The Guy Game Review
The Guy Game asks you trivia questions and then makes you guess whether a drunk girl in a bikini will get the same question right or wrong. If she's wrong, she has to take her top off. The breasts are covered up with logos and mosaic patterns initially, but they'll disappear completely if you manage to correctly predict the girls' responses often enough.
I'm convinced that The Guy Game is a test by Gathering (the publisher) to see if the promise of bare breasts is enough to lure people into buying or renting games that otherwise wouldn't see the inside of a sales bag, let alone gobble up space on a store shelf.
The PlayStation 2 has a number of excellent multiplayer games--including sports, such as Madden NFL 2005 and MVP Baseball 2004; beat 'em ups, such as Soul Calibur 2 and Def Jam Vendetta; and first-person shooters, such as Quake III and Red Faction 2. If two or three friends were coming over to spend a night of gaming on your couch, would your first, second, or even tenth choice be a party trivia game?
No. No, it wouldn't. I'm sure a few of you out there even responded with an emphatic "Hell No!" and then gulped down a swig of Budweiser.
As trivia games go, The Guy Game is one of the worst. The game only comes with 8 episodes, and the questions in each episode always appear in the same order. That's not a problem when the game is brand new, but if you tend to hang out with the same batch of friends constantly, you and your buddies will run out of new questions and memorize the correct answers in no time.
Luckily, the trivia concept is just a smokescreen for the game's real purpose--to let you hear profanity and see bare breasts coming from your home video game system instead of the VCR, DVD player, or your bedroom. And it's because of that, that The Guy Game will undoubtedly sell hundreds of thousands of copies. ("Mom, it's just a trivia game! I'm going upstairs to play trivia for 3 hours! Mom, do we have anymore Kleenex?!")
The game is setup like a combination of the TV game show Street Smarts and a Girls Gone Wild video. Each episode consists of three main rounds. Round 2 involves some marble-based sports games, but since none of the games involve seeing half-naked girls or their breasts, that's really all that needs to be said about that round. Rounds 1 and 3 are called the "Foreplay" and "TitWitz" rounds. Players are asked trivia questions, which they need to answer by pushing the buttons associated with the answers on a multiple-choice list. Next, video clips are shown where hot babes in swimsuits are asked the same questions. Players then need to guess whether she'll get the question right or wrong. Every player that guesses correctly earns bonus points and helps contribute to a shared "Flash-O-Meter"--which is the MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THE GAME. Whenever a girl answers incorrectly, she has to flash her breasts at the audience. In early rounds of the game, you can't see anything because the cleavage is obscured by game logos or mosaic patterns. BUT, if you fill up the "Flash-O-Meter," the coverings go away and you get to see the girl's naked boobies (from a variety of camera angles). The "TitWitz" round is pretty horndoggy, because the girls never answer a single question correctly. The catch?--players need to pick from a list the answer that the girl will give. Get it right and you'll add more points to the "Flash-O-Meter." Get it wrong and the game cock-blocks you with that damn mosaic pattern. If you and your buddies manage to fill up the "Flash-O-Meter" by the end of round 3, you'll get to bet on and watch what the game calls the "Hottie Challenge"--where all of the girls from that episode compete totally topless in some task, such as a bouncy ball race or a hula-hoop marathon.
At the end of the episode, the player with the most points is the declared the winner and the player with the fewest points is declared the A**hole. This is a family site, so we have to add those asterisks, but rest assured, the game doesn't censor any of its profanity--spoken or spelled out. Nonetheless, there really aren't any losers if you manage to fill the "Flash-O-Meter." In addition to the bare breasts it lets you uncover during the game, the "Flash-O-Meter" also unlocks a lengthy lingerie video featuring the hottie shown on winning player's avatar.
Ultimately, the video segments are the best thing about the game. The development team went to South Padre Island, Texas during spring break and setup a live version of "The Guy Game" in order to record scenes for the game. They offered actual college-age women $100 to answer questions and compete in the "Hottie Challenges," and filmed them lifting their tops, jumping up and down, and generally making drunken fools of themselves.
One thing that did surprise me was how tough some of the questions were. You'd think the developers would make it easy for players to see the girls take their tops off, but Noooooooooo, there are some real nut-busters in there--such as, "What U.S. State was once a kingdom?", "Who founded the feminist journal 'Ms.' in 1971?", and "How many calories in a teaspoon of semen?"
Nobody is going to buy The Guy Game for its trivia aspects. So, it doesn't really matter that the questions aren't random, how hard they are, or that there are only 8 episodes. People will buy this game because they want to see high-resolution video clips of women bouncing up and down with their breasts hanging out--and in that regard, The Guy Game does its job wonderfully. That leads to a practical dilemma though. If you have Internet access or are old enough to buy adult videos and magazines, you can certainly find better and cheaper ways of turning yourself on than this. For the $40 that it costs to buy the game, you could buy four "Girls Gone Wild" videos or any number of Vivid Video DVDs--which will show more and require much less effort to enjoy.
Which makes me wonder just what target audience Gathering is going for with this product. Most adults can find cheaper and better ways to see naked women, and even drunk frat boys have more sense than this, so who does that leave? Personally, I think many teenage boys under 18 are going to seek out this game for the nudity and shock value associated with it. An "M" rating sure didn't stop young teens from playing Grand Theft Auto or SOCOM, and it won't prevent them from seeing the bouncing boobs featured in The Guy Game. That's a shame, not because I feel teenagers shouldn't be allowed to watch dumb women take their tops off, but because they'll end up buying a crappy game to do so.
9/7/2004 Frank Provo