Join Date: Sep 2004
'Desperate Housewives' sets up shop in Sims like Computer Game Due in Sept....COOL!!
You think you know all about the women of Wisteria Lane, wait until you become one of them — virtually, that is.
Friday, Buena Vista Games will announce a computer game based on ABC's mega-popular Desperate Housewives. Due in September for Windows XP computers, Housewives turns a player into the newest housewife to move onto Wisteria Lane.
Not only can you tap into the delicious secrets held by your naughty neighbors — including Bree, Lynette, Gabrielle, Edie and Susan — but shortly after settling into this cushy suburban neighborhood you'll also discover you were in a car accident 20 years ago and have been living with amnesia ever since. The goal of the game is to interact with the characters to unlock a few dark secrets of your own.
"As fans of the show would expect, the game is loaded with gossip, betrayal, murder and sex — you know, all the things women like," says Mary Schuyler, the producer of the title at Buena Vista Games.
Housewives, a dialogue-heavy mystery with an emphasis on social interaction and character customization, is geared toward female players. "There aren't a lot of games for women today, but this is one where women will really have a good time," Schuyler says. (The game will be rated for ages 13 and up.)
Scott Sanford Tobis, one of the TV series' writers, was tapped to script the game. "I want players to feel like they've found a bonus episode of the show," Tobis says. "In fact, it's more like eight separate TV episodes; I wrote about 13,000 lines of dialogue for this game."
Before moving into the neighborhood with your husband and son, you customize the look of your housewife by selecting from hundreds of facial features, body types and clothing options.
The top-down and slightly angled view of the game world should be familiar to those who play the popular Sims games. Housewives also borrows a few Sims-esque features, such as the ability to customize furniture in your home, upgrade appliances and walk outside to see what the neighbors are up to.
Each of the game's self-contained "episodes" is introduced by the TV series' narrator, actress Brenda Strong (as late housewife Mary Alice Young), but with a larger story arc that blankets the entire tale.
Players can also engage in mini-games, such as a gardening challenge, a timed cooking test, and a weekly poker game where players can win money and use it to buy extra goodies for their home.
If you lose too much money, however, you may be tempted to sneak into a neighbor's home and steal their items. "And it wouldn't be a Desperate Housewives game if you couldn't try to steal a neighbor's husband, too," Schuyler says.