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  • Summary: A lifestyle simulation game for Windows based on the hit ABC show, "Desperate Housewives" lets you become the newest housewife on Wisteria Lane, extending the experience from the TV series through new storylines. As a new housewife, you must uncover delicious scandals and reveal some shocking secrets of your own. The gameplay is a story-driven adventure, in which each episode contains unique plot points and secrets for you to uncover. [Buena Vista Games] Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. A cleverly designed tongue-in-cheek conversion of the show for the main-stream-friendly price tag of $19.99. [Holiday 2006, p.112]
  2. 82
    It is easy to jump into, has some interesting plot points that will draw fans of the show in, and has high production values in several key spots that ensures they won't be turned off, like by poor voice actors or graphics glitches.
  3. With heavy representation from four basic soap-opera food groups (murder, sex, jealousy, and amnesia), the game is a pleasant surprise for those of us who were expecting something more, well, Wisteria Lame.
  4. 65
    The fact that it's practically Sims 2 with Desperate Housewives textures, voice acting, and character likeness, hardly makes it appealing. The super-simple controls, drama-filled thematic scenes, and $19.99 price point may appeal to the casual gamer, but hardcore gamers should stray far away.
  5. 60
    Desperate Housewives: The Game is cheapened, slightly, by rampant product placement. Every time your character washes her hands or throws a dark load into the washer, you're exposed to the name of some corporate sponsor.
  6. The shallowness of the gameplay quickly starts to show through the cracks. [May 2007, p.69]
  7. Not even the most jaded gamers are this desperate. [Jan. 2007, p.71]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. IndreSss
    Aug 29, 2007
    It's good game - nice voices, intresting.
  2. PRay
    Dec 30, 2006
    Mearly have to do what the computer tells you to do, here there and back again. Boring, controlled game play that won't have you coming back for more. Expand
  3. JoeW.
    Jan 4, 2007
    This game was NOT what I expected. Advertisements, silly system requirements, and a wannabe Sim feel to it. And really, I installed The Sims 2 in my computer- very high-end graphics, and it was slow and very stuttery, when I have an HP pavilion that isn't even 3 years old. This game was not worth my money. Expand