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Review: Emily's Girl Talk

February 27, 2010 , Posted by App-reciation Reviews at 11:44 PM

Category: Games
Seller:
W3 Innovations, LLC
Price: $ 0.99
Requirements: iPhone or iPod touch, OS 2.2.1 or later
Version: 1.0.1

What's good: Girls, remember those long-ago school days when you'd sit at your desk and, during idle class moments, daydream about your crush and doodle on your notebooks? Passing mischievous notes to friends was inevitably part of that routine, and so were games like MASH and Love Game. We're not entirely sure if kids of this generation still play such simplistic things (as gadgets like the Nintendo DS and PS3 are increasingly getting touted everywhere), but for most of us who grew up around cute and inventive paper-and-pen games, Broken Thumbs Apps' recently released Emily's Girl Talk is sure to evoke plenty of happy childhood recollections. Although the app doesn't have fancy graphics or complex animations, what it has instead is a clean and charming front that will appeal to its intended audience as they flick through Emily's journal and choose one of four games to play. There is, of course, MASH, where you can either manually enter your preferences or use Emily's picks in each of the five spaces for crushes, cars, jobs, cities, wedding dress colors, and number of children. After that, you pick a lucky number and the automated fortune teller comes up with a short description of your future life. Similarly, a second game called Lemon uses the same framework but with different categories (boys' and girls' names, body parts, cities, and things you can do with a lemon) to squeeze out hilarious and random sayings like 'Sophia will bake Matthew's abdomen in Mazatlan,' which is bound to tide over dull moments and keep everyone entertained. Meanwhile, if you ever wanted to know an answer to a question, Cootie Catcher will give you one in a flash. Simply fill out the question box, pick numbers and colors in a virtual folded paper animation that opens and closes to reveal new choices, and wait for your results. If you're lucky, you'll get an 'outlook good' or 'it is decidedly so' but if not, well, you can always try again. Finally, a fourth offering - Love Game - tells you your compatibility with your crush with you merely having to enter both names. As far as we could tell the results are entirely random, but it's still fun to giggle over a good score and dream of what might happen. All your game results are logged in a journal so you can flick through those meaningful pages anytime and even share them with friends via Facebook or Twitter. So, if you're ever feeling nostalgic for years gone past, this is a fun and hassle-free app that's perfect for reliving fond memories.

Suggestions for improvement: We do think this app has good potential, but feel that even with four games included, there isn't really much to do. More interactivity and features would be great. We also think that cutting short the rather long selection process as well as different and more upbeat music tracks would improve the experience.

Breakdown:
Graphics - 4/5 Creativity - 3.5/5 Gameplay - 3/5 Controls - 4.5/5
App-reciation - 3.75/5

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Side note: To celebrate the release of Emily's Girl Talk, everyone's invited to enter a contest to become a sticker inside the game, by (i) posting a screenshot of their favorite story from Emily's Girl Talk on the Broken Thumbs Apps Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/brokenthumbsapps, (ii) tweeting it to @EmilysGirlTalk on Twitter or (iii) emailing it to Contests@BrokenThumbsApps.com by April 1st.

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