do so, you’ll need to provide them with hangouts based on their respective cliques. There are 3 main ones namely the muscular jocks (sporty type), the well-dressed and popular preppies and the gadgets-science-and-math nerds.
There are also special students – called the All-Stars – that can only be enrolled using the game’s premium currency, Rings. These characters usually will be part of multiple cliques and will unlock along a unique story-based quest chain each.
Students at your school can be levelled up by investing books, which in turn can be ordered at Classrooms. They can also be customized whenever you like as long as you’ve got the cash. Best yet, you can even link each student you have in your school with a real-life friend via Facebook. So, instead of playing out various stories with random characters, you will be able to enjoy some virtual drama between your friends in High School Story!
The quests in this game is also very different than the duller versions in any other game you might have played before. Instead, it is very story-rich (a lot like Suburbia, actually), with a narrative that will feel relatable to anyone who has been through high school or a school in general. Sometimes, you will even need to get a couple more students to help you with the quests. At other times, you will get some choice-based scenarios for you to decide as well. It’s uncertain if picking a different choice will result in a different outcome though.
Furthermore, High School Story has a partying feature which will be unlocked once you built the Party Central. Here, you can send 2 classmates of different cliques to party that will potentially attract a new enrollee that is a mixture of both cliques. As you play, you’ll also unlock the dating feature where you can date the hottest guy or girl around or you could play matchmaker and set your classmates up in various relationships too.
The graphics in High School Story is pretty good, though I find that the visuals for the characters are a lot more attractive than the buildings. In terms of sound, the game does have a nice tune, but what I like the most is probably the fact that the game included an actual song – a catchy one at that! - in the game.
In short, High School Story is a pretty unique sort of simulation game that may bring to mind the only other game that’s somewhat similar, Suburbia. Being story-heavy, the game entertains its players through a variety of relatable stories and high school dilemmas as well as a host of interesting characters that actually have some personality to them. The school-building part of the game does seem to pale in comparison though, but it’s functional enough to keep the game going.
So, if you love putting your friends into various (virtual) high school drama, High School Story is the game to play! Try it now!